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Table of Contents FOHBC Officer Listing 2012-14.... 2 Digging 60 or how “Crazy” are we? by Jeff Mihalik....................................... 16 President’s Message....................... 3 Meet John Akers A Collector and his Cartoons Letters to the Editor....................... 4 by Ferdinand Meyer V.......................... 22

Dr. Clide Randall’s Cough Mixture by Jack Fincham........................... 58 Who in the World is E.J.Suggs? by Gary Beatty..............................60

Shards of Wisdom..........................6 Legends of the Jar I Hate When That Happens by Bruce W. Schank............................... 28 by Kevin Wade............................... 62 Remembering Ed Herrold.............. 8 A Timely Find Classified Ads & Ad Rate Info......63 . .................................... 38 by Mike Magee. Who do I Contact at the FOHBC?.10 FOHBC Show-Biz Big John Feldmann: The Amityville Legend Show Calendar Listings................64 Down Memory Lane by Ferdinand Meyer V..............................40 by June Barnett............................ 12 Membership Directory..................68 Mohawk Valley Bottle Club Show Four Oregon Token Flasks by Jim Bender............................... 14 by Garth Ziegenhagen........................... 56 Membership Application....................72

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FOHBC Officers 2012-2014

President: Ferdinand Meyer V, 101 Crawford, Studio 1A, Houston, TX 77002; phone: (713) 222-7979; e-mail: First Vice-President: Bob Ferraro, 515 Northridge Dr, Boulder City, NV 89005; phone: (702) 293-3114; e-mail: Second Vice-President: Jamie Houdeshell, P.O. Box 57, Haskins, OH 43525; phone: (419) 722-3184 email: Secretary: James Berry, 200 Fort Plain Watershed Rd, St. Johnsville, NY 13452; phone: (518) 568-5683; e-mail: Treasurer: Gary Beatty, 3068 Jolivette Rd., North Port, FL 34288; phone: (941) 276-1546; e-mail: Historian: Richard Watson, 10 S Wendover Rd, Medford, NJ 08055; phone: (856) 983-1364; e-mail: Editor: Martin Van Zant, 208 Urban St, Danville, IN 46122; phone: (812) 841-9495; e-mail: Merchandising Director: Sheldon Baugh, 252 W Valley Dr, Russellville, KY 42276; phone: (270) 726-2712; e-mail: Membership Director: Jim Bender, PO Box 162, Sprakers, NY 12166; phone: (518) 673-8833; e-mail:

Conventions Director: Tom Phillips, P.O. Box 240296, Memphis, TN 38119; phone: (901) 277-4225; e-mail: Business Manager: Alan DeMaison, 1605 Clipper Cove, Painesville, OH 44077; phone: (H) (440) 358-1223, (C) (440) 796-7539; e-mail: Director-at-Large: Gene Bradberry, 3706 Deerfield Cove, Bartlett, TN 38135; phone: (901) 372-8428; e-mail: Director-at-Large: John Panek, 1790 Hickory Knoll, Deerfield, IL 60015; phone: (847) 945-5493; email: Director-at-Large: John Pastor, PO Box 227, New Hudson, MI 48165; phone: (248) 486-0530; e-mail: Midwest Region Director: Randee Kaiser, 2400 CR 4030, Holts Summit, MO 65043; phone: (573) 896-9052; e-mail: Northeast Region Director: Ed Kuskie, 352 Pineview Dr, Elizabeth, PA 15037; phone: (412) 405-9061; e-mail: Southern Region Director: Jack Hewitt, 1765 Potomac Ct, Lawrenceville, GA 30043; phone: (770) 856-6062, e-mail: Western Region Director: Dave Maryo, 12634 Westway Ln, Victorville, CA 92392; phone: (760) 617-5788; e-mail: Public Relations Director: Pam Selenak, 156 S. Pepper St., Orange, CA 92868; phone: (714) 633-5775; e-mail:

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President’s Message Ferdinand Meyer V FMG Design, Inc. 101 Crawford Street Studio 1A Houston, Texas 77002

It is early Sunday morning and I sit here reflecting at TimoleonÕs Diner in quaint Keene, New Hampshire while drinking some coffee to warm me up (it is 45 degrees outside, chilly for a Texan). The Yankee Bottle Show starts here shortly and will be a fun conclusion to a long weekend of bottle events that started out with a gathering at Federation members Mark and Annie VuonoÕs in Stamford, Connecticut on Friday and included the Heckler Columbus Day Hayfield event in Woodstock Valley, Connecticut yesterday. I am thinking that this was the exact spot, two years ago today, that the great Feldmann story that I retell in this issue of Bottles and Extras, got its wings. I hope you enjoy the article and pictures. John and Sheila are wonderful people that represent the foundation and cornerstone of our great hobby. What a whirlwind of events since our great EXPO in late July in Reno, Nevada. Every time I think of this event, I am reminded of how grateful I am, and we all should be, of Marty Hall, Richard Siri, the Reno Bottle Club and the legions of helpers that pulled off this mega event. Marty even reported a strong financial success that demonstrates yet again, that our organization is getting stronger and marching forward. The 2013 FOHBC National in Manchester, New Hampshire next year is progressing smoothly with a majority of the tables already being sold. Lexington, Kentucky will be our location for the 2014 National, so make your plans here, too. You can get information for both events by visiting our website, Tom Phillips, our Conventions Director, was even in the southeast this week looking at venues for the 2015 National. It was not too long ago that we were much more short-sighted. Now with this advance planning and public announcements, we can stake our claim on a date that will help other show chairmen decide when to hold their events. As an aside, did you know that there were nine bottle shows this weekend, including one across the pond? Our hobby is so strong. I see the glimmer of change even with our shows. LetÕs promote more and grow our hobby. Bring people to the shows. Bottles, glass and positive change are contagious. Federation membership is also drastically up which is excit-

ing. We will be announcing a major new membership drive later this month that uses a 2,000-member target. We are nearing 1,200 members now. So if you are a member, stay with us, if youÕre are undecided, please join! There are so many exciting things planned. Our magazine, Bottles and Extras, is undergoing a major face lift, we have a new web site, by the time you read this, we will be 1,000 members plus on our FOHBC facebook page, the FOHBC Virtual Museum is moving forward (look for a major announcement soon) and we have just sent our first digital newsletter to a large audience of people. The new Federation, your FOHBC. We need new blood and persons to carry the torch. I will be reaching out to some of our membership for pictures of your bottles, assistance on the web site, articles and stories for Bottles and Extras, the web site, the newsletter and help on the Virtual Museum. If you would like to volunteer, in any area, it would be very much welcomed and appreciated. You will also notice a new section in the front of Bottles and Extras called Letters to the Editor. I am not sure why this was not there in some form or another before but we really want to hear your stories and ideas and how we can do things better. You can send an e-mail, write a letter or call any board member, including myself at any time. Our contact information is in this magazine and on the web site. In the January/February 2013 issue of Bottles and Extras, we will be starting a two-page Regional Overview section where we will highlight incoming information from the four regions that make up the Federation (northeast, southern, midwest and western). If you have material please forward to your Regional Director. If you visit the web site or received our newsletter, you will see that Regional News is now appearing in a different and more refreshing format in these venues too. We are only as strong as our weakest link. I use this expression often in business and in my general conversations with people. Keep an open mind, be positive, and try to help, give constructive criticism and move forward. Smile and someone will smile back to you. Listen and you will hear a story. Step forward and tell a story. Look at your collection and find that missing bottle or link. This is what it is all about. Our best asset is all of our great members. I am also looking forward to the great 49er Bottle Show in Old Town Auburn, California in December. We usually go to the Festival of Lights parade each year after the show. We love it because the horses, dogs, goats, people and trucks all are adorned with lights for Christmas. Remember, a show is so much better if you make it an experience. While you are at a show, visit a collection, go to a museum, have dinner with a bottle friend, go on a dig etc. There are so many things you can do to stay connected with our great hobby. Make it a multidimensional experience. Happy autumn and winter.


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FOHBC Letters To The Editor Update: Greenbrier, Tennessee Fire destroys over $400,000 in antiques Hi Pam, It is with a humble heart that I extend a major ÒThank YouÓ for the generous check you sent from the San Diego show people. I would like to acknowledge each person in some way if you can let me know how to do so. I apologize for the delay in responding. After going through the 2010 flood and losing my home, then the fire which took the majority of what I had recovered from the flood, and losing my two precious cats, I pretty much lost it. I came as close to losing my mind as I ever have. IÕve had knocks in life just like everyone else, but to have so much hit me in two years, it was almost more than I could manage. Having said all that, I can report that time does help with the healing. I am beginning to accept the losses and move on. Claude and I are sifting through the ashes to see if anything survived. We have found a lot of small stuff, most of it damaged or smoked but some is salvageable. He hopes to build a small shed or building back just to have a little storage and place for outside equipment but it will never be anything like the building he had. Claude lost the most in collectibles that he had worked on acquiring over 60+ years. His fruit jar collection was fabulous having around 1500 all different, some very expensive and rare, along with many go-with items that canÕt be replaced. His whiskey jug collection was quite extensive also. A lot of paper and advertising history of Tennessee was lost and will never be available in any form again. He is devastated, but like most men, he is holding a lot inside. It is hard for me to see his sadness and pain. We are both trying to come to terms with the tragedy. We had our lawn mowers, weed eaters and yard equipment along with household items and summer clothes stored in the building along with furniture to replace what I lost in the flood. This is what the money will be used for Ð to replace items that we use and have to buy again. Again, we both appreciate more than you all know the generosity and kindness shown by our friends in the FOHBC. We have many friends that we have made over the years and they all still hold a special place in our hearts. We are tied down with

an antique shop that we keep open seven days a week from 9 am to 6 pm so we donÕt get to travel anymore. We both miss it terribly as we had some great times at the shows. If you can, please extend this appreciation to the people or let me know how I can do so for the both of us. Nancy Pennington and Claude Bellar

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Bibliography of Glass Please, could you be so kind to announce the mail hereunder with some attachments in the next Magazine of the FOHBC? I would appreciate this very much because the book is very specialized for bottle and glass collectors and as the author I paid myself the complete printing of the book because of the passion and love for antique bottle and glass. Thank you very much for your answer, for spending your time, and for your help. Willy Van den Bossche (Member of the FOHBC and author of the major reference work ÒAntique Glass BottlesÓ). To all the members of the Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors; After publication of my book ÒAntique Glass Bottles: Their History and Evolution 1500-1850)Ó in 2001, I am pleased to announce the publication of my new reference work ÒBibliography of Glass: From the Earliest Times to the Present (2011)Ó (In four languages: English, French, German, and Dutch / Sales price $95.00)

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I believe that many of our members and their friends might be interested in this reference work with the most extended list of bottle-books worldwide ever published in the World. I have also added in attachment a Review written by the well known Mr. Johan Soetens, author and formerly director of the United Glassworks in The Netherlands. The book has been published in early September by Antique CollectorsÕ Club, Woodbridge, Suffolk, England. Best wishes.


feel and texture of a true period camera. My closest friend that I grew up with, is a professional photographer (magazines on style and architecture) that just moved back to Austin from New York City. I was talking with him about pricing for bringing him out to photograph your hay field (Peachridge ÔGlass in the Grass ShowÕ - stay tuned!) if we can pull it together. He gave me a quote, and explanation on how he works and I then asked him about antique cameras. He has access to them! I may have him shoot some of my bottles, and see how it turns out.

Willy Van den Bossche (Member of the FOHBC and author of the major reference work ÒAntique Glass BottlesÓ) Domein De List-Residentie Conti Listdreef 20 Bus 8 B-2900 SCHOTEN-BELGIUM [Editor Note] As of this writing, Bibliography of Glass is in transit between Belgium and United States where it will be reviewed and reported upon in our next issue. Visit for book ordering options]

P.S.; I can see your BryantÕs Cone set up under a live oak on a period card table or a Fisch Bitters under an oak on a blanket with picnic basket and setting. Through an antique lens, I think it would be stunning! Brad Siegler

How to expose more people to the hobby? .

Retro Photography I have an idea that I think would be awesome for Bottles an Extras or one of the web sites. Your posting of all the antique pictures recently is what made me think of it. When we photograph our bottles we go for perfection. Focus, legible embossing, and representation of color. I think it would be awesome to have some of the heavy hitter bottles out there photographed with antique cameras. Digitals have their place, but can not replicate nostalgia,

That is the question. For my part, I give bottles to non collectors as gifts, usually tailored to their interests. For example we have accepted a gracious offer to stay at a friend's cabin in the Catskills in October, so I plan to leave them some Saratoga mineral waters as a parting gift. Also, one of my clients has an apartment between Royal and Bourbon Streets in the French Quarter. Next time we go, I'm leaving them some New Orleans bottles to put on the mantle. So keep up the great work on behalf of our great hobby. Best regards, Dick Andre


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essage in a bottle sets new Guinness world record! When Scottish skipper Andrew Leaper hauled in his nets on April 12, little did he know that they carried more than the usual catch of monk fish and cod. Instead, Leaper set a new world record. Guinness World Records announced that Leaper caught the world’s oldest message in a bottle east of Shetland, confirming that the bottle spent 97 years and 309 days at sea. The bottle was released on June 10, 1914, by Captain C.H. Brown of the Glasgow School of Navigation, who used bottles with messages as part of a scientific experiment to chart water currents. The launch of this particular bottle, which carried a postcard promising six pence to the finder, was noted in Brown’s log book, according to Guinness. Of the 1,890 bottles that the Glasgow School of Navigation sent out, 315 have been found so far. (The preceding is an excerpt from Huff News). I was unable to find a picture of the actual bottle itself or find out what type of bottle it was. One thing is for sure, it was an old one! Don’t cry over spilt milk! A giant five-ton milk bottle recently escaped the scrap yard to find new life for the Children’s Museum of Memphis, Tennessee. The milk bottle had sat atop a now defunct and crumbling dairy building serving as a water tower for the bottling plant. As Memphis is going through a period of urban renewal, the crumbling former dairy is being demolished to make room for a new office building that will house several non profit organizations. As we all have seen, many of those sculptural advertising landmarks that fascinated us as children have slowly disappeared. It’s refreshing to see this 80-year-old bottle find a new purpose. Possibly the big blue bug on the side of I-95 in Providence, Rhode Island will someday find new life as a playground centerpiece. Every hometown has one, giant ice cream cones, bugs or milk bottles. These clever marketing gimmicks not only attracted business, but have gained a piece of our heart, and hopefully, our future. Sept. 7, 2012 – Demolition crews remove the 20-foot metal advertising milk bottle from the remains of an old Turner Dairy plant on S. Bellevue. The iconic bottle was built in the 1940s and is the largest of 22 still in existence. The bottle was acquired by the Children’s Museum for use in either an upcoming exhibit or as part of a traveling exhibit on dairy. The giant bottle was originally installed by the Reed family of Reed Family Bros. Dairies before the plant was acquired by turner. Photograph by Kyle Kurlick. (The preceding news clip was submitted by Cecil Munsey, of Poway, CA .)

Bottle extraordinaire Matthew Levanti will assist the Editor with Shards of Wisdom, so send in your news or bottle updates to: Matthew T. Levanti, 700 Skyline Ct. Placerville, Ca, 95667

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Buyers beware, again!


Once again on the online auction site eBay, some shady character has been passing off a fake bottle to unsuspecting buyers. This one isn’t your usual “unmentioned damage” or “one-time-quick-sale of a bottle that never gets shipped,” but the culprit has listed altered pictures of a desirable flask in an unknown color that doesn’t even exist! After hacking into some unsuspecting sellers’ account, the thief lists the pictures of the flask with a simple description of “original” with a buy it now price of between 4-6 thousand dollars. Knowing the flask would sell for many times more, it is snapped up very quickly by the first buyer to find it. It has been listed and bought multiple times over an extended period of time, and after the buyers pay for it they never hear anything from the seller again. The flask being counterfeited is the rare GX-22 Harrison Hard Cider flask from the 1840 presidential campaign. Dealer and collector Jeff Nordsey discovered the pictures were taken from an old online sale by Heritage Auctions for an aqua flask. The pictures were then edited to make the flask appear blue and listed on eBay. To date, four collectors have been deceived. This will probably not be the last time we see this type of fraud on eBay, so be weary of those buy it now, to good too be true deals. You might just find it was after all, too good to be true. My deepest condolences go out to the buyers who have been taken in these dealings.

