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Table of Contents FOHBC Officer Listing 2014-16..............................................2 President’s Message...................... 3 Shards of Wisdom......................... 4 FOHBC News From & For Our Members............. 6 Every Bottle Has A Story by Jim Bender............................... 14 The Schwartzonian by Steve Abbott.............................. 16

Sacramento - A place where many came to seek a treasure by Steve Abbott....................................32

The Oldest Consecutive Bottle Club in the United States? by Jim Bender.................................... 60

The Color Purple or Amethyst in Antique Bottles and Glass by Ferdinand Meyer V........................38

Classified Ads & Ad Rate Info..................................... 67

Digging Under the Slabs by Jeff Mihalik.....................................48 Waterfill and Frazier - How Mary Dowling Outwitted National Prohibition by Jack Sullivan..................................56

Membership Directory.................... 68 FOHBC Show-Biz Show Calendar Listings................... 69 Membership Application................. 72

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The Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors is a non-profit organization for collectors of historical bottles and related collectible items. Our primary goal is educational as it relates to the history and manufacture of historical bottles and related artifacts.

FOHBC Officers 2014-2016

President: Ferdinand Meyer V, 101 Crawford, Studio 1A, Houston, TX 77002; phone: 713.222.7979 x115; e-mail:

Conventions Director: Louis Fifer, 604 Topaz, Brunswick, Ohio 44212; phone: 330.635.1964; e-mail:

First Vice-President: Sheldon Baugh, 252 W Valley Dr, Russellville, KY 42276; phone: 270.726.2712; e-mail:

Business Manager: Elizabeth Meyer, 101 Crawford Street, Studio 1A, Houston, TX 77002; phone: 713.222.7979 x103; e-mail:

Second Vice-President: Gene Bradberry, 3706 Deerfield Cove, Bartlett, TN 38135; phone: 901.372.8428; e-mail:

Director-at-Large: Bob Ferraro, 515 Northridge Dr, Boulder City, NV 89005; phone: 702.293.3114; e-mail:

Secretary: James Berry, 200 Fort Plain Watershed Rd, St. Johnsville, NY 13452; phone: 518.568.5683; e-mail: Treasurer: Gary Beatty, 3068 Jolivette Rd., North Port, FL 34288; phone: 941.276.1546; e-mail: Historian: Jim Bender, PO Box 162, Sprakers, NY 12166; phone: 518.673.8833; e-mail: Editor: Martin Van Zant, 208 Urban St, Danville, IN 46122; phone: 812.841.9495; e-mail: Merchandising Director: Val Berry, 200 Fort Plain Watershed Rd, St. Johnsville, NY 13452; phone: 518.568.5683; e-mail: Membership Director: Linda Sheppard, P.O. Box 162, Sprakers, NY 12166; phone: 518.673.8833; e-mail:

Director-at-Large: Steve Ketcham, PO Box 24114, Edina, Minnesota 55424, phone: 952.920.4205; email: Director-at-Large: John Pastor, PO Box 227, New Hudson, MI 48165; phone: 248.486.0530; e-mail: Midwest Region Director: Matt Lacy, 3836 State Route 307, Austinburg Ohio 44010, phone: 440.228.1873; e-mail: Northeast Region Director: Andrew Vuono, 34 Ridgeway St, Stamford, Connecticut 06907, phone: 203.975.9055; e-mail: Southern Region Director: Ron Hands, 913 Parkside Drive, Wilson, North Carolina 27896, phone: 330.338.3455; e-mail: Western Region Director: Eric McGuire, 1732 Inverness Drive, Petaluma, California 94954, phone: 707.778.2255; e-mail: Public Relations Director: Rick DeMarsh, 3049 Galway Road, Ballston Spa, New York 12020, phone: 518.225.3467; e-mail:

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President’s Message Ferdinand Ferdinand MMeyer eyer V V FMG Design, Inc.

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ovember 9, 2015: As I sit here this Monday morning on a flight from Houston to Washington, D.C., I am saddened and find myself having a hard time focusing andinconcentrating on a few laptop tasks. You see, there is TimoleonÕs Diner quaint Keene, New Hampshire while a profound sadness in my head as I saw an update about Federation member, drinking some coffee to warm me up (it is 45 degrees outside, New York collector and historian Brian Wolff posted by his wife, Sherri, on chilly forthis a Texan). The YankeeIBottle startssomething here shortly Facebook morning. Typically, would Show not rewrite like this and will be a fun conclusion to a long weekend of bottle here, but I do have a point after the sad message that was postedevents on multiple that out with a gathering at Federation members Mark bottlestarted collector sites, including our own.

and Annie VuonoÕs in Stamford, Connecticut on Friday and “I know many of you have so many questions about what is happening included the Heckler Columbus Day Hayfield event in Wood- with Brian. As a family we have been trying to come to terms with everything that stock Valley, Connecticut yesterday. I am thinking that this has happened is a relatively short time. Thank you all for all of your support. was the exact twoadvice years agofamily today, that the greatand I On September 3rd, spot, under the of our physician, my father Feldmann story that I retell in did thisweissue Bottles andend Extras, left for the Cleveland Clinic. Little knowofthat we would up spending almost two months hopesthe of making well. On September got its wings. I hopethere you inenjoy article Brian and pictures. John 8th after many and scans, we were advised that they need to do and Sheila aretests wonderful people that represent the would foundation a biopsy of the “lesion” on Brian’s brain stem. After discussing all of the and cornerstone of our great hobby. risks involved in both not doing if and doing it, we decided we needed to What a whirlwind ofSeptember events since great in late (one agree to having it done. On 10th,our Brian wentEXPO in for surgery July Reno,days Nevada. Every think of this event, am of thein longest of my life). Thetime next Iday (ironically) 9-11, weI received the news that had “Glioblastoma Multiforme Grade reminded of Brian how grateful I am, and we all should be, IV of (GBM),” Marty in other words, brain cancer. world shattered intoand a million pieces that Hall, Richard Siri, the My Reno Bottle Club the legions of day. Everything became a blur after that. Only a few words stuck out that will helpers that pulled off this mega event. Marty even reported a haunt me for the rest of my life, “terminal,” “12-14 months,” “Chemo” and strong financial success that yettreatments, again, that “Radiation.” The following weekdemonstrates Brian began his andour shortly organization is getting stronger and marching forward. after he entered the acute rehab center. While there he received The physical, occupational andNational speech therapy. He also developed a pulmonary next embulum 2013 FOHBC in Manchester, New Hampshire (bloodisclot in the lung),smoothly which resulted in the of ICU. Thursday, year progressing within a3 days majority theOntables October 8th, Brian wasLexington, finally released from the hospital. We spent four days already being sold. Kentucky will be our location in a hotel while we waited for a room to be available at Hope Lodge. Even for the 2014 National, so make your plans here, too. You can though we were only there for a couple of weeks, we met some wonderful get information for both events by visiting our website, people that will be lifetime friends. We shared tears, stories full of sorrow Tomand Phillips, Conventions was was and memories, hugs laughter.our On Monday OctoberDirector, 19th, my world shattered yet southeast again. Brian’s told me we had 4-6 or less even in the this oncologist week looking at venues for months the 2015 and to call in as soon as we ago arrived Friday October National. It hospice was not too long thathome. we On were much more23rd, my father and our daughter made their last drive to Cleveland to bring Brian short-sighted. Now with this advance planning and public and I back home to cherish every single second we have left.” announcements, we can stake our claim on a date that will help other show changing chairmenhands, decide when tobeing holdbuilt theirand events. As anbeing Like bottles collections collections dispersed, seeknow time passage and challenges our great hobby aside, didweyou that there were nineinbottle shows thisrepresented in many ways. Certainly time has changed for Brian and Sherri weekend, including one across the pond? Our hobby is so as they face this ultimate challenge. strong. I see the glimmer of change even with our shows. LetÕs promote more andofgrow hobby. to the shows. Brian Wolff is one thoseour great peopleBring that Ipeople met somewhere along the Bottles, glass and positive change are contagious. way. He often helps me on my Peachridge Glass posts if I am struggling with some obscure bottle or merchant from the New York State area. Some of you may remember the greatisseminar that Brian gave at the FOHBC Federation membership also drastically up which is excit-2013 Manchester National titled: “Mount Vernon Glass Co. - History, Products & People.” Brian Wolff and his co-presenter, Mark Yates, touched on early

