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WELCOME TO AUGUSTA GEORGIA
Where and how bottle collecting got its start By John C. Tibbitts
On Oct. 15, 1959, Mr. and Mrs. John C. Tibbitts called the first meeting of what became the Antique Bottle Collector’s Club of California at their home in Sacramento. It is believed to be the first such club. Tibbitts was elected the first president of what eventually evolved into the Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors. The Federation of Historical Bottle Clubs, as it was first called, was organized in 1969. Tibbitts began reminiscing about his California club in an undated story carried in an early FOHBC newsletter. Thanks to William “Bottle Bill” Herbosheimer for sharing.
Washoe Zephyr helped blow up the enthusiasm which started the Antique Bottle Collectors Association (of California) back in 1959. A Washoe Zephyr is a very strong, cold wind that blows down the eastern slopes of the Sierra Nevadas, crosses a valley over another mountain and down into Virginia City, Nevada, with full fury.
My wife Edith and I were scratching for old bottles on one side of the big Comstock tailing pile just below town during one of those furious blows. The current trash dump for the town was just upwind from us and we were continually bombarded by cartons, tins, ashes, sand and dust. It was miserable, but we had struck a spot with a lot of old miniatures, Jamaica gingers, Hostetter’s Bitters, etc. Any bottle digger knows what we did; we braced ourselves against the zephyr and kept on scratching. Later, we just had to get out of that wind so we climbed the sloping side of the tailings and into the car, wiped our hands and faces off somewhat and drank coffee from our thermos. While in the car, we noted another car clear down on the far end of the tailings. The hood was up and there were two people standing there. We assumed car trouble and walked down to see if we could help. We were surprised to find the car running and a man and a lady heating two cans of “beanie-weenies” on the hot manifold. We were more surprised to find they were dyed-in-the-wool bottle collectors and had been so for many years. The couple were “Toot” and Dorothy Garten of Carson City, Nevada. We spent the rest of the day talking bottles, bottle digging and where and when and how and why. We and they were extremely happy to find we were not the only crazy bottle diggers in the world. Before leaving for home, I vowed I would do what I could to form a club for bottle collectors if there was enough interest. Thanks to the zephyr for blowing us into their car! After we returned to Sacramento, I wrote to five people I had heard of who were digging in “old” Sacramento, asking them to come to a meeting at our house to see if we could form a club for bottle collectors. The next meeting we had about 30 people and at the next slightly over 50. About this time the Sacramento Bee newspaper called us about the hobby and then came out and took photos and picked up the article they had asked me to write. A color photo appeared on the cover of the Sunday Magazine section with the article inside. Whoo-eee, did that pick up things where that zephyr left off! We had visitors and phone calls and letters like you wouldn’t believe. The crazy bottle collectors came out of the closet. They wanted to know how to start a bottle club and get a copy of our constitution and bylaws. They came by to see our collection and sometimes to show us what they had. It was terrific and wonderful. Many county and even state historical societies had us give talks and show our bottles. Many good, hard-working club members and Charlie Gardner, Helen McKearin, Dick Watson, Grace Kendrick and many others made our club a success. Over the next few years, we grew to about 3,000 families from coast-to-coast. ‘Tis an ill wind that bloweth no good. Have fun! 2
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Welcome to Augusta Georgia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Where and how bottle collecting got its start . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Table of Contents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Augusta’s Story . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Newman Open House . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . President’s Message . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Augusta Museum of History Reception . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Convention Schedule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Team Augusta Welcome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sweet Georgia Peaches Bottle Competition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bottles from the Augusta Arsenal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . General Membership Meeting Breakfast . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Federation Officers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Youth Corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Prizes & Drawings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ribbon Cutting Ceremony . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Virtual Museum News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . FOHBC Membership . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Seminar Schedule, Topics & Presenters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . FOHBC Banquet Speaker Justin Guy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . FOHBC Hall of Fame . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2019 Augusta Displays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . FOHBC National Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Souvenir Program Design & Layout: Ferdinand Meyer V
FOHBC Honor Roll . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Augusta Canal, Petersburg Boats & Confederate Powder Works . . . . . . . . . . Two New Jim Healy Creations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Regional Map and City of Augusta Plan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Showroom Dealer Floorplan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dealers & Assistants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Service Dock Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kola Wars . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Augusta Block . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Advertising Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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by Bill Baab
ugusta, Georgia is known worldwide as the site of the Masters Tournament, the major golf tournament held each April at the Augusta National Golf Club. But the city is so much more than golf. Today’s magic word is CYBER. Sometime this year, nearby Fort Gordon will become the new home to a pair of operations designed to engage in cyber warfare. The former Sibley and King cotton mills adjacent to the Augusta Canal are being renovated and will become the Augusta Cyberworks. And Augusta University’s Riverfront Campus, 13th and Reynolds streets, will become the Georgia Cyber Center. The city was founded by English Gen. James Oglethorpe toward the close of 1735. It was laid out on the bank of the Savannah River at the head of navigation and just below the falls located upstream. In honor of a royal princess he called it Augusta.
It became a major center of trade with various native American tribes who brought in buckskins and the pelts of other animals to deal with settlers for “salt, gunpowder, lead, kettles, rum, looking glasses, ornaments and other articles of European manufacture,” according to the 1890 Memorial History of Augusta by Charles C. Jones Jr., and Salem Dutcher. The city survived Indian wars, the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812 and the Civil War. It took off economically after construction of the Augusta Canal (1845), then survived numerous Savannah River “freshets” which inundated the city periodically until a levee was constructed in the 19-teens. The great fires of 1899, 1916 and 1923 more or less wiped out downtown Augusta and ruined her chances of becoming a spitting image of Savannah 130 miles to the south, or Charleston, South Carolina about a three-hour drive from Augusta, with their historical homes and monuments. 4
But the city rebounded time and again and became a very nice place to live. Just a few hours’ drive allows one to enjoy the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains, or wade in the Atlantic Ocean surf at Tybee Beach near Savannah, or on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. It is to be hoped that visitors will take time to explore Augusta’s many vistas that are located near the Marriott such as its newly resurfaced Riverwalk atop the levee. Main entrance is located at 8th and Reynolds streets marked by a towering fountain. The upper level overlooks the river and amenities such as pubs, restaurants and specialty shops, while the lower level meanders along the river bank.
Other places of interest: The Augusta Museum of History, 560 Reynolds Street, (706) 722-8454. Traces the city’s history from prehistoric times to the present and its permanent exhibits include the Bill and Bea Baab antique bottle collection. Open Thursdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m., to 5 p.m., and Sundays 1 p.m., to 5 p.m. Morris Museum of Art, Augusta Riverfront Center, No. 1 10th Street. Features 200 years of art in the American South. Admission $5, Tuesdays through Saturdays, free on Sundays, closed on Mondays. Augusta Market at the River, No. 15 8th Street. Open Saturdays from March through November, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Live music from local artists, shop for local fruits and vegetables, fresh baked goods, artisan roasted coffee and handcrafted jewelry, arts and crafts. Augusta Canal National Heritage Area. Start at the Discovery Center at Enterprise Mill, 1450 Greene Street, Suite 400. (706 823-0440). Take a Petersburg Boat Heritage Tour of the canal past the Confederate Powder Works chimney and 19th century textile mills. Cost of the ride is $13.75 per adult, $11.75 for seniors, military, students. Tours of Boyhood Home of President Woodrow Wilson: Before Woodrow Wilson began shaping American history, he was just a boy growing up in Augusta during the Civil War. Hear his story and tour the home where a future president showed his first signs of leadership.
Mike & Julie Newman Open House Thursday, August 1st ,2019
Please join Mike and Julie at their home from noon to 3:00 pm for an Open House to see a fantastic bottle collection.
This is an important collection of a wide variety of the best of Georgia and South Carolina pottery and soda bottles. Mike also has a remarkable collection of inks, historical flasks and bitters bottles. The presentation and lighting is museum quality. Light lunch fare and refreshments will be served.
AUGUSTA OPENING EVENT Mike & Julie Newman, 600 Medinah Drive, Augusta, Georgia 30907 (706) 829-8060 6
PRESIDENTâ€™S MESSAGE Matt Lacy
FOHBC President 3836 State Route 307 Austinburg, Ohio 44010 firstname.lastname@example.org
It is a true privilege to welcome you to the FOHBC 50th Anniversary National Antique Bottle Convention held in the beautiful and historic city of Augusta, Georgia. Augusta is the second largest city in the state of Georgia, and a skip across the Savannah River bordering South Carolina. This city has a very rich early history in Native American and early settler culture. Present day Augusta is most well-known for hosting the Masters Golf Tournament each spring. We hope that our FOHBC membership and guests will have a wonderful time this weekend and create long lasting memories. There are so many people that make an event of this magnitude possible. I would first like to give a shout out to the Augusta consortium chairs including: Ferdinand Meyer V, Bill Baab, Mike Newman, Walter Smith, Marty Vollmer, and Eric Warren. These guys have done an excellent job, and I would encourage everyone to thank them for the incredible amount of work they have put in over the past two years of planning this convention. Along with leading the team in organizing the venues and undertaking design and graphics, Ferdinand Meyer V is responsible for another banner year in souvenir program ad sales that help make these shows possible. Bill Baab went over and above anything we have ever seen to reach media outlets in show promotion. He has sent press releases to 61 newspapers and organized local television morning shows to promote our 50th anniversary national show to the local region. Bill also coordinated our keynote banquet speaker and seminar speakers. Serving as show treasurer, Mike Newman has been diligent in communicating updates to the team. He has also agreed to chair a few of the key events that will make Augusta a very special show. Walter Smith has taken care of all the display recruitment and the receipt of inbound supply shipments, and has always been there to offer to lend a hand where needed. And finally, hats off to the fine gentlemen who are the hands and feet of the show itself: Eric Warren and Marty Vollmer. They have been in the driver seat of tracking all inbound contracts, answering inquires, assembling dealer packets, and so much more. I cannot begin to list the magnitude of responsibility that all of these gentlemen have taken on to make the National Convention weekend a success. In addition to the great consortium that is behind this show, I would like express my gratitude to the FOHBC board members who have supported this show and helped make it possible. I would like to extend a special thank you to the donors that have stepped forward to sponsor some of our key events and to each and every person that contributed by advertising in the souvenir program this year. Thank you for your contributions. Without all your support, this would be just another bottle show. This year, the FOHBC celebrates a golden anniversary, and this weekend is sure to be a national convention for the books! There will be an event for everyone, starting with Mike & Julie Newmanâ€™s open house to kick things off on Thursday afternoon with some amazing food choices and a magnificent bottle collection. Moving from there, join us with the Baabs at the Augusta History Museum for more gathering together and spectacular bottle collection displays. The rest of the weekend will excitingly follow suit with the Sweet Georgia Peaches Bottle Competition, education seminars and the FOHBC banquet leading up to a full bottle show day open to the public on Saturday. Thank you for joining the festivities and celebrating with us at the FOHBC National in Augusta. Next year we will be rolling the dice and betting on an unforgettable event in Reno. See you there! 7
FOHBC Augusta Museum of History Reception Thursday, August 1, 2019
VIP Reception 3:30 â€“ 6:30 pm Augusta Museum of History 560 Reynolds Street, Augusta, Georgia 30901
Dave the Slave Pottery
You will also be able to see the spectacular Bill and Bea Baab Bottle Collection housed at the museum. Many examples of a collection of 531 bottles from a brewery, patent medicine men, mineral water and soda water bottlers, mostly from Augusta, are placed in public view.
Note for attendees: VIP is defined as dealers, assistants, displayers, early admission, seminar givers and approved volunteers. Please send in your contract today and add this to your Convention agenda!
Convention Tim e
E ve n t
Sche dule Loc ati on
Th u r sda y • 01 Aug us t 2 019 8:00 am - Noon
FOHBC Board Meeting
Augusta Marriott Hamilton Room
8:00 am - Noon
Display Setup Only
Augusta Convention Center
Noon - 3:00 pm
Newman Open House
Newman Residence, Martinez, GA
3:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Augusta Museum of History Reception
Augusta Museum of History
3:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Augusta Museum of History
Bottle Competition Check-In
Augusta Marriott Lamar Ballroom
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm*
Sweet Georgia Peaches Bottle Competition Augusta Marriott Lamar Ballroom
Fr ida y • 02 A u g us t 2 019 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Dealer Registration & Ticket Sales
Aug Conv Ctr, Olmstead Prefunction
7:00 am - 8:30 am
General Membership Meeting Breakfast
Marriott Oglethorpe Ballroom EFGH
7:00 am - Noon
Dealer Unloading & Display Setup
Aug Conv Ctr, Olmstead Prefunction
9:00 am - Noon
Aug Marriott, Lamar A-C, Cumming
Noon - 1:00 pm
Aug Conv Ctr, Olmstead Exhibit Hall
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Aug Conv Ctr, Olmstead Exhibit Hall
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Dealer and Early Admission
Aug Conv Ctr, Olmstead Exhibit Hall
Showroom Closed for the Day
Aug Conv Ctr, Olmstead Exhibit Hall
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Marriott Oglethorpe Prefunction
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm*
The FOHBC Banquet
Marriott Oglethorpe Ballroom EFGH
Sat u r da y • 03 Augus t 2 019 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Aug Conv Ctr, Olmstead Prefunction
7:00 am - 8:00 am
Dealer and Early Buyer Admittance
Aug Conv Ctr, Olmstead Exhibit Hall
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Show General Admission
Aug Conv Ctr, Olmstead Exhibit Hall
Display Awards Announced
Aug Conv Ctr, Olmstead Exhibit Hall
Aug Conv Ctr, Olmstead Exhibit Hall
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Ferdinand Meyer V
Walter Smith Augusta, Georgia
Lexington, South Carolina
Lexington, South Carolina
Local and regional public relations and marketing. Media relations. Seminars.
Board liaison, national marketing, social media, visual communications.
Show Treasurer, Newman Open House, Sweet Georgia Peaches Bottle Competition.
Educational Displays, Awards.
Bottle Show, Dealers. Assistants, Showroom Floor.
Bottle Show, Dealers. Assistants, Showroom Floor.
Welcome to Augusta! We’re so excited that you’ve chosen to spend your time with us and hope that you enjoy many friends and bottles during your time here. The future site of Augusta was laid out in 1735 on the orders of General James Oglethorpe, first governor of Georgia. Fort Augusta was constructed on the site in 1736. The name probably is derived from Princess Augusta, at the time the Princess of Wales and the mother of the future George III.
Lindsey Fifer - Conventions Director
Augusta is known for hosting the PGA Masters golf tournament annually and has some of the best golf courses in the country but also has the Riverwalk to visit, the James Brown exhibit at the Augusta Museum of History – where we’re having our reception at on Thursday and the boyhood home of President Woodrow Wilson are just a few things to see while you’re in town. While you’re in town there’s lots for you to enjoy!
Planning for this Convention started back in 2016 when RFPs went out to host the 50th Anniversary FOHBC Convention. Many hours of planning, coordinating, organizing and communication have gone into putting this together to be a great experience for its attendees. A big thanks to Team Augusta – Bill, Ferdinand, Mike, Walter, Marty and Eric for all their hard work on this! It has come full circle with the incredible team that came together for an incredible show. Be sure to visit the Mike & Julie Newman Open House for an amazing display of the world renowned collection of Southern sodas, flasks, bitters bottles and inks on Thursday early afternoon then head to the History Museum for a Welcome Reception where Bill Baab’s collection is displayed Thursday late afternoon. Team Augusta has put together an exciting Convention with bottle competitions, seminars and of course – the show! I hope you enjoy beautiful Augusta and the Convention! 10
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Bottles from the Augusta Arsenal
By Ferdinand Meyer V
[April 2012] I am at the Greenville-Spartanburg airport waiting for a flight back to Houston. I never know how I will be connected with bottles each day, so today was a surprise. I had business at Augusta State University (now Augusta University) and found a great cache of old bottles in the historic Guardhouse Museum on the corner of the campus. Augusta University (AU) is a public university located in Augusta, Georgia, and is the oldest such institution in the state of Georgia (while the University of Georgia is the oldest state-chartered university in Georgia and the United States). The University was founded as the Academy of Richmond County in 1783. It opened in 1785 and offered collegiate-level classes from its earliest days, and its classes were overseen by the state legislature. I met with the campus architect and we walked their new exterior History Walk. The walk is a 1.1 mile trail that invites walkers to enjoy a beautifully landscaped brick pathway around the campus that includes rest areas and brick markers with text about the history of the university, the Augusta Arsenal, and the neighborhoods of Sand Hills and Summerville. Anchoring the walk at the corner of Walton Way and Katherine Street is a restored 1866 Arsenal Guardhouse. Now a History Museum, it houses artifacts, photographs, and other memorabilia of their historic past. Most of the artifacts were discovered in archaeological digs on campus. The cell room was restored, complete with costumed figures, to portray prisoner life in the late 1800s. At Walton Way and Arsenal Avenue you will find a military cemetery that 12
holds the remains of U.S. and Confederate soldiers and their dependents. Originally, the U.S. Arsenal was on the banks of the Savannah River. However, the site proved to be unhealthy, with frequent fevers and deaths occurring among the soldiers and their families. The commandant, Capt. Matthew M. Payne, recommended the arsenal be moved to the healthier “hill” location, and in 1826 Congress authorized the purchase of 72 acres that were owned by Sen. Freeman Walker. Walker’s summer estate, called Belle Vue (beautiful vista) was purchased for $6,000, and a one-acre parcel was set aside as a cemetery for the Walker family. The arsenal relocated the following year alongside the toll plank road that became known as Walton Way. With a $49,000 appropriation and some building materials from the original arsenal, four buildings (the present quadrangle) connected by a loop-holed wall were constructed. The buildings were completed in 1828 with the first occupants being Company C, Second Artillery. During the later part of that year, the arsenal was already supplying arms for the Georgia militia and for the Harper’s Ferry Armory. The troops saw action in the Seminole War in 1835 and also in campaigns against the Creek Indians. Interestingly, Lt. William T. Sherman spent 6 months at the arsenal in 1844. He is remembered most for his later march through Georgia during the Civil War. The Augusta Arsenal was an established U.S. Arsenal at the time of the war; however, it was the Confederates who greatly expanded its facilities and capacity. Captured by Georgia troops in late January 1861, by the following summer Confederate Chief of Ordnance, Josiah Gorgas had decided to make it a “great arsenal.” Soon after the organization of his department in July of 1861, Col. Gorgas sent Major George Washington Rains, a scientist, professor and graduate of West Point on a tour of the South to organize the components necessary for powder production and to locate a site suitable for erection of a first class powder mill. On July 20th, after careful consideration of a number of potential sites, Rains chose Augusta which would also include a Confederate arsenal. Gorgas placed Rains in charge of erecting the Powder Works and chose Capt. W. G. Gill to command the Arsenal both of which he intended be built with the old U.S. Arsenal as its nucleus. Augusta made a very favorable location for the Powder Works due to its location away from probable hostilities, its railways, its canal which provided transportation and power, its temperate climate and its location near enough to the city for a source of labor and supplies yet far enough for safety. More uniquely, Augusta afforded a water supply free from earthy lime salts 13
to insure the purity of the powder and an abundant porous wood required in making charcoal, another requirement for the manufacture of gun powder. Such a location, conforming to all of these requirements, could be found no where else in the Confederacy but Augusta. However, Augusta lacked nearly all of the necessary facilities and machinery required for such large scale military production. These would have to be built. Rains began constructing his Powder Works on the grounds of the old U.S. Arsenal between the Savannah River and the canal, just west of the city in the fall of 1861. Possibly due to poor health, Gill was, however, slow in getting production underway. Though he did have constructed a large castellated brick building, as late as the winter of 1862 the Arsenal still had produced only 30,000 rounds of small arms ammunition, some cartridge bags and knapsacks. In April 1862, Gorgas relieved Gill of his post and placed Rains, now a Colonel, in command of both the Powder Works and Arsenal. On April 10, 1862, in only seven short months official operation of the Augusta Powder Works began. The Confederate Powder Works at Augusta would become one of the most amazing success stories in the history of American manufacturing. Armed with only a pamphlet describing the processes and machinery of the Waltham Abbey Powder Works in England, then the best in the world, Col. Rains in less than a year, remarkably forged a complete powder production facility. This complex of twenty-six buildings, including refineries, laboratories, rolling mills and test ranges grew, by war’s end, to rival if not surpass Europe’s best facilities to produce, arguably, the finest grade of powder in the world. Over the next three years, came to be the central gun powder-making plant in the South and an important eastern arsenal. Threatened by Sherman in his “March to the Sea,”Augusta Arsenal production fell dramatically in the late fall and winter of 1864. Although never destroyed, by early spring 1865 it had become largely ineffective due to the crumbling Southern infrastructure, labor and material shortages. Throughout the war Augusta, was a prolific supplier of all kinds of arms and equipment including horse equipment particularly curry combs and brushes and, arguably produced the finest grade of gun powder in the world! Horse Equipment: During the war period, the Augusta Arsenal routinely issued horse equipment in “sets,” consisting of mostly the Jenifer saddle until the fall 1863, then the McClellan. The complete set included a bridle, halter, saddle bags and probably a saddle blanket, although it did not always have a full complement of every item. Additional equipment like the nose bag, curry comb and brush were often issued separately and usually in mass to various commands. In fact, Augusta was the Confederacy’s single largest producer of curry combs and brushes. Descriptions in arsenal records of Augusta’s horse equipment are vague but those of commercial contractors supplying equipment to the arsenal are more revealing. If you have time during your trip to Augusta, stop by the university, follow the brick walk around the campus and visit the Guardhouse Museum. Bottles await inside!