Light up your Mason jar collection

I remember as a kid living on the farm in Connecticut going out to catch fire flies in the summer months at dusk. The contest was to see who could capture the most little lightning bugs in one jar, and the winner would gallantly march around holding the coveted glowing prize high for all the other kids to see. When we were called in to get ready for bed, our glow bug lanterns would guide us around the back of sheds or into the brush, where we pretended to get lost extending our time outdoors a few minutes before mom meant business and we had to run back to the house. The glowing jars would sit by our beds as we dozed off to sleep, casting a warm blinking glow through the dark of night. In the morning before school we would leave the jars on the porch with the lids off, and when we got back home they would all be gone. After dinner and homework, as the sun again set, we would start the fun all over again. The glowing jars are one of the fond memories of growing up, along with the old bottle dump in the back over the stone wall. I remember thinking how neat it would be to put fire flies in my bottles to light them up at night. I don’t believe I ever tried! At least for jar collectors now there’s something close, the Solar Lid Light. These cool Mason jar lids work like solar walk lights, with an LED light and small solar receptacle. Simply place it on your jar and at night it will light up! I can only imagine how great a run of colored Mason jars would look. The lids can be found for $10.95 online at the Nic Nac Stop, They have some other great go-withs, too, like hangers for the jars to line your walk, which I think I’m going to buy myself.

What is it? Here is a bottle we cannot find anything about. Dug by the late Jerry Rickner in Placerville, Calif. in the late 1960’s, and now owned by his son Eddie. Repeated searches haven’t turned up an exact match. Even a search for the marks on the base, which could possibly be a manufacturer, has come up with a blank. The amber bottle is triangular in shape, and stands around 7 inches tall. Embossed on one of the three sunken panels is “VIRGIN OIL – THE GREATEST PAIN KILLER ON EARTH.” The base is embossed with “L. M.” over a “D”. Virgin olive oil has been known for its pain-killing effects for hundreds, if not thousands of years. I’ve never tried it directly myself, but I do keep a bottle on hand for cooking! So if anyone has seen or found one, knows any information on the product, company, or base embossing, please let me know. According to Eddie, the bottle was found in the old Chinese section of town and likely dates from the 1870s through 1890s. Thanks folks.


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Remembering Ed Herrold (EDITOR’S NOTE: Ed Herrold was secretary of the FOHBC from 2008 to 2010 when he became Membership Director. He held that position until resigning in 2011. His widow, Juanne, describes how Ed became a collector of antique bottles. She can be contacted at


uring the 1970s, we were living in the Orlando, Florida area. Ed was a trust officer at a large downtown bank and I was an estate administrator for a prominent Winter Park law firm. My favorite weekend hobby was attending auctions, while (as Ed put it), “the bum of the year stayed home to watch the game of the week!” One Saturday evening, he decided Juanne and Ed Herrold are flanked by Ed’s daughters, Melinda (left) and to attend an auction with me. A Buffalo Melanie Garcia, in this 1995 photo. (Courtesy of Juanne Herrold) Lithia Springs water bottle came up. Ed what he paid for it! impulsively bid on it and won it for $18. He didn’t know a CARL STURM: I first met Ed when he was just getting thing about the bottles although it did appear to be “old.” into bottle collecting. I believed it was at a bottle show in This was in the days before the Internet. Orlando, either 1975 or ‘76. He and Juanne were living and Luckily, one of my law firm’s secretaries was Olive working in Orlando at the time. Smock. When I happened to mention Ed’s purchase to her, My wife, Joy, and I traveled many miles with them and she said that her husband, Art, was a bottle digger. She we became like family. We stayed with them for the Sarasota invited Ed and I to visit their home. and St. Petersburg shows and they stayed with us for the After we got there, Art took Ed under his wing and Orlando and DeLand shows. showed him various bottles that he had dug, books to read, We carried keys to their home and they carried keys to and also invited us to attend the next Orlando bottle club ours. We had never had friends like them. After my wife died show. Carl Sturm was the chairman for many years and he in 1992, the three of us traveled to shows as far away as and his wife, Joy, became our close friends. Baltimore, Mansfield (Ohio) and several national federation Historic bottles soon became Ed’s passion. He shows. researched every bottle he purchased, with bitters becoming Juanne has indeed lost a great husband and I have lost his favorites. That’s why his e-mail address included the the best friend that I have ever had. And the Chicago Cubs words “Dr. Bitters.” have lost their greatest fan. I will surely miss the calls from We started going to every bottle show that we could, Ed at 11:30 p.m., telling me, “CUBS WIN!” and then giving even after moving to Fort Myers in 1978 and to Sarasota in me the inning by inning, play by play details of the game. the fall of 1982. He was a great asset to the bottle collecting hobby, a Soon, Ed became so knowledgeable that other collectors super collector and will be sorely missed by a great many were asking his opinions about various antique bottles, friends. including bitters. WAYNE AND JUNE LOWRY: Ed was one of the most We met so many wonderful people at shows and many wonderful people you could ever meet. He treated us like became good friends, sharing stories and knowledge. family. There are no words to describe how much he meant We became life members of the FOHBC and Ed’s love to us (and Juanne). If you needed a friend, he was there and of antique bottles and their places in history lasted until his would do anything he could to help you. There is no one else death of an aneurism on July 25, 1912. like him. P.S.: Ed kept that first bottle and it is still worth about

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Who do I contact at the FOHBC? Membership:

Business Manager - Alan DeMaison

Start a new club:

Membership Director - Jim Bender Attention Clubs! As a member club you are not only entitled to club insurance but you may place your entire show package for your show on the website as well‌ FOR FREE!

Federation Ribbons:

Public Relations - Pam Selenak (formerly Secretary Jim Berry)

Club Membership:

Business Manager - Alan DeMaison or Membership Director - Jim Bender

Club Insurance:

Business Manager - Alan DeMaison


(show information, news for posting, updates): President - Ferdinand Meyer V

Show Ads For Magazine:

(Bottles and Extras): Business Manager - Alan DeMaison

Hosting National Conventions:

Conventions Director - Tom Phillips

Slide Shows (Visual Material for Projection): Secretary - Jim Berry Writing Articles for Magazine:

(Bottles and Extras assistance): Bill Baab, 706.736.8097 or, Martin Van Zant or

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(Bottles and Extras): Business Manager - Alan DeMaison

Federation Contests: Suggestions For Improving The FOHBC: President - Ferdinand Meyer V All of the above names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses can be found on the officers page in Bottles and Extras or on the FOHBC web site at

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In Remembrance By Norman Heckler Sr. William E. Landry, 73 William E. Landry died on the morning of May 10th, 2012. He was well known among bottle collectors and dealers along the east coast and beyond. Bill’s love for bottles and bottle people brought him far from his native Worcester, Massachusetts. He frequently traveled up and down the east corridor from Miami to Boston. He made the trip so many times, I’m sure that the road repairs on the 1-95 corridor were needed because of Bill’s travels. While the 1,500-mile trip may seem daunting to some people, Bill didn’t think so. Though he sometimes made the trip alone, he was often joined by his loving and supportive wife Betty or perhaps his loyal cats. Bill also took a number of trips to England where he had many good friends, as well as many collector and dealer acquaintances. I had the pleasure of meeting many of these friends when they would come to the U.S. to see Bill and Betty. Bill became widely known in the bottle world after his service in the U.S. Navy as a chief petty officer. After his service ended, he worked as an IRS auditor, and as an accountant. Bill also became more involved in his hobbies, becoming an antique dealer, an auctioneer, and, perhaps most important to him, an early storage unit junkie. Long before the rest of the world caught on to the storage auction craze, Bill was already an important member of this intriguing world, working as an auctioneer for the sale of storage units in many locations in New England and Florida. He loved storage auctions and the excitement and challenges that went along with those experiences. Though well dressed, he often made note of the garment he wore by saying “I don’t buy clothes anymore – these came from a good storage unit purchase.” Bill was well known for being easy to talk to, humorous, sincere, honest and gracious. He was always there to help you, no matter what the project was. Whether he had been asked to help out with some thankless job or, in many cases, volunteered, Bill was not seeking recognition or compensation; he always said, “that’s what friends are for.” Bill represented the kind of person we all want our hobby to project - kind, thoughtful, and most importantly, passionate about the people in this hobby first with bottles running up a strong second. We were all incredibly fortunate to have Bill as a friend. I will miss you, dear friend, as, I’m sure, will your many friends in New England, Florida, Mississippi, the Philadelphia area, and across the pond in England.

Hunting Antique Bottles in the Marine Environment A Book Review By Bill Baab Antique bottles are where you find them. Where? Landfills and privies of yesteryear, beneath houses and other buildings. In attics and between the walls or inside chimneys of older structures. Or under water. That water can be salt or fresh. It could be a lake, a stream, a creek, a river, a bay or even an ocean. But where are the best places to search for bottles in that wet environment? What’s needed here is an expert and I found one inside the pages of the March-April 2012 issue of American Digger magazine, published for people who like to metal detect. Capt. Dan Berg is a master Scuba diver instructor sanctioned by the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI). During his many years of exploring shipwrecks and other watery places, he has become an avid bottle collector. Last year, he published a book on the subject of how to locate bottles while diving on wrecks, or from other places. The 98-page, softbound book not only reveals there whereabouts of such places, but it’s loaded with invaluable bits of information about the glass and ceramic containers themselves. There are loads of color photos to complement the text. I’ve been a collector of antique bottles for nearly 45 years and I enjoyed reading the book from cover to cover. Capt. Berg had lots of help while developing the book. Collectors will recognize the names of such authorities as Reggie Lynch and Bill Lindsey. His books (there are many others dealing with shipwrecks) can be found on Amazon. This one costs $19.95 plus shipping charges.


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Down Memory Lane A Look Back at the 1976 Expo in St. Louis By Junne Barnett

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uring the 2011 Summer Jar Gathering at Muncie, Indiana, some of the guys asked me a question. I guess it was because I was the oldest “long timer” there – that was my husband Norman’s name for us. It was a question that I knew some of the answers to, but I have had to do some research for more answers. The question was “Can you remember the jar collectors that were at the first Federation Expo? The event was held in St. Louis on August 14 – 15, 1976. Some of you remember that Hal and Vern Wagner of St. Louis were the chairpersons of that show, and Norm and I traveled to St. Louis several weekends prior to the show to help make the arrangements. It was the first big show of the Federation, and there were lots of ideas that were considered and passed on. At that time, Roy Brown of the Midwest Antique Fruit Jar & Bottle Club was the president of the Federation of Historical Bottle Clubs (name later changed to Collectors). That weekend was also Roy’s birthday, and as a surprise he was presented with a “Baked Aflaska” – a cake with a flask on top of the icing! Roy was a well-known collector of flasks as well as being a fruit jar collector.

Of course, I remembered collectors Alex Kerr, George McConnell, Don Burkett, the Dudleys, Vanderlaans and others from our MAFJBC. I knew that I had given Joe Coulson a program book from that 1976 show, so I contacted Joe, and he mailed me the book. As I read through it I was amazed at how many names I recalled, several of whom are still members of our club, some who are not collecting any longer, and some who are not with us anymore. I’ve counted 43 members’ names and whether they had a display, were dealers, or had advertising in the show program. Alex Kerr had commissioned four large display cabinets to be constructed for the fruit jar collectors to use for their displays. These had sliding glass doors which locked. I don’t remember the details, but Alex left the display cases with Hal Wagner to disassemble and take to his home. I do remember that Hal kept one case and Norman got the other three. They held Norman’s collection from 1976 until 2010 when his health caused him to give up his collection, and now the cases belong to another jar collector, Joe Coulson. If my memory is correct, the boxes of display and sales jars which

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1976 Ball Corporation Advertisment

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Bottles and Extras Alex sent back to his home in California were misplaced for a while, but later recovered. Can you imagine a collection like his being lost? The cover of the program book was designed by Gary Demaree, another member of MAFJBC. The first national Fruit Jar gettogether was held on Monday right after the Federation Expo closed on Sunday. The get-together was held at another hotel, because there was another convention signed up at the hotel where the Expo occurred for the week after the bottle show. It so happened that it was the National Implement Dealers convention, and people were beginning to arrive on Sunday evening. This made it a little difficult for us as Norman was an Oliver dealer, and he wanted to go to the jar meeting, and we didn’t want to be seen by the other people. So we more or less “sneaked” out of the hotel and moved to the one in the suburbs where the jar meeting was scheduled for Monday. I don’t recall how many attended that meeting, but I do know it was considered a success, because for the next several Federation meetings there was time allotted for jar people to get together. I’ve made this list, and I checked it many times. I hope it is correct, and all I can think to say is, if there is something not right don’t tell me, tell the guys who wanted this done. I am happy the guys asked me about this, because it has brought back many happy memories of people, places and things. Yes, there are many great memories that Norman and I have had by being in the hobby where we collected fruit jars, but that did not limit us to jar friends, because we have many who collect bottles, fire grenades and anything in the hobby. I used to say that Norman collected jars, and I collected friends; however, I think he collected both. Time marches on and some of these friends are no longer with us, but the memories linger on.


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Jar Nuts at the 1976 Expo Name

Phil Alvarez Paul & Mary Ballentine Norman & Junne Barnett Leigh & Mary Beardsley Art & Earl Beedham Dan Bell Lynn & Joyce Blake Roy & Barbara Brown Don Burkett Bob Christ Gary Demaree Bill & Wanda Dudley Roger & Joan Emery Jim & Sharon Fiene Ralph Finch Joe & Nell Ford Randy & Jan Haviland Richard Harris Doug Hawkins Larry Henschen Dean Hoffman Don Kimery George Judy Don Kay Alex Kerr Jerry McCann George McConnell Jerry Mueller Jim Milam Doug & Cathy Moore Tom & Alice Moulton Louie Pelligrini Rick & Becky Norton Leonard Pavey Frank Peters George & Nancy Reilly Bob Rhineberger Ed & Margaret Shaw Joe & Alyce Smith Richard & Phyllis Vanderlaan Jon Vander Schouw Eleanor Trout Betty & Ernest Zumwalt









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Mohawk Valley Bottle Club Show by Jim Bender

Overview of the show

Overview of the show


he 18th annual Mohawk Valley Bottle Club show and sale was held on May 6th at the Sons of Italy Lodge located in Utica, N.Y. The room was filled with over 50 sales tables of almost all bottles, along with a few tables of other collectables. There were over 125 paid admissions and all dealers reported good sales. The Mohawk club also sponsors a drive for the Mohawk Humane Society at the same time. A discount off admission is given to anyone making a donation of money or animal-related items, such as food, play toys, paper towels or blankets. They raised over $120 this year as well as many donations of dog and cat food. The club raffles off a historical flask each year. This year, it was a calabash with a sheaf of wheat and a tree on it. Dealers reported the room as being well very nicely lit and easy to enter. There is great parking and a wide aisle between tables. The Sons of Italy supplied tasty food. The Sons of Italy has become the new home for the show which was held at the Mohawk County Fairgrounds for years. There were some problems with heat over the years and the club is always trying to make things better for all that attend the show. The Mohawk Valley Club was founded in 1994 and holds a monthly meeting the second Monday of each month. Each month there is a show and tell program as well as a speaker. The club has a top notch newsletter put out every month by Jon Landers, one of the club’s founders. If you would like to become a member of the club and meet some of the nicest people in the hobby, contact Jim Bender at or Peter Bleiberg at

Overview of the show

Rich Weaver and Ron Weir at Rich’s table filled with early reproduction glass, of which they both have great collections.

Ladies from the Mohawk Humane Society accepting donations for the animals. The club offers a discount on admission for all donations.

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Glass Works Auctions

The Official Auction Company of the Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors is proud to present

The “MADNESS IN MANCHESTER’ Auction! Saturday evening, July 20th 2013 at the

Radisson of New Hampshire Expo Center, Manchester, New Hampshire. Over 100 select bottles, flasks and related items will be offered at public auction. This is the first Federation Convention ever, to be held in the New England States! And we expect it to be a real old-fashioned ‘Barn Burner’!

Come by car, come by plane, yes, even come by train! Take a ride to Manchester, New Hampshire July 20th, 2013 And participate in the ‘Madness in Manchester’ Auction.

Consignments are currently being accepted! Don’t miss out on being part of this important event! General Jim and his ‘J’ team will be in command of this monumental event! For more auction information and how to consign, contact:

Glass Works Auctions

P.O. Box 180, East Greenville, PA 18041 PH: (215) 679-5849 - FAX: (215) 679-3068 Email: - Website:



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DIGGING 60 or how Crazy are we? By Jeff Mihalik


igging 60 -- is that digging when you are 60 years old? (I’m heading in that direction but that’s not what it means). Is that digging 60 privies? (well, that would make sense as we are digging several every week, but that’s not it). OK, it is digging a 60FOOT-DEEP PRIVY! (or a well that was used for various purposes, but had lots of bottles in it). How about digging 80? That’s what Jim, Luke, Tim and I did one weekend in February. Luke had to go and send that e-mail to John Pastor telling how the Pittsburgh Digging Crew is a bunch of extreme diggers. Well, no doubt about that, but what he didn’t say was what a bunch of nuts we are. Just so you know, this is an edgy article to illustrate what extreme digging really is. First nut is Jim Ignatz aka Eagle Eye. This guy works mostly on the night shift, then somehow comes smiling each morning to dig all day, maybe get a couple of hours sleep, then back to work. And this goes on most every weekend. His main job is dumping the buckets and finding anything small that may have been missed (he really likes buttons for some strange reason).

