17 July 2009

Carbon Canyon Historical Artifact #17






While La Vida Mineral Springs on the Brea side of Carbon Canyon, just a short distance east of Olinda Village, bottled flavored mineral water in both Fullerton and Placentia, starting in the late 1920s, it also appears to have had other operations in northern California, including Alameda (near Oakland), Sacramento and Stockton.

Here is a bottle from the Stockton plant with the lettering (mainly the La Vida logo) and phrasing (specifically "Distinctive Beverages") being identical to that of products issued from Orange County.

The date is not clear, probably from the 1940s or 1950s, and at a later date there'll be a bottle featured from the Sacramento plant.

Regardless of where the bottling was done, it is assumed that the water came from La Vida.

This item is 2009.7.1.1 from the Carbon Canyon Collection and clicking on the images will give zoomed-in detail.

4 comments:

Theresa Ullrich, RN, MSN, FNP said...

That's really neat! We found some broken pieces after the fire. Where did you get that photo?
Great blog- really enjoy it.

Paul said...

Hi Theresa, thanks for your comment. Actually, the bottle and the other sixteen items I've posted under that title are mine. Glad you like the blog and please check back often.

Dustin said...

Wow! This is quite weird. I grew up in Chino Hills on Topaz street and remember passing La Vida during trips to see the grandparents in La Habra (I remember La Vida having a lot of bikers and the occasional band playing). Twenty years on, I now work in Stockton and live in Sacramento...anyhow, interesting.

Paul said...

Hi Dustin, thanks for stopping by and leaving your comment. Because almost all of the physical aspects of La Vida are gone, it's the images and artifacts that are left to remember the place by. Come back soon!