central houses and providednew information on key drive people and ing. WeNew willYork be glass announcing a major membership a historic timeline of the Mt. Vernon/Granger operation. Our write-up in later this month that uses a 2,000-member target. We are BOTTLES and EXTRAS said, “Attendees walked in the footsteps of pioneer nearing 1,200 members now. if you are the a member, within the researcher Harry Hall White andSo rediscovered evidence stay he found us, if youÕre undecided, please join! There are sopatterns many and 1920s. Flasks, are medicine and utility bottles, blown three-mold other items wereplanned. discussed,Our confirmed and new discoveries were revealed. exciting things magazine, Bottles and Extras, is Yates, collector, researcher and enthusiast of early central New undergoing a major face lift, we have a new web site, byYork theglass, also provided additional commentary. Mark has a wealth of knowledge on time you read this, we will be 1,000 members plus on our early central New York bottles and has been collaborating with Brian for FOHBC facebook page, FOHBCand Virtual Museum the last four years, with shard the identification additional research.isBrian moving forward (look for a major announcement soon) and we was and Mark have a passion for glass that is contagious. The presentation well-received a room full of collectors who treated with soofmuch have just sentby our first digital newsletter to were a large audience interesting This is how we think of Brian. people. Thematerial.” new Federation, your FOHBC. We need new blood and persons to carry the torch. I will be What is just as remarkable is how our bottle collecting community collecreaching out to digested some ofand ourreacted membership pictures of order your there tively received, to Brian’sfor news. In short bottles, assistance on the web site, and Supporters” stories forwhere was a new Facebook page called “Brian andarticles Sherri Wolff we could getExtras, the latest our thoughts. various Bottles and thenews weband site,reflect the newsletter andThere helpwere on the ideas proposed to help defray the Wolff’s expenses. Virtual Museum. If you would like tomounting volunteer, in any area, it would be very much welcomed and appreciated. Next, there was a GoFundMe page that took off like a rocket. When the site You will alsoanotice a new section in the front ofweb Bottles andFacewas established, link was posted on many of the bottle site and Extras called Letters to the Editor. I am not sure why this was book pages. A nice sum of money was raised very quickly. Our collecting not there in really somestepped form or before wewas really community upanother to the plate here but which reallywant goodtoto see. hear your stories and ideas and how we can do things better. Then,can our send champion bottle collector, Mother, You an e-mail, write aMother letterHen or and callFairy any God board Dana Charlton-Zarro, stepped up as she was our collective face to organize member, including myself at any time. Our contact information and promote a series of fundraising raffles. As Dana states, “The one thing isthat in this magazine and onarethefamiliar web site. most bottle collectors with is a raffle when they attend a In the January/February Bottles and Extras, we bottle show. So I proposed the2013 idea issue on theof Early American Glass Facebook page, Michael offered to donate a beautifulsection HUNTER/FISHERwill beand starting a George two-page Regional Overview where MAN calabash for the raffle. Heinformation also did the artwork needed get people’s we will highlight incoming from the fourforregions attention. It was the “Brian Wolff Benefit Raffle” and collectors from across that make up the Federation (northeast, southern, midwest and the country donated from $1 to $100 for raffle tickets to help Brian and Sherwestern). If you have please your Regional ri, including people whomaterial don’t even know forward Brian, buttowanted to help. Tickets Director. visitand the or Keene received ourBottle newsletter, were sold If viayou PayPal in web personsite at the Antique Show where the will winning ticketRegional was drawn. As Michael said, it wasina a“Happening.” I you see that News is now appearing different asked Mark Yates to draw the winning because and more refreshing format in theseticket venues too.he and Brian are close friends and colleagues in their study of the Mt. Vernon Glass Works. More We are only as strong as our weakest link. I use this exprestickets were sold at the show, reaching $2,086 for 2,850 tickets. Matt Greig sion in business my general withI have won often the raffle, which wasand very in exciting because conversations they are friends and people. Keep an open mind, be positive, and try to help, giveEvery photos of them together from the previous year at the Keene show. constructive criticism dollar was sent to Brian.and move forward. Smile and someone will smile back to you. Listen and you will hear a story. Step When I learned that home after 6and weeks of treatment forward and tell a Brian story.would Lookbeatcoming your collection find that for his cancer, I started a new raffle, the “Brian Wolff Homecoming Benefit missing bottle or link. This is what it is all about. Our best asset Raffle.” John Antonez donated a beautiful spring water bottle, MIDDLEisTOWN all of HEALING our great members. SPRINGS, blown at Stoddard Glass Works, and Mike I am looking This forward to the great 49erbenefit, Bottlewith Show in sold again didalso the artwork. was another successful tickets via Town PayPal,Auburn, at the North Jersey Bottle Show and We the Albany Old California in December. usuallyBottle go toShow. This raised $772 for 1,011 tickets, alsoyear all proceeds alsoWe sentlove to Brian. the Festival of Lights parade each after thewere show. I asked Rick DeMarsh to draw the ticket at the Albany show. The winner of it because the horses, dogs, goats, people and trucks all are this raffle was Mark Yates! It couldn’t be more appropriate! adorned with lights for Christmas. Remember, a show is so much you make an bottle experience. While are atinatimes These better benefitifraffles proveditthat collectors comeyou together of truevisit need.a The best part go wastoSherri’s note that she dinner and Brian were show, collection, a museum, have with a very grateful and amazed, “We truly realize howyou many friends bottle friend, go on aand dig said, etc. There are didn’t so many things can we have.” do to stay connected with our great hobby. Make it a multidimensional autumn and winter. Let’s all keepexperience. the Wolffs in Happy our prayers.


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Bottles and Extras Karl: I collect antique bottles and many times during the old days homeowners dumped their trash down the privy hole. This is a privy. Deputy No. 1: And do you have permission to do this? Karl: Yes, it’s owned by Dr. So and So and he’s given me permission. Deputy No. 1: You have written permission? Karl: Uh, no, but here’s his cell phone number. Call him and he’ll confirm it.

Digger developes a ground penetrating radar system that’s been a big help by Bill Baab

Karl Harrar is an electrical engineer at the Savannah River Site (SRS) near Aiken, South Carolina. The former Arizona resident also is a collector antique bottles. He dug many privies in his former state of residence and his finds included Arizona territorial bottles.

Deputy No. 1 calls and waits for an answer. It is not forthcoming. The good doctor is in Timbuctoo or maybe Hilton Head and is not answering his phone. Deputy No. 1: We can’t just take your word on this. Fill in the hole. You’re under arrest for trespassing and damaging property! Karl: OK, but I DO have permission. Deputy No. 1: Wait, what’s that thing? He points to what appears to be a lawnmower without blades? Karl: That’s my Ground-Penetrating Radar system. It helps me to locate privies.

While he and his wife, Heather, have lived in Aiken only a short time, he has wasted no time in getting permission to probe for privies and trash pits.

The key word in this conversation is “Penetrating.”

Over the years, property lines changed and it’s sometimes tough to probe out a hole. But he developed a ground penetrating radar system that’s been a big help. It’s had a few issues, but he’s been able to tweak his system so that it works almost perfectly.

Deputy No. 1: Keep away from that thing. It looks like a Weapon of Mass Destruction!

Last weekend, he located a trash pit in the corner of a backyard near downtown Aiken and by the time my wife, Bea, and I had arrived on the scene, he’d found a few bottles dating to the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Deputy No. 1: That old lady (the nosy neighbor who called the cops) was right. This guy’s a wacko!

His best find was a South Carolina Dispensary “jo-jo” flask with an SCD monogram. Fragments of other flasks, including one with a palmetto tree (the state tree), also emerged. A tall olive-green, blob top ale or wine and a McAllister’s Mockey Bird Food jar joined the whole flask. Earlier, I asked him if he had written permission from the property owner and he admitted that he just had verbal permission. So I suggested that he get the permission in writing by e-mailing him the following: Coming next: a tale of fiction that could have turned out to be true

Worst Case Scenario for a Privy Digger Imagined by Bill Baab

Karl Harrar, seven feet down in an 8-foot-deep privy, feels a presence nearby. He looks up and sees the unsmiling faces of two Aiken County Sheriff’s Dept., deputies. “Hi!” he says. Deputy No. 1: What ARE you doing?

Karl: Here, I’ll show you how it works.

Deputy No. 2: I’ll call the Bomb Squad!

Karl finishes filling in the hole and the deputies attach handcuffs and leg irons. He shuffles toward the waiting patrol car. Meanwhile, the Bomb Squad arrives, accompanied by members of the department’s SWAT unit. After several hours in the slammer, a deputy unlocks Karl’s cell door and tells him he’s free. “We finally reached Dr. So and So. He confirms you did have permission. In the future, we suggest that you get it in writing to avoid scenarios like this.” DON’T LET THIS HAPPEN TO YOU!

Glass House Cane Glass Whimsies

Posted on Peachridge Glass website June 5, 2012 In my continued effort to stay ahead of the curve and to look at other examples of Glasshouse Whimsies or End of the Day Glass, I developed this post and dedicate it to a rather unique whimsy and that is the glass cane, or as I have heard it also referred to, the Parade Stick or Baton.

Bottle extraordinaire Matthew Levanti will assist the Editor with Shards of Wisdom, so send in your news or bottle updates to: Matthew T. Levanti, 5930 Juarez Road. Placerville, California, 95667

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In Memory of Dick Watson FOHBC Historian It is believed that the greatest bottle collection ever assembled was by the late Charles B. Gardner of New London Conn. The collection contained 3,200 bottles and took 45 years to assemble.

Mr. & Mrs. Charles B. Gardner

It was sold in 1975 by the Skinner Auction Company of Bolton Mass. The collection brought over a million dollars. Berkshire Glass Works cane from 1878. It’s filled with the pure quartzite sand they were so proud of. It was 99.98% pure, the purest in the world. Photo Courtesy of Charles Flint

Watch each issue for a new installment of History’s Corner.

Glass House Whimsies are non-production glass items made by the glass workers on their own time, possibly for their own use and enjoyment, or to demonstrate their ability with glass, or as a special presentation item. I usually do not see many cane examples at shows or in my travels but I do remember seeing some at my fathers house in Delaware when visiting as a child. Usually placed in a corner and waiting for someone to walk over and ask, what the object was? I also imagine that these pieces are quite delicate and just waiting to be broken. Here are a few pictures and images I have found online. As usual, I ask for other cane examples for consideration in this picture gallery.