FOHBC General Membership Meeting Breakfast
Friday, August 2, 2019 Marriott Oglethorpe EFGH 7:30 am to 8:30 am
FOHBC Officers [2018 - 2020]
Conventions Director: Lindsey Fifer Brunswick, Ohio
President: Matt Lacy Austinburg, Ohio
First Vice President: Louis Fifer Brunswick, Ohio
Second Vice President: John Oâ€™Neill Belmont, California Secretary: Andrew Rapoza Conroe, Texas Treasurer: James Berry St. Johnsville, New York Historian: Jim Bender Sprakers, New York
Editor: Martin Van Zant Danville, Indiana
Merchandising Director: Val Berry St. Johnsville, New York Membership Director: Linda Sheppard Sprakers, New York 16
Early Birds can arrive at 7:00 am for Buffet
Business Manager: Elizabeth Meyer Houston, Texas
Director-at-Large: Ferdinand Meyer V Houston, Texas Director-at-Large: John Pastor New Hudson, Michigan
Director-at-Large: Richard Siri Santa Rosa, California
Midwest Region Director: John Fifer Medina, Ohio
Northeast Region Director: Jeff Ullman Warnerville, New York
Southern Region Director: Brad Seigler Roanoke, Texas
Western Region Director: Eric McGuire Petaluma, California
Public Relations Director: Elizabeth Lacy Austinburg, Ohio
Children’s Bottle Grab Bags - Saturday, August 3rd The FOHBC will provide approximately fifty (50) bottle grab bags for children ten and under during the General Admission hours of the Bottle from Squat Soda Cabin Figural show on Saturday. Augusta Bottle Bottle
Augusta Junior Scavenger Hunt Saturday, August 3rd
Each bag will have Stoneware Flask an antique bottle that Cobalt Blue Pig Figural Blue embossed Bottle Bottle was hand blown, in Decoration with Eagle good condition and embossed. There will Iron Pontil Carter’s Ink Fruit Jar also be a ‘special’ Scar Bottle grab bag with a better bottle each of the Reproduction ACL Perfume Southern Milk two days so bring Bottle Bottle Bottle Bottle your child to the front FOHBC registration desk area of the Bottle from Glass Infant Insulator Augusta Convention Atlanta Whimsey Feeder Center and ask for a bottle grab bag. Limit one bottle bag grab per child.
The FOHBC will encourage children from ages 8 on up, to participate in an orgaBottle from nized scavenger hunt on Georgia the Augusta Convention Center antique bottle Square showroom floor.
The FOHBC scavenger hunt organizers will provide a color grid handout of specific items, which the participants Deco Soda will seek to gather info Bottle or photograph most if not all, items on the list. Coca-Cola Participants may work in Bottle small teams, although the rules will encourage individuals to participate. Embossed Indian
The FOHBC photographer, in some cases, if available, will take a photograph of the child opening the bag with permission from the parent or guardian. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Let’s support the next generation of bottle collectors! 17
BUYING, SELLING AND APPRAISING
Bottles * Tokens * Saloon Collectibles Western Americana * Native Americana Numismatica (Coins, Ingots, Currency, Scrip) Western Art and Antiquities * Firearms * Railroadiana Historical Documents * Mining Goods * and More!
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Prizes and Drawings
Raffle: The FOHBC will be raffling a Jim Healy 2019 Augusta commemorative stoneware jug [see pages 92 & 93]. Tickets will be $2 each or three for $5. Play to win! Silent Auction: A second Jim Healy 2019 Augusta commemorative stoneware jug [see pages 92 & 93] will be auctioned at the front FOHBC Tables. Drawings: A $1,000 donation has been given to the FOHBC 2019 Augusta Convention by American Bottle Auctions to support a series of drawings during the public portion of the show on Saturday. Vouchers will be given to the lucky winners to be spent at the show. Drawing Times: Saturday every hour during show hours. The prize will be a coupon to give a dealer towards the purchase of a bottle. The dealer will then turn the coupon in to the front FOHBC desks for redemption for cash. There will also be a $100 prize (show gift certificate) announced at the banquet also donated by American Bottle Auctions.
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony | Augusta Convention Center, Friday, August 2nd, 12:50 pm Watch the ribbon cutting for the 2019 FOHBC 50th Anniversary National Antique Bottle Convention with Bill Baab, Ferdinand Meyer V, Mike Newman, Walter Smith, Marty Vollmer, Eric Warren (Consortium Co-Chairs) and other Team Augusta members marking the official start of bottle show. The event will start promptly 10 minutes before the doors open for dealers and early admission attendees.
Mike & Julie Newman Welcome You to their Open House
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Thinking back to Flip Book Animation, it might remind some of us of early attempts to make an object or thing come to life. According to Wikipedia, a flip book or flick book is a book with a series of pictures that vary gradually from one page to the next, so that when the pages are turned rapidly, the pictures appear to animate by simulating motion or some other change. Flip books are often illustrated books for children, but may also be geared towards adults and employ a series of photographs rather than drawings. Flip books are not always separate books, but may appear as an added feature in ordinary books or magazines, often in the page corners. Software packages and websites are also available that convert digital video files into custom-made flip books. Can you imagine finding a great bottle back then and really wanting to share it with your far away bottle friends? I guess you could illustrate the bottle from every angle or take a lot of sequential pictures. Then you just make your fan book. Easy, right? Well, we found a better way with 36 spectacular rotating images in high definition captured by Alan DeMaison, our Virtual Museum ace photographer. All this and more at the FOHBC Virtual Museum. GII-114 Double Eagle Louisville flask - anonymous collection
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Seminar Schedule, Topics & Presenters
W e are truly fortunate to be able to
present a variety of fascinating educational seminars at the 2019 FOHBC 50th Anniversary National Antique Bottle Convention in Augusta, Georgia. We have a distinguished group of seminar presenters organized by seminar coordinator Bill Baab. Friday is the day the seminars will be held, six in all, from 9 am until 12 noon, in the Augusta Marriott Lamar A-C and Cumming rooms. Some are simultaneous. Seminars are open to FOHBC members and the public. Listed on the next page are the seminar topics, the presenters and the location where these educational seminars will take place.
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South Carolina Local Flasks + Harvey S. Teal In 2005, Harvey S. Teal joined Rita Foster Wallace as co-authors of “The South Carolina Dispensary & Embossed S.C. Whiskey Bottles & Jugs, 1865-1915.” The book’s contents were an exhaustive study of the dispensary system (1893-1915) which gave the state the sole right to sell whiskey and other alcoholic beverages, eliminating the many local merchants who had been selling their own brands in their own bottles. In the meantime, Teal put together what may be a unique collection of 50 local flasks which became rare once the state’s monopoly was in place. Some of the local flasks are identified by their labels, but many of them are embossed. Teal, now 90, caught the “bottle bug” in the late 1950s and admittedly has never been “cured.” A few years ago, he placed his memories on paper (actually, on the pages of Bottles and Extras, the federation magazine) as “A Reminiscence of 53 years of Bottle Collecting in South Carolina” in a four-part series. It made for fascinating reading. He also is a prominent philatelist and historian and an authority on Confederate postal history. Other books written by Teal include “Partners with the Sun,” the story of South Carolina 31
photographers, 1840-1940; “Just Mud, Kershaw County, South Carolina Pottery to 1980” with Arthur Porter McLaurin, and in 1976 co-authored with Paul Jeter “Columbia’s Past in Glass.”
Ground-Penetrating Radar + Karl Harrar Since 1985, I have designed electronic circuits while working for many large and small companies and at the Savannah River National Laboratory and Raytheon (Javelin and Tow missile systems), Motorola (handheld communication devices, Smithsonian Institute (MMTO Telescope), Honeywell (B1B air data computer, DRS (night vision and thermal imaging systems), 3M (Control System Design), Volkswagen proving ground (endurance vehicle testing) and many other smaller electronic manufacturing companies. A little over 5 years ago, I started work on a Ground-Penetrating Radar System that would be rugged, affordable and offer high resolution. Another main goal was to make it easy to use. This unit has gone through many design changes over the past 5 years to provide the best possible product and every effort was made to keep the cost down. I wanted to make systems available for persons who could not afford the normal $15,000plus price tag. My radar, sold under the Easy Radar USA LLC (easyradusa.com) label, can “see” up to 12 feet down in dry sandy soil and 6 to 8 feet in clay. I started collecting antique bottles about 1990, digging dumps until 10 years later when I started concentrating on privies. I thought there had to be an easier way than probing to find privies so I started to test devices in 2005: magnetometers, earth resistevity units, ground condivity units and, of course, GPR. I tried a commercial unit and found several privies in 2007. The trick was to come up with a unit that is a fraction of the cost of the commercial units. This took several years. My future plan is to eventually build a robotic GPR that is autonomous, but one still has to dig. I envision an autonomous unit one would set in the middle of a huge field that used to be a town in the 19th century. It had disappeared years before. So my unit would traverse the entire area mapping and sending the information over the Internet, It would also store it for 3D viewing using virtual reality goggles.
My Great-Grandfather’s Bottles + Doug Herman John Douglas “Doug” Herman Sr., first blinked his eyes in the sun in 1941 in his home32
town of Augusta, Georgia. After graduating from Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama, he joined the U.S. Army, serving in the 82nd Airborne Division. After a 5-year military stint, his father asked him to join the family business of Southern Beer Distributors that handled Miller High Life, Ballentine Ale, Red Cap Ale and Carling Black Label. Under Doug’s management, the company acquired brands of Coors Brewing Co., and Molson of Canada. During his career, Doug saw the rise and fall of many brands, most notably Schlitz and Pabst. Doug is an avid researcher of family history and bottle collecting. With the help of bottle enthusiasts Bill Baab and Mike Newman, he focused on the Augusta Brewing Company (chartered in 1888) and E. Sheehan’s Excelsior Bottling Works of Augusta. Doug not only amassed a high quality collection not only of bottles from those firms, but various artifacts like corkscrews and bartenders knives and original documents. Doug’s great grandfathers are Edward William Herman, who founded the Augusta Brewing Company in 1888, and Edward Sheehan, who founded the Excelsior Bottling Works in 1880. The 1899 marriage of William A. Herman and Mary Helena “Mamie” Sheehan, Doug’s paternal grandparents, blended the German and Irish blood that runs through Doug’s veins today. “Everyone with that combination of blood has a dream to be directly involved in the beer business,” Doug said. His own dream came true when he joined his father in the beer business in 1967, ultimately owning and managing the company until he sold it in 2007. Doug has served as president of the Georgia Beer Wholesalers’ Association as well as being a member of many Augusta civic organizations. He resides in Martinez near Augusta with his wife of 55 years, Jeanie Cason Herman. They have a son and a daughter.
Kola Wars + Dennis Smith Dennis discovered the thrill of bottle digging as a 12-year-old kid in Birmingham, Alabama, when he found his first straight-sided Coke bottle. He found more than Cokes and Pepsi’s. He also found Wiseolas, Rye-Olas, Cola-Nips, Celery-Colas, and many others and wondered what happened to these brands?
A trip to his local library ignited a lifetime of research into soft drink history. He has scoured many libraries, archives, courthouses, and private collections across the United States seeking first-person accounts and previously unpublished records. With degrees in Archaeology and History, he once wrote a graduate thesis: Soft Drinks and Dopes: Changing Perceptions of Soda Water in America. An avid bottle collector, he has exhibited at bottle shows across the United States. He has written for and been the subject of articles in newsletters and magazines, and written numerous books. He currently is working on additional books regarding soft drink history and culture and will publish additional titles in the near future. Comments and conversation are welcome by mail, email, or through his website: kolawars.com.
Charleston’s Colored Sodas + Tommy Schrimpf Tommy Schimpf and his wife Lisa live in Charleston, South Carolina. Tommy graduated from Clemson University where he majored in architecture and currently is a partner in an architectural firm. One summer between semesters, he was employed by Orkin, the pest control company, and during a termite inspection he found some old bottles underneath an old house. One was a broken applied color labeled soda (ACL) and the other was an 1858 Mason jar. He first focused on collecting ACL sodas, but his interest grew toward collecting earlier drink bottles. He learned that these earlier bottles can be found in old outhouse locations called “privies.” The ACL collection was eventually sold and since the early ‘80s Tommy devoted weekend time and energy digging privies. He and his digging buddy, Chip Brewer, together compiled two of the finest collections of colored Charleston sodas anywhere. Bottles from both collections as well as one other local digger are featured in the seminar’s slide show. Other than books on the South Carolina Dispensary system, there are few books about South Carolina bottles. Tommy is working on books about South Carolina ACL sodas, South Carolina medicines, South Carolina’s blob top and Hutchinson bottles and South Carolina embossed drink bottles. He has already written a book on South Carolina “hobbleskirt” Coca-Cola bottles. All the books are nearing completion and “I just need to buckle down and focus on completion,” said Tommy, who is still employed. 34
Bludwine and Budwine soft drinks + Mark Williams Athens native Mark Williams, who is a member of the FOHBC, 25 years ago started to collect the bottles and artifacts of Bludwine, which was founded in Athens in 1906 by Henry C. Anderson. Williams, 50, also started collecting bottles, coins and stamps more than 40 years ago. But his fascination of all things Bludwine caused him to specialize in that company whose success and the cherry-flavored drink made an impression on him. Having lived in northeast Georgia all his life he enjoyed knowing the Bludwine Bottling Company had Georgia locations in Atlanta, Athens, Augusta, Greensboro, Elberton, Macon and Rome. He has gone to many of the bottling plant locations across Georgia and other states looking for the buildings that once held a Bludwine Bottling Company including Tifton, Rome, Moultrie, Monroe and Winder, Georgia as well as Gastonia, N.C. and some in South Carolina. The product was distributed throughout the United States and he hopes to visit other locations. Once the company changed the drinkâ€™s name to Budwine in 1921, many of the bottling plants closed due to financial reasons after the change of name. This has made Markâ€™s quest even more difficult considering most plants have now been closed almost a hundred years or more. Williams, is currently produce manager for Publix in Hoschton, Georgia, will bring a number of rarely seen bottles and other artifacts to show to his seminar audience. This developing museum is dedicated to exhibiting, preserving, researching and providing education about historical glass made in the numerous glassworks of Connecticut. This statewide museum is located in the National Register's only designated National Historic Glass Factory District. The site includes an original two-story residence, circa 1812-14, built for Capt. John Turner, one of several incorporators of the Coventry Glass Company (and later one of the founders of the Ellenville [N.Y.] Glass Company). Located in Coventry, CT at the intersection of Rt. 44 and North River Road, the museum is open for special events or by request. See our website for much more information.
Augusta Banquet Keynote Speaker
Justin Guy was born and reared in Edgefield County, South Carolina in the Trenton area and has worked in clay for over twenty years. He grew up living only a short distance from where Dave and other potters made their wares for over a century. He became fascinated with pottery at a young age and apprenticed under Stephen Ferrell at Old Edgefield Pottery. Justin graduated Cum Laude from the University of South Carolina with a B.A. in Fine Arts with a focus in Ceramics. After graduation, he traveled to Taiwan and was received as an artist in residence at Tainan National University for the Fine Arts and spent three months learning Asian and specifically Taiwanese ceramic art forms and processes. While there, he learned from the ceramics professor Chin-Yuan Chang, and focused his studies on the ceramic aspects of the tea cultures of Japan, Korea, and especially Taiwan. When he returned, Justin also traveled across the United States and Europe visiting museums, institutions and individual artists in order to learn from the many facets that the ceramic artist should know. He worked at USC-Aiken as the Adjunct Professor of Ceramics and was also the Professor of Ceramics at Columbia College in Columbia, SC. He taught there for one year and left on good terms in order to focus his work and teaching in Aiken. He was the instructor of the ceramics courses at the University of South Carolina-Aiken campus for five years. He then served as the Instructor of Ceramics at Piedmont Technical College, Edgefield, South Carolina for a year. Justin has returned to his position at USC-Aiken as the Adjunct Professor of Ceramics and is the Master Potter of the Phoenix Factoryâ€™s Old Edgefield Pottery. Justin is also on the list of approved artists for the South Carolina Arts Commission and has demonstrated as an artist in residence not only for Tainan National University, but also for the South Carolina State Museum, Columbia Museum of Arts, and demonstrated for local events including Aikenâ€™s 175th Celebration, and as an artist in residence in local schools.
Justin will be giving an update on current events related to the Old Edgefield Pottery tradition and how our perception of its history has evolved over the past few years.
The most important book ever published on antique bottles, including most books published in all languages worldwide. 4,210 titles are represented! The updated digital edition published on 15 February 2019 is available for free at fohbc.org A hard copy (printed book) of the Digital Edition is available for sale for Euro 45.00- (c. USD $50 plus shipping) at Erik-Tonen-Books.com
Willy Van den Bossche 323 pages and a compilation of 4,210 selected books and a few important articles and other sources on glass and glassmaking in various languages from the earliest times to the present (31st December 2018).
For more than 50 years, Willy Van den Bossche has been a pioneer and a serious collector of European antique glass bottles (1500-1850) and utility glass, as well as all literature on glass, the art of glass and glassmaking from all over the world. He is the author of the major reference work Antique Glass Bottles, 2001. Willy was born and lives in Belgium. 37
Glass Works Auctions
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Over 150 Southern pieces to include:
Bitters, Whiskeys, Sodas & Beers, Medicines, George Ohr Pottery, Pocket Flasks, Spring Water Bottles, Saloon Flasks and much more! This auction will include the first offering of bottles and flasks from the collection of the late Ralph Van Brocklin. Select pieces from the Sidney Genius collection and several private collections.
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EARLY AMERICAN BOTTLES, STONEWARE & ADVERTISING Especially seeking pre-Prohibition Minnesota and Wisconsin brewery advertising, early saloon photos, and Red Wing stoneware advertising liquor and bitters jugs.
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The Guide To Collecting Fruit Jars
Fruit Jar Annual 2019 Updated annually by Jerry McCann 23rd edition
Comprehensive price guide for fruit jars and related packer jars. Cross referenced with the Dick Rollerâ€™s Standard Fruit Jar Reference 2011, listing information on availability, closures and history on the glass houses that manufactured or jobbed the jars. Researched articles by Barry Bernas, Bill Lockhart, Terry Schaub, Beau Schriever, Bill Lindsey and Carol Serr. Articles cover Dr. Danielâ€™s patented fruit jar, Trade Mark Lightning jars, Art Deco era including those of Capstan Glass, the Missouri Glass Co. and Keystone Mason jars. Softcover, spiral bound 388 easy to read pages with photos, drawings and period ads
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Specializing in Drugstore, Apothecary and Country Store Antiques and Collectibles Conducting 3 catalogued, mail/phone bid Auctions annually and a "Leader in the Field since 1996". Terry McMurray, P.O Box 393, Kirkwood, NY 13795, 607-775-5972, email@example.com
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Be on the lookoput for one of the greatest bottle books ever! This book leaves no stone unturned, has so much information not available in any other single text, and will become an important source of information for collectors not only for Drakes Plantation Bitters but for patent medicines in the mid to late 18th century in America.
The Story of DRAKEʼS PLANTATION BITTERS A 19th Century Cure-All by Q. David Bowers In cooperation with the Token and Medal Society and the Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors
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Jeffrey S. Evans The nation’s leading auctioneer of American and European glass and lighting from the 18th to early 20th centuries. Also specializing in Southern furniture, decorative and folk art; Americana of all types; 17th to 20th century ceramics; American and European fine and decorative arts; textiles and sewing; fine jewelry and silver; and a wide range of desirable collectibles. Contact email@example.com or 540.434.3939, ext. 102 for information. Since 1979, we have sold for and to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Corning Museum of Glass, the Sandwich Glass Museum, the Toledo Museum of Art, Colonial Williamsburg, MESDA, and many other regional and national institutions, as well as collectors and dealers worldwide.