Backyard just enough room for a couple of privy sites

Nut No. 2 is Luke Yoas aka Bean Pole. Luke also works some crazy shifts late into the night, then drives about 75 miles to Pittsburgh to dig. Usually, once he gets into town, he’ll spend the night at Tim’s house if it’s a two-day dig. He’s the main bucket puller, either freestyle or more often using the tripod. I’m nut No. 3 aka Papa Bucket. All someone has to say is, “Hey we are digging,” and I’m in. Maybe that’s why I’m single right now. My main job is guiding the bucket up and making sure it doesn’t hit the privy wall, passing the full buckets to Jim, and helping Luke get the empty bucket back down the hole so Tim can fill ‘er in. Extreme nut No. 4 is Tim Tokosh aka The Mole in the Hole. He is the conductor of this digging crew. He mainly gets all the permissions, digs every inch of the pit, and by default gets first pick of the finds. I sometimes think that Tim was born to dig privies. OK, so back to digging. Tim had lined up another property a couple of doors down from where we last dug. Several sink holes indicated where privies or wells most likely were located. The sink holes were consuming a

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Pit 1, 20 feet of clay and a long way from bottom


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Jim preparing Pit 1 for Iron Plate cover

Pit 1 covered to stop yard sinking into pit

fence, a patio, and a landscaped garden area. One of the sweeteners to get the permission was that we would place steel plates over the holes after they were dug. We met early one Saturday morning, snow was in the air and it was a good chilly day to dig. We started the first hole under the sinking fence line. To make a long story short, after 20 feet of ALL wet clay (i.e., heavy buckets to pull), no bottles were found. Tim sank the 7-foot probe into the pit and determined it was all clay and who knows how deep it would go. The consensus was that this was most likely a well and all filled about the same time, hence all the clay, so we decided to move on. This was the first time I ever dug with Tim that he actually quit digging a pit before hitting bottom. We filled it in and moved to the next spot, in the middle of the yard where the patio was sinking. We had to dig out some concrete and fill, then started into a trash layer at about the 6-foot level. A few common clear but blown bottles were found. We dug to about the 20-foot level The home owner and neighbors checking out the dig

Jim, Tim, Luke starting Pit 2 what would become the 60 footer!

Jim in pit 2, 60 footer, little did we know

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Having to pile dirt up against the house after using all our buckets

20 feet down Pit 2 on the second day.

or so that first day. It was dark and Jim had to leave for work, so we covered the hole and planned on meeting the next morning. The last privy we dug in this neighborhood really produced many great finds, so we were really excited to get diggin’ on Sunday and boy, did we dig. The bottles were sparse, but as Tim dug down, we kept finding just enough variety to keep the dig interesting and to keep our hopes up. By late afternoon Tim was beyond the 35-foot level, yet nothing great had surfaced. Yes, there were a few early medicines, some nice mini cathedral sauces, and other cool bottles, but nothing to compare to what we had dug previously next door. It was getting late, cold and dark. Luke and I could really feel the wear and tear of digging 20 feet of clay on Saturday and now 40 feet of dirt today with nothing really to show. It was also mentally challenging. Tim is insane so all he knows is keep digging, keep digging,

20 feet down Pit 2 on the second day

Tim digging down about 35 feet by 2 o’clock the next day

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and Jim; well, I think he could dump buckets for 24 hours straight without even realizing it. Luke had originally promised his wife an early return from digging (since we were so far down on the first day), but it wasn’t looking good. Tim was digging with no end in sight. Luke and I made some comments to each other, like maybe we should start cutting our losses and pack it in. Tim hates to hear that and somehow (now 45 feet down) he hears every word and lets us know to keep up. We have to keep working together (there’s no quitting in extreme digging) to get this dig done and that means digging to the bottom. Tim was so deep now, that believe it or not, the curvature of the earth came into play as when we looked down to try and see him, the privy bent back to obscure our view. It was totally dark now and just the outside yard light and Tim’s headlamp were all we had to light up the dig. OK, so I know I was in pain and kept thinking how crazy I was (how crazy all of us were), to put our bodies and minds through extreme physical demand for the hope of some early Pittsburgh glass. We had run out of trash cans to put dirt into a long time ago and Jim had to start piling dirt under the back porch up against the house. It was muddy, slippery, cold and we were in very tight quarters. We all had to be very, very careful and pay really good attention to our surroundings. Finally, around 8:30 at night, Tim finally hits bottom.

Pit 4, Construction site, dark spot in the foreground


We can barely see his headlamp or hear him. We have been pulling buckets for over 10 hours with several of those hours being in the dark, not the safest but it gets done. Nothing really great was produced, but we had more pressing matters at hand, like how to get Tim out of the pit! At this point we were not sure exactly how deep we were but soon to find out. We had two chain ladders each about 25 feet long, so we lowered down the first ladder then hooked up the second ladder to the first and lowered that down. Remember, Tim had been in the pit digging for over 10 hours now and started the day about 20 feet down! He yelled up that he could see the ladders. Only problem now was that he was deeper than the two ladders combined! He made a small mound to stand on, then had to jump up to reach the first rung of the ladder. He yells up that he’s on the chain ladder. Whew! OK, got that done. He now has to pull himself up the ladder. I know I was hurting and my arms felt like noodles so imagine what Tim’s body felt like. We started to see the ladder sway back and forth, we could hear Tim grunting as the light of his headlamp was getting closer, finally he reaches the top and pulls his way to terra firma…what a dirty, wet and smelly digger. I tried to snap a few pictures, but between Tim’s squirming and my shaking hands, none of the pictures were in focus. End of the dig. Not quite and not quite again. We


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Pit 4, brick liner 20 feet

Pit 4, Luke and Jim hard at work

started to fill in the hole, but it was so late already that most of the cleanup would have to wait until later. Luke had to go back home (about 65 miles away) and work, so he would be unavailable to fill in the pit until the next weekend, but we needed to get it cleaned up sooner. Tim and Jim had planned on meeting some morning the next day or two depending on the rain and I would try and get off work at least a half-day to help. Another long story short, I couldn’t get hold of Tim and missed the fill in which they started on Thursday of that week. At the same time they filled in the 60-footer, Tim and Jim dug a 10-foot woodliner (where the landscaped garden was sinking) which was now the third pit on the lot. And guess what, not only did Jim find a gold wedding band in the fill dirt, but the wood liner turned out to be a great pit with a couple of colored pontiled sodas never seen before, a pontiled Swaim’s Panacea and several

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rare Illinois medicines. Luke and I didn’t feel so good about missing out on the woodliner after digging 80 feet for two days without much to show, but that’s how it goes. You just never know and you gotta dig while you have the permission and landowner favor. We still had to meet to split up the finds from the 60footer, so after a week or so we all meet up again to dig another spot and split the finds from both digs. We went to the construction site where we had been digging on and off for a couple of months since Tim had located another brick-liner. This dig turned out to be OK, with many bottles and other interesting artifacts such as an engraved glass picture, nice fancy decanter with stopper, and other goodies. Pictures from all the digs and the split of finds are included with this story. I reflect back now and realize we are all crazy to abuse ourselves with this excessive digging, but some

Pit 4, nice glass decanter complete

Lots of bottles to split, pits 2 and 4

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people actually pay to get this much exercise. My mother tells me that if I set my goal to get exercise when I go digging, then I will always be successful. She may be on to something. Otherwise, hanging out with a bunch of crazy guys, being called names all day, tearing my muscles apart, not peeing for hours, digging poop and mostly for not much reward sounds like something only a crazy person would do. And we do it well.

Blue-Green-Aqua- Ogdens Porters, Pit 3

Some of the better finds, pits 2 and 4.

Grouping of Colored Soda, Medicines, and Heinz bottles, Pits 2 and 3


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MEET JOHN AKERS A Collector and his Cartoons

We would like everyone to meet John Akers who is one extraordinary collector with a great sense of humor. We really get a chuckle because John seems to know exactly which funny button to push for us passionate and sometimes crazy bottle collectors and diggers. John has been providing cartoons for Bottles and Extras for many years and he is pretty active on facebook (visit Old Bottle Page and friend). We asked John for some of his past cartoons and was pleasantly surprised when he sent us a disk containing several of his favorites, two which are new and havenテ付 been see by anyone in print (Super Mart and Cat). I think you will all agree, John is very talented and funny guy!

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[Editor’s Note: This article is a result of longtime collector and author Bruce W. Schank reaching out to longtime collector Jeff Harper.] became familiar with Jeff soon after I became a member of the Fruit Jar Discussion Group on Yahoo in February 2003. Eventually, I realized that he was quite a serious collector and had already amassed a considerable Ball jar collection. We interacted via email and eventually I ended up selling and trading with him. Finally, in January 2008, I met both he and his lovely wife, Mary, at the Muncie show. Jeff was born in 1952 in Muncie, Indiana and also was raised there. He went to Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. Jeff is a senior implementation specialist for a company based out of Pittsburgh, Pa., which is a subsidiary of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. It writes software for community mental health centers. His main duties are to help new customers get up and running, do data-base conversions and any customization that might be required. After college, Jeff visited antique stores and by the time he and Mary had married, he already had about 12 jars. He was also getting samples because he was a Ball shareholder, receiving the stock as a gift from his mother who had received the stock from her father, all Ball family-related. So Jeff is a Ball Corporation shareholder. While growing up and when he was about 8 or 9 years old, Jeff was responsible for watching over and watering the cucumber patch.The family would make pickles and can them, in Ball fruit jars, of course. Yes, Jeff sure enjoyed eating those bread & butter pickles made from the cucumbers he had grown and nurtured and best of all lovingly canned in plain ordinary Ball fruit jars. Jeff’s great-grandfather incredibly just happened to be F.C. Ball. You know, one of the founding Ball brothers of the Ball Corporation famous for fruit jars around the world. F.C. Ball served as the first company president and remained in that capacity for 63 years. F.C. Ball had five children, one of whom was Margaret, who was Jeff’s grandmother and his mother’s


Jeff Harper

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mother. So F.C. Ball was actually his maternal greatgrandfather. Neither Jeff nor his parents ever worked for Ball Corporation, but his grandparents did. His grandfather, Fred Petty, was in charge of all of Ball “packer” jar product line and later became the comptroller of the company until he died of a heart attack at age 51. His grandmother was a director for 30 to 40 years for Ball Brothers, later Ball Corporation,. and eventually retired when she turned 70. Mary claims credit for actually applying the spark in order to get Jeff into collecting and then trying to get one of every Ball jar made (not a simple feat, mind you.) She used the logic of his incredible lineage as a contributing factor as well as the fact he already had some pretty Ball jars in his possession. Jeff thought that made good enough sense and pursued it. About 20 years ago, Mary found a flyer from Dick Roller advertising the Standard Fruit Jar Reference. So for Christmas that year, she bought it as a gift for him. Jeff’s copy just happens to be exactly as mine; one of six copies made from what was left over, buginfested material and not a hard cover original. So upon getting it, Jeff noticed how many Ball jars there were and so he started looking in earnest Rare Ruby Special Jar! for them.


Around that same time, he began going to shows and attended one of the last Indy shows at which he claims the weather was pretty darned bad. When Jeff’s daughter Katie was graduating from high school and looking for a college, he ingeniously combined weekends in which they visited colleges she was interested in and on which bottle shows were going at the same time. When they went to Bucknell University, he went to the York show which just so happened to be the first time he spent more than $250 for a single jar (a PAT’ APLD’ FOR quart with rusty but original lid and metal closure). When they went to Vanderbilt,

F.C. Ball Family Portrait

Nice built in wall shelves


Rare upside down embossed jar.

Very uncommon modern cobalt Ball lid.

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he was able to attend the Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors National in Nashville, Tenn.. He remembers how fortunate it turned out that he was able to do both at the same time and how it all worked out so perfectly. It was at this 1996 National that he acquired the first of his porcelain-lined Ball Bros. Glass Manufacturing Co. (BBGM Co.) jars. One of Mary’s best jar finds was when she went into her favorite resale consignment shop called the Guild Shop. About 20 years ago, while visiting there, she found a nice little blue ½ pint teen series BALL PERFECT MASON for the sweet little price of $4.50 which even back then was dirt cheap. Smile Jeff remembers once finding a very scarce and desirable Ball jar through an ad he placed in Bottles and Extras. According to him, dues to the FOHBC covered a couple of 50/60-word free ads and he always put in an ad for rare Ball jars. Approximately eight or nine years ago, he received a response to his ad by someone from Buffalo. The guy told Jeff that he had this jar that said Ball Fruit Jar on it and he also knew the jar listed at $3,000 in the Red Book which was No. 7 at the time. He had a daughter who lived in Katy, Texas which was 40 miles away and mentioned if Jeff was interested he would send it to her and he could take a look at it. The guy wanted $3,300 for it which was a strong price and Jeff remembers someone at a Muncie show at that time telling him he should be able to find an example for $2,500 which, of course, never happened. So Jeff and Mary went and looked at it, liked what they saw and bought it. At another time in response to his ad, he was approached by someone who had a clear quart La Abeja (which translates to “The Bee”) which Jeff bought and is now extremely happy to own that jar. Two examples of this jar are known to exist. It seems Jeff’s ad brought him more than a few good jars because he was able to acquire a yellow green pint bead seal Ball THE Mason from his ad, too. Looks like these finds are proof positive that advertising pays off and in a big way sometimes. For people who enjoy collecting Ball jars no matter what type inexpensive to the most expensive they may be, Jeff has a very nice thorough collection that only a relatively few people can rival. He has some of the rarest Ball jars known in the hobby as well as many “seemingly” common jars that just can’t be found or seen in the average person’s collection. He enjoys collecting certain genres and goes to extremes such as having a seven-jar Balll Standard set in which the embossing progressively goes from higher to lower on the jar Very scarce Special only jar

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Just a few of the really nice wooden boxes in Jeff’s collection. all the way towards the heel. Although his ultimate goal is to have an example of every known Ball jar listed in the Red Book or not listed as well, he doesn’t necessarily want or desire complete sets of the same jar. Jeff has approximately 600 to 650 jars on display in his home in just about every room and wherever you can put a shelf or set a jar. He also has an extensive and wonderful box collection as well as a phenomenal amount of go-withs of many hard to find and highly sought after Ball-related items including oodles of Ball paper stuff such as Blue Books, posters, photos and more. His lid collection is possibly the largest I have ever seen and superb in every respect. And what he has in a special display that he built himself are only part of them because he has many more on jars scattered throughout his home that are in the collection.

Very scarce Spanish Ball jar!

Outstanding grouping of Ball made glass lids.

He has over 700 jars in boxes in his garage and with the completion of their fantastic, absolutely beautiful and massive log cabin lake home, they now have plenty of room to eventually display their entire collection. Jeff told me he doesn’t personally put a premium on color so he doesn’t have a tremendous amount of color in the collection overall, but what he does have is extremely nice indeed. On day two of my visit with Jeff and Mary, they drove me to their lake home and I must say I was floored, to say the least. What a spectacular vacation home it is and I just loved it. A contractor showed up to give a quote for some work. Before long he was also quoting new shelving for the walls so I piped in about how nice it would be for them to have shelves built into the casing of some really large extra long front windows on the second floor. I mentioned something of the nature of a “stained” glass look with all of the jars being there. Well, before you know it, that was a done deal and Jeff


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go of a jar of that magnitude, but tough economic times dictated otherwise and I was glad that the jar went to a very good new home and a real ancestor of the family who made it approximately 125 years ago in Buffalo, N.Y. Jeff would say to new collectors: Buy what you like. That’s what a lot of longtime collectors would say as well, but he would also add to not regret it if your tastes change. You bought what you liked at the time and if you’re not interested in it now, you can always sell it or store it. When you buy certain jars and the book says $5, $10, $20, but all you can get them Just a fabulous Lake House in the country! for is double, then that’s what they’re worth no matter what the book quotes. jokingly told me he would possibly now have to go after Jeff has over the years acquired a goodly portion of his more colored jars considering he’ll have so much more room to display them properly. Oops, as I swallowed hard, I jars from eBay, but he says you have to make a decision based on what you’re paying for the jar including shipping have a big mouth… Smile which adds a considerable amount of money to a cheaper My weekend visit with Jeff and Mary was a dual jar. eBay obviously is a good place to find jars if you can’t purpose because I not only wanted to get this story, but I travel, but there is many instances where you will pay more also did a cash trade with Jeff. I’m not sure how it came for a jar on that forum than if you found it on a shelf or at a about but Jeff knew I owned a Red Book No. 195. That is show. But for those who only have that option then that is a jar quite literally at the top of his most wanted list and the way to go. he has been pursuing it for quite some time. So I flew to Jeff’s biggest surprise is the skyrocketing upward Houston with jar in hand. Normally, I wouldn’t have let

Jeff would say to new collectors, “Buy what you like.”