Group of five Art Glass Cane Whimsies or Parade Batons comprising a colorless and amber glass example with twisted shaft and ball handle, two pale green examples with square shafts and twisted terminals, aqua example with square shaft and twisted handle, Courtesy of Live Auctioneers

Glass canes and other “whimsies” can be seen at the Terwilliger House in the Village of Ellenville. Photo by Carol Nelson Falcone. Courtesy of Ellenville Public Library and Musuem.


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FOHBC News From & For Our Members Stirred the Drink at Chattanooga Hi Miss Elizabeth! I hope this email finds you well! I am really enjoying the September/October issue of BOTTLES and EXTRAS. The Federation really stirred the drink at Chattanooga. I am sending our club’s 2016 show advertisement. We would like a half-page ad in the January/February issue of BOTTLES and EXTRAS. We donate most of our money to the Boys & Girls Club of the Midlands so we really appreciate the 50% off on the advertisement cost. Please let me know if the attachment makes it through. If not, I will have the printer send it directly to you. Please email or mail the bill to me and I will send a check right away. Thanks so much for all your efforts! Marty Vollmer Lexington, South Carolina

I have some old bottles that I acquired through an estate auction

[FOHBC] Frances: No real value here though I wonder about the small Nectar bottle (pictured). It would be nice if you could donate these bottles to the FOHBC. We hope to have children’s grab bags at our 2016 Sacramento National Convention and these would make great candidates.

Comus Stomach Bitters bottle - Schmidt & Ziegler Hi there! In doing some research on our family last night, I ran across your website. It was interesting to see the Schmidt & Ziegler Comus Stomach Bitters bottle. Mr. Schmidt was my husband’s great-great-grandfather. I would love to get one of those bottles. Can you tell me where I can find one? I really appreciate any help you can give to me. Thanks so much! Carol Schmidt [FM] Carol, the Comus Stomach Bitters is rated scarce and I very rarely see one at auction houses or on eBay. I will keep my eyes open though.

Jeremiah Rohrer - Nolt Collection of Whiskey Memorabilia Hi Ferdinand, I head up the Los Angeles Whiskey Society and sometimes will find myself at your great website in order to help date/authenticate an old whiskey bottle. This is just a small note to let you know that there’s an error in your recent article on the Rohrer’s bottles/Nolt Collection. “...he moved again to 22 Centre Square where his operation remained even after the square was renamed Penn Square which was around 1890.”

Hi, My name is Frances Greenlee, and I have some old bottles that I acquired through an estate auction. I’m more into antique furniture than bottles and glass. However, these old bottles were in some of the pieces I acquired. Could you lead me in the direction I need to go to sell, preserve or donate these bottles? I have an antique store, but if someone collects any of these type bottles, I’ll certainly be willing to sell, donate or whatever. Can you please help me in this matter? If not, do you know of other people or companies that would be interested in these bottles? I’m including a few pictures. I have many more if needed. Thank you, Frances Greenlee

It seems that Centre Square was actually renamed Penn Square in 1829. See this history book, page 1844, first full paragraph in the right-hand column. Presumably, the term “Centre Street” just stuck around for many decades afterwards in popular parlance. Cheers, Adam Herz LA Whiskey Society [FM: Read at]

Bottles Found at Houston Construction Site [From Carlos Gutierrez - FMG Design] Hey Ferdinand, check out these, bottles that were found recently at the 1616 West Dallas

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residential project construction site in Houston on the edge of downtown. You should head over there and check it out! They have really done a nice display.


promotional material for the booth as requested, so I put together what I had saved from last year. All the handouts were gone by the end of the show, so hopefully we’ll drum up one or two new members. All said and done; the show must go on. Canyonville 2016 will indeed be a reality. Have a good one. Bruce Silva Jacksonville, Oregon [FM5] Glad to hear it went well. I’m afraid I dropped the ball on that one as I had a few options for folks to carry material but they ended up not making the trip. They said it was too late to mail. For all show chairs, please contact your regional representives for FOHBC membership applications, show packets and magazines should you wish to display. We thank you for your support.

Bottle Bingo Sroufe and McCrum were selling Pipifax Bitters Hello Ferdinand, This is Roy from Ireland. My great, great, great uncle was Hugh McCrum who partnered John Sroufe in San Francisco. Hugh left Ireland on a ‘famine boat’ around 1850 to New York, made his way over to the west coast and started out as a miner. According to your web site, Sroufe and McCrum were selling Pipifax Bitters at 208 Market Street in San Francisco. I reckon he struck it rich along the way and then became involved in the liquor, mining and saloon businesses. Anyway, I’m after any glassware that would have his company name on it, maybe that is too much of a long shot now but I think you’re the man to ask! Hope this finds you all well. Best Wishes, Roy Lyle Ireland

Canyonville Show Many thanks for the good wishes. By most all accounts, it was a success. Thanks to the restructuring that I did shortly after 7 Feathers announced their mandatory 33% increase in lease fees, plus the early admission which was up substantially, the live onsite auction buyers fees, and donations also helped immensely to keep us from going in the hole. Bill Taylor helped out with the FOHBC booth. I never did receive anything in the way of

I heard of something today that really struck me as a fun and great idea. One of the west coast bottle clubs has bottle bingo at their monthly meeting. It would be awesome to do a bingo night at the national shows. Part of the money could go to the Federation for the Virtual Museum, and the other part into buying bottles for the games. The more cards bought, the more games/ bottles to be played for. You could do it the night of the last day of the show selling cards at the show on the first two days until you are in the last couple hours of the show. Once you cut off card sales, and know how much money is in the kitty, you buy bottles from the show to play for. I am not sure how the legality aspect would work, but if possible it would be a blast. Hope you are well! Brad Seigler Roanoke, Texas

Remembering Jim Haase It was the early 1970s when Jim Haase and I first met. Both of us were in school. Jim was attending art school and I was at the University of Minnesota. We met following the formation of the North Star Historical Bottle Association in 1971 and dug together on the West Bank near the U of M where freeway construction had laid barren so much of the old neighborhood. For Jim, collecting ran in the family, because once he got the bottle bug, he infected his dad, Doc Haase, too. I remember visiting the Haase collection in those early days and being wowed by the great selection of bitters they had assembled. Eventually Jim moved back north to Silver Bay to follow his love of agates, but his love of bottles kept him in contact with many of us in the bottle world both locally and across the country. He was a regular at Minnesota bottles shows. Jim built one of the finest collections of rare Minnesota bottles ever to be assembled. He proudly displayed that collection at the 2013 Minnesota show. Recently, Jim sold the rare Minnesota bottles and started pursuing handled whiskies and figural bitters. And while Jim didn’t get to many national shows, he was known to travel to see friends and visit their collections.


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We lost our friend Jim on October 13, 2015. He will be remembered for his great love of old bottles and for his always-ready smile as he greeted his many collecting friends. Like the agates Jim loved, he was most at home on the shores of Lake Superior, a fitting place for a superior bottle collector. We are going to miss you, Jim!

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Following the repeal of prohibition in December 1933, Jung & Wulff would revive production of absinthe and made approximately 1,500, cases of absinthe before being ordered to cease by the FACA (Federal Alcohol Control Administration) in early 1934. Following this action L. E. Jung & Wulff would market their own absinthe substitute called Milky Way.

Steve Ketcham Edina, Minnesota

Hunyadi Janos Saxlehner’s Bitterquelle - with Swastika

Hi Ferdinand, I just read your article all about the Bitterquelle bottle, very interesting indeed. I wonder if you have come across a bottle of Bitterquelle that has had a label overlaid as in the image attached? A friend was in the armed forces in Europe in 1945 and said that he got it out of a house in Cologne. Many thanks for any help you might be able to give. Kind regards. Dirk Kind London, UK [FOHBC] The formal emblem of the Nazi Party was a German eagle perched above a swastika with wings spread. The bold and clean graphic of this image symbolized the rigid order of Hilter’s regime. Has anyone seen this label application before?

An excerpt the from the Jung & Wulff booklet The Mixologist:

The elusive L. E. Jung & Wulff “Milky Way” Logo


Ferd: I noted in my newly arrived copy of BOTTLES and EXTRAS that someone asked you about that trade card with L. E. Jung and alligator. I was gathering info on Jung for a post but never got enough info or pictures to make it worthwhile. Here below are my notes to support your 2012 post, and the illustration of a bar booklet.

ABSINTHE originated in Algeria, and was introduced into Europe by the French soldiers. It is a distillation of sixteen herbs, roots, seeds and leaves, including the much discussed WORMWOOD. Some people believe that Wormwood is a poison. It is no such thing, but is a valuable tonic and stimulant for the stomach when taken in such quantities as it appears in Absinthe. It is harmful only when taken in overdoses as is the case with anything.

The elusive L. E. Jung & Wulff “Milky Way” Logo, which has long been a source of mystery to absinthe collectors, has been found. The L. E. Jung & Wulff Company, was an old New Orleans distillery that made absinthe before the 1912 U.S. government ban. L. E. Jung & Wulff who also made a number of liqueurs before prohibition, would also make several non alcoholic cordials during prohibition to keep the firm in business during the long dry spell in the United States.