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Quality 19th Century Zanesville Blown Glass Grandpa Flask Sold $3,840 Rare & Fine SC Dispensary Jug Edgefield, SC. Sold $12,000 Handsome SC Dispensary Amber Flask With Original Paper Label on Verso Sold $2,880
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In 1980, the Federation of Historical Bottle Clubs, in conjunction with its subsidiary, the National Bottle Museum, created the bottle collector’s Hall of Fame. Nomination and induction into the Hall of Fame is based on major contributions to the bottle collecting hobby, which had significant impact and enduring quality. Descriptions of activities and achievements are gathered by the nominator(s). Distinguished services to the hobby are noted and documented. Successful candidates are then officially inducted into the Hall of Fame. All documentation is bound and appropriately filed in the FOHBC’s archives. The following pages summarize the accomplishments of these honored collectors. 1981 - Helen McKearin
In recognition for her outstanding literary achievements in the field if research and writing, resulting in the publication of comprehensive reference books and periodicals on the subject of American glass and bottles. She co-authored American Glass with her father, George S. McKearin. 1983 - Charles Gardner
Known as the “Father of Modern Day Bottle Collecting,” he was the link between past greats in the hobby such as Stephen Van Rensselaer and George and Helen McKearin. He was a master collector for 45 years, stimulating the hobby’s growth to what it has become today - a vibrant collecting field filled with camaraderie and adventures. 1985 - Edmund R. & Jayne Blaske
Dedicated collectors and researchers in the field of historical flasks. Teachers of many young and new collectors, the Blaskes were popular banquet speakers, as well as active supporters of many local clubs, the Federation of Historical Bottle Clubs (now Collectors) and the National Bottle Museum in Ballston Spa, New York. 1985 - John C. Tibbitts
Founder and first president of the first U.S. bottle club, the Antique Bottle Collectors Association of California. The club eventually had a national membership of more than 250 persons representing 23 states and was the model for the formation of many others. He was the first to edit a club newsletter. It was called The Pontil. 1985 - Harry Hall White
A great bottle archaeologist, his excavations of glass houses and research of public libraries produced sound data that was used by authors such as Kenneth Wilson and George McKearin in writing books that enriched the knowledge of glass collectors. “Harry Hall White is the outstanding pioneer in this field of research and investigation,” McKearin wrote in American Glass, published in 1941. In November of 1926, his story on Early Pittsburgh Glass-Houses was featured in the magazine Antiques to which he was a frequent contributor for more than two decades. He was born in 1884 and died in Shelbyville, Indiana, at the age of 60 in April 60
1944. He was buried in Cleveland, Ohio. 1987 - Paul L. Ballentine
A collector who became an authority on Midwestern glass, he was a noted author, speaker, collector, club founder, educator and friend. He will be remembered by members of a hobby that he promoted, preserved, advanced and loved. He was ably and lovingly supported by his wife, Mary. 1987 - Dr. Cecil Munsey, Ph.D
A bottle collecting pioneer noted for significant contributions to the organized hobby, not the least of which was his 1970 book, An Illustrated Guide to Collecting Bottles. He also authored The Illustrated Guide to the Collecting of Coca-Cola. He is a skilled researcher, writer and editor. 1988 - Bernard C. Puckhaber
He helped popularize the collecting of “Saratoga-type” mineral water bottles by writing and publishing a book, Saratogas in 1977. He helped further the educational aims of the Federation of Historical Bottle Clubs (now Collectors) and was instrumental in establishing the National Bottle Museum in Ballston Spa, New York. 1989 - George S. McKearin
His commitment to bottle collecting resulted in extensive research and development of two major books with daughter Helen - American Glass and Two Hundred Years of American Blown Glass. He spoke extensively throughout the United States and Europe and was consulted by major museums, collectors and auction houses. His unequaled early glass collection sold at auction in 1931-32, being dispersed in collections across the U.S. His figural (historical) flask identification chart remains the singular means of describing each specimen. 1990 - Jean Matthews Garrison
She lived the FOHBC slogan: “The Federation of Historical Bottle Clubs (now Collectors) strive to promote, foster and encourage all activities toward the betterment of bottle collecting.” She became national chairman of the Federation in 1980 and served as public relations chairman for eight years. A life member of the Federation, Jean was active in no fewer than seven bottle clubs. Sam Fuss, in 1990 the Northeast Region chairman (now called director) said in nominating her to the FOHBC Hall of Fame, “She was like an auto spark plug getting things started and finding proper people to finish the job, a vote for Jean is a vote for America, motherhood and apple pie!” She did not live to enjoy her hobby’s ultimate honor, passing away in her sleep at Walter Reed Army Hospital on March 16, 1990. 1992 - Dr. George Herron
He became a member of the original bottle club (in Sacramento, Calif.) in 1965 and two years later, “Doc” and his wife, Ruth, were among the original charter members of the Iowa Antique Bottleers established in 1967. He retained membership and leadership in that group and the hobby until his death. He began a regular column in Old Bottle Magazine called “Herron’s Hunches” in July of 1989. 1993 - Stephen “Peck” Markota
The Federation’s first honorary director, Peck and his wife, Audie, dug, cleaned and collected bottles and researched, wrote and taught others about them. He helped found the Federation and later the Markotas published a book called Western Blob top Sodas. 61
1993 - Verna L. Wagner
Her tireless efforts in organizing the first national bottle show - the 1976 EXPO in St. Louis set a standard of excellence. She was an officer and ambassador, in person and in print, for her local club and Federation and guided its growth, made lots of friends, and loved every minute of it. 1994 - Harold G. “Hal” Wagner
His vision and chairmanship of the first national show gave lasting strength to the Federation and hobby. The Federation was not financially able to follow through on his suggestion to hold a national show in St. Louis during the nation’s Bicentennial Celebration in 1976. He volunteered to use his own money, to be reimbursed after show profits were collected. It was the crowning achievement in his three decades of local and national leadership. 1995 - Alice Creswick
She took up the formidable task of documenting fruit jars and authoring The Red Book of Fruit Jars, among other publications, for a quarter of a century. She authored six editions of the Collector’s Guide to Old Fruit Jars, more commonly known as the Red Book, bringing to light more than 3,000 varieties of fruit jars. 1995 - John C. Fountain
A bottle collecting pioneer, he operated the first bottle shop (in Sacramento, Calif.), was the first bottle wholesaler, wrote articles and co-authored three books about bottles. He also published the National Bottle Gazette, one of the first publications geared to the hobby. He always saw to it that a full page was available for Federation use - free of charge. 1996 - Carlyn Ring
Early collector and historian who amassed what was believed to be the most complete bitters collection, she wrote For Bitters Only, which became the primary reference of bitters bottle collecting. She later collaborated with California collector Bill Ham in publishing the massive Bitters Bottles book. 1997 - Doc Ford
Considered one of the chief ambassadors of the bottle hobby, for 30 years he traveled the country supporting shows and displaying his collections, making many friends in and for the hobby. 1997 - Richard “Dick” Watson
Author of the first major book on bitters collecting, Bitters Bottles (1965), setting a standard for all the bottle books that followed, and later published a supplement to the book (1968). His service to the Federation came at a time when leadership was greatly needed. He and his wife, Elma, amassed outstanding collections of bitters and Saratoga waters. He later served as the Federation historian and was a member of the board of directors. 1998 - Dr. Burton Spiller
Giving lectures and writing articles, putting on programs and sharing his vast knowledge, he has tirelessly worked to promote our hobby. 1999 - Howard Dean
His literary contributions and work with the Federation, the National Bottle Museum and 62
bottle clubs have made a lasting and enduring impact on the hobby. His activities continued even into his 90s. 2002 - John Eatwell
One of the giants of the hobby, he was the Federation’s first chairman (now called president), designed the organization’s first logo, and was the first to suggest the possibility of holding a national show. He was an active member of the Antique Bottle Collectors of Colorado since 1967, serving as its president. He was famous for his collection of Pike’s Peak flasks and co-authored (with David K. Clint III) the comprehensive and beautifully illustrated landmark book, Pike’s Peak Gold, in 2000. 2002 - Bob Ferraro
President of the Federation from 1977-79, he has been a collector since the mid-1950s. He built outstanding collections of figural bitters, eastern whiskeys and Nevada bottles. He co-authored (with first wife Pat) The Past in Glass (1963) and A Bottle Collector’s Book (1964). He continues to serve the Federation (first vice president 2008-14) and director-at-large (2015). 2002 - Elma Watson
The perfect helpmate to husband and Hall of Famer Dick, she was an important leader in the Federation, serving as treasurer for many years. Co-chair of the 1994 National Show in Cherry Hill, N.J., she helped establish and arrange bottle exhibits at the Wheaton Museum and assisted with the establishment of the National Bottle Museum in Ballston Spa, New York. She was an important contributor to her husband’s books - Bitters Bottles (1965) and Supplement to Bitters Bottles (1968). 2003 - Norm & Junne Barnett
Early Federation members, the Barnetts specialized in fruit jars. In 1972, Norm joined Roger Emory of Hagerstown, Indiana, to organize the Midwest Antique Fruit Jar and Bottle Club. Norm served as president for all but 10 years of its existence and was show chairman at the same time. Junne served as club newsletter editor for 30 years, retiring in 2006. She did the souvenir program books for the FOHBC 25th anniversary show in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. (1994) and the Nashville, Tennessee Expo (1996). 2007 - Bill Ham
Avid bottle collector and author of numerous articles on historical glass, he collaborated with Carlyn Ring to produce the massive Bitters Bottles, as well as the Bitters Bottles Supplement. He also contributed to the revised Whiskey Bottles of the Old West. He is always willing to share his vast knowledge and has given many talks on his favorite subject to various organizations. Bill is presently working on Bitters Bottles Supplement 2. 2008 - Betty Zumwalt
She researched and co-wrote Spirits Bottles of the Old West with her first husband, Bill Wilson. They later published Western Bitters and 19th Century Medicine in Glass (1971). She was an active member of the first bottle club - the ABCA of California. She was instrumental, with Bill and Dick Hansen, in drawing up the first draft of the Federation bylaws. After parting with Bill, she researched and published Ketchup-Pickles-Sauces, 19th Century Food in Glass (1980). It has become the standard for this division of bottle collecting. 2008 - Tom Caniff
Since 1995, he has authored The Label Space (complemented by the photographic skills of 63
wife Deena) in Antique Bottle & Glass Collector. From 1999, he’s authored Fruit Jar Rambles in the same magazine. He entered the bottle collecting world in 1975, became active in Midwest collecting circles and served a term as president of the Jefferson County Antique Bottle Club in Steubenville, Ohio. He served a two-year term as co-editor of the Federation newsletter (1978-80), was the Northeast Region newsletter editor from 1981-83 and served as editor of the Federation’s annual newsletter contest in 1995. He was vice president and president of the national Jelly Jammers between 1990-93. He is the recognized authority on the various Flaccus family companies and their food-packing competitors along the Ohio River. 2008 - Junior Carl Sturm
Completing his 19th straight year as a member of the FOHBC board of directors and his third term as president of the organization, Carl freely gave his time and himself for the betterment of the hobby and fellow collectors on a local and national scale. He became editor of The Federation Glassworks newsletter in 1988 and played a key role in the acquisition of Bottles and Extras, the magazine having been privately published by Scott Grandstaff and Kitty Roach, who gave it to the FOHBC as a gift. Carl’s favorites among his own collections are cures, half-pint pictorial flasks, black glass and tobacco tags. 2008 - Jim Hagenbuch
After an accidental start (through marble collecting) landed him into the bottle collecting hobby in the early 1970s, Jim Hagenbuch has become an authority on such diverse collectibles as pottery pigs and historical flasks. After the Firestone Tire and Rubber Plant at which he worked 14 years closed its doors, he became a full-time bottle dealer to earn a living for himself, his wife, Janice, and daughter Jessica. After Old Bottle Magazine and another publication went out of business in 1983, he decided to publish Antique Bottle & Glass Collector and the first issue came out in May 1984. It was an instant hit with collectors, and has become a forum for topics relating to bottles around the world. In 1986, he started Glass Works Auctions, selling reasonably priced, high-quality, full-color catalogs so potential buyers could see what they were bidding on, at the same time giving collectors options to obtain bottles not often seen. His catalogs have become collectors’ items. 2009 - Johnnie Fletcher
A founder and several times president of the Oklahoma Territory Bottle & Relic Club, Johnnie has served as editor of Oklahoma Territory News since the club was founded in 1987. In 1991, he published Oklahoma Drug Stores; in1994, he published the first edition of his Kansas Bottles 1854-1915; in 2006, he published the second edition of Oklahoma Bottles, and is working on a St. Joseph, Missouri, bottle reference book. He won FOHBC awards for best newsletter and best story in 2003. He was nominated for inclusion on the Federation Honor Roll, but board members voted him Hall of Fame status instead because of his important contributions to the hobby. 2011 - Bill Baab
A collector of antique bottles since 1969, Bill joined the Federation in 1996 and a few years later volunteered to become Southern Region editor when Mary Jane Ferguson was forced to resign because of illness. His goal was to improve the quality of FOHBC club newsletters by urging more historical research. His regional reports were designed to contain news of interest to all bottle collectors, leaving out items of interest only to member clubs. He updated the FOHBC Hall of Fame and Honor Roll lists. He also collected information to be used in sketches of the FOHBC presidents. His suggestion that errors of fact in stories published in BOTTLES and EXTRAS be corrected in the following issue, thus raising the Federation’s credibility with members, was adopted. He also designed a style book for regional editors, 64
following guidelines in The Associated Press Stylebook. Bill proof-reads all stories and President’s Messages carried in BOTTLES and EXTRAS. He also proof-reads copy in Antique Bottle & Glass Collector, the National Fishing Lure Collectors Club Gazette, and Ralph Finch’s target ball newsletter On Target! In 2009, he inaugurated a series of state-by-state bottle collecting histories which continue today. He resigned as Southern Region editor in mid 2011. Bill was given President’s Awards from Ralph Van Brocklin (2004) and John Pastor (2006). Bill and his wife, Bea, self-published four books on Augusta bottles. He retired as outdoor editor and sports writer from The Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle in 2000 after 36 years. He still edits the newspaper’s Friday fishing page each week. 2012 - Jack Sullivan
Author of an incredible number of bottle-and pottery-related stories, Jack Sullivan’s name has been a familiar one to collectors for many years. He has written extensively for collector publications in the U.S., England, Australia and Canada. A resident of Alexandria, Virginia, since 1965, he writes frequently for BOTTLES and EXTRAS, the Ohio Bottle Club’s Ohio Swirl newsletter and the Potomac Pontil, the online publication of the Potomac Bottle Club. He is a member of both clubs. He also has written three self-published books on whiskey containers and other collectibles. Jack also maintains two online blogs devoted to aspects of collecting and history - “Bottles, Booze and Back Stories,” and “Those Pre-Prohibition Whiskey Men.” His collecting interests include glass and ceramic whiskey containers, whiskey collectibles, breweriana, hillbilly items and paperweights. Jack holds B.A. (1957) and M.A. (1960) degrees in journalism from Marquette and a PhD in international relations from American University (1969). He is married (for 51 years in 2014) to Paula Boyer Sullivan and is the father of two sons, John, an icthyologist at Cornell University, and Brian, an entomologist with the U.S. Forest Service in Louisiana. 2012 - Warren Friedrich
Warren was born in Southern California in 1954, the son of a World War II barnstormer and his University of Southern California-educated wife. Seeking a better environment for their only child, they set their sights on Nevada City, a tiny rural community in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and put down roots. While his parents worked, young Warren began to explore the area, spending his days miles from home, digging up artifacts. While his friends were spending hot summer afternoons in the coolness of a movie theater, Warren was picking his way through dark tunnels of long-abandoned mines. As he grew into adulthood, Warren continued to seriously collect bottles, amassing a modest collection of western bitters. He began traveling to bottle shows, meeting many like-minded people. He joined the local Mother Lode Antique Bottle Club, then the Federation, and in 1993 co-founded the Downieville Antique Bottle Show. He has authored articles for Antique Bottle & Glass Collector as well as BOTTLES and EXTRAS. He has helped put on local shows and has a keen interest in encouraging a younger generation to get active in the hobby. Years of research led to the 2010 publication of the book, “Early Glassworks of California,” with revisions made in 2011. 2013 - Gene Bradberry
In 2010, the FOHBC was in trouble. Internal squabbling was pushing the organization away from being the paternal parent of the hobby. Its future was bleak. In stepped Gene Bradberry as president, a job to which he was no stranger. He’d also served previously. But this time it was different. A retired Memphis, Tennessee, policeman, he quickly laid down his brand of law and, as a result, the FOHBC arose, like the phoenix, and headed in the right direction. Ed Provine, Gene’s longtime good friend and fellow collector, in his letter of nomination pointed out that many collectors know of Bradberry’s dedication and hard work for the Federation. He joined the FOHBC in 1969 and quickly became active behind the scenes. He served as 2nd vice chairman (1971-72), chairman (1972-74), President (as chairmen became) (1988-94), 65
Membership Director (1994-2000), Expo 2004 show chairman, 1st vice president (2004-06), Membership Director (2006-10), President (2010-2012) and Director at Large (2012-Present). He also found time to serve his Memphis Bottle Collectors Club and is presently show chairman. 2013 - Alan Blakeman
Worldwide fame, at least in the antique bottle collecting hobby, long preceded the publisher of British Bottle Review magazine. Through that medium, Blakeman has become the European spokesman and watchdog for the hobby. His magazine editor, Guy Burch, felt it was high time his boss received recognition from his peers. His peers unanimously agreed. The fact that Blakeman is a Brit did not matter. Other non-Americans have been honored by the FOHBC. “Anyone who knows Alan well will realize that money does not motivate him,” Burch said in his nomination. “He is simply in love with bottles and the related fields of pot lids and salt glaze stoneware (he was once a potter).” Based at Elsecar Heritage Centre in South Yorkshire, in addition to publishing the magazine, Blakeman organizes four auctions and four bottle and related packaging antique fairs per years. He is author of 11 books on the subject and publisher of three others. 2015 - Ralph Finch
FOHBC Board members didn’t have to ask Ralph what he had been doing to promote the hobby of antique bottle collecting since he became involved nearly 50 years ago. His articles featuring bottles and well known collectors in the field number more than 500 and have appeared in many of the hobby-related journals. In 1969, following his discovery of more bottle bug-bitten people in his native Detroit, he played host in his apartment to a meeting that resulted in the organization of the Metropolitan Detroit Antique Bottle Club. In 1994, he founded and published On Target! It is a newsletter geared to those who love and collect the glass spheres and it also led to Ralph building a collection that’s become “the largest and most important collection ever amassed.” Highly respected, Ralph, 75, and his expertise moved into the ketchup bottle world. He and his collection of some 1,800 have been featured in at least two TV documentaries. That he has a sense of humor can be found in many of his stories. Ralph has earned numerous awards, including a Distinguished Service Award (1969-1977) from his home club, a Journalism of Excellence Award from the Ohio Bottle Club as well as the 1981 Best of Show Award from the Genessee Valley Bottle Collectors Association for his target ball display. In 1979, he became a charter member of the National Bottle Museum Society and is a supporter of the museum in Ballston Spa, New York. 2016 - Jeff Wichmann
Jeff Wichmann is a California native who has parlayed his vast knowledge of antique bottles and glass into a full time related business called American Bottle Auctions. His was the first auction house to provide full-color glossy catalogs sent to interested collectors at no charge. He also launched what is believed to be the first online antique bottle auction. In 2013, Jeff was inducted onto the FOHBC Honor Roll, but given his increase in antique bottle collecting-related activities, including financial support of the Federation, the board of directors voted to move him up to the organization’s highest honor level. Photography of old glass is one of his strong points. He also shares his knowledge on his web site www.americanbottle. com. In 1999, he published The Best of the West - Antique Western Bitters Bottles, a book containing information of value to collectors of that genre. 2017 - Charles & Mark Vuono It’s hard to believe this father-son duo wasn’t nominated to the FOHBC Hall of Fame years ago because of their continuing contributions to the antique bottle hobby in general and the world of historical flasks in particular. Had it not been for his wife Grace’s love of all things 66
antique, Stamford, Connecticut’s Charles Vuono might not have gotten out of his car and entered an antiques store, wondering why his wife was taking so long, and found himself checking out a historical flask. Of course, it wasn’t that simple, but such trips eventually led to his purchasing and fascination of early American glass and his building a collection of historical flasks second to none in the world. He wasn’t satisfied to just place a bunch of beautiful flasks on a shelf, but he thirsted for the stories behind each. And he satisfied that thirst, thanks to the availability of like-minded pioneer collectors of his era who were pleased to share their early research with the latest enthusiast. Charles’ son, Mark, happily joined his father in their adventures to not only collect and document the stories behind not only the flasks, but the early glass works that manufactured them. His father shared his knowledge with everyone who expressed an interest and since his passing, Mark continues that to this day, thanks to his stories published in Antique Bottle & Glass Collector magazine, as well as personal contacts with the current crop of collectors. Mark’s passion has rubbed off on his son, Andrew, whose time in the limelight will come. 2018 - Richard Allen ”Dick” Roller Fruit jar enthusiast Richard Allen “Dick” Roller’s legacy continues to stay alive and well 20 years after his untimely death at age 67 in 1998. Historical material on fruit jars and their makers that Roller netted by years of tough research before the Internet Age is still being used by collectors and writers such as FOHBC Hall of Famer Tom Caniff, who continues to give Roller credit for facts outlined in Caniff’s monthly Fruit Jar Rambles in Antique Bottle & Glass Collector magazine. Like many others in the hobby, Dick was glad to share his newfound information, most of which corrected and/or eliminated erroneous stories that had been around for years. “When Dick started collecting and studying fruit jars, he was appalled by the conjecture, hearsay and inaccurate material in the fruit jar books that had been published,” said the late Vivian “Granny” Kath. “He decided then and there to do some serious research into the history of glasshouses and the jars they made.” Roller’s contributions are still to be found in the Fruit Jar Newsletter, Fruit Jar Clearing House and New Fruit Jar Newsletter, but collectors really benefited from The Standard Fruit Jar Reference he published in 1983. Its information remains valid today. 2018 - Richard T. Siri For someone whose brother lit the fuse that sparked an interest in collecting historical bottles, Richard Siri has come a long way. The first chapter in his story notes that his brother, Ted, was working on a road construction project in Willits, California in the mid 1960s and an 18901900 dump containing a pile of early Western whiskey bottles was uncovered. Fast forward to the present day, supported by his wife, Beverley, Richard, 77, is known for his extensive Western bottle collections having amassed one of the most complete Western bitters bottle collections, as well as extensive collections of whiskeys, Hostetter’s Stomach Bitters and USA Hospital bottles, among other things. He is always willing to share his knowledge on his favorite subjects and that knowledge has found a public place inside many books, articles and exhibitions about antique bottles. He has held several offices within the federation, most notably that as president in 2008. Richard co-chaired the FOHBC 2012 Reno National Antique Bottle Expo and the most recent, FOHBC 2016 Sacramento National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo. He is also a major supporter and an active member of the Northwestern Bottle Collectors Association. In 2009, Richard Siri first brought forth the concept of developing the FOHBC Virtual Museum. He now serves on the museum Board of Directors and he, along with his wife Beverley, is a major financial contributor to the museum.