Every Ball jar collector loves a splash of color in the collection

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Wherever Jeff could put a shelf there’s jars to be found. value of colored jars in general. Colored jars that sold nine or 10 years ago are probably four or five times the value now and rising. Other jars have not risen to those levels. Of course, rare jars are a totally different animal and they rise in value due to their rarity and desirability. He doesn’t understand why, but the number revamping and additions Doug accomplished from Red Book No. 7 to Red Book No. 8 changed things on the Ball front. Jeff credits Doug Leybourne with making Ball jars more interesting to many people because they perceived the amount of time he spent on the revamp as proof Ball jars were worth collecting. Ball jars are currently highly sought after by many newer collectors. If Jeff has any regrets it would be that he hasn’t bid high enough on many items he really wanted over

Nice set of scarce upside down embossed Ball Mason jars.

Jars are everywhere in the Harper’s Houston home.

the years. He’s lost out on a lot of good pieces because someone else put a higher value on them than he did, but in recent years that has changed dramatically. He has really jumped headlong into the bidding wars with the goal to win on good stuff and whoever bids against him has real competition to deal with indeed. As a Ball jar collector myself, I was quite pleased to be with Jeff and share stories and see all of the incredible items he has amassed over the years. I personally do not have the room, means or desire to collect the amount of items Jeff has amassed already. His eventual pursuit will put him most likely in the 1,600-plus category, not including go-withs. It’s a safe bet with the collections and collectors currently opting out that it won’t be long till Jeff is “The Premier Ball Jar Collector” in the country and deservedly so. Suffice it to say, it would take a lot longer than a weekend visit to get a better grasp of everything in Jeff’s collection. I really got a kick out of the cobalt Ball Perfake Mason made by Jim Del Grado. God has truly blessed both Jeff and Mary and rightly so. It’s evident in everything they have, do, think and project about their Perfake Ball Mason lives. They are without a


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doubt very warm, friendly and extremely giving people, the kind of people that anyone would be honored to associate with and have as friends. They are fantastic hosts and are reaping the hard work they have accomplished all of their lives and living life to its fullest. I was treated so well by them that I actually felt a bit guilty about it all. I didn’t expect it and I tried to refuse it, but they insisted on giving me a large dose of warm Texas hospitality and they succeeded in the biggest way. And isn’t everything about Texas supposed to be larger than life anyway? Jeff and Mary have given me an open invitation to come back again and next time with my better half. I will most undoubtedly take them up on their offer. It is with sadness that I now tell the jar collecting world that Jeff Harper passed away on May 18, 2012 at 12:43 a.m., peacefully in the presence of his loving wife Mary and their two children, Katie and Andrew. The above article was published in the

Yep, even the hallways are loaded with Ball jars.

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November 2009 Midwest Glass Chatter, the official publication of the Midwest Antique Fruit Jar & Bottle Club. After publishing this article, Jeff went on to acquire the now legendary Mason Bright Ball Jar Collection. Along with that huge acquisition and other great additions to Jeff’s already fabulous Ball Jar Collection he was undoubtedly THE King of the Hill in the Ball Jar World. While on a summer trip last year, my very good friend and fellow collector Joe Coulson stopped by Jeff and Mary Harper’s home to see all of the improvements and additions they had put in place. It was quite an obvious change from when I had been there and a sight to see. I am truly sorry that I never got the chance to go back to the Harpers again after my 2009 visit. Jeff in my estimation came closer than anyone in the goal of having the most complete Ball jar collection. He was the King and no one else can claim that but him. But in my simple mind there was something else about Jeff outside of the realm of jars that was much more important. Jeff was a genuinely good man, husband and father. Jeff was a special person because of his love for God and other people. Jeff also in my humble estimation lived a great life. He accomplished far more than what many people could ever dream of. I feel privileged that Jeff allowed me to go to his home and share even a brief moment of his life. I am also honored that he considered me among his friends God Be with You Jeff, Bruce

The new shelving looks pretty Fab if I do say so myself.

Special sign Mary had made for Jeff.



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A Timely Find By Mike Magee


n May 13, 2012 Jim Hamiel, Mike Magee and Mark Wiseman were digging for antique bottles in a old outhouse pit behind what once was the Brice mansion in Tama, Iowa. Among what was found were five old photographic glass plates. The photo album that contained them was considerably decayed. Only one of them had a visible image. It appeared to be that of two Civil War soldiers. I took them to my Cedar Valley Civil War Roundtable meeting where one of the members, Bill Witt, who is a expert on old photographs, observed them. Bill took them home and carefully looked them over. Here is his report: “At least two are ferrotypes, and the iron sheeting, oxidizing more quickly than the brass matte and frame, has been almost totally rusted away. Interestingly however, gold choride that was applied to uniform buttons, belt buckels, etc, was deposited on the cover glass when the photo emulsion was dissolved. I’m doing some tests to see if the dirt and iron oxide staining can be removed by soaking in a weak solution of distilled water and ammonia, without disturbing the residual gold. A third image looks like it was a pannotype-where the emulsion was flowed onto smooth, black leather. Pannotypes are extremely rare; even the Smithsonan and George Eastman House have only a small handful in their respective collections. “A fourth appears to be an ambrotype that was coated on the back with black shellac. I can see what may be faint traces of a painted backdrop-a peak of a tent and flagpole-used by the photographer. “The last image may have been a daguerreotype, there are traces of gilding and what looks to be mercuric-siver choride on the glass, but the silver-plated copper sheet and brass matte are gone.

Jim Hamiel [left] and Mike Magee [right] checking out the finds.

Jim Hamiel, digging in outhouse pit

November - December 2012 Bottles and Extras The plate, heavily corroded with copper oxide and copper sulphate, may still be down in the pit and likely would have rotted away.” Bill was able to recover the image of the two Civil War soldiers. Bill said that the photo was taken in 1862 because in 1863 a different process was used to frame the photo. I have done a considerable amount of genealogical and historical research on the Brice family and home. James Jr. and Thomas Brice were brothers who served in the 92nd Illinois Volunteer Mounted Infantry. After the war, the brothers came to Tama, Iowa and had businesses there. It is suspected that two soldiers in the photograph are the brothers. “The house” Bottles and pottery, etc, are the rewards after a successful outhouse pit digging day. Finding a Civil War era photo was the highlight of this bottle digging day.

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ACT I: The Keene Breakfast

I will never forgot a breakfast in Keene, New Hampshire in October 2010. Our group of four, which included Jerry and Helen Forbes from Big Sur, California and my wife Elizabeth and myself (Houston) departed from the town of Southbridge, Massachusetts at 5:00 AM and headed north for the two hour drive to Keene, New Hampshire. We had been to the annual Heckler Columbus Day hayfield event the day before in Woodstock, Connecticut. We timed our arrival for 7:00 AM so we could have our traditional breakfast at TimoleonÕs Restaurant on Main Street in Keene. We do this every year. This allowed us to get in to the great Yankee Bottle Show at 8:00 AM as early buyers. This year at the breakfast diner we ran in to John and Sheila Feldmann (Long Island, New York) and Jeff and Jeanine Burkhart (Cedarburg, Wisconsin). I sat across from John and during the course of the conversation, John mentioned that he thought it might be time to disperse of

his magnificent bottle collection. Stopping mid bite, I alerted Jeff at the other end of the table of this shocking statement. You see John is primarily a bitters collector who possessed the most magnificent and comprehensive bitters collection, along with other bottles, in the country. I am also a bitters collector. This meal and subsequent conversation set off a series of events that culminated this past June with myself and two partners being fortunate enough to obtain the Ôlions shareÕ of JohnÕs great bitters bottles. It was not an easy and uneventful task. What is interesting to note, was that when we first asked John of his timeline for doing this, he mentioned Òwithin ten years. Maybe lessÓ. You could obviously see that this was a major decision for John and that he was having a very difficult time even discussing moving his bottles along.

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“If John is the King of bitters, then his gorgeous and ever-present wife Sheila, is the ‘Queen of Queens”

Upon arriving at John and Sheila's home, the first thing you are greeted with is a large Guernsey cow in the front yard!Ó

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One can best understand JohnÕs wry sense of humor with something that John repeated often to us as you can see with this comment from Robert Strickhart: ÒI have known John for many years and have always enjoyed speaking with him at various shows and events. What I can tell you is this -John has always been a gentleman with a really great sense of humor. When it comes to bitters, he is absolutely one of the most knowledgeable individuals you could possibly find. But one of the things I truly enjoy about John is his wry sense of humor. Last time I saw him, I think it was at Baltimore last year, he told me that he was downsizing his collection considerably. We talked for a while and when I asked him why he was cutting back on his collection, he said with the coolest twinkle in his eye Ôthat it all won't fit in the coffin with him!Õ Now if you sum up the few things I have just mentioned, you will understand me when I say that he truly has always been one of the great ambassadors of our hobby and I am glad to know him.Ó

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bottle room. I didnÕt even seem to notice as I was taken in so much by the collection. Noel Thomas (Glastonbury, Connecticut) recalls: ÒJohn's invite to his Long Island home many years ago brought me face-to-face with his bitters and other bottles collection. He had quickly ushered me past his living room to a special addition on the rear of his house where I was confronted with three glass walls loaded with bottles on several glass shelves. Some of the rarest of bitters from figurals to cylinders and other forms reflected their differing colors and embossings all illuminated naturally from the daylight that gleamed through them. And on the two non-glass walls he displayed very unique bitters with related ephemera and other bottles. It was more than I was prepared to take in and remember, so I photographed each wall. That visit has not faded from my memory and is comparable to the large, glass windows where I viewed hundreds of bottles on several visits years earlier to Connecticut's Charlie Gardner's private museum. Wow!Ó Warren Friedrich (Grass Valley, California) recalls: ÒMy first encounter with the name John Feldmann came about

John stops Bob Ferraro mid stride with important bottle talk

Long before this breakfast, and once I had decided to become a bitters collector in 2002, our first collection home to visit was John and Sheila FeldmannÕs. Just about everyone in my hobby corner said, ÒYou have got to go see John FeldmannÕs collection.Ó This initial visit in 2003 narrowed and focused my bottle direction and inspired me more than any other bottle event, even to this date. When I saw JohnÕs bitters bottles, carefully and strategically arranged in windows, I was almost knocked over with the power of his color runs and rarity of the bitters bottles he possessed. I will never forget this experience and suffice it to say, it inspired me to specialize in bitters color runs, to display my bottles with natural light and to collect oddball bitters squares, which John had mastered. I can remember that John seemed very concerned that day of our visit, as it was cloudy and he felt that we might not get the full effect of his

John and Sheila at the FOHBC 2012 Reno Expo banquet

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many years ago when I was unsuccessful in my bids to become the owner of several nice western bitters through the auction venues. Having heard this name on numerous occasions when discussing the more highly desirable bitters, I wondered who this individual was. My first introduction to John came at the 1992 Federation Exposition in Toledo, Ohio when I got the chance to meet him and talk about bitters bottles. Sometime, after the show, I received a nice surprise in the mail, when a large manila envelope arrived with color photocopies of his collection. This was the first time I had the opportunity to see what an expansive collection John had put together.Ó


Warren continued: ÒYears continued to go by and at different occasions I'm sure John and I battled for ownership of several more western bitters. At the 2006 Federation National show in Sparks, Nevada, we had another opportunity to visit and chat about new acquisitions that we had accumulated. As the 2008 Federation Expo approached, I called John and asked if I could come visit and see his collection. After the York, Pa. show, myself, along with three other California bitters collectors, were excited to make the trek to Long Island, New York and visit with the Feldmanns. Upon arriving at John and Sheila's home, the first thing you are greeted with is a large Guernsey cow in the front yard!Ó ÒWe spent many hours viewing this incredible collection of bitters bottles. John and Sheila were very gracious hosts and all of us were just enamored with the colors and forms that were being displayed in his bottle room. I was particularly taken back by how many western pieces John had accumulated over the years. He probably had the largest selection of western glass east of the Mississippi River!

ÒSheila greeted us with her warm and ever present smile. I immediately felt welcomed. We visited and had coffee and talked about our families and the crazy world of bottle collecting. Once in JohnÕs bottle room I saw the gleam in FerdinandÕs eye and I thought to myself, ÔOh, boy, here we go.Ó

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Fast forward to the present. Recently John has reduced his collection and some of these western bottles have come back home. I feel fortunate to own one of these returning bottles. As I look at it, I'm reminded of the friendship I made with an east coast bitters collector. At the 2012 Federation Expo in Reno, I briefly saw John and Sheila and it was good to see them again.Ó

Drake’s Plantation Bitters color run

Act II: The King of Bitters and the ÔQueen of QueensÕ John, for the past few decades, was uniformly known throughout the bottle world to be the king of bitters. When I think of his figural bitters, I think of major runs of colored barrels, corns, fish and of course, his Indian queens. If John is the King, then his gorgeous and ever-present wife Sheila, is the ÔQueen of Queens.Õ They are the most gracious, down-to-earth people you will ever meet. When I asked John how long he has been married to Sheila I thought he may have to go and check but he immediately came back with fifty and one half years. He knows his numbers for his marriage, his business leases and every bottle he has ever purchased or seen sold. No cards, no computers, it is all in his head! Stacks of clippings in his bottle room and adjoining office confirm that he watches every auction and every sale report. Visiting their house and seeing the collection was almost spiritual to me and all I wanted to do was sit in the bottle room and absorb the collection. John was always standing close and you could tell that he was as proud as any person could be with his collection. His encyclopedic mind knew the story behind every bottle and he was ever so ready to tell. While this was happening, Elizabeth and my granddaughter Adriana were talking with Sheila in their comfortable living room. Sheila is, without a doubt, one of the driving forces behind John that encourages JohnÕs passion, just as my wife does with me.

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ÒMy quintessential story about John comes from seeing him at the Baltimore bottle show a few years ago. He had just purchased an early hand-tooled crown-top soda in clear glass embossed with the name of an Amityville soda manufacturer. John, who was born and raised there and collects Amityville bottles, showed me the bottle and excitedly explained how, despite living there all his life, heÕd never heard of that particular bottler. JohnÕs excitement and enthusiasm over his new find were palpable and infectious, and equal to his excitement and enthusiasm over acquiring a unique figural bitters. The price sticker on his new treasure? $12!


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My wife Elizabeth comments with the following: ÒJohn and Shelia were the first national collectors that welcomed and greeted us with open arms when Ferdinand started his quest. We had a trip planned to New York City so we took the train one day to see the Feldmann collection. John picked us up at the train station and detoured our route to show us the house of Amityville Horror fame, which he apparently had worked on as a contractor. After this, we went off to their house, which presented a life-size cow wearing a hat in front yard! We knew we were going to see something special!