L. E Jung & Wulff Trustees of Southern Traditions “Est. 1883”.

When genuine Absinthe was prohibited by Federal Law, L. E. JUNG & WULFF CO. developed a non-wormwood product known as MILKY WAY, as a substitute for Absinthe. From this product was omitted only the prohibited wormwood, and the formula slightly changed to replace the wormwood. MILKY WAY cannot be distinguished, in taste, even by the greatest Absinthe

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connoisseurs, from genuine Absinthe. We recommend its use wherever Absinthe is called for. MILKY WAY is a distilled product, superior to all present day American Absinthe substitutes.”

Fruit Jars in the Virtual Museum

Jack Sullivan Alexandria, Virginia

Thank you very much for the document. The Virtual Museum is a wonderful idea and I intend to support it actively. When at the (Chattanooga National) show, I talked with Ferdinand Meyer and he indicated I would be welcome to submit entries for the museum. I am willing to provide whatever information you need in the area of Fruit Jars. I have collected them for over 30 years and have some examples not seen very often. Also, I could provide jars that are more common and would be of interest to beginning and intermediate collectors. I feel the novice and intermediate collectors are our backbone and they need to be given attention for our hobby to continue. New blood is vital. Please let me know what I can do to help. I look forward to hearing from you. Best Regards.

Columbus Bottle Show Mr. Meyer, While I had you on my mind, I thought I would put a couple of questions to you. Is there an author, of bottle books or something closely related, that might like to have a book signing in conjunction with a show like ours? It would seem like a good fit. He or she sells some books, we have increased attendance, dealers are happier, etc. Also, do you have any thoughts on how this might be used to advance some charity? We will have excess profits this year over and above what we will need for start-up costs for the 2017 Show. Previous Columbus Bottle Show organizers pocketed the surplus. Now that the Central Ohio Bottle Club is again the sponsor, we cannot do that and Rojer Moody and I have no interest in those funds. We are doing it for love of the hobby and are happy with what we make at our own tables. If you know, how do other shows, sponsored by non-profit clubs, handle this sort of thing? We would really appreciate hearing from you if you have any thoughts on either issue. Thanks. Clark Wideman Co-Chair 2016 Columbus Bottle Show [Ferdinand] Clark: I am a proponent too of making bottle shows multi-dimensional. You show-chair guys have a tough job but we must all make our shows more of an event and increase gate. Of course our national events have many events but a regional and local show too can do this. Dealer meals, wine tastings, displays, children’s grab bags, raffles, shootouts, appraisal table, etc. Many shows I attend have these events and justify my attention and expense to travel. We used a book signing at the 2014 Lexington National as you may know. This worked out well. The theme of the show was KENTUCKY so Bourbon was our topic. I suggest you may want to theme your show each year and then that helps you find some authors. The local chamber of commerce for Lexington led me to Michael Veach which started the ball rolling as he was our banquet speaker and one of our book signers. So maybe, for example, you focus on fruit Jars in 2016 and get McCann, Leybourne and Spurgeon to share time at the table with their books. It doesn’t have to be bottles either, it could be a well-know Columbus author on antiques, photographer of old barns, collector of whatever. There obviously must be a link though. You could then add a percentage of each book cost to be earmarked for charity.

Dear Alan,

Doug Leybourne North Muskegon, Michigan

Reward for information on twenty stolen preprohibition Florida Whiskey Jugs Please share this with your friends and associates. Reward for information on twenty stolen pre prohibition Fla Whiskey Jugs stolen from a Belleview, FL home on or near the weekend of Oct 16th 17th 18th 19th. A reward will be given to any one providing information leading to an arrest or the return of theses jugs. Thanks very much for your time. Have a great day. – Laton Bare MCSO, Case number: 15036411, Officer Redding, 352.732.9111, Badge number: 5684 [FOHBC] Posted on four web sites (FOHBC, Peachridge Glass and related Facebook sites) 11.04.15 Update: Thanks for your help, the items were recoverd. Laton Bare

The Oldest Bottle Club in the United States? Sorry, but the San Diego Antique Bottle & Collectibles Club also started in 1965 and they celebrated their 50th Anniversary earlier this year, and if my memory serves me right, the Las Vegas Bottle club started in 1964, so you are not the oldest club in the U.S. Mike Bryant, Diego Antique Bottle & Collectibles Club Jim: I was looking at your article on the Empire State Bottle Collectors Association. Celebrating 50 years, that is a great achievement. Many clubs have came and gone over the years. The Reno Antique Bottle Club is the oldest bottle club in the United States. The Reno club was founded in April 1963 by Ann Karo at her home in Reno. She is still a member of the club along with charter members, Don and Bonnie McLane. The Reno club celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2013. In April, the Club will have 53 consecutive years as an active club. Sincerely, Marty Hall, President, Reno Nevada Antique Bottle Club


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Antique Bottle, Fruit Jar & Insulator Show Formerly Columbus Ohio Show

S u n d a y, A p r i l 3 r d , 2 0 1 6

9:00 am - 3:00 pm ROBERTS CENTRE I-71 & US Rt 68 - Exit 50

Admission: $4.00 No Early Buyers

INFO: Joe Hardin: 594 Laymon Road, New Vienna, Ohio 45159 - 937.728.9930 Jamie Houdeshell: P.O. Box 57, Haskins, Ohio 43525 - 419.722.3184

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Articles for BOTTLES and EXTRAS Our editor, staff and designers eagerly await to help you in any possible way. Tell us about your collection or someone else’s. Tell us your digging and picking story. Write a fictional bottle story. Tell us about an area of antique bottle and glass collecting. Every bottle has a story. Tell us about the medicine men, merchants, or proprietors who are related to our bottles or about a glass house. Write an auction or show report. Tell us about a club outing. Really, the sky is the limit. Don’t be shy. Young or old, new to the hobby or a veteran, please step forward. Thank You! To submit a Story, Send a Letter to the Editor, or have Comments and Concerns about BOTTLES and EXTRAS, please contact the Editor, Martin Van Zant.


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FOHBC S A C R A M E N T O National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo

4 - 7 August 2016 Presented by the Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors at the McClellan Conference Center & Lions Gate Hotel, Sacramento, California General Admission on Saturday and Sunday, August 6th and 7th: $5 Early Admission on August 5th, at 1:00 pm, $60 ($45 for FOHBC members) Thursday-August 4: FOHBC Generals House Reception for registered Dealers and Early Admission followed by the Sacramento Shoot-out bottle competition at the Lions Gate Hotel • Friday-August 5: FOHBC Membership Meeting Breakfast, Educational Seminars, Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, Early Admissions, FOHBC Cocktail Hour & Banquet • Saturday-August 6: General Admission, Live Bottle Auction • Sunday-August 7: General Admission & Display Awards

Info: Richard & Beverley Siri, Show Chairman & Co-Chair, 707.542.6438, or Louis Fifer, FOHBC Conventions Director, or Eric McGuire, Western Region Director, our Roots

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Every Bottle Has A Story

The Henry Caner Bottle by Jim Bender If you attended the FOHBC National Antique Bottle Convention in Chattanooga, Tenn., this year, you may have attended a seminar held by Jack Sullivan and Ferdinand Meyer V titled “Every bottle has a story.” This is something I have known for years but many collectors fail to truly understand.


few months ago I visited my friend Jack few months ago I visited my friend Jack Pelletier’s house to gather information on Pelletier’s house to gather information on his his fantastic Bininger bottle collection. While fantastic Bininger bottle collection. While I was I was there I was overcome with the number there I was overcome with the number of othof other interesting bottles that Jack has. As I er interesting bottles that Jack has. As I looked looked over the bottle shelves, I saw an oliveover the bottle shelves, I saw an olive-green green colored seal bottle. As I looked at it Jack colored seal bottle. As I looked at it Jack told told me it was one of his rarest bottles and had me it was one of his rarest bottles and had a hisa history to go with it. Well, now here I am tory to go with it. Well, now here I am and being and being me I had to know what history? The me I had to know what history? The funny thing funny thing about history is as a young guy about history is as a young guy going through going through school I could not stand history school I could not stand history and felt it was and felt it was a complete waste of time. How a complete waste of time. How foolish we are foolish we are when we are young. Bottle colwhen we are young. Bottle collecting made me lecting made me want to know more and more want to know more and more about the histoabout the history of this country. Enter “Every ry of this country. Enter “Every Bottle Has a Bottle Has a Story.” Now realize the story does Story.” Now realize the story does not always not always have to be about history, it may have to be about history, it may be about how be about how the bottle was found or who the the bottle was found or who the person was you person was you got it from. Either way, they all got it from. Either way, they all have a story. have a story. Let’s start off with where the bottle was blown. Let’s start off with where the bottle was blown. Jack showed the bottle to the late Richmond Jack showed the bottle to the late Richmond (Boo) Morcom of Braintree, Mass. He had done (Boo) Morcom of Braintree, Mass. He had the excavations of the old Germantown site in done the excavations of the old Germantown 1955. Boo, as his friends called him, was consite in 1955. Boo, as his friends called him, sidered the most knowledgeable person when was considered the most knowledgeable person it came to American seal bottles. He was sure when it came to American seal bottles. He was that the bottle came from Germantown Glass sure that the bottle came from Germantown Works in Quincy, Mass., based on the style Glass Works in Quincy, Mass., based on the of the seal and how it looked so close to the style of the seal and how it looked so close to seals he had found in 1955. But the date on the seals he had found in 1955. But the date on the bottle is 1740 and the glass works did not the bottle is 1740 and the glass works did not start until 1750. So I asked how can that be? start until 1750. So I asked how can that be? The answer I found was simple. The date on The answer I found was simple. The date on the bottles is believed to be the date of the wine the bottles is believed to be the date of the wine put into the bottle. So that answers that quesput into the bottle. So that answers that question. Next, why is it marked H CANER 1740? tion. Next, why is it marked H CANER 1740 ?