Elizabeth Lacy, Convention Photographer
Capturing the exciting moments of the FOHBC 50th Anniversary National Antique Bottle Convention in Augusta this year is Elizabeth Lacy. Elizabeth currently holds the PR Direction position on the FOHBC board. She is married to Matt and they together have a 10-year-old son, Owen. Elizabeth grew up and currently resides in a small town in Northeast Ohio. Her love for photography started in high school while serving on her high school yearbook staff, and has developed since then. She has been photographing glass and bottles for over a decade in conjunction with Matt's bottle collecting hobby. Family portraits are her favorite photography subject, which she has been pursuing for the past 8 years. Elizabeth is looking forward to capturing the big and the little moments during each event of the convention this year.
2019 A ug u s ta D i sp la y s Bludwine Soft Drinks
Charles Axt Catawba Wine Bottles 19th Century Drugstore Display Fruit Jar Patents Before 1859 Augusta Merchant Pottery Historical Augusta Bottles Vintage Soda Brandology Celery Cola Koca Nola Soda / 50 gal. Stoneware Crock Lubricating Oil Bottles Edgefield Pottery DIVCO Milk Truck
Mark Williams Paul Chance Henry Tankersley Tom Sproat Philip Haley Walter Smith Tom Pettit Dennis Smith Charles Head Vern Huffstetler Samuel Ford Charles A. Hilton
Please VOTE for your favorite display! Best in Show and Most Educational ribbons will be given by the FOHBC. Peoples Choice award will be given by the show. Announcement of the winners will occur on Saturday, August 3rd between 4:30 and 5:00 pm. 69
What’s the attraction for you at FOHBC National Events? Why are you here? That’s an easy question, but the answer may not be. You might be here because of a chance to buy quality bottles for your collection. Or you might be here to visit with friends. Or it may be a combination of both answers, with a few personal reasons thrown in. Whatever the reason, the facts remain that you are happy to be here, and you plan to make the most of it. Before 1976, when the Federation of Historical Bottle Clubs (as it was then known) held its first national show in St. Louis, antique bottle shows were strictly local or regional, attended mostly by collectors and members of the curious public who resided within those locales. The FOHBC now conducts the biggest antique battle and glass event of the year using a three or four-day convention and expo format. Let’s take a look at some of the past shows leading us up to the FOHBC 2018 Cleveland National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo.
1976 National Antique Bottle & Jar Exposition - St. Louis, Missouri
There is no doubt this show set the standards for those to follow. There were 140 outstanding displays of bottles and fruit jars, many of which had never been in the public view; 280 sales tables, and 4,000 collectors. Hal Wagner was chairman and Jerry Jones co-chairman of the event. The program featured articles by some of the legends of the hobby, including Helen McKearin, Alice Creswick, George Herron, William E. Covill Jr., Dr. Cecil Munsey, Dick Roller, John Wolf and Paul Ballentine. Ken and Shirley Asher, Old Bottle Magazine publishers, devoted 17 pages to photos of the displays, unfortunately, all in black and white, because color was expensive to print back in those days. There was a surprise awaiting visitors - a commemorative Expo bottle in the shape of a scroll flask with the Federation’s distinctive eagle on one side and crossed flags on the other. How many of these bottles sold during the Expo still exist? 1980 National Antique Bottle-Jar Exposition - Rosemont, Illinois The St. Louis extravaganza was a tough act to follow, but show chairman Ken Sosnowski and co-chairman Jim Hall did their darnedest and, in the opinions of those who were there, succeeded. There were 330 sales tables and 70 displays, the latter including a Hutchinson bottling display by Bob Harms and Sean Mullikin. Demonstrations on how Hutchinson bottles were actually filled were held every two hours. The 96-page program included articles by Betty Zumwalt, Bob Ferraro and Clevenger Glass Works’ Jim Travis, among others. Souvenirs included a commemorative paperweight to display owners, a miniature stoneware jug to those attending the banquet and suitably 70
inscribed log cabin bottles in cobalt and amethyst made at the Clevenger factory and sold for $20 apiece. 1984 Antique Bottle, Jar & Insulator Exposition - Montgomery, Alabama
After the two previous shows were held in the Midwest, the sunny South finally got a chance to shine and highlighted insulators on the cover of its 78-page program. Chairman James Robbins called the show “my dream come true.” Feature articles were written by Bernie Puckhaber (Saratogas), Dick Bowman (Insulators) and Dennis Smith (Pioneer Glass Works), among others. The latter also found time to put together an outstanding exhibit on Celery Cola (on which he is still THE authority). There were 32 exhibitors and 204 dealers listed in the program. There also was a heat wave as one might expect in the Deep South during the August show dates so visitors and hosts alike built up lots of sweat equity. One specially made quilt was raffled (and brought $3,400) and the other was auctioned (for $1,600). Profits from the two plus auction of a one-of-a-kind Federation bottle ($325) were donated to the Verbeck House/National Bottle Museum in Ballston Spa, New York. 1988 Antique Bottle & Jar Exposition - Las Vegas, Nevada
Show chairman Lou Pellegrini and his crew of volunteers “hit the jackpot,” according to comments from many of those who attended the Federation’s fourth Expo. There were 285 dealers set up on 365 tables and there were 53 displays. Show-goers likened the atmosphere as comparable to that of the St. Louis Expo and, while there were a few glitches, bulk of the comments was positive. Bob Harms had his traveling Hutchinson bottling machine there, while other displays ranged from Alex Kerr’s target balls and go-withs to a display of historical flasks. There was something to please just about everyone. There was no mention of Expo souvenirs. 1991 Bottle & Advertising Show - Memphis, Tennessee
Display of a pair of $40,000 bottles owned by Frank Brockman was one of the highlights of the show at the Memphis Cook Convention Center. One was the Northbend-Tippecanoe Cabin and the other the sapphire blue Columbia-Eagle flask. “He brought them in from California at my request and we used them in our pre-show publicity,” said show chairman Gene Bradberry. “I borrowed the artwork for the full-color, slick paper flyer from Norm Heckler and used it with his permission. We had 200 sales tables and (Atlanta collector) Bob Simmons handled some great displays. Heckler, Jim Hagenbuch and Dick and Elma Watson were among well-known collectors in attendance.” Bradberry’s idea at the time was to create a national show every year. “There were still those who wanted an Expo every four years so we compromised and had the national shows every year between the Expos.” 1992 Antique Bottle & Jar Exposition - Toledo, Ohio Show chairman Adam Koch and his Ohio Bottle Club volunteers had to get used to hearing exclamations of “Holy Toledo!” from excited visitors at the show at the Seagate Centre. Bulk of the comments from show-goers was highly positive. The program was the thickest ever, 110 pages counting the covers, with features by Ralph Finch, Bill Agee and Stanley and Isabel Sherwood. There were a bunch of specialty group meetings taking place, too - the Jelly Jammers and those who liked fruit jars, Saratoga Waters, painted label sodas, poisons, whimsies, glass knives, milk bottles and infant feeders. There was a chance for early buyers to get into the show in advance of the rest of the crowd and this did not sit well with many. But as one dealer among those manning a record 550 sales tables put it: “those people were there to buy and they did.” There were 60 displays, all outstanding. 1993 National Advertising & Bottle Show - Richmond, Virginia Somewhere in the Federation board of directors records, there is mention of someone who probably was suffering from bottle show withdrawal pains suggesting that instead of waiting another four 71
years for an Expo to roll around, why not hold annual national shows. This Virginia show was the first of many and it was a good one. “The show was great and went off without a hitch,” said Federation Chairman Gene Bradberry. There were 17 displays, including a genuine wagon showing off hundreds of medicine bottles and go-withs. Post-show stories never gave a dealer count, but comments given to reporter Ralph Finch were mostly on the positive side. The 25th Anniversary National Bottle & Advertising Show & National Convention - Cherry Hill, New Jersey - June 22-26, 1994
The Federation was “born” in 1968 so the Silver Anniversary show was a special one, thanks to Dick and Elma Watson of New Jersey and Jerry McCann of Chicago. The Watsons had come up with the idea of a bus trip to Wheaton Village in Millville, New Jersey, and McCann got the ball (and the bus) rolling, according to a post-show article. The Federation rented the bus for $500 and each one who made the trip paid $10 that included the trip, admission to the museum and a box lunch. The next day, the Watsons arranged for a Wheaton glassblowing display to set up in the hotel parking lot. Collectors from Canada, England, Scotland, Germany, Grenada and the United States came to the show. Some of the visitors made it to the Watsons’ “bottle house.” Jon Panek of Deerfield, Illinois, said his visit there “was like dying and going to heaven!” 1995 National Bottle Show - Chicago, Illinois
Dealers set up on 210 tables and there were 11 outstanding displays. Many visitors were able to take a Friday night cruise on the Chicago River and out into Lake Michigan. Jon Panek of Deerfield, Jerry McCann of Chicago and Barb and Bob Harms of Riverdale, Ill., came up with lots of neat extras not normally found at such shows. At previous shows, visitors lamented that two days were just too short. The complaints at this one were that the show was too long. Perhaps the 90-degree heat had something to do with that. One of the most unusual items sold during Jim Hagenbuch’s Glassworks Auction was a salt-glazed jug imprinted with Lancaster Tonic Bitters / C.A. Wood & Co. / 37 Haverhill St. / Boston. It sold for $400. Hagenbuch’s 3-day-old van was stolen, and that was bad enough, but happily there were no bottles inside. 1996 National Antique Bottle Exposition - Nashville, Tennessee
“Music City, USA,” attracted 665 sales tables staffed by 461 dealers and many of those in attendance came in a vacation mode. There were 45 displays. Bitters maven Carlyn Ring was named to the Federation Hall of Fame. Many visitors, among them non-smokers, enjoyed a trip to the Museum of Tobacco Art & History. Show chairman Claude Bellar and his staff of volunteers were lauded for their efforts. Norm Heckler conducted the auction and among noteworthy items were an 1820-30 Concentric Ring Flask that netted $20,000 and a cobalt Columbia Eagle Portrait Flask that garnered $21,000. There were no awards given for the displays, but each entrant received a commemorative bottle of Jack Daniel’s best stuff. Ken Anderson’s trailer, which held all of his Indian cures, go-withs and the great medicine wagon he displayed them in, escaped being damaged when the trailer broke loose from the hitch and wound up in a ditch. “It must have been Indian magic,” commented one observer. 1997 National Antique Bottle Show - Jacksonville, Florida
The show was smaller than usual, with 120 dealers manning 160 tables, but enthusiasm was high for the first show held in the South since the 1993 affair in Richmond, Va. Dick Watson and Doc Ford were inducted into the FOHBC Hall of Fame. Carl Sturm celebrated his birthday and a slice of key lime pie with one candle was delivered to him. There were several outstanding displays, ranging from Wayne Boynton’s Celery Cola display to Ron Rasnake’s pictorial case gins to Joe Brock’s Jacksonville’s Past in Glass, among others. Another highlight was a dinner cruise up the St. Johns River.
1998 National Antique Bottle Show - Cincinnati, Ohio
Burton Spiller gave a nostalgic talk about the early days of bottle collecting as he remembered them and that was one of the highlights at the Cincinnati Convention Center. Another event was more personal for Spiller, who was inducted into the FOHBC Hall of Fame. Fifteen terrific displays attracted lots of attention. There were 160 dealers’ tables and at one of them, a dealer was going to put out some Beanie Babies. But show chairman Adam Koch was adamant that Beanie Babies had no place at an antique bottle show and sale. Good for him! 1999 National Antique Bottle Show - Cincinnati, Ohio
No one made a bid to play host to this year’s show, so Adam Koch & Co., agreed to do a 2-peat. Howard Dean, longtime collector of Saratoga Springs bottles and author of many stories relating to the bottle hobby, was elected to the FOHBC Hall of Fame during this meeting. Kevin Sives, an FOHBC member and early user of the Internet, gave a user-friendly talk about using that medium to one’s advantage. There were two programs on inks and labeled inks by Keith Leeders and John Hinkle, respectively. 2000 National Antique Bottle Exposition - Denver, Colorado
Dave Cheadle succeeded Dave Hinson as editor of BOTTLES and EXTRAS and found time to give an educational talk on trade cards and bottles, one of the Rocky Mountain highs during the show. Sheryl Anderson was show chairman and did a remarkable job. There were new books galore from Pike’s Peak Gold by John Eatwell and David Clint III, Antique Glass Bottles by Willy Van den Bossche of Holland, and Bitters Bottles by Bill Ham and Carlyn Ring. Seven countries and 33 states were represented at the event and the federation picked up 60 new members, according to post-show reports. It was noted that the first FOHBC convention was held in Denver back in 1969, presided over by John Eatwell. 2001 National Antique Bottle Show & Sale - Muncie, Indiana
Thirteen exhibits featuring fruit jars, water bottles, poisons and show globes, among others, and 140 sales tables highlighted the show in “Fruit Jar Country, USA.” Future federation president Ralph Van Brocklin gave a slide presentation on Western Whiskey Flasks. The show was chaired by Norman Barnett, with lots of help from his wife, Junne. The Federation made a nice profit via an auction conducted by Norm Heckler with lots ranging from inks to barber bottles. Collectors came from California, Colorado and Georgia. The Minnestrista Cultural Center housed a collection of patent models of fruit jars plus other exhibits relating to Muncie history and the Ball Brothers Fruit Jar Co. Visitors literally had a ball! 2002 National Antique Bottle Show & Sale - Syracuse, New York
The 72-page program features 16 pages of “Pride of New York” bottles in full color and is definitely a coveted collector’s item. Ralph Van Brocklin, who was elected FOHBC president, gave a seminar on Western Flasks, and George Waddy, a featured columnist in Antique Bottle & Glass Collector, gave one on Saratoga Bottles. There was more on Saratogas inside the program written by authority Howard Dean, while Kevin A. Sives wrote about New York glass houses of the 17th through 19th centuries. Elma Watson, John Eatwell and Mayor Bob Ferraro were inducted into the FOHBC Hall of Fame. Phyllis and Adam Koch wrote a touching tribute to Elma Watson in the September BOTTLES and EXTRAS. Mrs. Watson died of cancer on Aug. 26, 2002. There were 252 sales tables and 29 exhibits and the show’s auction conducted by Norm Heckler grossed $25,000. 2003 National Antique Bottle Show & Sale - Louisville, Kentucky More than 200 tables awaited early buyers at this show co-hosted by Wayne and June Lowry of Raymore, Mo., after two years of planning. Longtime collectors Norm and Junne Barnett were inducted into the Federation Hall of Fame. They set up their famous collection of unusual fruit jar 73
closures as one of 16 educational exhibits. Orville Seals of North Jackson, Ohio displayed more than 100 Louisville mini jugs (mostly from the Bauer Pottery). Norm Heckler called the auction which grossed more than $30,000. 2004 National Antique Bottle Exposition - Memphis, Tennessee
Ralph Van Brocklin closed out his last term as FOHBC president with the triumph that was this Expo. Chaired by his friend and longtime federation member Gene Bradberry in the latter’s home town, the show featured 371 sales tables and 23 displays. Seminars included such topics as baby bottles, locating sites and digging them, black glass dating, fruit jars and bitters. Twelve authors got a chance to sign and sell their books. Jimmie Wood of Denver, North Carolina, was awarded the FOHBC People’s Choice ribbon for his stunning display of applied color label sodas from North and South Carolina. There also was a forum describing the trials and tribulations of becoming a book author, with Jack Sullivan, Dewey Heetderks, Jerry McCann, John Eatwell and Bill Ham chiming in. 2005 National Antique Bottle Show - Grand Rapids, Michigan
Thirty-one outstanding displays awaited visitors’ attention at the show where chairman John Pastor and his crew of volunteers did a marvelous job. Seminars were plentiful and first class, with Red Book author Doug Leybourne discoursing on fruit jar closures, Carl Sturm speaking about identification and dating of black glass bottles, Dann Louis talking about cures, Dan Simons on Michigan bottles, Wayne (Jar Doctor) Lowry about cleaning old bottles, Dr. Darell Erickson on infant feeders, Rick Ciralli about Connecticut glass and Mark Vuono on historical flasks. Norm Heckler again loaned his auctioneering talents to the Federation. One of the outstanding bottles sold was a green Drake’s Plantation Bitters for $10,500. 2006 National Antique Bottle Show - Reno, Nevada
This was the first national show held in a Western state since the 2000 Expo in Denver, Colorado, and it was a roaring success, thanks to the efforts of FOHBC conventions director Wayne Lowry, show chairman Marty Hall and Reno-Sparks club members. There were 287 in line for early admission and 315 more for general admission, making for standing room only around the 266 sales tables. A significant piece of federation business was the approval to publish BOTTLES and EXTRAS bi-monthly instead of quarterly. California collector Richard Siri was the keynote speaker and his discourse on Hostetter’s Bitters was complemented by his 190 variants of those well-known bottles. The displays drew this rave from Ralph Van Brocklin: “Hands down, THE BEST group of displays I have ever seen at a show!” Wonderful seminar topics ranging from target balls to historical bottle research were highlights of the meeting. BOTTLES and EXTRAS editor Kathy Hopson-Sathe gave the show coverage more than 17 pages of the Fall issue and Van Brocklin did a masterful job of describing what went on. 2007 National Bottle Show - Collinsville, Illinois
“Back To Where It All Began” was the theme at Collinsville’s Gateway Center, pointing to the inaugural national show held in 1976 across the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri. Special pins were presented to “Long Timers” who attended both shows. Wayne (Jar Doctor) Lowry was show chairman, with assists from Curt and Ellen Faulkenberry, Jim and Debbie Taylor and Pat Jett. Wayne’s wife, June, business manager for the federation, was stunned to receive the President’s Award from Carl Sturm. Seminars ranged from “Something for Everyone” by Jelly Jammer members Phyllis Pahlman and Margaret Shaw to “Chero-Cola - There’s None So Good” by Dennis Smith to “Using the Internet to Collect Bottles” by John “Digger” Odell to “Ink Symposium” by Keith Leeders, John Hinkel, Ed and Lucy Faulkner, Frank Starczek and Don Carroll. Longtime collectors and Federation members Gene Bradberry and Ed Provine did a show and tell session on early glass-blowing methods and tools of that trade. Other highlights included 19 outstanding 74
displays. Greg Hawley, one of a group of treasure hunters who found and excavated the Steamboat Arabia, was the banquet speaker. 2008 National Antique Bottle Exposition - York, Pennsylvania
Collectors from across the country and around the world (Australia, Germany, United Kingdom) made the trek to the ninth Federation Expo where they enjoyed seeing 32 terrific displays ranging from fruit jars to California perfumes. They also attended outstanding seminars on Saratoga waters, black glass, inks, the Lancaster, N.Y. Glass Works and the Kola Wars. Convention Director R. Wayne Lowry reported 415 sales tables had been sold. Perhaps the show’s only negative aspect came at the banquet where featured foods were in short supply and some of the 246 guests had to accept substitutes. The FOHBC Hall of Fame grew by four new inductees in Tom Caniff, Jim Hagenbuch, Carl Sturm and Betty Zumwalt. Steve Ketcham and the late Katie Foglesong were inducted onto the Honor Roll. Norm Heckler once again was the auctioneer for the Expo event, with an early, olive-green Wryghte’s Bitters / London the top lot with a $3,900 bid. Russ Smith of the United Kingdom and Rex and Joanna Barber of Australia penned views of the Expo from their perspectives in the November-December BOTTLES and EXTRAS. Former FOHBC president John Pastor resigned as Midwest Region director and Jamie Houdeshell was named to take over the post. Mr. Pastor accepted the position of second vice president and remains on the board of directors. June Lowry became editor of BOTTLES and EXTRAS after Kathy Hopson-Sathe was forced to step down because of illness. 2009 National Antique Bottle Show - Pomona, California
Highlight of this show, host of which was the Los Angeles Historical Bottle Club, was the awards banquet during which many collectors received their just dues. It was the first Federation National Show to be held on the West Coast and was ably chaired by Pam Selenak. Onlookers included collectors and dealers from Australia and England, as well as from 18 states. Outstanding exhibits included Richard Tucker’s historical flasks (winning the People’s Choice ribbon) and Terry Monteith’s well-displayed collection of demijohns and carboys captured the FOHBC Most Educational ribbon. Alan DeMaison received the President’s Award for his outstanding contributions as Federation treasurer from Richard Siri. The FOHBC Hall of Fame gained another member in Johnnie Fletcher of the Oklahoma Territory Bottle & Relic Club. Johnnie was originally nominated by his friend, Ed Stewart, of Paola, Kansas, for inclusion on the FOHBC Honor Roll, but Johnnie’s dedication and contributions to the hobby led board members to vote him into the main shrine. Midwest Region Editor Joe Coulson’s Glass Chatter of the Midwest Antique Fruit Jar & Bottle Club was a first-class winner in the newsletter category. The Ohio Swirl, edited by Phyllis Koch of The Ohio Bottle Club, was second. Huron Valley Antique Bottle Club’s show flyer was first and the Antique Bottle Club of San Diego placed second. Jack Sullivan, of Alexandria, Va., won for the best researched article for “The Night the Axe Fell on Cleveland.” Dave Maryo, the host club’s president, was second with his article, “Forsha’s Balm is Endorsed by President Lincoln.” Mike Bryant won the best true story award for “The Snake in the Glass” and best fiction for “Ask Aunt Blabby.” 2010 National Antique Bottle Show - Wilmington, Ohio