Helen Forbes and Elizabeth Meyer after “the breakfast”

Sheila greeted us with her warm and ever present smile. I immediately felt welcomed. We visited and had coffee and talked about our families and the crazy world of bottle collecting. Once in JohnÕs bottle room I saw the gleam in FerdinandÕs eye and I thought to myself, ÔOh, boy, here we go.Õ Back to Sheila, I try to accompany Ferdinand on most of the major bottle trips mainly because I enjoy visiting with all the wonderful people I have met throughout the years. Going to a bottle show or visiting a collection is the only time I get to see these people. If John attends a show I

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immediately try to find him to see if Sheila is around. You can usually find her in the coffee area or walking around checking out all the tables. When we see each other it is like we just saw each other yesterday. We catch up on how our families are doing and such. This last trip to the FOHBC 2012 Reno Expo, we caught up again. I had mentioned to Ferdinand that I wanted to go to a show at the Casino Arena to see the comedian Anjela Johnson one evening and that I was going to ask Sheila if she would like to join us. FerdinandÕs response was, ÔOh, I am not so sure you should ask Sheila. I think she is a little conservative and may not like the risquŽ humor.Õ My response was, ÔSheila? I donÕt think so.Õ Needless to say, I invited Sheila but unfortunately, she had already made plans so she could not join the group of five Ôbottle womenÕ out on the town. The next day I saw Sheila and mentioned what Ferdinand had said and when she saw him she; well, I wonÕt tell you what she gestured with her hand while saying Ôis that conservative enough for you!Õ But Ferdinand now knows another part of Sheila that some people donÕt know. She is just as salty and sly as John. I guess what I am trying to say is, that you donÕt really know a person until you take the time to visit with them. Even though I only see Sheila at bottle shows, just visiting with her for a short time once or twice a year is all it takes for both of us to feel comfortable and open up. She is warm, sweet; kind and can definitely speak her mind if needed. I adore this lady and hope that she and John will continue to come to bottle shows because I would so miss my very dear friend Sheila.Ó Jeff Wichmann, owner of American Bottle Auctions in Sacramento, California, expands on the Amityville track with. ÒI saw John at the FOHBC York show and remarked that where I came from, Amityville was best known for the movie that made it famous, Amityville Horror. He laughed and told me that Ôas a contractor he had worked on the house without knowing it.Õ His company, I had guessed, was into construction and he explained how they had gone to this place and did some work and when they were through they were told it was the house, the one in the movie. I asked John if he'd seen anything strange or terrorizing while working on the place and he smiled and said, ÔNaw, I don't believe in those things.Õ I said the people that lived there before didn't either and some ended up dying. He said if he'd known that he may not have worked on the place. ÔI didn't see the movie,Õ he said, Ômaybe I should have.Õ We all laughed and he did, too. He thought it was very funny at the time. (It was) one of the few times I saw or heard John laugh out loud.Ó Norman Heckler adds, ÒJohn Feldmann allowed the Heckler clan to visit his home and collection earlier this year. Norman, Jr, Jason and his wife Amanda, and I were treated to a most wonderful sight of hundreds of beautiful forms and colors as we approached JohnÕs bottle room. The light was right to show off all those beautiful colors of bitters bottles and the many other categories that John had

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Richard Siri remembers that he sold John a Chalmers Catawba Wine Bitters. He believes it was for $400 as it had a small flake on the side of the lip. Richard says Ă’since then, every time I have run into John at a show, he thanks me for selling it to him, and the sale was 30+ years ago!Ă“

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painstakingly collected over the many years that I had known him. It struck me that this man was a true collector. The hours, money and energy to put that collection together was enormous and though John was thinking of parting with his treasures, he still loved each and every one. John has been an important part of our hobby and I hope he continues to be.Ó

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price guide. I bought an aqua ÔBRUCEÕS NEW LEASE OF LIFE (lot 720, two bottles for $25) and got interviewed by a reporter from a Boston newspaper!Ó Feldmann, a man who is by now a serious competitor at bottle auctions, says that he Òwas talking with Dick Watson, and said at that time I was just getting my feet wet, that I was just sticking my toe in the bottle water.Ó He said, ÒOnce you did, however, you became a bottle terrorist!Ó Reference, AB&GC Ð October 2005: Memories in a Bottle. Jim Hagenbuch says he recalls when he first met John Feldmann. It was at a South Jersey Bottle Club show. He didnÕt remember the town, but believes the show was held in a St. Augustine Church. The year would have been either 1972 or 1973. ÒI had one sales table and was selling off a few bitters bottles from my collection. I didn't know who he was at the time, but he was interested in a Dr. Lowe's Celebrated Stomach Bitters I had for sale. I believe I sold it to him for $110, and it was one of the first bottles he bought for his collection. As the years went by I sold John quite a number of bottles, some privately but mostly through my Glass Works Auctions company.Ó Richard Siri remembers that he sold John a Chalmers Catawba Wine Bitters. He believes it was for $400 as it had a small flake on the side of the lip. Richard says Òsince then, every time I have run into John at a show, he thanks me for selling it to him, and the sale was 30+ years ago!Ó

Act III: The Gardner Sale We now go back in time to try to figure out when John got hooked on bottles. We do know that JohnÕs first bitters bottles were an Old Sachem Bitters and Wigwam Tonic that John purchased from Òa man selling bottles from a table on the side of the road. His name was Zimmerman. We were on our way to upstate New York and dccided to stop. I also bought a Hartig Kantorowicz (labeledÉLitthauer Stomach Bitters).Ó Discussions with John about his early bottle experiences seem to always return to the famous Gardner sale. The Charles B. Gardner collection, which numbered about 4,000 bottles, occurred at the Skinner auction house in September and November 1975, in what was called ''the bottle auction of the century.'' In an article in Antique Bottle & Glass Collector in 2005, John was interviewed as just a greenhorn in the bitters world and said of the Gardner sale Òthis was my first exposure to serious bottle collecting!Ó And while he attended all six days of the auction, he was spending only Òa hundred dollars a dayÉbut back then it seemed like a lot of money.Ó His memories are invaluable; ÒI sat next to Judge Blaske and his wife,Ó ÒI was in the right place at the right timeÓ and ÒI remember the two blue bitters bottles sellingÉthat was exciting.Ó ÒI still have the signed catalog, the ticket, and the

Figural collector Bill Taylor inspecting an Old Sachem bitters barrel

Act IV: The Heckler Stone Wall It has now been one year since Jeff and I had that fateful and opportunistic breakfast with John and Sheila in Keene. We now find ourselves in October 2011 at the Heckler Columbus Day event which was the best ever with beautiful weather, acres of bottles and glass, a great turnout, auction, local live music and a Fife and Drum Corps to

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announce the great and upcoming McCandless Auction. At the appointed hour, I separated from Elizabeth, crossed the street, went down a field behind some parked cars and awaited a private meeting with two others who secreted away, this including Jeff Burkhardt and John Feldmann. A fourth person, the great figural bitters collector Bill Taylor from Oregon, was not able to make the trip due to a conflict but seemed to be ever present with cell phone and e-mail communications. It was here that our offer was accepted. We shook hands and outlined the next phase of the program. The previous year in-between had included a number of meetings and conference calls between the Ògang of fourÓ as John affectionately called us. One meeting in particular stands out as we had reserved a private meeting room off of a local hotel lobby in Baltimore, Maryland prior to the Baltimore Antique Bottle Show. It was here, that the Ôgang of fourÕ formally pitched our offer to John Feldmann. I can still remember our stealthy exit down a side corridor from the hotel lobby area as many bottle people were gathered in the lobby. It really would not take Sherlock Holmes too much time to wonder and figure out why five of the top bitters collectors were having a private meeting. At that time, Bob Ferraro (Boulder City, Neveda) was also part of our group. After the Heckler Ôhayfield handshake,Õ we knew that we were on the last lap or two. If you remember, earlier I mentioned a ten-year window or less for the sale. For some months it seemed like it would be within five years, then two years and now, the clock was ticking. We all wanted this done by mid 2012. Bill TaylorÕs comments include ÒJohn Feldmann is ÔMr. Figural BittersÕ to me. He accumulated the finest collection of figural bitters in the country. After hearing about John's collection, I got to see it some three years ago. His beautiful bottle room is mostly glass on three sides and really shows off the rare and colorful bottles he has displayed there.Ó ÒAs with most serious collectors, John has many stories to tell about his collecting adventures. In the beginning, he collected milk bottles, as his father ran ÔFeldmann's DairyÕ in Long Island. Eventually John decided to concentrate on figural bitters and acquired some of the rarest bitters bottles known. In fact, many of the pictures in Carlyn Ring and Bill Ham's Bitters Bottles and Bitters Bottles Supplement books are from the John Feldmann collection.Ó Bill adds, ÒMy congratulations to John on his fine collection and my thanks to him for recently allowing me the opportunity to add a few of them to my collection. John's name will always be included in their provenance. John and Sheila have always been very open and willing to share their bottles with fellow collectors and are two of the reasons why this hobby is so much fun!Ó Bill Ham adds, ÒWhen I was working on the Bitters Bottles Supplement, I asked John if I could come and photograph some of his bottles. He graciously invited me to come and helped as we photographed many of his bottles. At least twenty of the bottles in the Bitters Bottles Supple-


ment were from his collection. Working with John was very easy, he was always patient and enjoyed someone looking at and appreciating his collection. When seeing him at a bottle show, he was always the gentleman, showing patience and courtesy to everyone. I donÕt think I ever heard John raise his voice or appear upset with anyone. John has been a real asset to the bottle collecting community, and I hope he will continue coming to bottle shows and events.Ó

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Act V: The Carlyn Ring Sale When you visit John and review his bottles you cannot help but to notice the quantity of primo bottles that came from the famous Carlyn Ring sale. The iconic stickers saying ÔCarlyn Ring CollectionÕ seem to be on every third bottle. From a February 20, 1995 letter from James Hagenbuch of Glass Works Auctions, ÒDear Collector: The following listing of 143 bottles is the first of a series of offerings of bitters bottles from the Carlyn Ring collection. The Carlyn Ring collection contains over 650 examples, and is considered to be the finest and most comprehensive collection of this type ever assembled. Her collecting days started in the early 1950s, continuing on and off for the next forty years. Along the way many rare and important bottles were added to the collection including ScottÕs Artillery; CareyÕs Grecian Bend; WoodgateÕs, FoersterÕs Teutonic; two-handled Dr. TownsendÕs; HarveyÕs Prairie; to name a few. ÒNo bottles from this listing will be sold before 9 p.m. (eastern time) on the evening of February 20th, 1995. From 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. (eastern time) on the 20th, our phones will be cut off so no incoming calls can be received. At 9 (eastern time), these phones will be put back on line and incoming calls will then be received. Because we expect a large volume of calls we will have several phones operating that


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evening.Ó What really blows my mind here is the fact that this was a telephone sale! This must have been madness! When I asked John how he was able to obtain so many of the Ring bottles, he slyly mentioned that he set up five phones at the appointed hour and worked the phones with military precision. Using himself, his son, neighbors and anyone he could find, he was able to do this for each of the Ring telephone sales. This tells us so much about John. He is sly, wry, competitive and organized. He gets things done. Mike Dickman says, ÒAlthough I live 2,000 miles from John Feldmann, my in-laws live in Wantagh, N.Y., near John and SheilaÕs home in Amityville. So, IÕve been able to visit with John and his fabulous bottles on several occasions over the years. I expect that many folks will comment on the collection, and particularly his outstanding figural bitters (although I understand that he recently sold many of them). You can get a good idea of the scope and rarity of these bottles by perusing the color photographs in the Carlyn Ring and Bill Ham ÒBitters BottlesÓ and ÒBitters Bottles SupplementÓ books. The supplement alone is where 38 of JohnÕs bottles are depicted including the four Indian Queens on pp. 140-41, both KellyÕs Old Cabin Bitters on p. 145, the American Life Bitters and CareyÕs Grecian Bend Bitters on p. 147, the two Favorite Bitters on p. 155 (my personal favorites) and all four bottles on pp. 156-57.Ó ÒMy quintessential story about John comes from seeing him at the Baltimore bottle show a few years ago. He had just purchased an early hand-tooled crown-top soda in clear glass embossed with the name of an Amityville soda manufacturer. John, who was born and raised there and collects Amityville bottles, showed me the bottle and excitedly explained how, despite living there all his life, heÕd never heard of that particular bottler. JohnÕs excitement and enthusiasm over his new find were palpable and infectious, and equal to his excitement and enthusiasm over acquiring a unique figural bitters. The price sticker on his new treasure? $12!

Act VI: The Assessment As with any major purchase or sale, it is important that both sides have a clear understanding of the transaction. From our viewpoint, it was very important to get an inventory of JohnÕs bitters bottles. We quickly decided to exclude many of JohnÕs other non bitters bottles, which included a run of blue Wynkoops Sarsaparillas and other areas such as jugs, foreign bottles, Goofus jars etc. The bitters portion alone consisted of roughly 550 bottles excluding the many German bottles. Jeff Burkhardt and myself, in natural light, under special lights and in sunlight, assessed each bottle meticulously, during a special trip to the FeldmannsÕ. Every bottle was written up and cataloged. In many cases, John mentioned to us Òhe collected bottles and not conditionÓ

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when we were noting condition and flaws. We had to remind him, that in the ever so changing world of bottle collecting, as in many hobbies, condition is critical. We reminded John that an auction house would do the same.

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Quite honestly, we did find many bottles with issues that were passed over by our group but the underlying agreement was that when a bottle was so crazy in color and or rarity, condition plays second fiddle. Jeff Burkhardt recounts the following about John and Sheila: ÒBeing a fellow bitters collector, I've known John Feldmann probably for 30 years. The first and most important thing that comes to mind is that John has always been a collector friend first and foremost, and perhaps a competitor only on a few occasions. More on that in a minute. John's even-tempered, good nature has always been replete with a smile and a quick-witted joke relative to what was happening in the moment, whether it be an auction, bottle show or just life. So it is always a pleasure to see John appear at my sales table as he attends most major shows. ÒThe first time I visited John and Sheila to see his large and wonderful collection was likely in the late 80s or early 90s, the ÔheydayÕ of major bitters collections being disbursed. To name a few, there were the Carlyn Ring, Judge McKenzie, Elmer Smith and Chris Batdorf collections. By the time I saw John's collection, he had already successfully acquired some of Ôthe best of the bestÕ in these collections, including a few bitters that I had also bid aggressively on, only to become the under bidder to John. John was an aggressive buyer back then.Ó ÒJohn and Sheila were and are the most gracious of hosts, putting me up overnight on my first visit and then feeding me that Entenmanns crumb cake which Shelia continues to buy whenever I have visited. What a sweetie John's wife is! JohnÕs collection not only included 500+ bitters and go-withs, but an amazing array of whiskeys, pottery, medi

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cines and you name it. I have always gotten a kick out of the interesting "oddities" John would take home from a bottle show! But the bitters captured my attention for the most part, not only because that is what I collect, but because of the many great rarities and wild colors on John's shelf. His bottle room, with outside back lighting on two sides (a' la Dick Watson's bottle room), showed the colors well, especially in the early to mid morning hours. ÒNot making major acquisitions in recent years, John recently came to the very difficult decision that it was Ôtime,Õ time to pass on his treasured collection to other collectors. As two other advanced bitters collector friends and I had been ÔcourtingÕ John, he made the decision to give us first choice of the bitters we wanted and needed from his collection. After 1-1/2 years, our purchase was consummated, each of us going home this past June with our share of what is arguably, the best of the Feldmann collection. ÒWhat is so heartening and satisfying about my purchases is now having a number of great bitters with the Feldmann provenance on top of some other great collector names. Paralleling that, is the joy and satisfaction of finally bringing home a few of those bottles on which I was originally the under bidder to John. The most stunning of these is the light copper-salmon ZINGARI BITTERS ladies leg. With also an Elvin Moody and Chris Batdorf provenance, it is mint, whittled and just a killer color! Also finally home to roost is the unique L.S. STOLLS STOMACH BITTERS. Mint and with unusual concave, embossed sides, this extremely rare rectangle is a gorgeous pure lemon yellow. The third bottle I had originally battled John for and lost is the O'MARRA'S FENIAN BITTERS. As one of only two known examples, this large, beautiful teal-blue, indentedpanel rectangle now assumes a commanding position on my shelf. ÒThrough this whole process of Ôletting go,Õ John has been consistently upbeat. Not only that, John still attends the shows, visiting as always; like nothing's changed. Of course it hasn't; John Feldmann will always be the jovial, likeable guy I've known for decades. Thanks, John, for who you are!Ó Steve Ketcham adds some more information about JohnÕs eclectic collecting taste and wry sense of humor, ÒIf you have ever received a letter from John Feldmann, you know of the great guffaw you get at reading the stamp on the back of his envelope. It reads, ÔLAND Ð WHISKEY Ð MANURE Ð USED CARS- FLY SWATTERS Ð RACING FORMS Ð RIPPER BAGS Ð OLD BOTTLES.Õ ÒBut a mischievous sense of humor is only one small part of what defines John. ÒI canÕt recall when John and I first discussed the stoneware bottles stamped ÔSPARKLING CIDER I.S. KETCHAM JERICHO, L.I.Õ I am lucky enough to own one of these early salt-glazed gems, and through our discussion, John and I determined that I likely owned the very example he once owned. As I recall, he told me it was found in the rafters of a barn on Long Island. That discussion led to my

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telling John of my interest in the history of the Ketchams of Long Island from which it is believed my line of the family descended. ÒFor over 10 years, John has been sending me newspaper clippings and photos of various Ketcham-related sites across Long Island and especially in Amityville. He has even sent along histories of other Ketcham bottles from North Port and Hempstead, Long Island, making me aware of other bottles I could add to the collection. Those pieces are still on the shelf, John, and I so appreciate the time and effort you took to help me learn more about my family and the bottles my early relations produced. Your generous spirit and thoughtful kindness will always define the gentleman you are.Ó

Act VII: The Big Weekend Fast-forward to June 2012 and you will find Jeff Burkhardt, Bill Taylor and myself in Long Island and in the home stretch. This is where we consummated the deal. Thorough final inspections, bank transactions and bottle packing and shipping occurred. Rivaling a NFL draft, our group had conducted previous mock bottle-picking exercises in Auburn, California during free time at the 49er Antique Bottle show the previous December. Also, many follow-up bottle trade calls were executed with precision that even astounds me now. All this so there would be no snags at closing. Everything was rehearsed, contingency plans were studied, we were ready and we did it. John has influenced many collectors throughout the years and continues even to this day. The relatively new supercollector Sandor Fuss (Denver, Colorado) says, ÒI only met him twice, first in Baltimore where he invited me to see his magnificent bottle collection and then of course the second time when on a mineral business trip I had a chance to actually visit his collection. The collection blew my mind and helped cement my decision to go full force into collecting figural bitters. John and his lovely wife Sheila were gracious hosts and I had a wonderful time and I will always cherish the few hours I spent with them gazing at a glorious site that I will never forget.Ó

Epilogue I end this article and suggest a new beginning for John as he has already been spotted roaming bottle show aisles. Bryan Grapentine, after his mega three-part American Bottle Auctions sale in 2005 and 2006, is already deep in to collecting Sandwich Glass. I have an invite to review and photograph his collection for the FOHBC Virtual Museum. I suggest that John will resurface. Maybe a little slower, maybe a little less aggressive but certainly sly and with precision. I wonder what it will be? Thank you John, you have been an inspiration for me and many others.