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The first thing I needed to do was find out who H Caner was. Jack gave me the the starting starting points points II needed needed and and itit was was off offto tothe theinternet. internet. As much it on thethe much as as IIdon’t don’talways alwayslike likepeople peopletelling tellingme meI saw I saw it on internet, it is a tool that used correctly is the most complete source of information available today. So who give who was was HHCaner? Caner?Not Notwanting wantingtotocreate createa anovel, novel,I will I will give you a brief history of Henry Caner. Henry Caner was born in 1700 1700 in Bristol, England. He emigrated emigrated with with his his family family shortly shortly after after his his birth to to the the New NewEngland Englandcolonies. colonies.He Hewent wentonontotograduate graduatefrom from Yale University. thethe Church of EngUniversity. In In1727, 1727,hehewas wasordained ordainedin in Church of Enland. gland.He Hewas wasappointed appointedasasa amissionary missionaryininConnecticut Connecticutand andMasMassachusetts. He He went went on on to tobecome becomeaaleader leaderininthe theChurch ChurchofofNew New England. In 1747, he was named named rector rector of ofKings KingsChapel ChapelininBoston, Boston, which was the most important importantAnglican Anglicanchurch churchininNew NewEngland. England.InIn 1749, Caner started started construction construction on on the the new new Kings Kings Chapel. Chapel. ItIt was was constructed of of stone stone and and built builtover overthe theold oldwooden woodenchurch churchwhich which was dismantled and removed piece piece by bypiece pieceand andused usedover overatataanew new location. It took intook until until 1754 1754 to to complete complete the the construction. construction.As As an interteresting side note, 1772 Paul Revere was commissioned cast esting side note, in in 1772 Paul Revere was commissioned to to cast a anew newbell bellfor forthe thechurch churchtotoreplace replacethe theold oldone onewhich whichcracked. cracked.ItItisis believed that itit was was the the largest largest and and also alsothe thelast lastbell bellhe hepersonally personally cast. It still hangs there today and is still used. Caner Canerwas wasaastaunch staunchTory ToryLoyalist Loyalist who who openly openly criticized criticized the the BritBritish Government’s also stood up up Government’s handling handlingofofthe thecolonies. colonies.Caner Caner also stood publicly against the Sons of Liberty, Liberty, calling calling them them enemies enemies to to their their king. During his time in Boston, Caner became aa very very wealthy wealthy man. man. He He was worth over over 10,000 10,000 pounds pounds sterling sterling which which by by today’s today’s standard standard would make him a millionaire. In 1776 1776 when when the the Revolutionary Revolutionary War Warbroke brokeout, out,Caner Canerpacked packed up up quickly Halifax, Nova Scotia and finally back andand quickly fledfled to to Halifax, Nova Scotia and finally back toto LonLondon. He clearly running in fear from Sons Liberty. don. He clearly waswas running in fear from thethe Sons of of Liberty. He He behind everything feeling would soon return to claim it leftleft behind everything feeling, he he would soon return to claim it all all back. back. Of course, differently than Caner course,the theRevolutionary RevolutionaryWar Warended ended differently than Caner thought. All hadhad to leave London All records records show showthat thatinin1778 1778Caner Canner to leave Lonand to Cardiff, South Wales to live due due to financial problems. don went and went to Cardiff, South Wales to live to financial probHe was to livetoout hisout years a pension of 100ofpounds lems. Heforced was forced live his on years on a pension 100 sterling year. He died in broke. Sobroke. readingSothis small pounds asterling a year. He1792 diednearly in 1792 nearly reading article you article know ayou littleknow moreaabout and seal bottles. this small littlehistory more about history andSoseal now youSo seenow every has a bottle story to tell. bottles. youbottle see, every has a story to tell.

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by Steve Abbott

What the Musee d’Orsay is to French impressionist paintings, what the British Museum is to the artifacts of the Anglo-Saxons, or what the Smithsonian is to the history of America, the Schwartz Western Whiskey Museum is to objects of the pre-Prohibition era of spirits distilled in the East, but sold in the West, principally Northern California, Oregon, and Washington. Two major experts confirm this. Ferdinand Meyer V said that it was “one of the greatest collections I have ever seen.” Jeff Wichmann of American Bottle Auctions said the Schwartz collection is the “greatest collection of western whiskey artifacts on earth.” These two opinions would be confirmed by anyone who collects western whiskies. This museum is not found in a major metropolitan city like Paris, London, or Washington D.C., but in the countryside of a small town near Redding, off Interstate 5 in northern California. There are no billboards along Interstate 5 enticing the tourist to spend a few minutes and dollars at this attraction. No advertisements in the Shasta County Chamber of Commerce Visitors’ Bureau brochure. There is no sign in front of the museum. No ticket taker. But there was a greeter, a docent, a procurer, a display expert, a preservationist, a researcher, a finance department, and, very importantly, a bottle duster: Ken Schwartz [Fig: 1].

How Ken accomplished all of this is amazing. Of course, he had help at most stages of his hobby, his wife of 50 years, Teenie. Ken was born in Weiser, Idaho in 1929 and Teenie was born in Bakersfield, California in 1930. They met and married in 1960, started a Snap On Tools dealership, then were soon involved in a small fire and burglar alarm business. Through very hard work, high quality service, and exceptional acumen, Ken and Teenie built a business which was to provide them with the financial ability to buy most of what they wanted. But why did Ken want to buy objects related to pre-Prohibition saloons? The answer is not simple. But, as with many collectors, there may have been something in his DNA. He started about the very time bottle collecting in the West was in its ascendancy, with stamps, Native American artifacts, and baby doll bottles for his daughters. Ken may just have been attracted to the “manly” allure of saloon decorations, some of which rank among the highest caliber of advertising art. He began by attending his first antique bottle show in Chico around 1970, a huge show at the time. After that, Ken and Teenie were regular attendees in San Jose, Pleasanton, Antioch, Vallejo, Santa Rosa, Auburn, Anderson, Grass Valley, Downieville, Canyonville, Reno, all over Oregon, and Washington, plus FOHBC National Shows and Federation Expos. But they weren’t there to look. Ken was there to buy and seldom went home empty-handed. From contacts made at shows, Ken also visited the homes of collectors and often made offers that could not be refused. One of the early collectors and documenters of whiskey bottles was Mike Asher, an apple grower from Wenatchee, Washington. Mike kept meticulous records of every bottle he could classify. He recorded the embossing, the exact height, the type of bottom and lip, the number and placement of air vents, color, and placed it all on a computer with printout spread sheets. Mike was fortunate to meet Ken because about the time they met, Ken’s voracious appetite for whiskies crossed Mike’s sons’ needs for college tuition. Ken always said that Mike’s kids had the best education that whiskey bottles could afford.

[Fig: 1] - Ken Schwartz

And one of those bottles was Ken’s, and almost everyone else’s favorite, a green California Clubhouse (JNO. C. MORRISON JR.

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[Fig: 2 Left ] - green California Clubhouse embossed CALIFORNIA CLUB HOUSE PURE BOURBON IMPORTED ONLY BY JNO. C. MORRISON JR. TRADE MARK (Monogram) 316 SAC. ST. S.F.

[Fig: 3 Right] - extremely rare San Francisco fifth, LAUREL PALACE J. G. KAHMAN N.W. CORNER BUSH & KEARNEY SAN FRANCISCO



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[Fig: 15] So the basic plan was for the visitor to exit the house into the anteroom and then into the museum. One would immediately be acculturated to the saloon theme, and upon exiting, be dazzled with all of the displays around the perimeter of the museum.