Best thing about this show, those who attended would agree, was the Roberts Centre showroom with its well-lighted, wide aisles, offering plenty of room for 297 sales tables, 20 wonderful displays and hordes of people. Show chairman Jamie Houdeshell became ill a few days before the show, but co-chairman Joe Hardin and chief coordinator Patty Elwood stepped up. They were assisted by Jamie’s parents/ Jim and Mira Houdeshell, as well as Richard Elwood and John and Margie Bailey. Jamie’s pet project was the auction and, thanks to his early efforts. the event grossed just shy of $20,000. A highlight of the show was the induction of Scott Grandstaff and Kitty Roach, of Happy Camp, California, onto the FOHBC Honor Roll. Joining them was another Californian, Jeff Wichmann. Scott and Kitty founded the original BOTTLES and EXTRAS magazine, eventually giving it to the Federation when it got too much for them. Sheldon Baugh gave an educational talk about Ohio’s Shaker communities and displayed Shaker bottles from his own collection. 75
2011 National Show - Memphis, Tennessee
FOHBC President Gene Bradberry played the perfect host as the Federation returned to the Southland for the first time since 2004. That show also was held in Memphis, known for its downtown trolley cars and barbecue. Second Vice President Ferdinand Meyer V outlined his progress on the FOHBC web site (FOHBC.org) and Virtual Museum during the semi-annual board meeting held prior to the show and sale. Seminars were held dealing with inks (John Hinkel), bitters (Ferdinand Meyer, Don Keating and Sheldon Baugh), odd-closured fruit jars (Dick Watson), German colognes (Carl Sturm) and applied color label sodas (Randee Kaiser). Seven outstanding displays sparked interest, with Base-Embossed Cylinder Whiskeys by Steve Schingler winning the Most Educational Award and Patented Labeled Medicines by Henry Tankersley garnering the People’s Choice Award. Ninety-one lots were offered during the FOHBC National Auction, with the highlight of the sale the Morning Call Bitters going for $5,460, which was $1,460 over the high estimate. The unique variant, light amber with a hint of olive in color, sports deeply indented panels and arched column corners. Another highlight was the induction of Bill Baab, of Augusta, Georgia, into the FOHBC Hall of Fame. Former Federation Treasurer Mike Newman, of Martinez, Georgia, nominated the 76-year-old Baab, who joined the Federation in 1996 and later became its Southern Region editor. 2012 National Antique Bottle Exposition - Reno, Nevada
Those who were there at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino included longtime collector and published author Mike Polak, of Long Beach, California. Let’s hear all about it from Mike: “Over the years, I’ve attended a large number of club bottle shows, national shows and Expos, and I need to say that the Reno 2012 Expo was absolutely fantastic and probably the best all around show I’ve ever attended!” If that comment didn’t make show co-chairmen Marty Hall and Richard Siri proud, who knows what will? This was a show of “firsts” in the hobby. Complementing the thousands of words written about the show were a series of great color photos from the lenses of the first professional show photographer, Scott Selenak. (“There was so much action, my camera couldn’t stop firing,” he said later). Norman C. Heckler & Co., conducted the first “Drakes, Whiskey & Umbrella Ink Shootout” where more than 200 people showed up. Competing in back-to-back-to-back “duels” were Circle Cutter Whiskey cylinders, Drakes Plantation Bitters and umbrella inks. After all was said and done, Judges Bruce Silva, Dennis Bray and Ralph Hollibaugh awarded Steve Hubbell, of Gig Harbor, Washington, top billing in the Cutter category for his olive green-amber specimen. Drakes Judges Jeff Noordsy, Jeff Burkhardt and Rick Simi picked a blue-green example owned by Ferdinand Meyer V, of Houston, Texas as No. 1. Umbrella inks Judges Holly Noordsy, Bryan Grapentine and Jamie Houdeshell chose a mint and pontiled puce ink owned by Jim Jacobitz, of San Francisco. “I learned how to have a shootout with killer glass bullets and still remain friends,” said veteran collector Lou Lambert. Two longtime contributors to the hobby, Warren Friedrich, of Grass Valley, Calif., and Jack Sullivan, of Alexandria, Va., were inducted into the FOHBC Hall of Fame. Fourteen scintillating displays ranging from David Hall’s fantastic assortment of E.G. Booz bottles to Dennis Bray’s outstanding EC&M insulators to eye candy Swirls, Whirls, Twists & Twirls from Dwayne Anthony, featuring bottles, fruit jars and insulators . 2013 National Antique Bottle Show - Manchester, New Hampshire
When collectors of antique bottles and early glass think of New England, early glass works come to mind. Like Keene, Stoddard, Temple, Lyndeboro. “I had never seen so much world class glass under one roof before,” said FOHBC Hall of Famer Bill Baab after having attended the Federation’s first National Show to be held in New England. The “roof” belonged to the Radisson Expo Center and the place was Manchester, New Hampshire July 19-21. Co-chairmen Michael George and Maureen Crawford and their Merrimack Bottle Clubbers pulled out all the stops to make this show one attendees will remember for the rest of their lives. 76
Nine seminars covering as many different areas of collecting got the crowd going in the right direction early on Friday, July 19. Presenters were Rick Ciralli, Connecticut Glasshouse Rarities; Tom Haunton, Last Links to the Past: 20th Century South Jersey Glass); Ian Simmonds, American Mold Blown Tableware 1816-35; A Fresh Look at “Blown Three-Mold”; Michael George, New Hampshire Glass Factories and Products; George Waddy, Mineral Waters from Yankee Country; Jim George, Early 20th Century Milk Marketing in New England; Brian P. Wolff, Mount Vernon Glass Co. - History, Products, People; David Hoover, Uncovering Demijohns, and Al Morin, Markings and Seals Embossed on Milk Bottles. In addition to the glass and pottery offered by the 168 dealers present, collectors were treated to 17 displays of outstanding glass and pottery. The People’s Choice Award was won by Michael George for his awesome display of Stoddard glass, including inks, a flask with embossed U.S. flag (featured on the souvenir program’s front cover), medicines and utilities. Most Educational Award was won by Ken Previtali, of Glastonbury, Connecticut for his wonderful ginger ale bottle display, with many of the bottles displaying an astounding array of paper labels featuring great graphics. Other exhibitors were Tom Marshall (New England Inkwells), Mark Newton (Lyndeborough Glass), Dale Murschell (Wistarburgh Glass), Jeff and Holly Noordsy (Utilitarian Vessels from New England and New York State), Bob Kennerknecht (Sunburst Flasks), Dave Olson (Bonney Ink Bottles), Dave Waris (Moxie Bottles), Rob Girouard (Striped Sandwich Glass), Kevin Kyle (Blue Sodas), Dennis Gionet (Manchester-produced Bottles), Paul Richards (New Hampshire glass shards), Jim and Karen Gray (Stoneware Jugs), Bobby Heton (cone inks) and Jim Bender (Reproductions). The high quality of the exhibits made judges wish there were more awards to present. Next came the New England Bottle Battle, sponsored by Norman C. Heckler & Co., and directed by Michael George, dressed in full 19th century regalia. Categories were Whimsical Objects, Colored Medicines and Utility Bottles. And the winners were: (Whimsical Objects), Kevin Sives, Appalachian, N.Y., for his handled E. Waters Ink; (Colored Medicines), Dr. Charles and Jane Aprill, New Orleans, half-gallon cobalt Dr. Wynkoops Sarsaparilla; (Utility Bottles), Rick Ciralli, Bristol, Conn., multi-sided utility bottle. Wrapping up the first night’s activities was the Madness in Manchester Auction put on by Jim Hagenbuch of Glass Works Auctions, with John Pappas the auctioneer. One of the highlights was Lot No. 44, a wide-mouthed Sunburst flask/snuff jar in light greenish aqua. Pre-auction estimate was $40,000 to $60,000, but it sold for $24,000. Inducted into the FOHBC Hall of Fame were Gene Bradberry, of Bartlett, Tenn., and Alan Blakeman, of the United Kingdom. Bradberry is a longtime Federation member, having served more than one term as its president, as well as in other capacities. Blakeman, published of British Bottle Review, is England’s “Mr. Bottle Man. 2014 National Antique Bottle Show - Lexington, Kentucky It was Tom Phillips’ last show as Conventions Director and he made the most of it, teaming with co-chairmen Randee Kaiser and Sheldon Baugh to make the FOHBC’s first visit to Lexington and Blue Grass horse country most enjoyable. One-hundred forty-seven dealers set up at 204 tables and offered a bounty of glass and ceramic treasures and most were ecstatic about their successful sales. “One said that within an hour of setting up, he made over $3,000,” said Randee’s wife, Sue. “Another said he made four times the profit as what he usually collects at shows.” The numbers of early buyers (178) and general attendees (320) exceeded the numbers at past shows, said Phillips, whose good work was acknowledged when he received the President’s Award from FOHBC President Ferdinand Meyer V. The show was headquartered at the Hyatt Regency 77
Hotel and held at the adjacent Lexington Center, a wonderful venue with lots of space, great lighting and enthusiastic staff. Events got under way on Friday, August 1, with a series of six seminars: Jerry McCann’s Mid 1800s, The Evolution of Bottles Through Fruit Jars; The History of ACL Soda Bottles in Kentucky and Beyond, by Randee Kaiser; Here’s to Beers, by Gary Beatty; FOHBC Virtual Museum Progress, by Ferdinand Meyer V and Steve Libbey; The History and Evolution of the Shaker Herb and Medicine Industries by Sheldon Baugh, and Ohio River Privy Digging by Jeff Mihalik. All were entertaining and educational. This show was notable for a number of “firsts.” A ribbon cutting with Randee and Sheldon utilizing the oversized scissors (enough ribbon was left over for next year’s Chattanooga show and 2016’s Sacramento show) opened the showroom doors. There was an appraisal table in charge of Martin Van Zant (who became a Kentucky Colonel) and friends who saw a cool master ink, a Japanese balsam from Cincinnati, lots of Coca-Cola bottles, an aqua double eagle historical flask “and a ton of common stuff,” he said. California antique bottle auctioneer Jeff Wichmann donated a cool $5,000 to be raffled in smaller segments. Scott Selenak, who has become the Federation’s chief photographer, recorded everything on his trusty digital cameras. Friday night’s banquet featured Michael “Mr. Bourbon” Veach as the guest speaker. He later signed copies of his book, Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey. Veach’s friend and co-author, Chet Zoeller, signed copies of his book, Bourbon in Kentucky,” on the show’s final day. Since Lexington is home to the Kentucky Derby, it was appropriate that the Federation hold its own Run for the Roses. Instead of Thoroughbreds, the contest featured wax sealer fruit jars, scroll flasks and Midwestern swirl decanters. FOHBC member Chip Cable videotaped the bottles and projected each onto a large screen. Sue Kaiser tracked down the finishers: WIN: Midwestern Swirl Decanter - John Pastor, New Hudson, Mich.; Historical Scroll Flask - Steve Schingler, Braselton, Ga.; Wax Sealer Fruit Jar - Jerry McCann, Chicago, Il., PLACE: Midwestern Swirl Decanter - Tom Lines, Birmingham, Ala.; Historical Scroll Flask - John Pastor, New Hudson, Mich.; Wax Sealer Fruit Jar - Ryne Henrich, Crystal Lake, Ill., SHOW: Midwestern Scroll Flask - Dave Maryo, Victorville, Calif.; Historical Scroll Flask - Mike Henrich, Crystal Lake, Ill.; Wax Sealer Fruit Jar - Perry Driver, Live Oak, Fla. There were 13 educational displays running the gamut of subjects, with Tom Sproat’s 19th century glass-making tools winning the Federation’s Most Educational Award. Jim Hubbard’s outstanding display of Kentucky pocket flasks won the FOHBC Best of Show Award. Worth mentioning was Federation historian Dick Watson’s display tracing the history of the organization that started in 1969. Unfortunately, Dick and David Olson, of Carver, Mass., were involved in an automobile accident just minutes away from Dick’s New Jersey home while heading to Lexington. Happily, both have since recovered. Another novel idea was the fancy hat contest, won with a bottle-and horse-themed example worn by Leanne Peace. Capping the night’s activities was the “Thoroughbred Auction” conducted by Jim Hagenbuch. 2015 National Antique Bottle Show - Chattanooga, Tennessee The Federation found itself on the right track after picking Chattanooga as the perfect site for its Southern Region national show July 31-Aug. 2. So “Choo-Choo to Chattanooga” was the theme engineered by great graphics on the show’s logo showing an old-time steam engine. Chattanooga itself was made famous by the Glenn Miller tune “Chattanooga Choo-Choo” sung or hummed during the 1940s-50s: “Pardon me boys, is that the Chattanooga Choo-Choo?” Federation President Ferdinand Meyer V expressed it well in the lead of his main story in the September-October issue of BOTTLES and EXTRAS: “The train arrived in all of its glory, met us at the station, and carried its passengers on a grand three-day excursion in the great southern city of Chattanooga, Tennessee. 78
It left us with memories that will last a lifetime.” Show co-chairmen Jack Hewitt and John Joiner co-wielded the giant scissors to cut the ribbon allowing “passengers” to stream into the showroom of the Chattanooga Convention Center on Saturday afternoon. Dealers were allowed in first, then early buyers, instead of everybody en masse as in previous shows. Opening the event on the evening of July 31 was the FOHBC Banquet and Awards session in the Marriott Hotel’s ballroom. It was preceded by a cocktail party during which old friends greeted each other and made new friends. Highlights included the induction of target ball collector and expert Ralph Finch, of Farmington Hills, Michigan, into the FOHBC Hall of Fame, and an amusing and emotional address by keynote speaker Tom Hicks, of Eatonton, Georgia. Hicks later became ill and, to his dismay, missed the show and the Rolling Thunder Auction held Saturday night. The Federation Board of Directors surprised President Meyer with a special award denoting his outstanding service not only to the Federation, but to the hobby as well. The President’s Award went to Jim Bender, of Sprakers, New York, “for his outstanding service as FOHBC historian.” Other honors were bestowed on winners in the club newsletters, show flyers, web sites, articles-research/information, best true story and best original fiction story categories. Bottle-knowledgeable Mike Newman, of Martinez, Georgia, was the perfect emcee of the Battle of Chattanooga Bottle Competition capping the first day’s activities. He was ably assisted by Chip Cable of McMurrayville, Pennsylvania, who filmed and projected the images of each entry. Bob Riddick and Mark White, both of Lexington, South Carolina, checked each bottle and made sure each was returned to its respective owner. First-place winners were Dr. Charles Aprill, of New Orleans, for his 9-1/2 inch tall, cobalt blue Wells, Miller, Prevost sauce bottle. Dr. Aprill is well-known for his love of cobalt blue bottles. Eric Schmetterling, of Moorestown, New Jersey, won the colored sodas category with his amethyst Blagroves Superior Aerated Mineral Waters, Brooklyn, New York, 10-sided, iron-pontiled tenpin-shaped bottle. Best Bottle South of the Mason-Dixon Line winner was Dr. Aprill with his blue wine with embossed grapes and leaves. It was an unembossed variant of the Imperial Levee, J. Noyes, Hollywood, Miss. Judges also gave Dr. Aprill a first-place tie with his pontiled blue Dr. Leriemondie’s Southern Bitters. It was unmarked, but known to be from Brookhaven, Mississippi. Another innovation introduced by President Meyer was the membership breakfast on Saturday morning. Previous membership gatherings were held in Friday afternoons and were lightly attended since many show-goers did not arrive until later. This one attracted 110 members who voted to increase the Federation dues package to keep up with growing expenses and re-institute life memberships. One of the best programs is the seminars held during the morning prior to the show’s opening. Tommy Schimpf presented Charleston, South Carolina Colored Sodas; Every Bottle Has a Story, with Jack Sullivan and Ferdinand Meyer V; The History of Jack Daniel Whiskey by Mike Northcutt; Alkaline-Glazed Stoneware of the Edgefield District by Jim Witkowski of Charleston, South Carolina; The Evolution of the Coca-Cola Bottle by Doug McCoy and Bottle and Relic Digging by Rick Phillips and Paul Sampson. Show scenes were documented by talented Mallory Boyle, Jack Hewitt’s daughter, and her photos were displayed throughout the BOTTLE and EXTRAS issue featuring summaries of the show. Twelve wonderful, colorful and educational displays under the title of Great Southern Bottles chaired by Tom Lines, Birmingham, Ala., and Ed Provine, Millington, Tenn. “Best in Show Award” was presented to Mike Newman, Martinez, Ga., for his stunning array of colored sodas from Georgia and South Carolina. The “Most Educational Award” was given to Tom Sproat, Covington, Kentucky, for his display of glass-making tools. Other displays were Tenn-Cola, Gene Bradberry, Bartlett, Tenn.; Dale Murschell, Springfield, W. Va., paperweight perfume bottles; Walter Smith, Augusta, Ga., Edward Sheehan sodas from Augusta; Mike Jordan, Ocala, Fla., Hyacinth Vases; Bill Haley, Chattanooga, Glass Insulators; Amy Autenreith, Chattanooga, Houston Museum Bottles; 79
Dennis Smith, Buffalo, N.Y., Celery Colas; Jim Berry, St. Johnsville, N.Y., Inks, and Mike Northcutt, Lynchburg, Tenn., History of Jack Daniels. NOTES: Ninety-two-year-old Dorothy “Tootsie” Hood, of Apison, Tenn., a longtime bottle collector, became a member of the FOHBC when her grandson bought the membership. . . a treasure trove of items from E. Dexter Loveridge of Wahoo Bitters fame was auctioned off. . . James Penrose came from far off New South Wales. . . Alicia Booth, Houston, Texas, donated a Success to the Railroad historical flask as a hat contest prize in honor of her late husband, Tom. . . Liz Maxbauer, New Hudson, Mich., won it. . . the Souvenir Program’s 107 pages carried features by Jack Sullivan and Charles David Head as well as a listing of the Top 25 Tennessee Bottles. . .there were 230 sales tables. . . 2016 National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo - “Back to Our Roots” Sacramento, California “A Celebration of People and Our Hobby:” That’s how FOHBC President Ferdinand Meyer V headed the lead story in the follow-up November-December issue of the Federation’s magazine, Bottles and Extras. The organization took root in 1969, some 10 years after John C. and Edith Tibbitts organized its predecessor, The Antique Bottle Collectors of California, in their Sacramento home. That club caught the imaginations of antique bottle collectors from “sea to shining sea,” including Charles Gardner, of New London, Connecticut, known as “The Father of Antique Bottle Collecting.” Federation officers and board members pulled out all the stops to make this venture into Gold Rush Country a memorable and memory-making, strike it rich experience. First stop was the privately owned McClellan Conference Center and Lions Gate Hotel at the decommissioned McClellan Air Force Base (1935-2001) seven miles northeast at Sacramento. Sacramento resident Jeff Wichmann held open house at his American Bottle Auctions where visitors “ooooed” and “ahhhed” at his collection of outstanding historical bottles and related “goodies.” The Lions Gate General’s House played host to a reception for dealers and their assistants, early buyers, displayers and seminar conductors on the Thursday evening (the first day of the event). The Sacramento Shootout followed that evening back at the hotel with whiskeys (Jesse Moore Sole Agent cylinders, U.S.A. Hospital Bottles and Hostetter’s Stomach Bitters) in the bottle battle. Richard Siri, who spearheaded the Shootout, found himself the hospital bottle winner. Dale Mlasko captured the top whiskey prize, while Mike Henness’s Hostetter’s topped that category. The inaugural FOHBC Membership Breakfast Meeting was held at the 2015 Chattanooga show and was a great success, so it was repeated on the Lions Gate Hotel patio. Nothing like free food to attract a crowd. A fine array of speakers presenting educational seminars on Warner’s Safe Cures and Products (Michael Seeliger,.Mike and Kathie Craig), the A.W. Cudworth Business Journal (Tom Jacobs), Early American Scent Bottles (Chris Hartz), Early California Stoneware (John O’Neill), Red Wing Advertising Stoneware (Steve Ketcham) and Gold Rush Artifacts (John Schroyer) followed. The mud flats at Benicia, California are unlovely to behold. Just when they revealed their hidden iridescent glass treasures is a matter of conjecture, but their unique colors were on a wonderful display called Benicia Glass – Nature’s Tiffany by Michael and Karen Peart. It was just one of 20 outstanding displays of bottles, jars, miniatures, Owl Drug bottles, Hostetter’s Bitters and an apothecary cabinet filled with gems. The Warner’s Safe Bottles and Posters display took both “Best in Show” and “Most Educational” ribbons. Collectors holding early admission badges joined the rush of dealers into the McClellan Conference Center show room at 1 p.m., Friday. There was a bit of confusion when the supply of early admission badges gave out, but a runner was sent to a local office supply company for name stickers. The crowd may have been a record number for a first day and most were in a buying mood. 80