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ohn Thomas called these Newman flasks, but the real Newman flask is embossed on the bottom with C.Newman, Pat. Oct.10th 1876. Oregon has four of these emerald green token flasks and there are two of the unlisted ones. The other two are the OLD O.I.C./ RYE from Oregon Importing Co. and C.J. STUBLING/THE DALLES/OREGON. Both of these flasks have appeared at Oregon bottle shows in the past. Sometime during 1904, the wholesale liquor store Oregon Importing Co. opened in Portland and then spread out to three different locations. Even though the company dealt only in wholesale sales, there was also a reference to it being a Family Liquor Store. The O.I.C. remained a mystery until someone came up with a paper label that said: Oregon Importing Co. Old Rye Whiskey. Charles J. Stubling first opened a saloon in The Dalles in 1883 and in 1890 he entered the wholesale business. One trade token refers to his first venture in the Germania Beer Hall and Oyster Saloon. He was very successful and lasted in business until prohibition came to Oregon in 1915. Most of the Oregon token flasks came after 1900. The writing is incised on a brass token and glued to a de-bossed circle in the center of the flask. The SARATOGA LIQUOR CO/ 245 ALDER ST./ PORTLAND,ORE was owned by Harry R. Eaton and it was difficult to find him in the directories because he was only in business for one year in 1911. It seems like most of these owners who moved around would use these token flasks because a new token would be easier and cheaper than embossing a flask. Also, the token flask is one of the prettier flasks made. The token could be placed upside down so it could be read while drinking. To my knowledge, only one of these Saratoga Liquor Co. flasks is known in 2012. OAK RUN/( logo)/ BOURBON is attributed to W.J.VAN SCHUYVER & CO., as each of his initials W.J.V.S are incised inside the same logo used on his embossed cylinders and his Cyrus Noble shot glass on page 120 in Barbara Edmonson始s book. William Van Schuyer was a partner of a saloon in Portland in 1866 and became the sole owner in 1877. The company stayed in business until prohibition. Many thanks to Margie for bringing this flask to a recent bottle show in Aurora, Oregon. Source: John Thomas Whiskey Bottles and Liquor Containers From Oregon

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Dr. Clide Randall’s ‘Cough Mixture’ By Jack E. Fincham, Ph.D., R.Ph. Introduction The widespread use of liquid medications (so called patent medicines) in the late 19th and early 20th centuries would not have been possible without the ability to mass produce glass bottles. After 1880, natural gas became accepted as the perfect fuel for melting glass, as opposed to initially wood and then coal. Since access to physicians was difficult, many people purchased glass bottles of patent medicine (often referred to as snake oil remedies) from traveling medicine shows in the late and early 20th centuries. At the turn of the 20th century, a patent medicine was a ready mixed product that was purchased for medicinal use from pharmacists or merchants. Many Americans turned to druggists (as pharmacists were referred to until the mid 20th century) to purchase other medicines that may have been of questionable quality and outcome as well. It was not until the passage of the Pure Food and Drug Act in June 1906 by the U.S. Congress that the initial tightening of regulations regarding what could be sold as ‘medicines’ became prominent. Still, many druggists sold questionable remedies that took advantage of the trust that individuals placed in them. Dr. Clide Randall and His Cough Mixture Dr. Clide Randall (top right row far right in the attached family photo, Dr. Randall’s brother and sister are to his immediate left, and the parents of the three siblings can be seen in the front row, all lived in Cherokee County, Kansas) was a chiropractor by trade who eventually became registered as a pharmacist. Clide Randall apprenticed as an assistant pharmacist under the sponsorship of his mother, Elsie Randall, a pharmacist in 1907. This apprenticeship with his mother was for a one-year period of time, as was typical and accepted in Kansas (and other states) at that time. Pharmacy graduates of this era were granted certificates as registered pharmacists without examination if they had received a diploma from recognized schools of pharmacy. There is no documentation of the route that Elsie Randall took to licensure as a pharmacist. Dr. Randall participated in the pharmacy licensure examination at Hutchinson, Kansas on November 19, 1908, and was granted a certificate as a registered pharmacist Doris Anne Randall Bolick was born on September 27, 1924 and died March 7, 2007 in Cherokee, Kansas. A formal portrait of Doris Randall was taken and is presented in the photograph here along with the “Cough Mixture” bottle on the label on which is copied the same picture of Doris Randall {1}. Ms. Randall was 7 years old at the time the portrait was taken in 1931, which places the

Dr. Clide Randall (top row, far right) stands next to his brother and sister, Doris. Their parents are seated in the front row. (Photos courtesy of Dr. Jack E. Fincham)

Photo of Doris Randall was included on the label of the Cough Mixture bottle.

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cough mixture in the Randall Drug Store around the early 1930s. The label reads as follows: “Cough Mixture For Throat and Bronchial Irritations, Shake Well, Dose: For adults, one teaspoonful each hour or two as needed or better yet, five or a few drops each ten or fifteen minutes. Children in proportion to age.” The contents of the cough mixture are unknown and were not listed on the label on the bottle. This would have been standard practice for such products at this time. More than likely, the cough mixture contained some quantity of alcohol. During the U.S. prohibition, alcohol was commonly continually used in drug stores as a component of compounded prescriptions, and also was sold as “medicated alcohol” which could be dispensed via prescription by physicians. The Volstead Act outlined how alcohol could be obtained during Prohibition in the U.S. During the 14 years of prohibition, liquor containing prescriptions could be obtained from physicians for about $3 and subsequently obtained from pharmacists for $3 - $4. The following note from the Kansas Historical Society online exhibit Sinners and Saints the following is presented to illustrate how Prohibition was circumvented by the guise of seeking treatment and subsequent prescribing and dispensing of alcohol: “The physicians help the droughty ones to get around the prohibitionary law by prescribing liquor for all the ills that flesh is heir to. For a boil on the arm, one patient was ordered to take, in eleven days, ten pints of ‘spiritus fermenti’ and thirty bottles of beer. . . . [B]oils are very fashionable in Kansas.” [Boston Transcript, 1882]. As can be seen, the manufacturer of the mixture is listed on the bottom of the label and reads: Dr. Clide Randall Druggist Bartlett, Kansas Many similar glass bottles can be found in numerous sources, but few have the meticulously maintained


quality of this particular bottle, and few are seen with the pharmacist’s daughter on the label as well. Selected References Bingham, A. Walker, The Snake-Oil Syndrome, Patent Medicine Advertising, (Hanover, MA: The Christopher Publishing House, 1994). Boston Transcript, 1882 Fincham, Jack E. An unusual personalized cough mixture from the early twentieth Century. Pharm Hist. 2010; (52(3-4): 148-50. McEvoy, W.H. Alcohol in the drug store, The Practical Druggist, December, 1922: 20-21. Okrent, D. Last Call, the Rise and Fall of Prohibition (New York: Scribner Publisher 2010. Quarterly Report of the State Board of Pharmacy of Kansas, National Druggist, Volume XXXIX, January 1909, p. 24.] Rothstein W.G., American Physicians of the Nineteenth Century. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press). Sinners and Saints: Vice and Reform in Kansas, Kansas Historical Society, Topeka, Kansas. exhibits/vice/illegal.htm. [1] There is no way at this point to determine the financial or marketing impact of the personalized cough mixture upon the Randall Drug Store. Nor can there be an estimate of the influence that the likeness of Dr. Randall’s daughter on the label might have had upon sales or use of the product. However, in an era of uncertainty and naiveté regarding health options in general and medicinal products in particular, it could be assumed that this photograph-adorned personalized cough mixture bottle would have been promoted in-store by Dr. Randall with confidence, and used with assurance by purchasers. This uniquely presented cough mixture was no doubt a point of pride for the pharmacist, as well as his lovely daughter. This bottle and photograph were personally given to this author as a gift while serving as dean of the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy. It is now a part of the author’s personal pharmacy memorabilia collection.

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Who In The World Is E.J. Suggs? By Gary Beatty FOHBC Treasurer


n 1959, the Platters were singing, “Harbor Lights,” Ford had an Edsel and I was serving America in the U.S. Navy, at beautiful San Diego, California where Archie Moore lived. For you whipper snappers who don’t know who Archie Moore is, I will simply say, he was very possibly the greatest light heavyweight boxer of all time! My home town is Lancaster, Ohio. During the summer of ‘59, some friends relocated from Lancaster to a small Arizona town called Camp Verde. It was just a small dusty desert town north of Phoenix. Back then. I took some leave, boarded a Trailways Bus and headed for Camp Verde. On the second day of my visit, my friend Bob said he was going to take me to a ghost town. So we jumped into his ‘49 Chevy truck and headed for a place called Jerome. Jerome sat high on a hill. The road up to Jerome had no guard rails and was quite nervewracking. Especially the way Bob drives. It was a very interesting place. Mostly empty and very old. On our way back to Camp Verde we had a blowout. When the truck came to a stop, I hopped out to inspect the damage. It was blown out all right, but the tire was also as bald as a billiard ball. I trembled when I realized we just came off the mountain riding on that tire. Well, old Bob popped open the trunk and there inside was a tire just like the one we needed to replace. Just as flat! And just as bald! Well, dear friends, there were no cell phones in those days so we were stranded, at least for awhile. Bob lit up a Lucky Strike, climbed into the Chevy and told me to flag down the next car. I decided to take a little walk and look at the cactus up close. I had walked maybe 50 yards or so

when I spotted something sparkle in the bright Arizona sun. It was laying next to a cactus about 25 feet off the road. I walked toward it ever so careful as Bob had warned me this was rattlesnake country. I could see it was glass and supposed it to be an old pop bottle. It was half buried and my first thought was just broken glass. I reached down and gave it a pull and out came a whole bottle unlike any I had ever seen. Later on I would be educated as to what it was. (pumpkinseed flask) This was 1959 and I never became a bottle collector until 1967. In 1969, I joined the Ohio Bottle Club at Barberton, Ohio. I had the honor of being the president of that great club. Back to the bottle, it had an amethyst tint and some words in the glass. “E. J. Suggs” in an arch, and across the middle, “Orient Saloon, and under that, “S F.” I showed the bottle to Bob and he quickly replied, “whiskey flask, we find them now and again out there.” You see, Bob was a high tension electrical engineer, and he came to Arizona to build high electric towers across the state. So when he said, out there,” he was talking about the desert where they worked. As we were looking at the old bottle, a dusty old International Scout stopped to see our need. We told the driver our plight and he said he would send help. About an hour later, a wrecker from the Camp Verde Garage arrived, hooked us up, and hauled us to town. While they were repairing the tires, I walked over to a desk where the owner was seated, reading a Super Man comic. “Got something I want to show you,” and I pulled the pumpkin seed from my pocket. “I found it where we had the blowout, have you ever seen one of

these before?” He took it, read it, and said, “Yes, I have. Not with this particular name but the same kind.” “How old do you think it is,” I asked? “1860 to 1900 or so would be my guess, he opined. “How do you reckon it got out here from San Francisco?” was my next question. He looked at me intensely and asked, “What makes you so sure it’s from San Francisco?” Trying to be a little witty I said, “Well, as Chester would say ‘it’s as plain as the nose on your face, Mr. Dillon!’ Can’t you see that S F under his name?” He just chuckled and said, “Did you ever think S F might stand for Santa Fe, or Sioux Falls?” “I guess you got me there; no, I never thought of those cities, I answered.. He got out of his chair and said, “Follow me, son,” and then led me into a back room. It was a room full of clutter. Dusty old clutter like signs, racks, oil cans, etc. He pointed to a shelf that was full of old bottles, dusty old bottles. He showed me two or three that was shaped like the one I found. I don’t recall today what each one said. As we walked back to the front room he asked, “What would you take for it? I would like to have it.” I spied an old lift top Coke cooler sitting against the wall. “How about a cold pop and a bag of Planters peanuts?” I replied. He smiled and said, “You sure drive a hard bargain, help yourself.” I lifted the lid, pushed my hand down into that icy water and pulled out a Dad’s Old Fashioned Root Beer. A couple days later, I said goodbye to my friends, boarded the Trailways Bus, and settled back into the very comfortable seat for my return to San

Bottles and Extras Diego. As the bus smoothly glided down the highway I reflected on my time with the Jones family. I then thought about that old bottle. Did I act hastily by giving it up? How about that name E. J. Suggs? There seemed to be an aroma of suspense about that name. As I stared out the window my mind would wonder but kept coming back to E. J. Suggs. Who was he? How old was he when he died? Was it San Francisco, or Santa Fe? For sure, the old bottle had a story that drew me in. I didn’t get bitten by a rattlesnake that day, but I did get bitten by the bottle bug, and little did I know I would be infected for the rest of my life. As I pondered on the name I was mystified I had never heard the name Suggs before. What did E. J. stand for I wondered. My grandfather was born in 1876 and his name was Noah Elijah Beatty. That’s it, I thought, he has got a Bible name. E, probably stood for Elijah, and J stood for Jeremiah. So there it was, Elijah Jeremiah Suggs, that had to be it. I arrived back to my ship the U.S.S. Isherwood, DD 520. It would be 38 years before I would really think about E. J. Suggs again. In 1998, I accepted the call to pastor the First Baptist Church of Boca Grande, Florida. So I said farewell to all my Ohio Bottle Club members and headed south. Coming down through the center of Florida, somewhere close to Sebring, we passed an old auto salvage yard. The name on the business was Suggs Auto Parts. “Betty, stop the car!” I yelled.”Why?” “Just pull over.” Once the car was stopped, I said, “Look at the name on the building.” She looked, then looked at me like a deer in headlights. “What am I looking for?” she asked. “Don’t you see? Suggs.”

November - December 2012 “Yes, so what?” “Don’t you remember the story I told you about that old desert bottle I found? Remember the name, E.J. Suggs?” Gary, what’s that got to do with these people,” she asked? “Honey, we have never seen or met anyone named Suggs so I reckon that’s an uncommon name and these folks are his relatives.” “You are crazy,” she said. “These bottles have finally sent you over the edge, they’re going to think you’re nuts!” Undaunted, I got out of the car and walked inside. As I entered the room, I saw four men behind the counter having a serious discussion. I waited a couple minutes but they paid me no mind what so ever. I raised my voice and said, “Whoever name is Suggs raise your right hand.” Well, they looked at me like a calf at a new gate and then all four shot their hands up. Well, long story short, I told them the story of the E. J. Suggs bottle and

61 then asked if they ever heard of him. They looked puzzled at one another and almost in unison said, “Nope.” I persisted, had their father or grandfather ever mentioned a relative by the name of Elijah. Once again “Nope” was the response. Still pressing the issue I asked, do you have any relatives out west? Who looked to be the oldest of the brothers spat some tobacco into a Chock Full of Nuts coffee can and said, “Mister, we ain’t got no relatives outside of Florida. Now if you don’t mind, we got work to do.” With that they turned their attention away from me.. When I opened the door to the car, Betty was grinning ear to ear like a Cheshire Cat, “Well, did they know E. J. ?” she slyly asked? With that we both had a great laugh. I guess I may never know who E.J. Suggs was, but then again I might! You see, being a preacher man, I have a strong belief in Heaven, and count on going there. Just suppose when I cross the bar and arrive at my new celestial home that there will be some folks there to welcome me. Just suppose a fellow steps forward, sticks out his right hand, and says, “Heard you been looking for me. My name is Elmer Jasper Suggs, so glad to meet you,” and with that we shook hands. Well, friends, it just goes to show you when you think you got all the answers to your old bottles life will throw you a curve. Who would have ever thought Elmer Jasper? In conclusion, you western fellows and gals, I have some good advice for you. Keep hunting and digging them old bottles, and just maybe you will meet “E.J.Suggs.” Happy hunting and Best Regards, Gary.