20 A major fifth that almost escaped Ken was the extremely rare San Francisco fifth, LAUREL PALACE (J. G. KAHMAN/N. W. CORNER BUSH & KEARNEY SAN FRANCISCO) [Fig: 3]. Only one of these was known to exist and that was in a major collection just north of San Francisco. When the owner decided to leave the foggy coast for the high desert, he sold everything except for his LAUREL PALACE, which happened to be nearly the last bottle Ken needed to complete the top of his collection. But the price was steep, too steep for the sane, and Ken turned it down. For awhile, he even made a joke of it, creating a LAUREL PALACE label, sticking it on a MRS. BUTTERWORTH’S syrup bottle, and displaying it at shows. Egos being what they are, the price didn’t come down. Then entered a “newbie,” who for some time had been handing out large sums for the California whiskies he wanted. And the “newbie” met the seller’s demand, then tried to trade the LAUREL PALACE to other collectors for something he wanted more. But there were no takers. Eventually the “newbie” had to sell the LAUREL PALACE to the wise old fox Ken for about half of what the “newbie” paid for it. THE GENUINE OLD BOURBON WHISKEY (N. GRANGE/SOLE AGENT FOR PACIFIC COAST) [Fig: 4], everyone’s favorite San Francisco whiskey flask, was a long time in coming. This fabled flask is so over-the-top in embossing and so rare…two specimens of this variant…that Ralph Van Brocklin, native Californian and former FOHBC president, adopted its name as his collector and eBay name. Ken first saw this flask in Bill and Betty Wilson’s Spirit Bottles of the Old West about the time Ken started collecting whiskies. Little did he know the circuitous route it would take to find its way through Anderson. Found in a tree stump in Elk, California, 90 miles north of San Francisco, the finder never revealed where he found it, spreading the rumor that he found it near Vallejo, California. Tom Quinn stayed on track for about 25 years and finally persuaded the finder to sell it to him in Benicia. Tom kept it for about 10 years, then sold it to Ted Siri, Richard Siri’s brother and an antiques dealer from Watkins Glen, New York. Ted flew it back to New York where it graced his collection for a while, then brought it to the FOHBC national show in Reno in 2006. Finally, Ken had his chance and took THE GENUINE to where it belonged, his whiskey museum in Anderson. He had to wait nearly 40 years and 6,500 miles of travel, but he finally had it where he could admire it every day and made it available for other collectors to see anytime they wished to do so. Ken’s last shot glass also was a long time coming. Barbara Edmonds, in her book on western shot glasses, quoted John Thomas as saying that

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[Fig: 4] - Everyone’s favorite San Francisco whiskey flask, THE GENUINE OLD BOURBON WHISKEY N. GRANGE SOLE AGENT FOR PACIFIC COAST

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there were DAVY CROCKETT PURE OLD BOURBON, HEY GRAUERHOLZ & CO. (San Francisco 1888-1906) shot glasses in white, but that there was also one in black and possibly in red [Fig: 5]. The glass in white with a gold rim was fairly common, but Ken had never seen the one in black, and no one is known to have seen one in red. A mint condition one in black was found the year before Ken’s death. The finder took it to the Reno Bottle Expo, kept it behind the counter until Ken came along. Ken said of all the 1,000, the black DAVY CROCKETT, richly detailed with Davy Crockett, another hunter, rifles, dead deer, and cabin, was his favorite.

[Fig: 5] - Ken’s favorite shot glass, DAVY CROCKETT PURE OLD BOURBON, HEY GRAUERHOLZ & CO. (San Francisco 1888-1906)

Ken’s penchant for back bar bottles made him the prime player for these jewels of the whiskey trade. Bar bottles are extremely rare. While trade bottles were manufactured by thousands and hundreds of thousands, back bar bottles were made by the hundreds, or in some cases made for individuals. Ken’s favorite, almost everyone’s favorite, falls into the latter category. More than 70 years ago, a new property owner in Tucson was rummaging through the basement of his new home which once belonged to a Julius Goldbaum. He found a box with bookkeeping ephemera and three bar bottles from Julius Goldbaum’s Saloon (1887-1903). Two were damaged, but one was not only in perfect condition, but also an example of the fanciest type of bar bottles made [Fig: 6]. The amber bottle had an unusual shape, was highly decorated with enamel stars and gilt, and features as part of the address “A.T.” for Arizona Territory. The gem found its way to American Bottle Auctions a few years back and is the top bar bottle in the Schwartz collection. This piece almost deserves a museum for itself.


[Fig: 6] - Ken’s favorite back bar bottle, JULE’S BOURBON, JULIUS GOLDBAUM, INC., TUCSON; A.T. Julius Goldbaum’s Saloon (1887-1903). Amber bottle with an unusual shape, highly decorated with enamel stars and gilt, and features as part of the address “A.T.” for Arizona Territory.


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[Fig: 8] Stained glass OLD CASTLE WHISKEY sign from F. Chevalier & Co.

(San Francisco, California 1885-1915)

[Fig: 10A] Teenie’s favorite, a really big 4 foot x 3 foot paper advertisement from Portland for BLUMAUER and HOCH (1900-1917) for OLD KENTUCKY HOME CLUB WHISKEY [See also Fig: 10]. Instead of a beautiful young lady enticing one to partake of her

libation, there is a snarling tiger, baring his teeth, and trying to get out of its cage to eat the viewer. Perhaps the idea was that a shot of OLD KENTUCKY HOME CLUB might deaden the pain of the person being eaten should the tiger get loose.

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When it comes to whiskey advertising, there is simply too much to choose from, and Teenie’s favorite is one we’ll focus on. But to pass over a few: a great LEVAGGI & CO. (San Francisco, 1914-17) [Fig: 7] reverse painted window, still framed in the 2 x 4 which held it in the wall; a stained glass OLD CASTLE WHISKEY sign from F. Chevalier & Co. (San Francisco, 18851915) [Fig: 8]; a FRED RASCHEN ghost-like girl calendar (Sacramento, 1900-1918) [Fig: 9]; and more than a hundred more. But Teenie’s favorite is a really big 4 foot x 3 foot paper advertisement from Portland for BLUMAUER and HOCH (19001917) for OLD KENTUCKY HOME CLUB WHISKEY [Fig: 10]. Instead of a beautiful young lady enticing one to partake of her libation, there is a snarling tiger, baring his teeth, and trying to get out of its cage to eat the viewer. Perhaps the idea was that a shot of OLD KENTUCKY HOME CLUB might deaden the pain of the person being eaten should the tiger get loose. A companion to this piece is the back bar bottle which goes with it: multi-colored white, orange, and blue [Fig: 11]. This piece made it from Portland to New Zealand back to Anderson.

[Fig: 7] a great whiskey advertising piece, LEVAGGI & CO., WHOLESALE LIQUOR DEALERS (San Francisco, 1914-17) reverse painted window, still framed in the 2 x 4 which held it in the wall.

[Fig: 10] With more than a hundred advertising pieces, Teenie’s favorite is a really big 4 foot x 3 foot paper advertisement from Portland for BLUMAUER and HOCH (19001917) for OLD KENTUCKY HOME CLUB WHISKEY [See detail Fig: 10A].

Almost anyone was welcome at the Schwartz house and was amazed that a house could hold as many prizes as the Schwartz house. And, at some point, Ken and Teenie agreed with their visitors that the collection had outgrown their home and needed new “digs.” Since Ken and Teenie owned a good sized piece of property surrounding their house, they decided to add a room. Well, “room” is not the right word when building a museum dedicated to western whiskey and western saloons. A “room” which is 40foot x 30-foot or 1,200 square feet isn’t quite a room, but a hall.

[Fig: 9] FRED RASCHEN WHOLESALE LIQUOR DEALER, SILVER SHEAK WHISKEY, 514 J. STREET, SACRAMENTO, CAL., ghost-like girl calendar (Sacramento, 1900-1918)

Ken knew that the museum had to have an authentic bar and back bar, built-in and lighted display cases for bottles and shot glasses, spaces above the bottle display cases for advertising, and some space for antique fired-on enameled glass windows, which had nothing to do with saloons, but had great San Francisco provenance. Four of the windows depict scenes from the Panama Pacific International Exposition of 1915 and the four on the opposite wall depict scenes from Yosemite National Park (Figs: 12 & 13). At this point, no one knows where they originated, but Ken acquired them from John Thomas, the grandfather of all western whiskey collectors. John bought them from Newton Cope, a Sacramento and San Francisco restaurateur, hotelier and advertising


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[Figa: 12 & 13] Antique fired-on enameled glass windows, which have nothing to do with saloons, but have great San Francisco provenance. Four of the windows (above) depict scenes from the Panama Pacific International Exposition of 1915 and the four on the opposite wall windows (below) depict scenes from Yosemite National Park.

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collector, but their origin before Cope is unknown, probably a San Francisco hotel which was torn down. Ken knew what he wanted, sat down, and designed the building and display area. There had to be passage between the original house and the new museum, kind of an anteroom. And since Ken collected whiskey related objects almost exclusively, but had acquired some brewery memorabilia on the side, he made the anteroom home to the brewery advertising that one would find in a western saloon [Fig: 14]. This beer collection found its way into the museum because the owner, who had inherited it from his father, would not sell the collection to anyone he thought might resell it. He wanted it kept intact. Ken invited him to the museum. The owner was then convinced that Ken was a true collector, the collection would be displayed properly, and there it has stayed. So the basic plan was for the visitor to exit the house into the anteroom and then into the museum. One would immediately be acculturated to the saloon theme, and upon exiting, be dazzled with all of the displays around the perimeter of the museum [Fig: 15 - previous full-spread]. However, it soon became clear that this was not enough display space, so Ken had the cabinet maker design two rows of two-sided, slant front display cases which could be viewed from either side down the middle of the room [Fig: 16]. These were for small items, whiskey flasks, wooden sleeve cork screws, tip trays, etc. And, oh, when the wall spaces for advertising was filled, what to do with the excess advertising? Hang it from the beams, which support a 15-foot ceiling [Fig: 17]. And then, a roll top desk, tables with drawers and tops for printed material and more. Teenie said that the only thing that slowed Ken down was “No more space.” To give some idea of the scope of the museum, consider the following, which are rounded off estimates of the contents. Though it is nearly impossible without a Price-Waterhouse auditor to give perspective, there are around 500 whiskey trade fifths, 100 trade flasks, 200 bar bottles, 100 mini jugs, 150 paper label whiskies, 1,000 shot glasses, 100 wooden sleeve whiskey corkscrews, 200 porcelain cork tops, 100 nippers, 100 miniature whiskies, 50 trays, folders of whiskey paper, 125 advertising signs, 150 beer glasses, 200 beer bottles, 6 lighted corner signs, 10 spittoons, Native American artifacts, 300 hat pins (Teenie’s), Gold Rush era canes, and so much more. Among whiskey collectors, Ken was known as a “big boy.” He was neither afraid to accept big time offers, make big time bids, nor afraid to live with the consequences once he had made them. If a seller wanted a “big time” price, Ken was not one to flinch if he really wanted the piece. But he was also canny enough to know there were offers so high that no one would accept them, and that he could bide his time and reel in the bluffer when the time was right. Sometimes he bought entire collections to get a few objects, and when the time came to sell off the duplicates, the buyers helped finance the purchase of the entire collection. And Ken learned a few hard lessons along the way. But he always lived up to the agreement he made, even if he learned he had [Fig: 11 Left] A companion to the OLD KENTUCKY HOME CLUB tiger advertising piece on