That set the stage for the FOHBC Cocktail Party and Banquet Friday evening. There had been 115 reservations, but 150 showed up to feast. Highlight of the meeting was an emotional speech by Betty Zumwalt, the 2008 FOHBC Hall of Fame inductee and noted authority on antique glass, as well as an author. Jeff Wichmann, who had been named to the Federation Honor Roll in 2010, was “bumped up” to the Hall of Fame following his many contributions to the bottle hobby. The late Tommy Mitchiner, of Gordon, Georgia, was placed on the Honor Roll for his role as the Peach State’s most famous antique bottle collector and researcher, particularly relating to the Savannah, Ga., bottles of John Ryan (1852-1870s). John Joiner, of Newnan, Georgia, was presented the President’s Award for an outstanding job at the 2015 Chattanooga National Antique Bottle Show. Mike Bryant, of the Antique Bottle Club of San Diego, hauled off four awards to lead club honors. Show room doors opened at 9 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 6, and almost 700 folks piled through the door. General admission tags gave out. A tour bus arrived loaded with Reno Antique Bottle Club members. The future of any hobby is its ability to attract younger members and Richard and Bev Siri were ready. The show’s co-chairmen had prepared 44 children’s grab bags, each filled with two or three newspaper-wrapped bottles from the Siri collection. The day was capped by the 49er Bottle Jamboree Auction conducted by Fred Holabird, president of Holabird Western Americana based in Reno, Nevada. Star of that western bottle-themed auction was an early yellow-green Gold Dust Whiskey from San Francisco (1871-74), a flawless example of only eight known. It brought $34,500 including the auction house premium. Eyes of 200 in-house bidders plus hundreds more online (including a collector aboard an aircraft carrier) shattered previous FOHBC auction records, according to President Meyer. Also setting a record was the 134-page Souvenir Program, surely to become a favored collector’s item. Jim Bender and Bob Strickhart, co-chairmen of the 2017 National Show in Springfield, Massachusetts (Aug. 3-6), may find it a hard “act” to follow. We shall see. 2017 National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo - Springfield, Massachusetts When one thinks of Springfield, Massachusetts, the legendary Springfield rifle comes into the mind’s eyes of many people, but not antique bottles; that is, until the Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors held its annual National Show and Exposition there. The four-day, high caliber event (pun intended) started with a reception at historic Springfield Armory on Aug. 3, setting the tone for the rest of the week. There was a small glitch not of the Federation’s making: A Tennessee company conducted an auction at the host hotel during the reception, leading to a future rule prohibiting such things from happening during FOHBC shows next year in Cleveland and in Augusta, Georgia in 2019 and beyond. Co-show chairmen Jim Bender and Bob Strickhart did an amazing job in taking control of the show. “We both felt it was what a show chairman does,” Bender said. “So everything good or bad was on us.” The Sheridan Springfield Place Monarch Hotel was host for the show and the staff could not have been more helpful. The Springfield Bottle Battle took place in the MassMutual Center. These contests give collectors the opportunity to see rare examples of the best bottles known from that Massachusetts area. Judges Ed Gray, the bewigged Jim Hagenbuch and John Pastor were up to the challenge and didn’t go off half-cocked. The winner was Mike George with a very rare pontiled Phelps Arcanum. Jack Fortmeyer was runner-up with a very rare Massachusetts Fire Extinguisher, and Ron Ranka was third with super-rare lavender-colored J&IEM monitor ink. Matt and Elizabeth Lacey and Louis and Lindsey Fifer made sure the event ran smoothly and Chip Cable again was present to videotape all of the bottles and show them on the big screen for everyone’s viewing pleasure. Here are the other categories, judges and winners: Best Sandwich Glass, Judges Eric McGuire, Greg Bair and Mike George. Ed Beard, first; Nick Wrobleski, second and third. Best Saratoga-Type Spring Water Bottle, Judges Jeff Ullman, Jim Berry, Jim Bender. Rich Strunk, first, 81
peach-toned Excelsior Rock Springs quart; Strunk, second, rare beveled corner John Clarke quart; Rick Ciralli, third, Lynch and Clarke quart. Six seminars on varying subjects were held Friday morning and, as usual, attendees had to make up their minds which of the two held at the same time they wanted to attend. The FOHBC tried to remedy the situation by video-taping each, with plans to make the tapes available in the future. The programs were Glassmaking in New England (Michael George), The Marketing of Milk in the 1940s (Peter Bleiberg), Flask Classification 101 (Mark Vuono), Colors of Sandwich Glass (Wes Seeman), Excavations of The Mount Vernon Glassworks (Richard Strunk and Mark Yates) and Dr. Sweeting and the Flag Salt Remedy Co. (John M. Spellman). The late Dick and Elma Watson were among the honorees at the Friday evening banquet, with Jim Bender, Bob Strickhart and Phyllis Koch sharing their memories of the Hall of Fame collectors and their collections. The Watsons’ son, Steve, presented an emotional Bender with a small flask of a man holding a flag that was a part of his parents’ collection. FOHBC President Ferdinand Meyer V enjoyed the moments when he inducted longtime collector and Mohawk Valley Antique Bottle Club founder Jon Landers onto the Honor Roll and Charles and Mark Vuono into the Hall of Fame. Together, the father-son duo built what is believed to be the best collection of American historical flasks in existence. Ferdinand presented the annual President’s Award to five women for their hard work at the FOHBC 2016 Sacramento National Antique Bottle Show and Expo. They are Val Berry, Alicia Booth, Elizabeth Meyer, Linda Sheppard and Bev Siri. Next came the Watson One Auction on Saturday morning, conducted by Jim Hagenbuch’s Glass Works Auctions and called by Jesse Sailor. Idea for the event came from the co-chairmen who knew Dick and Elma would have loved to be involved in the show. Specially designed stickers in the shape of Massachusetts with the lot number, Springfield and the auction house logo were placed on each bottle. Another of the highlights came from Norman C. Heckler & Co. The auction house had no fewer than seven display tables placed in a living room setting, including tables and chairs and many spectacular bottles. Speaking of displays, Fran Hughes was credited for coordinating the set-up of no fewer than 11 displays. The dealers in attendance voted Rick Ciralli’s Connecticut Glass the Best of Show Award. The Peoples Choice and Most Educational were presented to Richard Campbell for his spectacular dose measure glasses. The FOHBC Virtual Museum is gathering momentum. The brainchild of Richard Siri, the museum “is a digital and online expression of one might find in a real museum, containing (but not limited to) images of bottle and glass.” There was a display held during the show. It revealed how the “spinner system” of photography works. Alan DeMaison demonstrated it for all the people who asked about it. 2018 National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo - Cleveland, Ohio
Announcement that reception for the Aug. 2-5 show would take place in the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame was music to the ears of many bottle collectors. That venue also inspired the post-show writer whose imagination led to “The FOHBC Rocks and Rolls Into Cleveland” headline topping the show summary in the November-December issue of Bottles and Extras. Most events took place at the Huntington Convention Center across the street from the host hotel, the Marriott Downtown at Key Center. Show co-chairmen Matt Lacy and Louis Fifer, with considerable help from Matt’s wifetheir wives, Elizabeth a nd Lindsey, Alan DeMaison, Adam and Phyllis Koch, a nd John Fifer (Team Cleveland) put together a program that appealed to the visiting collectors of antique bottles. John Fifer and Rick Ciralli took charge of the “Battle of the Bottles” competition with Chip Cable and Tom Masiarik projecting each entry onto a large screen so that everybody in the crowd could 82
enjoy a super view. Taking home special awards sponsored by John Pastor were first-place winners Jim Hall and his egg-shaped A.T. Blake soda, a unique Cincinnati bottle; Matt Lacy’s GII-126 electric blue eagle wreath flask in Midwestern Flask category, and John Fifer’s Mantua creamer in the Pattern Molded Tableware contest. Runners-up in the Ohio Soda category were Jon Dickinson, cobalt paneled David Baker soda from Cincinnati in second and third was Hall again for his paneled J. Printz soda from Zanesville, Ohio, John Fifer placed second in Pattern Molded Tableware with a citron Kent pan and third was a 20-rib yellow broken swirl flask made by the Franklin Glassworks. Matt Lacy’s amber Ravenna Glassworks iron pontiled flask was runner-up in the Midwestern Flask category while Tom Lines’ yellow-green GII-69 cornucopia eagle was third. Seminars occupying most of the second morning featured many knowledgeable folks, with Dennis and Nathan Huey revealing secrets of privy digging in Ohio; Jim Bender amazing his audience with the history of reproduction bottles, many of which looked like the real thing; Bill Barrett unveiling the histories behind Zanesville glass manufacturing companies; Tom Sproat showing off his considerable knowledge of the Hemingray Glass Company; exploring the Eric Canal through the eyes of Ohioan Bob Koren and a “Bitters” Journey traveled by Ohio Bottle Club member Ted Krist. Attendees at the annual membership breakfast held Friday morning got their last look at outgoing FOHBC President Ferdinand Meyer V who will be missed. “It was time,” he said, and then incoming FOHBC board members were introduced, including new President Matt Lacy. All face new challenges not only to the federation, but to the hobby as a whole. One notable change in traditional events was with the auction billed “Electric Auction.” The auction was held Saturday morning, and was managed and executed by the show chairs whilst being called by auctioneer Jesse Sailor instead of outsourced to an auction house. The overall expectation of the auction was not met, with less than ideal outcomes and minimal participation. Bidders wound up with quality glass at low prices. The main event was the FOHBC banquet held Friday evening, with guest speaker Terry Kovel, the renowned antiques expert. Among Ferdinand’s last official duties was the honoring of Richard Siri and Richard “Dick” Roller by inducting each into the FOHBC Hall of Fame. Then Ohioan Alan DeMaison was given the 2018 President’s Award for outstanding service. Among door prizes was a commemorative two-foot-long guitar and a souvenir jug turned and decorated by master potter Jim Healy. Linda Shepard won the guitar, while Patricia Sprang took home the jug, Other show highlights included 15 outstanding displays. Tom Sproat’s “Glass Jars Made or Patented in Ohio before 1880 earned the Most Educational Display Award, while Ted Krist’s “Bitters” in all the bottles’ colorful glory grabbed the “Best in Show” award. Other displays included Duane Rader’s “Milk Bottles,” Roger Hardesty’s “Cleveland Advertising Stoneware,” Alan DeMaison’s “War Slogan Milk Bottles,” Phyllis Pahlmann’s “Jelly Glasses,” Berny Baldwin’s “Glasshouse Whimsey Turtles,” Jim Berry’s “Inks,” Jim Hall’s “Ohio Sodas, 1840 to 1860,”Dennis and Nathan Huey’s “Cleveland Ohio’s Sodas and Ales,” Jim Bender’s “FOHBC History,” Alan DeMaison’s “FOHBC Virtual Museum,”Brian Gray’s “Barber Bottles and Their Molds,” Jim Hagenbuch’s “A Selection of Midwestern Pattern Molded Glass” and Tim Kearns’ “Knowles, Taylor, Knowles Chinese Whiskey Jugs.” Post show comments by several of the attendees were mostly positive, but one was disappointed by the low turnout. “Unfortunately, the show was not well supported by the bottle community (in Ohio, as well as in the surrounding states),” noted collector Jerry McCann, who lives in Illinois “It was an opportunity lost for hundreds, no thousands of collectors to make this show the spectacular even it should. Have been, and a lost opportunity to have experienced the bottle community 83 at its best.”
On July 25, 1986, Dr. Cecil Munsey, of Poway, California, sent a memo to Marilyn Schmieding, FOHBC Western Region representative, that the FOHBC “seriously consider establishing an ‘HONOR ROLL’ of people who have contributed significantly to bottle collecting. The Honor Roll would not replace the Hall of Fame, the greatest honor the hobby can bestow, but only supplement it.” The FOHBC Board of Directors adopted the idea and it was put into place the following year.
The following were nominated by The Ohio Bottle Club, Gary Beatty, President. Research was conducted by Paul Ballentine, Springfield, Ohio, and Gary Beatty, Galion, Ohio. “The Reward of True Excellence is to Obtain Honor.” The list was updated with capsule comments on each honoree (when available) by then Southern Region editor Bill Baab during 2008-2010, with help from Mary Ballentine, Sheldon Baugh, Ralph Finch, Norm Heckler, Cecil Munsey, Richard Siri, Dick Watson, Ralph Van Brocklin, Bruce Silva and Garth Ziegenhagen. George S. McKearin, co-author (with daughter Helen) of American Glass, noted authority on early American glass in general, not just bottles. Malcolm Watkins and Lura Woodside Watkins. He enjoyed an extensive career at the Smithsonian Institution, was curator of several collections including ceramics and glass. He was a pioneer in the field of historic archaeology. Lura, his mother, was a pioneer in the study of American cultural history, and collected extensively at New England’s unexplored pottery kiln sites. She later donated her collection to the Smithsonian. She was the author of Cambridge Glass, 1818-1888, The Story of the New England Glass Company. Stephen Van Rensselaer, one of the earliest individuals to collect and study early bottles (1920s). His Early American Bottles and Flasks was published in 1926. It was revised in 1929. His research for the time was nearly impeccable, since he was able to interview “former glassblowers, their wives, relatives and others who were familiar with local history and tradition.” The book was reprinted in 1969. Otha Wearin was a congressman during the early Franklin Delano Roosevelt administration, and became an authority on figural bottles. He authored a book called Statues That Pour. James Gabel, early collector. Ezra Feinberg, early collector. Edgar F. Hoffman, of Maplewood, N.J., was a collector in the 1930s-50s who specialized in historical flasks, although he collected others such as bitters, sodas and figurals, according to his early 1950s correspondence with prominent Alabama collector Doy McCall. Hoffman became an expert on early glass and sold some to prominent collectors such as Charles B. Gardner of New London, Conn. 84
James H. Thompson was the author of Bitters Bottles (1947), the first specialty bottle book. He cited George McKearin, Sam Laidacker and Charles B. Gardner among the list of contributors to the book, which describes 500 bitters, as well as “amusing lore of the Bitters Era.” Neil C. Gest, Mechanicsberg, Ohio, was a flask collector, researcher, writer, contributor to The Magazine Antiques. He was well-known for collecting rare Midwestern glass. He co-wrote (with Parke G. Smith) a feature story on glassmakers Johann Baltazar Kramer and his son, George, in the March 1939 issue of The Magazine Antiques. The Kramers were associated with the Stiegel factory and those of Frederick County, Maryland, particularly Amelung, and with the New Geneva and Greensboro works. Gest also wrote the foreword to the Parke-Bernet auction catalog describing the early American glass collection of William W. Wood III of Piqua, Ohio, in 1942. Frederick W. Hunter, collector and archaeologist of the Harry Hall White type. Lowell Innes was one of the country’s foremost experts and museum consultants on 19th century American glass making. As the leading authority on Pittsburgh glass, he wrote many articles and lectured widely on the subject. He was responsible for the first public exhibitions of Pittsburgh glass in the early 1940s. Author of the book, Pittsburgh Glass 1797-1891. He died in 1985. Rhea Mansfield Knittle was a prolific author and early authority (1920s) on glass, silver and pewter. She was one of the founders of and contributors to The Magazine Antiques from its inception in 1923. One of her books was Early American Glass. Maude Wilkerson owned a “Mom and Pop” motel and operated a bottle museum in Camdenton, Missouri, and was a contributor to Old Bottle Magazine for many years. Guests at her motel could enter the museum in an adjacent building for free. Bottles were displayed in cases around a room and many early bottle collectors went out of their way during the 1960s-70s to see what she had. She and Honor Roll honoree Otha Wearin were good friends and made many bottle trades over the years. After she died, some 1,900 items were moved to Skinner’s auction gallery in Bolton, Mass., and an auction was held there in 1976. Numerous glass candy containers were among the items sold. Edwin Atlee Barber was an author who recognized the importance of early ceramics. Among his books was one about lead-glazed pottery written in the 1930s. He also authored one on early American bottles. He also authored American Glassware Old and New. It was published in 1900. Ruth Webb Lee authored books on antique fakes and reproductions, Victorian glass patterns, Sandwich glass and early American Pressed Glass, most published in the 1930s-40s. George Horace Lorimer was an early editor of The Saturday Evening Post. It was published weekly in Philadelphia and its origins dated to Benjamin Franklin’s day. The Post was the most prominent magazine in Philadelphia along with Collier’s. He did publish (on Oct. 16, 1929) Edwin Lefevre’s story, “Why I Collect Empty Bottles.” Lorimer started collecting during the early 1920s, mostly great historical flasks and diamond-daisy types. His collection was donated to the Philadelphia Museum of Art and is always partially on display. His philosophy on money was reflected in a quote published by investment firm Charles Schwab in the fall of 2009: “It’s good to have money and the things money can buy, but it’s good, too, to check up once in a while and make sure you haven’t lost the things that money can’t buy.” Charles Baugh, with his wife, Roxy, of Menton, Ohio, pieced together a collection of early American glass that ranked at the top in rarity, condition, perfection of form and workmanship. The Baughs also made a thorough study of the fields in which they were interested. 85
Crawford Wettlaufer became an authority on early American glass and never hesitated to share his knowledge and collection, which contained many rarities, with other collectors. Dale Kuhn, of Ohio, was a pharmacist who had amassed a wonderful collection of glass that eventually was sold by Garth’s auction house near Delaware, Ohio. The sale gave modern collectors an opportunity to buy treasured items that previously had not been available. There were no bottle shows during his era and the only recourse collectors had was to buy from some of the many lists sent through the mails, or advertised in the antique journals. Earl Seigfreid. Early collector. Parke G. Smith was a collector and authority on early American flasks. He authored bottle-related stories in The Magazine Antiques (See Neil C. Gest) and other publications during the 1930s and 1940s. Edwin LeFevre was an early collector of bottles. His main claim to fame came when he authored a story, “Why I Collect Empty Bottles,” in the Saturday Evening Post of Oct. 16, 1929. Charles McMurray was a well-known antiques dealer in Dayton, Ohio. He wrote articles for local newspapers and in 1927 published a small black handbook on bottles, using items from his own collection for the photos. In 1970, a Connecticut bookseller sent out a list of bottle books for sale. On the list was a small black handbook the bookseller said was authored by Charles B. Gardner and himself. Turned out that Gardner had only priced the bottles in the book, which was nearly identical in every way to McMurray’s 1927 book. Sam Laidacker was the author of two excellent books on blue China dishes. He also published a small magazine or paper on antiques in general. He operated an antiques shop in Bristol, Pa., and was considered an authority on antique bottles. He relocated to Bloomsburg, Pa., in the late 1960s and continued to deal from a large mansion and carriage house. His father was collecting flasks and Kentucky rifles in the early 1900s. His brother, John, had 1,000 historical flasks to sell in the mid-1960s. Sam’s son, Jack, became an authority on guns and military medals and an author on the subject. Sam also did cataloging for many of the prominent auction houses across the country. He helped FOHBC Hall of Famers Dick and Elma Watson develop an expertise in antique bottles and sold them many that became the foundation for their extensive collection. 1991
Dr. Julian Harrison Toulouse was a student of glass containers for more than 30 years. He was chief engineer and manager of quality control and operations research and later consultant to the Owens-Illinois Glass Company. He was chief of the glass container section of the War Production Board during World War II. He was the author of Fruit Jars: A Collector’s Manual, in 1969 and Bottle Makers and Their Marks in 1971. 1992
Ron Fowler was born in 1947 and is retired from the SAFECO Insurance Co. He became interested in bottles and their histories while serving as manager of the Triple R Ranch in Olympia, Wash. He discovered the ranch’s dump and excavated it over a period of several years. The bottles he uncovered he did research on. He maintains a worldwide correspondence with fellow bottle collectors. He was a monthly columnist for Old Bottle Magazine from 1983 to 1986. The author of six books on bottle collecting, he received FOHBC awards for research and editing. He established the Hutchinson Bottle Collectors’ Association in 2007 and continues compiling data while documenting the existence of more than 15,000 Hutchinson bottles. 86
Lew and Lois Roach were from the original group of pioneer western collectors from Sacramento, Calif. They put together a marvelous collection of label-under-glass back bar whiskeys and Lew became the authority on that variety. Lew designed, printed and hand-colored the first multi-colored show poster in 1968 for the Golden Gate Historical Bottle Society Inc. The show was held in Alameda, Calif., May 25-26. After the show, the poster was presented to FOHBC Hall of Famer Dr. Cecil Munsey, one of the poster’s admirers. 1995
Judge Edward S. MacKenzie began collecting by accident in 1959 during recuperation from a heart condition. His physician had ordered him to take walks and the judge found a few old bottles en route and became curious about them. Inspired by his wife, Romie, he and she eventually put together one of the finest general bottle collections in the world in their Brooksville, Fla., home. The collection had eventually grown to more than 7,000. The first of a series of auctions was conducted by Norm Heckler Sr., on Oct. 7, 1994. “This collection coming on the market carries the same weight, is similar in importance, as the glass collections of Charles Gardner, Edmund Blaske and even Paul Richards,” Heckler noted. MacKenzie died in 1994. Kenneth M. Wilson was an early collector, book author and distinguished glass expert. He was the director of collections and preservation at Greenfield Village and the Henry Ford Museum. He teamed with the famous Helen McKearin to write American Bottles & Flasks and Their Ancestry (1978), an update of George S. and Helen McKearin’s 1941 classic American Glass. Wilson also authored New England Glass and Glass-making on his own. 2000