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by Kevin Wade

hink you’ve had a bad day? Well, then, read on. But be forewarned, you might not feel any better afterward. It had been a great weekend. The Washington Bottle Collector’s Association’s May show had moved to a new venue in Kent, thanks to the major efforts of club members Niel and Ellen Smith. It turned out to be a popular decision, there were lots of new faces and traffic for most of the sellers. I was tired but happy when I made it home Saturday night. We settled in for the evening to watch TV and eat dinner. My wife headed upstairs to bed, but I wanted one last look on the internet before I turned in. I got on eBay and started poking around. A search I run for whiskey items brought up an unusual looking bottle, it had just been listed in the pressed glass category. I stared at the thumbnail picture. It was a cabin shaped bottle, the title said American Life Bitters Brown Glass Bottle PEILER MANUFACTURER OMAHA. Now, I am not a figural bitters collector, for the most obvious reasons, $!, $$!, and $$$!, but I have drooled over plenty of auction catalogs. That’s a semi-cabin, right? Something told me it should be Ohio, not Nebraska. I glanced at the price, a $250 buy it now. What’s wrong with it? Is it a repro? The description said the condition was good, that a note in the neck said “This log cabin bottle washed down in Republican River flood 1935. Little Phil Ruplinger found it near Orleans, Nebraska”. The applied top was obvious in the pictures, and aside from some dullness looked perfect. What was I doing? I better jump before someone else does. Taking a deep breath, I punched the BUY button, and then PAY NOW to seal the deal. Once payment had been made, I started looking for information about my find. I must have seen the Ohio bottle at some time or other. The Omaha variant is more scarce, (4-5 known), with price in the range of $3500-$4000. YES!!! I leapt the stairs to the bedroom and flipped on the light. “What are you doing, turn that off!” “I just bought a $3,000+ bottle!” “That’s nice, now come to bed”. Even as I lay there, too excited to sleep, I heard a little voice. Don’t count your chickens, a bird in the hand, etc. Sometimes premonitions come true. I was on a field trip in high school, sitting next to a classmate on the bus. I watched as the driver struggled to get everyone seated, red faced and out of breath. I said, without thinking, and to no one in particular, “That guy’s gonna have a heart attack”. On the return trip, we headed for our seats. One of the teachers stood outside, waiting for us. “Everyone get onto that bus!” “What happened to ours?” “The bus driver had a heart attack.” The girl who I had sat next to moved away from me. She didn’t talk to me for weeks. I vowed to email the seller first thing in the morning. “Hi, please pack well, and can you include the note that

was in the bottle if you still have it?” There! That’s all I can do, just wait for the mailman to show up. I put it out of my mind for the rest of the day. That evening I logged in and checked my messages. Oh, good, looks like I have a reply, the seller is probably going to tell me when to expect delivery. “Hi, I apologize but it’s necessary for me to refund your payment. While my daughter was packaging my items her 13 month old son pulled a box over and broke 4 pieces, including the bitters bottle that you already purchased. Obviously a refund is the only thing I can do at this point besides say I am sorry again and know that I personally want to thump my daughter for letting a $250 bottle break. “ What?! What am I going to do? I didn’t think I was into conspiracy theories. At least, not until this happened............ Sunday morning. Smartphones all over America illuminate as their owners peer at them for the first time, checking messages and alerts. “What did eBay send me? A cabin bitters for a $250 buy it now? Damn, it sold already, quick, get me the sellers contact info. Has that shipped yet? No? I can do better than $250, say x times $1,000. I couldn’t accept that it was broken, I had to see the body. “That’s okay, send me the pieces.” I waited for a reply. Nothing. What was going on? After a day’s wait, and making a complete ass of myself, I decided that it was, indeed, gone, thrown out, and nothing more to do. It had survived Indian Wars, a flood, and 140 plus years, only to be destroyed in an instant by a toddler. So, all I have left is a question: Do I have bragging rights? Can I still say I owned a rare, high end figural bitters, even though I never saw it in person? Judges.......................?


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Classified Ads For sale FOR SALE: (1) Lightning Rod Ball, milk glass, moon and stars, some minor chips, $50; (2) Pottery bottle, crude, unembossed cylinder, 6 ¼” tall, dug at a Civil War site $30; (3) Three different Hemingray insulators, perfect. $12; (4) Goffs Herb Bitters G53, 7 3/4 “ (large size) lite haze, no damage $12; (5) Many good bottle books. Bill Herbolsheimer, 6 Beech Cluster, Doylestown, PA 189012134: (215) 340-7156; or raeherb@ FOR SALE: Nevada Bottle collection; rare sodas, rare whiskeys, rare back bar. James D. Jacobitz, M.D. 190 Eucalyptus Drive, San Francisco, CA 94132; (415)516-9146 or jacobitz31@hotmail. com FOR FREE: Several years of back issues of the Bottles and Extras from a member. Please contact Alan at 440-3581223 or FOR SALE: As a member you can sell your extra bottles (valued $25 or more) in 100 words or less using the Bottles and Extras’ Classified for “FREE”. Yes, I said “FREE”. Each word, abbreviation, initial, price or number counts as one word. Contact Alan DeMaison (440) 358-1223 or a.

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1231 (m) WANTED: Bottles from Lancaster Ohio. Especially Beers I don’t have from E. Becker Brewing or C.W. Kline, or any other brewery from Lancaster.Also, Washington Brewery, with Washington’s profile from Washington D.C. Has anybody got a bottle with my last name? “Beatty.” E-mail tropicalbreezes@verizon. net or ph. (941)276-1546 Best Regards, Gary Beatty WANTED: Bludwine bottles from the following Georgia cities; Ashburn, Bainbridge, Columbus, Douglas, Eastman, Griffin, Hazlehurst, Jackson, Lawrenceville, Madison, Monroe, Thomson, and Washington. Please contact Jeff at (706) 247-6373 or oldhouse156@ WANTED: ELK BAR REDONDO, CAL. FLASK. Also other Redondo Beach, Cal. Bottles, souvineer-ware, tokens, ETC. Will pay your price for what I don’t have. Contact David Deto, P.O. Box 118, Yosemite, CA 95389 or (209) 626-9846 WANTED: FLORIDA WATERS, also Florida Water shaped perfumers and embossed Florida Water shaped with only a company name. Labeled only Florida Waters. (I plan on being at the Reno Expo if you are a seller please bring any you feel are rare) Please no common Murray & Lanman. Jim Mayfield jimandmem@

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BBR, Elsecar Heritage Center, Barnsley 2, Yorkshire, S74 8HJ, England Ph: 011-44-1226-745156 Fax: 011-44-1226-321561 or (760) 377-3245 WANTED: Wisconsin antique bottles and stoneware. I collect bitters, whiskey, soda, beer, druggist, medicine, jars, or any other category with emphasis on applied lip, colored or better quality items. Contact Peter Maas at or (414) 852-1500 WANTED: Washington State advertising stoneware, crocks, jugs, bowls, and rolling pins. Also, mini jugs from other states. Mike Parris, 27433 Lofall Ct. N.W., Poulsbo, WA 98370 or mnparris@ WANTED: ½ pint union flask with cannon on the back in colors other than aqua. Jim Bender (518) 673-8833 or WANTED: Globe fruit jars with color swirls in the glass and anything with Southern California Packing Co., Los Angeles, CA. on it. Contact: John Swearingen at (805) 492-5036, leave message if no answer. WANTED: Modoc Indian Bottles, any bottles with Modoc on them. Bill Reeves, P.O. Box 252, Cedarville, CA 96104 at (530) 279-6304

Bottles and Extras advertising. Also seeking Dr. J. Fogworth embossed bottles & stoneware. Contact Mark Law at (785) 224-4836 or mlaw4@ WANTED: Wisconsin postcards and Wisconsin beers. Contact Audrey Belter at (520) 868-5704 WANTED: Colorado embossed bottles from mining towns. Mining artifacts of all types wanted. Steve Rush at (970) 2492309 or WANTED: 1861 Hostetters Almanac with pictures of Hostetter on the front cover in very good to mint condition. Any Hostetter paper that I don’t have. Iron pontil Hostetter’s Bitters Bottle in very good to mint condition. Douglas Shilson, 3308 – 32 Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55406-2015 or (612) 721-4165 or WANTED: Green River Whiskey jugs “The Whiskey Without a Headache”, any size from any state. Call (270) 542-4347, ask for Warren WANTED: College and Delaware milk bottles. Rowland Hearn, 10 Wordsworth Drive, Wilmington, DE 19808 or (302) 994-2036

WANTED: Kansas bottles & stoneware, Otto Kuehne bottles, stoneware &

Where there’s a will there’s a way to leave Donations to the FOHBC Did you know the Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors is a 501C(3) charitable organization? How does that affect you? It allows tax deductions for any and all donations to the FOHBC. You might also consider a bequest in your will to the FOHBC. This could be a certain amount of money or part or all of your bottle collection. The appraised value of your collection would be able to be deducted from your taxes. (This is not legal advice, please consult an attorney) I give and bequeath to the Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors, 1605 Clipper Cove, Painesville, OH 44077, the sum of $____________ to be used as its Board of Directors determines. The same type wording could be used for bequeathing your collection or part of it, however, before donating your collection (or part of it), you would need the collection appraised by a professional appraiser with knowledge of bottles and their market values. This is the amount that would be tax deductible. Thank you for considering us in your donation plans. Ferdinand Meyer V, President Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors


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Calendar of shows and related events FOHBC Sho-Biz is published in the interest of the hobby. Federation affiliated clubs are connotated with FOHBC logo. Insulator shows (courtesy of Crown Jewels) are indicated with an insulator. Information on up-coming collecting events is welcome, but space is limited. Please send at least three months in advance, including telephone number to: FOHBC Sho-Biz, C/O Alan DeMaison, 1605 Clipper Cove, Painesville, OH 44077 or e-mail: Show schedules are subject to change. Please call before traveling long distances. All listings published here will also be published on the website:

November 2 & 3 Tulare, California 44th Annual Tulare Collectible Show & Sale, Bottles, Insulators, Antiques, Fishing Gear, Jewelry, Glassware, Jars, Old Tools, Toys and Marbles. Lots of Table-Top Antiques. Hosted by the Golden State Insulator Club, Friday & Saturday, 02 & 03 November 2012, Tulare Veteran’s Memorial Building, 1771 E Tulare Avenue, Tulare, California 93274, Free Admission, Public Hours: Friday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm, Saturday 9:00 am – 2:00 pm, Dealer set-up at 7:00 am on Friday the 2nd and doors open at 7:00 am on Saturday, Table costs: $40, $70, $95 & $115 for 4, Contacts: Dave Brown 559.936.7790 1skychair@msn. com and Bob Merzoian 559.781.6319 November 4 Elkton, Maryland The Tri-State Bottle Collectors and Diggers Club 40th Annual Show & Sale (9:00 am – 2:00 pm) at the Singerly Fire Hall, Routes 279 & 213, Elkton, Maryland, Info: Dave Brown, Tele: 302.738.9960, dbrown3942@ November 9 & 10 Jacksonville, Florida Antique Bottle Collectors of North Florida 45th Annual Show & Sale, (Saturday, 8:00 am to 3:00 pm; early buyers Friday, 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm), Fraternal Order of Police Building, 5530 Beach Boulevard, Jacksonville, Florida, Free admission Saturday, Info: Mike Skie, 3047 Julington Creek Road, Jacksonville, Florida 32223, Tele: 904.710.0422 or Jackie McRae, 904.879.3696

November 10 Belleville, Illinois Eastside Spectacular #6 Combined Brewery Collectibles Show & Antique Bottle and Jar Show, Belleclair Fairgrounds, 200 S. Belt East, Saturday, November 10, 2012, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, Early admission: 7:00 am, Public admission: $2.00 Early Admission: $20, Kevin Kious, Tele: 618.346.2634, email: November 10 Royal Oak, Michigan The Metropolitan Detroit Antique Bottle Club’s 30th Annual Antique Bottle Show. (9:00 am to 3:00 pm), at the Royal Oak Elks Lodge, 2401 E. Fourth Street, Royal Oak, Michigan. Info: Mike Brodzik, 586.219.9980,, or Bruce Heckman, 248.760.1722, hisser@ November 11 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Annual Pittsburgh Antique Bottle Club’s Annual Show at The Ice Garden, Rostraver Twp., Gallitin Road and Route 51 North, Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania 15089, Sunday 11 November, General admission: $3.00, Show time: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm, Early admission: $25.00, 7:00 am – 9:00 am, Set up time: Hospitality dinner and boxes under table Saturday night 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Set up Sunday: 7:00 am – 9:00 am, 1st table $30.00, 2nd & 3rd tables: $25.00, Pittsburgh Antique Bottle Club, Contact: Bob DeCroo, 
694 Fayette City Road, 
Fayette City, Pennsylvania 15438, 

November 11 Albany, New York The Capital Region Antique Bottle & Insulator Clubs 16th Annual Show & Sale, 9:00 am to 2:30 pm at the Polish Community Center, 225 Washington Avenue, Albany, New York, Info: Jason Privler, Show Chairman, 518.453.1445, November 17 Milford, Ohio St. Andrew Antique Bottle Show (9:00 am – 1:00 pm) with Early Admission at 7:00 am for $15.00. $4 admission, at St. Andrew Parish Center (2 minutes from I-275) 553 Main Street in Milford, Ohio, Information: Steve Singer, 1684 Autumn Oak Drive, Batavia, Ohio 45103, Tele: 513.732.2793, singersams@yahoo. com November 17 Terre Haute, Indiana The Wabash Valley Antique Bottle and Pottery Club presents its 15th Anniversary Illiana Show and Sale. Special Terre Haute bottle exhibit, Historical Bottle Auction Friday, 16 November 2012, at 7:00 pm, show hours on Saturday, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm, Shadows Auction Barn, 1517 Maple Avenue, Contact: Ed Newman: 812.235.2712 November 17 Florence, Alabama 4th Annual North Alabama Bottle and Advertising Collectors Show, 840 County Road 7, Florence, Alabama 35633, Saturday, 17 November 8:00 am – 1:30 pm, Early admission: Friday, 16 November 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Set-up: Saturday, 7:00


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(More) Sho-Biz am – 8:00 am, Friday, 3:00 – 8:00 pm, Free admission. Early Buyer fee $10.00, North Alabama Bottle and Advertising Collectors, Attn: Robert Sledge II, Show Organizer, 141 E. Lee Avenue, Florence, Alabama 35630, 256.335.1592, November 18 Oakland, New Jersey North Jersey Antique Bottle Collectors Associations 43rd Annual Antique Bottle Show & Sale, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm; early admission, 8:00 am, $15.00, at the Oakland Elks Club, 33 Ramapo Valley Road (Route 202), Oakland, New Jersey. Info: Ken, 973.907.7351 or Jim, 515.454.8993 November 25 Bethlehem, Pennsylvania Forks of the Delaware Bottle Collectors Association 39th Annual Show & Sale, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, early buyers 7:30 am, at the Bethlehem Catholic High School, 2133 Madison Avenue (corner of Madison & Dewberry Avenues), Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Info: Bill Hegedus, 20 Cambridge Place, Catasauqua, Pennsylvania 18032, 610.264.3130

your first show of the New Year! Friday, Dealer 
Set-up 1:00 pm – 7:45 pm, Early Buyers: 4:00 pm – 7:45 pm $15.00, 
General Admission – Saturday, 05 January, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm $4.00, Show Chairman: George Dueben 727.804.5957 or Assistant Chairman: Linda 
Buttstead 941.722.7233 or OriginalSABCA@ January 13 South Attleboro, Massachusetts Little Rhody Bottle Club’s 40th Annual Show, Knight’s of Columbus Hall, 304 Highland Avenue, South Attleboro, Massachusetts 02703, Sunday, Show time: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, Early Admission at 9:00 am is $15.00 per person. Set-up is at 8:00 am, General admission is $3.00 per person. www.littlerhodybottleclub. org, William or Linda Rose, Treasurer/Show Chairman, 784 King Street, Raynham, Massachusetts 02767, 508.880.4929,

December 1 Auburn, California 49er Historical Association 35th Annual “Best of the West” Bottle & Antique Show, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, Free Admission! Set-up: Friday, 30 November 2012, Noon to 7:00 pm at the Gold Country Fairgrounds, 1275 High Street, Auburn, California, Contact: Mike McKillop, 916.367.1829,

January 19 Jackson, Mississippi 28th Mississippi Antique Bottle Show, Mississippi Fairgrounds, Trade Mart Building, Take High Street exit 96B off of I-55, Jackson, Mississippi, Saturday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Early admission: $20.00 on Friday and Saturday morning, Early admission time: Friday 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Saturday, 7:00 am to 9:00 am, Admission: Free, Club: Mississippi Antique Bottle Club, Contact: John Sharp, Show Chairman, PO Box 601, Carthage, Mississippi 39051, 601.507.0105,

January 4 & 5 St. Petersburg, Florida 44TH Annual Suncoast (aka St. Pete) Antique Bottle 
& Vintage Tabletop Collectible Show & Sale. Make us

January 26 Anderson, California 37th Superior California Antique Bottle Show and Sale, Shasta County Fairgrounds, 1890 Briggs Street,

Anderson, California, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Superior Antique Bottle Club, contact: Mel Hammer, 530.241.4878 February 15 & 16 Columbia, South Carolina 40th Annual South Carolina Bottle Club Show & Sale, Meadowlake Park Center, 600 Beckman Road, Columbia, South Carolina 29203, Friday, February 15th – 11:00 am To 6:00 pm, Saturday, February 16th, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, No Early Admission Fee, Set-up: Friday, February 15th 10:00 am sharp, Admission cost: Donation to the Boys & Girls Club requested, South Carolina Bottle Club,, Contact: Marty Vollmer, Co-show chairman, 1091 Daralynn Drive, Lexington, South Carolina 29073, 803.755.9410, or Co-show chairman: Eric Warren, scbottles@aol. com, 803.951.8860 February 22 and 23 Phoenix, Arizona 30th Annual Phoenix Antiques, Bottles & Collectibles Show. North Phoenix Baptist Church, 5757 N. Centra Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85012, Show times: Friday, 4:00 – 7:00 pm, Saturday, 8:30 am – 3:00 pm, Early admission: Friday 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Set-up: Friday, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, $10.00 Early Admission / $3.00 General Admission, Phoenix Antiques, Bottles & Collectibles Club,, Betty Hartnett, Show Chairman, 3030 E. Ocotilla Lane, Phoenix, Arizona 85028, 602.317.4438, February 23 Grand Rapids, Michigan 24th West Michigan Antique Bottle Club Show, Fonger American Legion Post, 2327 Wilson, S/W, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503, Saturday: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, Show admission:

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(More) Sho-Biz $2.00, No early admission, Club: West Michigan Antique Bottle Club, Contact: Elmer Ogg, Show Chairman, 1591 Hendrick Road, Norton Shores, Michigan, 49441, 231.798.7335. February 24 Enfield, Connecticut Somers Antique Bottle Club’s 43rd Annual Show & Sale, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, early buyers 8:00 am, at the St. Bernard’s School West Campus, 232 Pearl Street, Exit 47W (off I-91), Enfield Connecticut, Info: Rose Sokol, 164 Elm Street, Enfield, Connecticut 06082, 860.745.7688, Email: March 22 & 23 Morro Bay California The San Luis Obispo Bottle Society’s 45th Annual Show and Sale Friday, March 22nd, 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm and Saturday, March 23rd, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Morro Bay Veterans Hall, 209 Surf Street, Morro Bay California, Free admission and no charge to early birds. Info: Richard Tartaglia, Show Chairman, Tele: 805.543.7484 or email Steve Mello dirtytiver53@ March 23 Daphne, Alabama The Mobile Bottle Collectors Club’s 40th Annual Show & Sale will be held on Saturday, 23 March 2013 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. at the Daphne Civic Center, Whispering Pines Road and US Highway 98, Daphne, Alabama, Free Admission. Dealer Setup is Friday, 22 March from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm and Saturday 7:00 am to 9:00 am. Contact: Rod Vining, 251.957.6725, Email:, or Richard Kramerich, PO Box 241, Pensacola, Florida 32591. 850.4355425. Email:

May 2 – 5 Las Vegas, Nevada International Perfume Bottle Association’s Convention, 25th Silver Anniversary! Tropicana – Las Vegas, 3801 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, Nevada 89109; 702.739.5445, Thursday thru Sunday – Friday night auction is a public event – Saturday and Sunday are public events to the Exhibition/Vendor Hall, For all details please contact Deborah Washington, Convention is for members only – contact Deborah for further details, International Perfume Bottle Association,, Contact: Deborah L. Washington, Convention Chair and Board Member, 773.324.7124, May 04 & 05 Caloundra, Queensland Australia, Sunshine Coast Antique and Collectables Club hosts the Australian National Bottle Show, Caloundra Indoor Sports Stadium, North Street, Caloundra, Queensland Australia. Public: Saturday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Sunday 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. Dealer setup, Friday 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Contact Club Secretary Lyn Foster, Tele: + 61 7 5494 1106, email: coastalsigns@ or Club President Peter Watts, Tele: + 61 7 5441 3692, email: July 19 – 21 Nashville, Tennessee The National Insulator Association’s
 44th Annual Show & Convention at the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs, 700 Cool Springs Blvd., Franklin, Tennessee 37067, Capacity for 135+ dealer tables, 25+ Display tables, Raffles & Walk-in appraisals, Incentives for early sales table registration.

July 20 & 21 Manchester, New Hampshire Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors presents the 2013 National Antique Bottle Show at the Radisson New Hampshire Expo Center, 700 Elm Street, Manchester, New Hampshire 03101, 1.800.967.9033. Banquet is on Friday evening, 19 July 2012. Quality collectors from across the USA will be gathered for the first National Show to be offered in New England. Visit for more information or contact Michael George, 603.765.8079, earlyglass@ August 1 – 3 2014 Lexington, Kentucky Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors presents the 2014 National Antique Bottle Show at the Lexington Convention Center, 430 West Vine Street, Lexington, Kentucky 40507, 859.233.4567. Banquet is on Friday evening, 01 August 2014. Lexington is a historic city (founded 1775) located at the cross-section of Interstate 64 and 75. Louisville, KY and Cincinnati,OH are just an hour away. Lexington has many area attractions including: Ashland (Henry Clay’s Home), Mary Todd Lincoln’s House, Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill, and thoroughbred horse farms. Visit Sheldon Baugh and Randee Kaiser will be serving as co-show chairpersons. Stay tuned for more information.


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New Members Troy Bartley P.O. Box 147 Rio Grande, OH 45674 740-645-7858 Bitters Bill Bierly 1580 Hinton Street Port Charlotte, FL 33952 Steven R.Brown P.O. Box 737 Nahunta, GA 31553 912-288-8508 Spirits, Whiskeys, any old glass & ceramics Michael Liberatore 433 Argenta Ave. Winnemucca, NV 89445 775-625-4266 Glenn Kunihisa 273 Kamalei Circle Kahului, HI 96732 808-870-0940 Jay Marks 5906 Valley Ave. E. Fife, WA 98424 253-926-0878 Daniel Marks 7234 SE 18th Ave. Portland, OR 97202 503-754-5624 David Torre P.O. Box 4290 Santa Rosa, CA 95402 707-525-8785 Carlton Hendricks P.O. Box 415 Rutherford, CA 94573 707-363-9047

John Westby 1876 Boise Dr. Sparks, NV 89431 775-358-4852 Bob Schroth P.O. Box 687 Twin Peaks, CA 92391 909-337-7102 Randy Shipman 432 S. Pacific Dillon, MT 59725 406-660-9692 Van Bulbulian P.O. Box 485 Parlier, CA 93648 559-646-3607 Stephen Hartman 8002 Dorenda Ln. Redding, CA 96001 530-949-7880 Richard Becker 901 S. Pine Pratt, KS 67124 620-672-2432 Danny Ray P.O. Box 157 Huntsville, AK 72740 479-790-5625 Keith Petty 3981 Saturn Hollady, UT 84124 801-272-5431 William Burger 8925 S. Cheney Spokane Rd. Spokane, WA 99224 509-443-9037 Kelly Porter 3160 W. Robin Ln. Phoenix, AZ 85027 602-768-3602

Roger Baker P.O. Box 1449 Nevada City, CA 95959 530-498-1230 David Bork 12622 48th St. E. Edgewood, WA 98372 253-753-4125 Chuck Reed 4911 Acai Place Princeville, HI 96722 808-826-0343 Mark Morris 64 Firesprings Rd Tonasket, WA 98855 509-485-2347 Newall Snyder 1459 18th Street #113 San Francisco, CA 94107 415-861-8813 Bradley Nevill 721 Amber Lane Oak Point, TX 75078 469-261-3400 Michael Mackintosh P.O. Box 150870 San Rafael, CA 94915 Quenton Borreson 5746 Braywood Lane SE Olympia, WA 98513 425-210-3755 Glen Larson 3060 Porter St. #21 Soquel, CA 95073 831-246-4151 Ron Newsome 29777 E. Lake Court Sun City, CA 92586 714-493-7478


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FOHBC MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY Dennis Mattson 2119 SE Tibbetts Portland, OR 97202 503-238-0343

Joe Silva P.O. Box 1281 Lafayette, CA 94549 925-372-8743

Jack Bonura P.O. Box 622 Shasta, CA 96087 530-243-5223

Lawrence Meeker P.O. Box 1892 Carson City, NV 89702 775-887-1801

M D Anglie P.O. Box 292 Siloam Springs, AR 72761 479-524-5425

Tim Tafejian 1296 East Lincoln Escondido, CA 92027 760-747-1829

Robert Newman 17220 Silverlane Encino, CA 91316 818-461-9229

Caleigh Cella P.O. Box 432 Tivoli, NY 12583 Bottles, insulators, crocks, carnival glass

Gary Lewis 1428 W 27th Street S. Independence, MO 64052 816-225-3936 soda bottles

Lou & Lisa Lambert P.O. Box 322 Graton, CA 95444 707-823-8845 Western bottles

Dave King P.O. Box 1354 Cottonwood, CA 96022 530-347-6555 Varied

Bill Rohde P.O. Box 28 Colusa, CA 95932 530-701-4377 Insulators

Scott Selenak 3430 S. Hill St. Suite # 101 Los Angeles, CA 90007-4301 626-841-9333 poison bottles, fire grenades

Mike & Cory Henness 5950 Rancho Rd. Ione, CA 95640 209-274-4262

Raymond Pineau, Jr. 580 Kennel Rd. Springtown, TX 76082 just starting

Jack Stecher 230 Eileen Dr. Rochester, NY 14616 585-621-4701 Dale Williams 119 Amberwood Ct. Vacaville, CA 95688 707-451-3310 David Deto P.O. Box 118 Yosemite, CA 95389 209-372-4106 Bruce Heckman 2983 Stepanie Ct. Waterford, MI 48329 248-618-3174 David Bethman P.O. Box 1090 Ferndale, WA 98248 360-927-2408 Ron Jenkins 3833 West Ave. J-13 Lancaster, CA 93536 661-718-0132

James Bell 5 Reid Place Penrose, New South Wales 2530 Australia Bottles Stephen Brice 5435 Alderley Rd. Victoria, Bristish Columbia V8Y 1X9 Canada sealed black glass

Jeff Weinberg 156 Boulevard Athens, GA 30601 706-247-6373 SS Script Cokes James D. Jacobitz M.D. 190 Eucalyptus Drive San Francisco, CA 94132 415-516-9146 Umbrella Inks, Nevada bottles

Daniel Case 5 Beth Drive Concord, NH 03303 603-856-7365 HH Warners


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FOHBC MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY Paul Baker 302 Midnight Shadow Trail Stephenville, TX 76401 254-592-8071 Glen Rose TX Coca Cola bottle, Texas soda bottles Fran Hughes 50 Pershing Dr. Scotia, NY 12302 518-377-7134

Stan Sherstobitoff 1208 Josephine St. Nelson, British Columbia V1L 1X9 250-352-1774 Historical memorabilia from the West Kootenay region of British Columbia

Downieville Bottle Club ATTN: Rick Simi P.O. Box 115 Downieville, CA 95936 530-289-3659

Everett Liljeberg PO Box 192 Philo, CA 95466 707-895-3004 Western whiskies California items



Tom Doligale 6403 Shelton Cir # 104 Crestwood, KY 40014 502-727-6118 Udolpho Wolfe’s Aromatic Schnapps and unembossed color squares, I.E. “bitters Type bottles”

Herb Miller 507 W. Madison St. Cambridge, WI 53523 608-423-3291 Pre-prohibition

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James Waite 10 Berens Dr Kentfield, CA 94904 415-847-8064 Western Ted Siri 3428 Van Dyke Rd Watkins Glen, NY 14891 607-228-7039 Western bottles and antiques Chris Hartz 223 Saint Street Richland, WA 99354 509-371-9793 General

Bert Morita 4156 Uka Ikena St Kalaheo, HI 96741 808-332-9273 Hawaii bottles and Western bitters

Changes Bill Lockhart 602 S. Florida Ave. Alamogordo, NM 88310 575-439-8158 Bottles from El Paso, Texas, southeast New Mexico, and Juarez, Mexico Scott Logan 6 Church Street Yarmouth, ME 04096 Eddie Bellamy 214 Olcott Ave. Bridgeport, AL 35740 256-608-0719 Old coke bottles, hutchinsons, Indian artifacts and Civil War Wayne Bucholz 1022 Sunrise Dr. Santa Maria, CA 93455 559-972-7837 Eastern flasks and Western whiskeys James Lindsey 102 Hagan CT. Taylorville, IL 62568-8255 217-824-6753 Whiskey flasks

Notice to Members Please check your mailing label for correctness and your membership expiration date. This will insure you continue to receive Bottles and Extras without interruption. If moving, please send in a change of address, Contact: FOHBC Business Manager: Alan DeMaison, 1605 Clipper Cove, Painesville, OH 44077; phone: (H) 440-358-1223, (C) 440-796-7539; e-mail:

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Membership Benefits  

The Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors cordially invites you to join a dedicated group of individuals and clubs who collect, study and display the treasured glass and ceramic gems of yesteryear.   The Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors (FOHBC) is a non-profit organization supporting collectors of historical bottles, flasks, jars, and related items. The goal of the FOHBC is to promote the collection, study, preservation and display of historical bottles and related artifacts and to share this information with other collectors and individuals.   Federation membership is open to any individual or club interested in the enjoyment and study of antique bottles. The Federation publication, Bottles and Extras, is well known throughout the hobby world as the leading publication for those interested in bottles and “go-withs”. The magazine includes articles of historical interest, stories chronicling the hobby and the history of bottle collecting, digging stories, regional news, show reports, advertisements, show listings, and an auction directory. Bottles and Extras is truly the place to go when information is needed about this popular and growing hobby.   In addition to providing strength to a national/international organization devoted to the welfare of the hobby, your FOHBC membership benefits include: • A full year subscription the Federation’s official bi-monthly publication, Bottles and Extras • One free ad per yearly membership of 60 words for use for “wanted” items, trade offers, etc. • Eligibility for a discount at FOHBC sponsored shows (National or EXPOs) towards “early admission” or dealer table rent • Access to a knowledge of the world of antique bottle collecting unavailable elsewhere • Contact information for clubs devoted to the study of historical bottles • A forum for your writings, articles, and editorials regarding the hobby • Participation in the nomination and selection of Federation members for the Honor Roll and Hall of Fame • Federation-sponsored writing, show poster, and newsletter-design contests • Free publication assistance for your book or manuscript • And more... We encourage Affiliated Bottle Club memberships by offering these additional benefits to your group: • Display advertising in Bottles and Extras at an increased discount of 50% • Insertion of your bottle club show ad on the Federation website to increase your show’s exposure • Links to your club website free of charge, as well as assistance with the creation of your website • Free Federation ribbon for Most Educational Display at your show • Slide programs for use at your club meetings • Participation in Federation sponsored insurance program for your club show and any other club sponsored activities Finally…   We need your support! Our continued existence is dependent upon your participation as well as expanding our membership. The Federation is the only national organization devoted to the enjoyment, study, preservation, collection, and display of historical bottles. The FOHBC welcomes individuals who would like to contribute by running for Board positions or by sharing their expertise and volunteering their talents in other areas of interest such as contributions to our publications, assistance with the Federation’s National and EXPO shows, or through membership promotion.   If you haven’t yet joined our organization, please do so and begin reaping the benefits. If you are already a member, please encourage your friends and fellow collectors to JOIN US!!   For more information, questions, or to join the Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors, please contact:

Alan DeMaison 1605 Clipper Cove, Painesville, OH 44077 phone: (H) 440-358-1223, (C) 440-796-7539 e-mail:  

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*Associate Membership is available to members of the immeadiate family of any adult holding an Individual Membership. Children of ages 21 or older must have their own individual membership. Associate(s) Members enjoy all of the right and privledges of an Individual Membership

Please make checks or money orders payable to FOHBC and mail to: FOHBC Membership, 1605 Clipper Cove, Painesville OH 44077 Effective 9/2011

Affiliated Club Membership for only $75.00 with liability insurance for all club sponsored events, 50% discount on advertising in the B & E, plus much more, Contact: Alan DeMaison, FOHBC Business Manager 1605 Clipper Cove, Painesville OH 44077 440-358-1223 or

Clearly Print or Type Your Ad Send to: Alan DeMaison FOHBC Business Manager 1605 Clipper Cove Painesville, OH 44077 0R better yet, email Alan at:

American Glass Gallery


Announcing Auction # 9 — bidding opens Nov. 1, 2012 (closes Nov. 14)


his important Auction will include a fantastic, diverse selection of more than 240 Lots. Categories include Historical Flasks, Bitters, Medicines, Inks, Colorful Utility Bottles from the Dr. Daniel Bennett Collection, Whiskeys, Mineral Water Bottles, and many others! Full-color catalogs are only $10.00 plus $2.80 shipping. Call and order yours today!

Items pictured to be included in our Fall, 2012 Auction.


FOHBC C/O Alan DeMaison, 1605 Clipper Cove, Painesville, OH 44077

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$176,670! What are your glass items worth? Whether you have a $100 or $100,000 item we have the right auction format for you. &RQVLJQRUVZLOOQRZEHQHÂżWIURPDYDULHW\RIQHZ DXFWLRQDYHQXHVWKDWH[WHQGRXUFRPPLWPHQW WRVKRZFDVHHDFKLQGLYLGXDOORWIRURXU FOLHQWOLVWWKDWUHFHLYHHYHU\ SULQWHGDXFWLRQFDWDORJ Now accepting consignments for our 2011 auction schedule Contact us to learn more. Pictured Left: General Jackson - Eagle Portrait Flask in brilliant yellow green from John Robinson Manufacturers, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1820-1840. Recently sold at Hecklers for $176,670. An antique glass record!

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