the previous page is this back bar bottle: multi-colored white, orange, and blue. This piece made it from Portland to New Zealand back to Anderson, California.


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[Fig: 14 Above] The Anteroom is home to the brewery advertising that one would find in a western saloon. This beer collection found its way into the museum because the owner, who had inherited it from his father, would not sell the collection to anyone he thought might resell it.

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[Fig: 16 Below] Ken had a cabinet maker design two rows of two-sided, slant front display cases which could be viewed from either side down the middle of the room. These were for small items, whiskey flasks, wooden sleeve cork screws, tip trays, etc.

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[Fig: 17 Above] When the wall spaces for advertising were filled, Ken hung it from the beams, which support a 15-foot ceiling. Teenie said that the only thing that slowed Ken down was “No more space.”

[Fig: 18 Below] Ken also knowingly bought some “fantasy” pieces. Here a piece designed by John Thomas (the father of the western whiskey collecting hobby), reverse painted CYRUS NOBLE OLD BOURBON, Lilienthal & CO., piece on concave glass.



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been deceived. But he did not forget. Ken had been trying to acquire an early and rare San Francisco whiskey, Kentucky Gem, for years. He got involved with a newcomer (previous “newbie”) who had been throwing money around in an attempt to get the best California whiskies. And the newcomer had acquired a Kentucky Gem, though he apparently didn’t know at the time that the entire bottom had been replaced with epoxy. But when he figured out that he had been taken, he offered it and a few other pieces to Ken and a few others in a complex trade. Ken was eager to get a Kentucky Gem and participated in the trade. When a friend clued him in that the bottle had a new bottom, Ken shrugged it off. He admitted he made a mistake and even carried a black light to prevent such mistakes, but did not try to rescind the deal. He said that he was a “big boy,” had made a mistake, but that the rest of the deal had made it worthwhile. Plus, he had a top example of the “repairer’s art” from which he learned and he taught others. Among his collections were some fakes, especially some whisky miniatures that he bought knowing they were fakes. He simply wanted to get them off the market and show to others what they should be aware of. He also knowingly bought some “fantasy” pieces. John Thomas, the father of the western whiskey collecting hobby, had many great pieces pass through his hands, and at least on one occasion created a piece. John designed a reverse painted Lilienthal piece on concave glass [Fig: 18]. We don’t know who executed it, but it was a beauty, multi-colored, gold leafed in an authentic looking frame. When it was offered at auction, some people who knew of the sign’s origin warned Ken that it was a fake. Well, it wasn’t really a fake. It was a unique original, conceived and executed at a later date and fitted right in with some of the high quality advertising in Ken’s collection. And no one who visits the museum who doesn’t already know of the sign’s beginning will ever know. It’s stylistically and artistically perfect.

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is waiting for someone else to finish. There were always treasures outside his collection that Ken wanted. But he got most of what he wanted and photographs and memories of what he did not have. But aside from material objects, Ken ended his career with something much better than objects. He had the respect of the entire whiskey collecting community. His close colleagues, giants in their own rights, had this to say. Richard Siri, a past FOHBC president, future FOHBC Hall of Famer and major San Francisco whiskey collector, said that Ken had made major contributions to the hobby and was a true gentleman. Bill Ham said that Ken never ended up angry over a deal that did not turn out the way he wanted, never held grudges, and “turned the other cheek” rather than becoming involved in quarrels over “stuff.” And beyond the bottle realm, he built a successful business which employed many locals, had a successful marriage for half a century, was a great father to his daughters, and had hundreds of friends. It’s safe to say that there will never be another collection of western whiskies like the Schwartz collection. If you have seen it, you know that to be true. If you haven’t seen it, attend the Anderson Bottle Show in January and you may get invited for a visit. Many thanks to the following for help with this article: Teenie Schwartz, Doug Hanson, Bill Ham, Richard Siri, Tom Quinn, B.J Richmond, (proof reader) Jeff Wichmann (photographs). Steve Abbott is a collector of early Sacramento whiskey memorabilia).

Ken was also known for being generous with information. When this author started collecting Sacramento whiskies, Ken photocopied all of his whiskey billheads, more than 100 and sent them gratis to a new collector. And Ken contributed to a new edition of John Thomas’ famous 1977 book on whiskies, Whiskey Bottles of the Old West. Actually, there were three contributors to the book, all serious collectors, not exactly competitors, all of whom were trying to have the top California whiskies which they had determined by a survey of collectors. Known among the cognoscenti of whiskey collectors as Secretariat, Citation and Sea Biscuit, they were Richard Siri, Bill Ham, and Ken. As it turns out, they all garnered about the same top 25 bottles, had a few unique ones themselves and many more, but by the finishing line, they and everyone else acknowledged that Ken, in a near photo finish, was the whiskey bottle derby champion. Ken’s goal was not to just collect the best western whiskies, but to have them all. He used Bob Barnett’s book Western Whiskey Bottles (885 bottles listed and illustrated) as his guide, and he had around two-thirds of them at the end. Ken was also involved with redoing Bob’s book. Bob relied on drawings of rubbings from many collectors to illustrate his book. Some were better than others. Ken decided to upgrade these illustrations by photographing actual rubbings, reducing them to size, and republishing the book. It was a project he did not complete, but much of the work

[Fig: 19] Horse Bridle Buttons. As this last space is presented, I place this picture that my wife fondly remembers from our trip to visit Ken and Teenie. Bill Ham was kind enough to take us on a day that I will never forget (FMV for Elizabeth J. Meyer).

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SACRAMENTO by Steve Abbott

Sacramento City, circa 1855

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A place where many came to seek a treasure.

Johann August Sutter

SACRAMENTO: A place where many came to seek a treasure. Some by ship, some by foot, some by horse, but none by plane. Most of you FOHBC 2016 Sacramento National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo visitors will make your trip in a matter of minutes or hours. But the treasure seekers referred to above took months of the most arduous travel to come to Sacramento, and most went home without a treasure. May your fortune be better!


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This far western part of the North America was not part of the United States until 1848, when the United States acquired it by war from Mexico. But before that, it was populated for thousands of years by the indigenous Maidu branch of the Nisenan people. The confluence of the Sacramento River and the American River (Pashune, a Maidu village) was an ideal place to live for those who had learned to adapt their lives to their environment. There was plentiful water, game, fish, and acorns, their basic food staple. The weather was mild, and except for the occasional flood, the living was good. And there was lots of land. During the Mexican period, several citizens of Mexico persuaded their government to grant them large parcels of land, some hundreds of thousands of acres in what is now California. Their principle product was cattle hides, stripped from the flesh of an enormous number of cattle, and which were shipped back to the East Coast for the making of shoes and other leather products. During this same period, the Catholic Missions made their way northward to California, where they left their marks on the soil as agricultural preserves, specializing in grapes, olives, and wheat.

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advice, supplies, and land. The advice was free, the land was plentiful, but the supplies came at some expense, having been shipped from the East Coast by sailing vessels to the port of San Francisco, then up the river to Sutter’s Fort. Sutter had branched out into many fields. He was a merchant, wheat farmer, grist mill owner, wine maker and brewer, and planned to develop some of his property into a frontier town. Unfortunately, there were only two ways to build housing structures: mud bricks or lumber. There was lots of mud, but the only timber was native trees which were unsuitable for building lumber. However, forty miles away in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, there were pine trees by the millions. So Sutter sent some men east to the Coloma Valley, through which ran the center fork of the American River, to build a saw mill. After it was completed, the foreman, James Marshall, noticed something glittering in the tail race of the mill. He supposed it was gold, and testing proved that it was.