Sam Taylor was a pharmacist and member of the St. Louis Bottle Club. He had one of the best collections of pharmaceutical items in the U.S. He transformed his basement into an early drug store atmosphere, displaying his great collection. Supported by his wife, Eloise, he shared his enthusiasm by inviting numerous collectors who happened to be in the area into their home and shared their hospitality and tremendous knowledge. It was like stepping into an early drug store of the past if you were lucky enough to be invited. The Taylors, who had no children, frequently attended the Mansfield, Ohio Bottle Show and stationed themselves near the front entrance. They were easily identified by their traveling companion, “Edith,” a full-blooded English bulldog of massive proportions, who spent most of her time sleeping behind their tables. When the dog passed away, she was mourned by all the collectors who had come to know her. 2001
Robert Eugene (Bob) Barnett was born in Kootenai, Idaho on August 27, 1921 and was bitten by the bottle bug later in life than most, becoming active in the hobby about 1970. He specifically liked Western whiskies. He enjoyed what he called “a revolving collection,” buying and selling large numbers of bottles, most of which never stayed on his shelves more than a month or two. During the early 1970s, Bob and his wife, June, became permanent fixtures at just about every show west of the Rockies, He also began to mail monthly lists of western whiskies to an ever-growing number of collectors. His reputation for honesty, integrity and fairness was legendary. In 1979, Bob parlayed his vast knowledge into publishing his first book, Pacific Coast Whiskey Bottles. He published Western Liquor Bottles in 1987 and Western Whiskey Bottles in 1992 and 1997. He died June 4, 2007 in Lakeview, Oregon. John Thomas was a collector, researcher and historian whose efforts contributed very significantly to the understanding of Western whiskey bottles as well as bottle collecting in general. He is perhaps best known among collectors for his research and publishing of Whiskey Bottles of the Old West (1969). His next book was Picnics, Coffins, Shoo-Flies (1974). He also authored Whis87
key Bottles and Liquor Containers from the State of Washington and Whiskey Bottles and Liquor Containers from the State of Oregon (1998). His longtime hobby was the collecting of Western whiskey bottles, shot glasses and related advertising. He was a significant factor in creating a broad interest in the history and collecting of these bottles through his contributions to the hobby. He died in 2000. 2003
Neal and Mary Jane Ferguson, of Nashville, Tenn., were early collectors who in 1965 founded the Middle Tennessee Antique Bottle Club in Nashville. They were life members of the Federation. Quiet and unassuming, Neal was a driving force in the antique bottle hobby in Tennessee and an acknowledged expert on Nashville bottles. His special interests included Nashville sodas and he conducted extensive research into the Diehl and Lord, Ottenville and McCormack companies. He wrote many articles for his club newsletter as well as for the Federation. Mary Jane was a constant help to her husband and was involved in all aspects of the Federation and the hobby with him. She was Southern Region editor of the Federation until ill health forced her to retire during the 1990s. Willy Van den Bossche Willy Van den Bossche was born in Belgium in 1943 where he graduated in industrial engineering in 1967 and then specialized in glass technology. For two years he worked as a Chief Plant Engineer in the bottle making industry in Antwerp (Belgium) where he started collecting bottles. From 1971 until his retirement he worked as a Chief Patent Examiner in the field of glass technology at the European Patent Office (EPO) in Holland where he searched more than 4000 glass patent applications world-wide. In 1999, he authored the International Patent Classification in the field of Glass Technology (C03B) for the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). For more than 50 years he has been a pioneer and a serious collector of European antique glass bottles (1500-1850) and utility glass, as well as all literature on glass, the art of glass and glassmaking from all over the world. In 2001, after capping 12 years of research and development, he authored his first major reference work Antique Glass Bottles - Their History and Evolution (1500-1850) - A Comprehensive, Illustrated Guide - With a World-wide Bibliography of Glass Bottles (440 p. with 770 European bottles, jars and seals illustrating in full color his entire private bottle collection). In 2012, he authored his second major reference work Bibliography of Glass: From the Earliest Times to the Present (347 p., 3426 titles) spending 10 years for preparing this book in four languages (English, French, German and Dutch). His most important glass library (4200 books) contains all the significant literature devoted to antique glass and glass bottles world-wide in all languages. Willy is a member of several international associations for the history of glass including the Glass Comity of the International Council of Museums (ICOM/Glass). He has lectured and written many articles on antique bottles and glass. He retired in 2003 and lives in Belgium. 2005
Frank Sternad is a graduate of the University of California School of Pharmacy. He has worked as a community pharmacist for 40 years. He is a historian who has studied and written about medicine for a number of publications, including those that specialize in collecting antique bottles. He has consulted with many collectors and is known for his vast knowledge of patent and proprietary medicine histories. 2008
Katie Foglesong was a charter member and spark plug of the Iowa Antique Bottleers. She also was an early secretary of the Federation of Historical Bottle Clubs (later Collectors) and privately published an entertaining little book, Trials and Trails of a Bottle Collector. Steve Ketcham began collecting antique bottles, advertising and stoneware in 1967 while still in high school. While attending the University of Minnesota, he began digging for bottles along the Mississippi River banks near the campus. He became charter member No. 11 of the North Star Historical Bottle Association in 1970 and a couple of years later joined Minnesotaâ€™s First Antique 88
Bottle Club. He began attending regional meetings of the FOHBC in 1973, later serving as assistant chairman and then chairman of the Midwest Region. He established the Federation’s writers’ contest and served as chairman for several years. He was Federation president from 1982-84 and served on the board from 1982-98. A prolific writer, Steve contributes articles to BOTTLES and EXTRAS and Antique Bottle & Glass Collector. 2010
The contributions to the bottle collecting hobby by Scott Grandstaff and Kitty Roach commenced in 1988 when the magazine BOTTLES and EXTRAS took form on the kitchen table of their home in Happy Camp, California. With the help and support of FOHBC Hall of Famer Dr. Cecil Munsey, of Poway, California, they published their first edition in 1989. In 1995, when the publication had grown too big for both of them, they decided to turn over the magazine and subscribers list to the FOHBC at no charge. BOTTLES and EXTRAS today has become the Federation’s most tangible asset. Native Californian Jeff Wichmann has been a collector of antique bottles for more than 40 years. In 1990, he established Pacific Glass Auctions, changing the name in 2001 to American Bottle Auctions. His was the first bottle auction house to provide full-color glossy catalogs sent to collectors at no charge. Other innovations that benefited collectors included launching the first online antique bottle auction. He published www.americanbottle.com, a website loaded with news and features of interest to collectors. His bottle photography is considered by many to be the best in the business. In 1999, he published The Best of the West - Antique Western Bitters Bottles, considered one of the top resources for researchers. 2016
Thomas William “Tommy” Mitchiner. The antique bottle collecting hobby for Tommy Mitchiner, of Gordon, Georgia, started in 1966 following a newspaper article about people digging in Savannah, Georgia and finding lots of John Ryan sodas and other bottles. Between that year and 2013 when he passed away, Mitchiner had become Georgia’s most famous bottle collector and had amassed a huge collection of John Ryan sodas, many in rare colors, that was never duplicated. He became known as “the King of John Ryan Soda Collectors.” In addition, he conducted lots of research in the days before the Internet and became well known throughout the Southeast as an authority not only on Savannah and many Georgia bottles, but hand-painted marbles and figural smoking pipes, most of which he dug from hundreds of privies in the coastal city. He willingly shared that hard-earned knowledge with any collector who asked. Mitchiner also had become an expert in cleaning dug bottles and many a collection owes its brilliance to that expertise. 2017
Jon Landers. The hobby of collecting antique bottles attracts many people from all walks of life. After joining, many seem to disappear off the face of the earth, never to be heard from again. That isn’t true for Jon Landers, of Utica, New York. Not only was he a founding father of the Mohawk Valley Antique Bottle Club in 1994, he also holds active membership in many other bottle clubs and historical societies and organizations. Once he started his collections of local bottles, he decided to investigate the histories behind them: Who made them, when and where? Answers to some of his questions weren’t immediately forthcoming so that meant Jon, with the support of his wife, Sue, had to spend much of his free time pursuing documentary evidence at sources such as libraries and newspaper archives. One of his outstanding efforts dealt with the history of the Mount Vernon Glassworks of which he has become an authority. He soon learned that research is an important part of the antique bottle hobby and was thrilled to find answers to questions that had eluded him. That research led him to the stories behind bottle-related businesses and the people who had developed them. Best of all, Jon shares each bit of information with fellow collectors by writing and posting stories in his club’s newsletter, “Bottles Along the Mohawk,” which he has edited since the club’s founding. He’s never missed an issue during those 22 years. He also helped develop www.mohawkvalleybottleclub.com, the club website. 89
47th Annual Antique Bottle & Collectibles Show & Sale - Saturday, April 4, 2020 Contact: Rod Vining • 251-957-6725 • firstname.lastname@example.org or Richard Kramerich • PO Box 241, Pensacola, FL 32591 • 850-435-5425 • email@example.com
Wanted: Dig, Buy, Sell & Trade
Collector of all types of Mobile Alabama: Bitters, Whiskeys, Medicine, Drug Stores, Sodas, Decorated Stoneware, Transferware, Paper, & all other related items. One item or entire collection. Tables L3 & L4 Rod Vining • 10691 Old Pascagoula Rd, Grand Bay, Alabama 36541 • 251-957-6725 cell & text • firstname.lastname@example.org See a sample of my collection in the photo above. 90
AUGUSTA CANAL The city’s first 100 years (beginning in 1735) saw it become a tobacco and cotton distribution center, with the adjacent Savannah River making Augusta one of the world’s largest inland cotton centers. After the railroads came into the picture, river traffic diminished and one of the city leaders recommended a canal be constructed to provide hydropower for textile factories and a plentiful supply of water for the city. The canal was built in 1845 and enlarged 30 years later to meet high demand for hydropower needed by growing industries. The canal is essentially intact today.
PETERSBURG BOATS The 19th and early 20th century town of Petersburg existed at the confluence of the Savannah and Broad rivers in what is Elbert County, Ga., today. After Clarks Hill Lake was built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (it opened to the public in May 1952), the reservoir inundated what was left of Petersburg. The town’s main claim to present day fame are the Petersburg Boats built by an unknown resident. The boats are 57 feet in length, seven feet in width and shallow in draft. They could carry up to 10 tons of merchandise, generally cotton, corn and other agricultural products. A huge wooden blade at the end of a sweep oar steered the boats which were propelled by the Savannah River current and by men walking atop the gunwales and pushing long, iron-shod poles into the river bottom. A reproduction boat was constructed by local folks in the early 1990s, launched with great ceremony into the Augusta Canal and, to everyone’s surprise except the builders, floated upright.
CONFEDERATE POWDER WORKS Early in the Civil War Confederate States President Jefferson Davis realized the Confederacy’s need to supply its own gunpowder. He selected Col. George Washington Rains to build a powder works, arsenal and government foundry. Augusta, Georgia was chosen because of the city’s central location, canal transportation, access to water power, railroads and relative security from attack. Today, a lone chimney along the canal stands as the only reminder of that munitions factory. For those interested in reading about the factory, see “Never for the Want of Powder, the Confederate Powder Works in Augusta, Georgia,” by numerous authors and published in 2007 by the University of South Carolina Press. Recommended reading:
The Brightest Arm of the Savannah, The Augusta Canal, 1845-2000, by Dr. Edward J. Cashin, printed by the Augusta Canal Authority, 2002. 91
Georgia Peaches Jug Jim Healy
We will have a Silent Auction for the Georgia Peaches Jug.
Silent Auction & Raffle
Photos: Jim Bender
Augusta Canal Jug for our
We will have a Raffle for the Augusta Canal Jug. We would sell tickets for $2 each or 3 for $5.
Both jugs will be available at show for inspection.
Canal Jug concept and background information on preceding page by Bill Baab
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Dealers are listed in alphabetical order by the primary dealerâ€™s last name. List may not be totally accurate due to late table assignments after the printing of this souvenir program.
Adams, Tim & Wayne Hill
N Wilksboro & Asheboro, NC
American Glass Gallery | AB&GC
New Hudson, MI
Alley, Butch & Debbie Baily, Marvin & Lynn
Barenski, Bob & Cathy
Baugh, Sheldon & Brenda
Berry, Jim & Val
Mexico Beach, FL
Baltimore, MD A11 & A 12
Avondale NSW, AU
St Johnsville, NY
Bilich, Tony & Sandy
Brewer, Chip & Dillon
C 11 & C 12
Brugmann, Bill & Carolyn
Bray, John & Mary
Cable, Chip & Tom Masiarik Chance, Paul & Jeanie
Childers, James & Shannon McBride Conner, Bobby & Pamela Conner, Paul & Joanne
Craig, Michael & Mike Seeliger Daniels, Jim & Pattey Driver, Perry & Pat
Eubanks, Karen & Nick Harris
Fletcher, Johnnie & Linda
McMurray & Beaver Falls, PA Savannah, GA Palatka, FL
E 11 & E 12
Campbell, CA & Brooklyn, WI
Hagenbuch, Jim & Janice
East Greenville, PA
Hendrix, Dennis & David Topper 98
Statesboro, GA Gurnee, IL
F 10 - F 12 M6 E4
St George, GA
South Pittsburg, TN
Hearn, Michael & Barb Bower
Guy, Justin & Tonya
D 1 & D2
Live Oak, FL
Hanning, Mike & Linda
A 8 - A 10 M4
Gray, Ed & Kathy
Hall, Jim & Jodi
East Greenville, PA
Gwinnett, Melissa & Ned Albright
West Columbia, SC
Glass Works Auctions
Gose, Art & Mallary Cross
Fairfax & Denmark, SC
F 10 - F 12 B2
Hendrix, Perry & Nancy
Hicks, Tom & Mabel
Hobson, Stanley & Frances
Huffstetler, Vern & Beth Moorhead Irby, Paul & Tracie
Jackson, David & Jo Jermac, Ken & Jane
Jochums, Bob & Shari
Joiner, John & Jack Hewitt
Johnson City, TN
Howell, Sonny & Tony Carr
Holden, Ed & Anita Holis, Lou
Lake Alfred, FL
Edgemoor & N. Augusta, SC
Graniteville, SC, Evans, GA
Flowery Branch, GA
Berkeley Lake, GA
E 7 - E 10
Jones, Kenneth & Mark Symms
Jones, Doug & Ian Robb Jones, Terry
Tuscaloosa, AL & Gainesville, VA
Lines, Tom & Susan
Indian Springs, AL
Kolb, Michael & Ted Hollinger
Lowry, Wayne & June (Jar Doctor) Maloney, Chris
Newport, KY & Morrow, OK
H 11 & H 12 F7
Wall 1 - 3
McJunkin, Mike & Karen
Meinz, David Lee & Randy
Orlando, FL, & Rural Hall, NC
McMurray, Terry & Pat Melnick, Jonathan
Meyer V, Ferdinand & Jerry Forbes
Newman, Clint & Michelle
Norris, Chuck & Kathy
Olson, David & Charles
Pastor, John & Liz Maxbauer
H 9 & H 10
Mayetta, KS Conway, SC
New Hudson, MI
B 11 & B 12
Houston TX, Big Sur, CA
Newman, Mike & Julie
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Safety Harbor, FL
Riley, Tony & Randy Thornton
North Augusta, SC
Schimpf, Tommy & Jacob
Shelley, Jay & Heli
Riddick, Bob & Walter
Scharnowski, Jeff & Joseph
Schmetterling, Eric & Terri Gillis
Lexington, SC & Staten Island, NY D 10 I3
Moorestown, NJ & Fort Payne, AL
Shope, Larry & Linda
Sand Springs, OK
Smith, Dennis & Cindy
Sidelinger, David & Coralyn Boehler
Corry, PA and Jamestown, NY M 1 & M2
Jupiter & St. Augustine, FL
Spurgeon, Greg & Angela Sterling, Irv & Kathy
Stringfellow, Tony & Jo Svendsen, Victor
Theiling, Dale & Eric
Townsend, Tony & Phil Tucker, Rich & Kathy
Charleston, SC Charleston, SC
Vollmer, Marty & Carol Vollmer
Williams, Mark & Carley Neal
Athens & Hoschton, GA
Wright, Craig & Linda
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I 10 & I 11 J4
L 1 & L 2
Wrenn, Bill & Bill Peak
Grand Bay, AL
Weaver, Herb & Carol
Wingard, Phil & Debbie
Westmoreland, Gary & Kathy
Von Mechow, Tod & Susan Warren, Eric & Kathy
L 9 & L 10
Newport Beach, CA
Van Vactor, Paul
Vining, Rod & Dorothy
L 11 & L 12
Vick, Charles & Burt Chauncey
Tutko, Paul & Dorothy
Van Loon, David & Tina Cronin
L 7 & L8
Smith, Larry & Larry Marshall Smith, Phil & Joan
D 12 K6 E1
J 11 & J 12 I 12
Hartwell & Cedartown, GA
Tybee Isle & Savannah, GA
Western Spring, IL
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Augusta Convention Center
Kola Wars Dennis Smith
On an early May day in 1886, Atlanta chemist, John Pemberton, walked down Marietta Street carrying a quart whiskey bottle bearing a hand-lettered label identifying the contents, Coca-Cola syrup. His destination was Jacob’s Drug Store and the soda fountain of Willis Venable. Venable mixed a glass and declared it good enough to try it with his customers. He added the Coca-Cola syrup to a receptacle in his fountain near those of popular Northern drinks, Moxie and Hires Root Beer. The tide of the Kola Wars was about to shift strongly in favor of the South. One of Pemberton’s partners, Woolfolk Walker, put up Coca-Cola in Hutchinson bottles the next year, using a second-hand bottling apparatus in a shed behind the laboratory at 107 Marietta Street. [Right] Pemberton was a better chemist than a businessman. In the 1880s he had partners in various enterprises and often started a new firm without closing out the affairs of the old. The result was clouded ownership of formulas and trade names, including Coca-Cola. One of Pemberton’s partners, James C. Mayfield, described it as “a thunderbolt” when Pemberton informed him the name Coca-Cola was given to Asa Candler in a settlement over his sons’ debts. Pemberton advised Mayfield he could still use the Coca-Cola formula and sell it under another name. Mayfield chose the name “Yum Yum,” after the character in Gilbert & Sullivan’s “The Mikado,” which had just played Atlanta. [Below] [Above] First bottle for carbonated Coca-Cola 1887. Embossed W WALKER SODA WATER MFR ATLANTA, GA. Hutchinson bottle. [Left] First Coca-Cola imitator 1888. James C. Mayfield chose the name “Yum Yum,” after the character in Gilbert & Sullivan’s “The Mikado,” which had just played Atlanta. [Right] Wine Coca Fountain Syrup Dispenser. Sales of Wine Coca rose shoulder-to-shoulder with Coca-Cola in the 1890s. 102
Asa Candler had the means and distribution network, through his drug business, to make something of Coca-Cola. His vision was limited to the soda fountain trade as he knew little of the bottling business. While other bottlers followed Walker’s initial bottling of Coca-Cola in several states in the early 1890s, large scale bottling didn’t start for ten years. “Yum Yum” as a brand was short lived. Mayfield briefly used “Koke” and other names before settling on “Wine Coca.” [Right] A stock company was formed, and sales of Wine Coca rose shoulder-to-shoulder with Coca-Cola in the 1890s. In 1895, the world came to Atlanta for the Cotton States Exposition where James C. Mayfield introduced a new drink. Mayfield’s Celery Cola was based on Pemberton’s kola formula with the addition of celery seed extract. Following his divorce in 1896, Mayfield’s ex-wife Caroline made a career out of selling variations of Pemberton’s formula to bottlers across the South. She later operated under the name Diva Brown, calling herself “The Original Coca-Cola Woman.” She was alternately described in the press as “a successful woman of the South,” and “a fake and a humbug.” She established a syrup factory in Birmingham in 1909, selling her drink under the name My-Coca. Bottles and advertising bore Diva Brown’s image and the claim “Made from The Original Coca-Cola Formula.” Asa Candler testified in the court case that decided that Diva Brown’s formula was the original Coca-Cola formula and she had the right to use and sell it. 103
Other kolas joined the fray. Huntington, Indiana, Doctor George McLin’s Kolatona was bottled in twenty Midwest cities in the 1890s. [Below] However, the strongest market was in the South. New Southern cities like Atlanta, Birmingham, Memphis, and others became centers of soft drink manufacturing and home to national brands. New Bern, North Carolina druggist, Caleb Bradham, introduced Pepsi-Cola in 1898 and the drink soon saturated the market from Georgia to Virginia. James C. Mayfield made Birmingham headquarters for his Celery Cola in 1899, and within months had expanded his market across the country to California, north to Canada, and south to Cuba. [Right] Lee Hagan, himself a bottler of Coca-Cola in the 1880s, introduced his Afri-Kola in Atlanta in 1898. Afri-Kola quickly spread across the South and Southwest. Columbus, Georgia, based Chero-Cola rivaled sales of Coca-Cola in the East for a decade and matched Coca-Cola town for town in Georgia. The success of the well-advertised Coca-Cola spawned hundreds of imitators. Some of these were simply a commercial kola syrup put up under a local bottler’s private label. Others were proprietary formulas sold under a registered trademark. Atlanta alone had dozens of brand name and proprietary formula drinks. In addition to Asa Candler’s Coca-Cola, they were drinking Daniels Koko-Kolo, Venable’s Coca-Cola, and Brown’s Coca-Cola. Among the Southern drinks that were sold nationally were: Koca Nola, Rye-Ola, Wiseola, Mint Kola, and Taka-Kola. Even Celery Cola, Pepsi-Cola, and Afri-Cola had imitators nipping at their heels. Northern kola brands advertised nationally included Coke-Ola and Toca-Cola. Many kola drinks could even be traced through James C. Mayfield or Diva Brown to John Pemberton’s original Coca-Cola formula: Gay-Ola, Gleeola, Lon Kola, Orin-Kola, Lime Cola, Sherro-Cola, Fletcher’s Cola [Next Page], Trico, Brainol, and many others shared this pedigree. Like Coca-Cola these brands were typically bottled in a six to seven-ounce bottle with straight sides. Usually the brand name was embossed in a fancy script and a paper label was attached. 104
[Left] 1895 McLinâ€™s Kola Tona bottle. The brand was bottled in twenty Midwest cities in the 1890s.
[Above] Celery Cola Bottles 1899-1901. James C. Mayfield made Birmingham headquarters for his Celery Cola in 1899 and within months had expanded his market across the country to California, north to Canada, and south to Cuba. 105
[Above] Kola Drinks made from the original Coca-Cola formula. Fletcherâ€™s Coca-Cola (Blackstone, Virginia) and My-Coca (Clinton, South Carolina). 106
While kola drinks led the way, other flavors were not far behind. Red Rock and Cascade Ginger Ales were shipped in boxcar loads from Atlanta to wholesale grocers and distributors across the country. They were also bottled locally in cities and towns across the US, often as a sideline to Coca-Cola or other bottler’s flagship cola drink. Richmond, Virginia, based Indian Rock Ginger Ale was a sideline for many Coca-Cola and Pepsi-Cola bottlers. Another soft drink that challenged the kola mold was a fruit flavored drink called Bludwine, based in Athens, Georgia. Bludwine was a successful sideline for many kola bottlers. The Coca-Cola Company fought competition on every front. Injunctions were sought in local, state, and Federal courts against firms using similar bottles, labels, and lettering in their advertising. Trademark registrations for similar sounding names like Taka-Kola were opposed at the patent office. The Coca-Cola Company claimed exclusive ownership of the word “cola.” They even claimed a monopoly on the red paint used for their barrels. Local dealers in soft drinks were threatened with lawsuits for selling any drink other than Coca-Cola. There were accounts of storekeepers dragged into the street and beat up by Coca-Cola detectives hired to protect the brand. Competitors response was varied. Some imitators took the threats seriously and simply went out of business. Others moved to a new location and started up under another name. Some successful bottlers of competing kola drinks were bought out and lured west with the offer of an exclusive Coca-Cola franchise in a new town. A few successfully fought back against what they called “The Cola Trust.” Memphis based Gay-Ola was quick to provoke Coca-Cola when it was introduced nationally in 1910. In advertising, Gay-Ola claimed to ship their syrup to over twenty Coca-Cola bottlers who claimed it was better than the original. They offered to send Gay-Ola syrup in unmarked barrels to avoid trouble. When Coca-Cola sued over the claim that Gay-Ola bottles and labels were infringements then Gay-Ola adopted a new bottle design and had it patented in 1914. The headline in the bottler’s trade publications read “Atlanta Company at last smashed in fair fight.” Coca-Cola borrowed the patented bottle idea a year later with their hobble skirt design. There were other fronts in the Kola Wars. From their beginnings, Coca-Cola and other soft drinks were advertised with general medicinal claims directed at “Brain Workers,” or even claims to relieve specific ailments or pains. The Coca-Cola Company cheerfully paid a patent medicine tax designed to pay for the Spanish American War. After removing the last trace of cocaine a few years later, Coca-Cola sued and won a refund of the war tax paid. There was a lot of speculation on the Coca-Cola secret formula. The headline “What is Coca-Cola” appeared often in newspapers in Atlanta and elsewhere. Kola drinks and specifically Coca-Cola were blamed for a variety of problems ranging from the sudden death of a healthy adult to hysteria among teenage girls. Local ordinances prohibited the sale of soda water on Sunday. State laws were passed taxing and sometimes restricting the sale 107
of kola drinks. The Pure Food Act of 1906 addressed some of the questionable ingredients such as cocaine, caffeine, and saccharin found in many soft drinks. The bureau responsible for enforcing the act hired young men for a “poison squad,” whose duties included consuming presumably harmful soft drinks to test their effect on humans. The 1908 President’s Home Commission report included a list of dangerous soft drinks. Brewers and saloons who were attacked by temperance forces of the WCTU and Southern religious press fought back claiming those publications were financed by advertising 108
for soft drinks that were more dangerous than alcohol.
[Above] Embossed and labeled bottles 1910 - 1920.
The federal government even conducted sting operations requesting samples with detailed instructions, so they would be incontrovertible evidence in court against the soft drink manufacturers. Birmingham factories for Celery Cola, Rye-Ola, and Wiseola fell victim to this scheme arranged through a New Orleans drug firm. Koca Nola was similarly snared. The first major trial was against Celery Cola in U.S. Federal Court in Birmingham in 1910. Rival Coca-Cola was so concerned about the trial they sent their legal team by overnight 109
train from Atlanta to assist Celery Cola lawyers in their defense. It was not enough. In the words of James C. Mayfield: â€œThey murdered it unjustly.â€? Coca-Cola lawyers learned enough at the Celery Cola trial to successfully defend their own case the next year in Chattanooga Federal Court. Following the Celery Cola trial, James C. Mayfield reorganized as the Koke Company of 110
[Above] Fancy Deco soda bottles 1920s
America and established offices and factories across the country. He purchased existing trademark rights to Koke and Dope from local bottlers in Alabama, Tennessee, and Texas and began advertising nationally. Koke and Dope had long been used as generic terms for kola drinks and bottlers found they had a ready-made market for drinks with those names. The Coca-Cola Company claimed Koke and Dope meant only Coca-Cola and serving another kola drink instead of Coca-Cola was declared a substitution. The case lasted eight 111
years in Federal Courts before a final U.S. Supreme Court decision in favor of Coca-Cola over Koke in 1920. James C. Mayfield continued selling his kola drink under the name Dope, reintroduced his Celery Cola, and remained successful on a national scale through the 1920s. The public backlash against cola drinks opened the market for other flavors. Texas-based Dr. Pepper had long been popular in the Southwest and was able to expand nationally. C. S. Ward’s Orange Crush proved more successful than his first soft drink: Celery-Ade. Lemon and Lime Crush soon followed. Atlanta’s Nu-Mint Company quickly found their Nu-Grape was a bigger seller. New Orleans based Grapico expanded by franchising bottlers across the South. Orange Whistle, Orange Squeeze, and Orange Smash were worthy competitors to Orange Crush. After losing rights to the word cola in a 1923 lawsuit with Coca-Cola, the Chero-Cola Company redirected their efforts with a line of fruit-flavored drinks under the trade name Melo. Inspiration struck a year later, and Melo was rebranded Nehi and introduced in a distinctive, larger bottle. Nu-Icy, Ski-Hi, Try-Me and other flavor brands switched to larger bottles in distinctive designs. National brand soft drinks were easily recognized by their design patented bottles in distinctive shapes. A nickel soda became a greater luxury in the Great Depression. Coca-Cola remained the same product in the same patented hobble skirt 6 1/2-ounce bottle for twenty years. Pepsi-Cola was brought out of bankruptcy on a shoestring budget using old twelve-ounce beer bottles selling twice as much for a nickel. Plain bottles were soon replaced by bright applied colored label bottles introduced in th1 1930’s. Royal Crown Cola was introduced on a similar plan by the former owners of Chero-Cola. Double-Cola, Pop-Cola, Dixie-Cola, and others challenged the leader. Lawsuits by Pepsi and Dixie Cola against Coca-Cola established “cola” as a generic term. By the end of World War II, Coca-Cola and Pepsi-Cola were the firms best able to consolidate production and distribution. Small town bottlers closed, and former national brand soft drinks were reduced to regional or even local brands. By 1960, The Coca-Cola Company had introduced design changes and additional sizes to the hobble skirt bottle that served the company for nearly a half century.
Applied color label bottles 1935-1940s.
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Watch your step in Tampa and St. Petersburg; you may put your foot on Augusta Georgia Vitriﬁed Brick & Clay Company’s AUGUSTA and AUGUSTA BLOCK bricks paved the streets of more than 30 Southeastern cities. If you live in the Augusta area and plan to visit friends on Florida’s west coast, drive down West Barcelona Street in Tampa, or Central Avenue in neighboring St. Petersburg. You’ll be riding on, or stepping on, pieces of history that originated in Columbia County, Georgia, in 1902. The Georgia Vitrified Brick & Clay Company was founded that year by the late Dock F. Jack and Frank R. Clark. Large beds of shale had been discovered near the community of Bel-Air on the Columbia-Richmond county border and huge clay deposits were found near Campania, just down Highway 78 from Harlem, Georgia. The company’s manufacturing processes provided the right mix and a paving brick called AUGUSTA BLOCK was born. To vitrify a brick, it has to be fired at much higher temperatures than, say, building brick, to reduce its moisture absorption rate. The company’s administration headquarters were located in the city of Augusta, while the factory was in Campania in Columbia County. 114
The timing was right, since Augusta Mayor Jacob Phinizy in 1902 had been discussing his options with City Council’s streets and drains committeemen toward paving several city streets. During the 1890s, Broadway (a.k.a. Broad Street) had been given an asphalt overcoat, but it didn’t hold up well, according to various newspaper accounts. The city did not own an asphalt plant and soon the surface became pitted with potholes and there was no means to repair them. So the city’s main thoroughfare soon gathered dust and trash from traffic coming from unpaved side streets. Daily efforts to keep it clean with a rotary broom resulted in dust storms that coated passers-by as well as adjacent storefronts. Seasonal temperature changes also affected the asphalt, turning it sticky during hot summer days. When frosty weather arrived in late fall, contractions in the surface caused cracks and holes to develop and those got worse, taking a beating from heavy, iron-rimmed dray wagon wheels. By December of 1902, the city had reached the end of its patience with crumbling asphalt, and Mayor Phinizy had decided to resurface Broad with vitrified brick. Costs of repairing the asphalt had escalated many times more than had been estimated. In late February 1903, The Augusta Chronicle conducted a straw poll among Broad Street merchants and residents, asking the question: Asphalt or brick? The result: Brick won by a 2-to-1 margin. The Georgia Vitrified Brick & Clay Company notified city officials in October 2003 that it had just 50,000 paving bricks available, not enough for the Broad Street job, which would require more than an estimated 100,000. As it turned out, more than 3 million bricks would be needed. Nisbet Wingfield, the city’s public works commissioner, admitted that nothing would likely be done until 1904. Strength tests were conducted on the company’s brick and that of another firm. The latter broke in two under a 12- ton pressure, but the Georgia brick did not yield until placed under 25 tons’ pressure. The first brick crumbled into dust under 45 tons’ pressure, but it took 50 tons to shatter the Georgia brick, according to newspaper accounts. Mayor Richard E. Allen succeeded Phinizy and took office in January 1904, promising that the resurfacing of Broad Street would begin soon. The Georgia Vitrified Brick & Clay Co., won the contract and notified the press that work would begin June 15 after the city had signed the necessary contracts. Local contractor William Fairbanks Bowe’s company did the preparation on the street for the reception of the bricks. An anti-brick man named Fisher filed for an injunction to prevent the work from starting, but Judge Henry C. Hammond dissolved the injunction and work finally began in early August. Bowe said that after paving the 700 block of Broad, he would continue the work on down to Centre (5th) Street and on up the north side to McIntosh (7th) Street. He expected the entire 115
project to be finished by Nov. 1, weather permitting, according to newspaper stories. However, once work was completed, it took the city several months to pay the bill, according to news accounts. The city finally settled its past due account with the brick and clay company when it sent a check for $24,000 on May 20, 1905. Many other Augusta streets were paved with vitrified brick from the Campania plant, including streets around the Forrest Hills-Ricker Hotel on The Hill starting in 1927. Those include Buena Vista Road, Walton Place, Park Avenue, Comfort Road and parts of Bransford Road, Pine Needle Road and Cardinal Drive. Drive over them today. The streets have 2-1/2-inchthick brick laid on a sand foundation with an asphalt filler and have held up for more than 80 years. In 1931, the company was awarded a contract for 2-1/2 miles of brick paving on Highways 10 and 12 (now Highway 78) between Augusta and Thomson. “. . .brick paving will be laid from the intersection in the town of Harlem of the old Milledgeville Road (routes 10 and 12) with the Harlem- Appling-Lincolnton highway running east and by the plant of the vitrified brick company,” a newspaper story said. “The paving of the entire distance from the Richmond county line to Thomson, a total of 18 miles, is now beginning with the Davis Construction company of Atlanta having the contract for 16-1/2 miles. This paving will be of concrete, while the laying of a six-inch concrete base for the brick paving has been sub-let by the Georgia Engineering company to the Davis Construction company.” The Georgia Engineering Company was a wholly owned subsidiary of the Georgia Vitrified Brick & Clay Company. Cost of the project was $436,000. A post card published by the brick company shows a “view of State Highway #12 in Columbia County between Augusta and Atlanta showing part of more than 1,500,000 Augusta Block” used during the paving project. D. F. Jack, co-founder of the brick and clay company, died Sept. 28, 1917 at the age of 78. His partner, Frank R. Clark, its president since 1904, died March 18, 1936. A newspaper editorial dated March 22 said, in part, “Always a manufacturer, a creator, a builder, he (Clark) had spent the past thirty years in making the Georgia Vitrified Brick & Clay Company one of the great businesses of Augusta and the Southeast.” The son of Clark’s friend and partner, John Clark Jack, died in May of 1967 at age 86. “Mr. Jack was founder and owner of WRDW Radio in Augusta and was the developer and supplier of all bricks in Forest Hills streets,” said a newspaper account. “He was president of the Georgia Vitrified Brick and Clay Co., at the time of his death,” it continued. In 1941, the U.S. government condemned more than 8,000 acres of land in Richmond and Columbia counties to be included in its new Camp (now Fort) Gordon. The Georgia Vitrified Brick & Clay Company lost a total of 108.42 acres and was paid $5,050, according to news stories. 116
The company renewed its charter of incorporation in 1942 and in 1945, moved its principal office from Augusta to Campania. In a 1916 newspaper advertisement, the company touted the long-lasting effects of paving with vitrified brick and noted that 25 cities in the South had been beneficiaries of such paving. In a 1927 newspaper advertisement, the company boasted that “our annual output of 12,000,000. Augusta Block brick paved many streets throughout the Southeastern U.S. during first 50 years of 20th century Standard Paving Brick has been laid in thirty cities of the South Atlantic States without a failure.” Here are state-by-state cities in which the author’s research indicated roads were paved with AUGUSTA BLOCK: FLORIDA: Clearwater, Gainesville, Jacksonville, Lake City, Orange County (Orlando area), St. Augustine, St. Petersburg, Sanford, Sarasota, Tampa. (10) GEORGIA: Albany, Augusta, Harlem, Washington. (4) NORTH CAROLINA: New Bern, Wilmington. (2) SOUTH CAROLINA: Aiken, Anderson, Charleston, Columbia, Greenwood, Kingstree, Newberry, Orangeburg, St. George. (9) Total number of cities located are 25. A resident of one Florida west coast city was proud. “We feel like Augusta is almost a part of St. Petersburg,” said an excerpt of a letter written by a Florida Rotarian to Augusta Rotarian W.J. Hollingsworth on April 30, 1922. “We cannot take a step without the words ‘AUGUSTA BLOCK’ staring us in the face. I think it is due St. Petersburg that when the time comes for the 1923 convention, every Rotarian in your good city should come down here and see the city which has more paved streets than any other town in Florida, all paved with ‘AUGUSTA BLOCK!’” “There were 110 miles of brick streets and alleys constructed from 1904 to 1935,” said Jerry Fortney, supervisor of Paving, Signage and Striping for the city of St. Petersburg. He listed Central Avenue as among the first streets in his city to get the brick paving, the contract being awarded Oct. 12, 1904. “There are 430 bricks to the square yard and, according to my figures, 48,682,000 Augusta bricks are still in existence. Probably five times that amount have been paved over. We have to replace some of the bricks every now and then for various reasons and we have a large stockpile of duplicate Augusta bricks.” He’s told city employees that if they wanted to get fired, to go ahead and steal one or more of those bricks! More than 730 Tampa streets were paved with the brick, according to the city’s 2001 brick street survey provided by Melanie Calloway, an engineer with the city. N. L. Willet, an Augusta druggist, wrote a regular column called “Talking It Over” in The Chronicle for years until his death. Here’s the lead paragraph of his Feb. 16, 1922 column: “Speaking about the 40,000,000 brick which (each showing the word ‘AUGUSTA’) have been worked into fine streets at St. Petersburg, Fla., and the other tens upon tens of million brick which the Georgia Vitrified Brick and Clay Co., has distributed throughout this section – would it not be grand if we could have ‘Augusta’ imprinted into all Augusta products?!” 117
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