But land. So much land that it began to attract Europeans. But it was a long way from Europe to the confluence of the Sacramento and the American rivers. One who set his goal on acquiring some of the land was Johann Augustus Sutter (John Sutter). Born in Germany and raised in Switzerland, John Sutter first made his way to America, then joined a company of adventurers headed for the West Coast. Their journey ended in Vancouver, but Sutter wanted to get farther south. He took an indirect route by sailing to Hawaii, then sailing to Sitka, Alaska with a small retinue of kanakas (Hawaiian natives), to Monterey and later to Yerba Buena (later San Francisco), arriving in 1839. While in San Francisco, he purchased a small sailing vessel, and slowly made his way through the San Francisco Bay and up the Sacramento River until it reached the American River, then turned eastward for a couple of miles and set up camp. He chose a spot of high ground to begin building a haven, actually a fort, for protection. He sought and received a grant of land from the Mexican government, which was happy to make such grants in order to have something to tax and to have someone to administer its authority, a long way from Mexico. Sutter was a loyal Mexican citizen and administrator until the conclusion of the Mexican-American war (1848) when it was to his advantage to become an American. By this time, the Russians, who had earlier established a trading center on the coast above San Francisco at what is now Fort Ross, had decided that this outpost was too difficult to administer. Sutter persuaded the Russians to sell him their possession in 1841, lock, stock, and barrel and carted much of the fort all the way to Sacramento to be incorporated into his own empire. The vast quantities of land in northern California were by now attracting large numbers of immigrants from the East, many of whom came by wagon train on the Oregon trail. The first year they would make it to Oregon, and the second year move on to Northern California. Those who made it to the Sacramento area ended their journey at Sutter’s Fort, where they were able to get

Photomechanical reproduction of the 1850 era daguerreotype by R. H. Vance shows Sutter’s sawmill, Coloma, California.

This discovery in the winter of 1848 might have been the answer to Sutter’s quest to become rich. Unfortunately for him, it was just the opposite. Gold seekers from all over the world descended on Sacramento on their way up the American River to the gold fields. On their way, they trampled his crops and stole his livestock. Even worse, he couldn’t keep any workers. They all headed to the hills for gold. As a result of the Gold Rush, John Sutter’s fortunes declined, but Sacramento flourished as the hub for nearly everything that went to or came from the gold mines. Sacramento became the starting point of the first railroad in the West from Sacramento to Folsom farther east on the American River. The Pony Express made its first run east to St. Joseph, Missouri from Sacramento. The western terminus of the first transcontinental railroad was in Sacramento. The first and now oldest art gallery in the West was in Sacramento, as was the largest brewery in the West, the Buffalo Brewery. Sacramento became the shipping point for the most productive agricultural region in the world. And by the middle of the Twentieth Century Sacramento was home to two large U.S. Air Force bases, Mather and McClellan fields and a U.S. Army Supply Depot. Plus, it is the home of Aerojet General, the maker of rockets for the Aerospace industry.

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And today it is hosting the largest antique bottle show and sale in the United States. You are here, comfortably housed, well fed, and highly entertained, searching for a treasure that a Forty-niner Gold Rush seeker possibly left behind. The FOHBC wishes you well.


Wells Fargo History Museum: 1000 2nd Street, daily 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. Crocker Art Museum: 216 O Street, Tuesday - Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park: 8th & N, daily 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. Aerospace Museum of California: 3200 Freedom Park Drive (McClellan Field), Tuesday - Sunday, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. California Automobile Museum: 2200 Front Street, daily 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. Governor’s Mansion State Historic Park: 16th & H Streets, check for hours due to renovation. California State Capitol and Museum: 10th & L Streets, daily 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, 1017 11th Street, Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 12:00 pm, Sunday: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm William Land Park, 1702 Sutterville Road, Jogging Paths and Trails, Outdoor Activities American River Bicycle Trail, Sacramento, Part of the American Discovery Trail, this path is exclusively for non-motorized use, and it extends throughout the city.

Some historic sites you may be interested in visiting in Sacramento: Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park: 2701 L Street, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm daily. State Indian Museum State Historical Park, 2618 K Street, (behind Sutter’s Fort), daily 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Old Sacramento State Historic Park: Front-2nd Street between I-L, daily. Sacramento History Museum: 101 I Street, Tuesday - Friday, 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm, Saturday & Sunday, 10:00 am - 4:30 pm. California State Railroad Museum: 125 I Street, daily 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. Fort Ross State Historic Park: 2 hours above San Francisco on California 1 (call for hours). Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, Coloma: daily 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. Folsom History Museum: 823 Sutter Street, Folsom, Tuesday - Sunday, 11:00 - 4:00 pm.


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The Color Purple or Amethyst in Antique Bottles and Glass by Ferdinand Meyer V Part 1 of a Series on Colors

The legendary purple Masonic Eagle historical flask - Sandor P. Fuss Collection

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hen I was just a wee little boy with nothing on my mind in summer but playing with my friends, exploring creeks or hanging out at the neighborhood swimming pool, I remember annually waiting for Memorial Day, as that was when the pool opened for the season. All winter long, we played in the adjacent park, next to the fenced-in pool, just waiting for the crystal clear blue water that reflected like diamonds in the sun, to replace the white emptiness of the pool walls and bottom in waiting. I also wondered if the water was really blue? By the way, that is not me below but it could have been.

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Red and blue makes purple

Now step back and remember the basics of the color wheel and grade school art classes. What two colors make purple? Red and blue. What usually happens is that a red amber, or even a puce bottle is being influenced and absorbing the blue sky. Again, red and blue make purple. Our sky is such an influence, that even on cloudy days, the swimming pool water is still blue.

Is water really blue?

A disappointed boy

Now this is interesting because we all think that water is not blue, at least what comes out of our faucets or hoses for our pools at home. So what gives here? Why are we talking about a white pool, blue water and the color purple? Well, quite simply, we don’t understand the immense influence of our atmosphere and our blue sky. This blue sky influences everything including the swimming pool and bottle colors. We also must have a basic understanding of light-waves. Quite often, I get excited collectors sending me pictures of what they think are purple bottles. These bottles are mysteriously not purple on a table or in a back-lit cabinet but are miraculously purple when held up to a window and turned in a certain position. Hello... Mr. Bluesky.

Now, I know we assist pool color with blue paint tints but I hope you get my point. It is a bit more scientific than this as an indoor swimming pool will also appear blue, as light reflecting from the bottom of the pool travels through enough water that its red component is absorbed. The same water in a smaller bucket looks only slightly blue. It is kind of like looking through an apparently clear pane of glass. If you look at the sides of the glass pane, it is a much darker green. Oh, and did I say red component? I also remember wondering why the sky was blue? I think someone along the way, maybe one of my teachers, said the sky was blue because it was reflecting the great oceans of our planet. This all kind of made sense to me for many years. The oceans are blue, the sky is blue, and my swimming pool is blue. Nice and neat. Well, not so fast. That is why we also have science classes at school. So why is the sky blue? The light from the sun looks white but it is really made up of all the colors of the rainbow, including colors we can see and colors we can’t see. Just like sound waves or waves on the water, light travels in waves as well. Light from the sun will travel in a straight line until it encounters the Earth’s atmosphere, which is made up of billions of tiny molecules of mostly nitrogen and oxygen. When white light shines through a


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Mauve, Lavender, Magenta, Sangria, Periwinkle, Jam, Iris, Raisin, Mulberry, Wine, Boysenberry, Orchid...

prism, the light is separated into all its colors. Light energy travels in waves, too. Some light travels in short, choppy waves while other light travels in long, lazy waves. Also, blue light waves are shorter than red light waves. All this sunlight travels in a straight line unless something gets in the way to reflect it like a mirror, bend it like a prism, or scatter it like molecules of the gases in the atmosphere. Our blue light is scattered in all directions by the tiny molecules of air in Earth’s atmosphere and is scattered more than other colors because it travels as shorter, smaller waves. This is why we see a blue sky most of the time.


Well maybe I should have started this series with “The Color Blue” since I have harped about blue so much. I just wanted to clear the air before I discussed purple as there are so few examples of truly purple bottles. Some people dislike the name purple or pink so in design we sometimes use other words like Amethyst, Plum, Violet, Lilac, Grape, Bishop’s Purple, Aubergine, Eggplant and Royal Purple. A little more fanfare and a little less psychedelic. Clothing and paint manufacturers make up more pleasing color names as do antique bottle auction houses. I mean, I wouldn’t buy a pink shirt but I might buy a desert rose colored shirt. Some time ago, I did a web post on the color Puce. Probably the most misunderstood color in bottle collecting. We will do another article later on puce. In antique glass rarity, purple is probable the most eye appealing. Rarely are antique bottles and glass seen in purple, but when you do see a nice rich piece, it is breathtaking such as this scroll flask below. J R & Son scroll flask GIX-43 in a medium striated amethyst in the shoulders shading to clear, pale amethyst in the lower scroll and foot area.

Closer to the horizon, the sky fades to a lighter blue or white. The sunlight reaching us from low in the sky has passed through even more air than the sunlight reaching us from overhead. As the sunlight has passed through all this air, the air molecules have scattered and re-scattered the blue light many times in many directions. Also, the surface of Earth has reflected and scattered the light. All this scattering mixes the colors together again so we see more white and less blue. You might be wondering now about purple light. Purple actually has a shorter wavelength than blue, so why isn’t the sky purple? It turns out that much of the purple is scattered out really high in the atmosphere so there’s not much left to reach our eyes. But more importantly, our eyes don’t recognize purple as well as they do blue.

Many names for purple

Wikipedia defines purple as a range of hues of color occurring between red and blue. The Oxford English Dictionary describes purple as a deep, rich shade between crimson and violet. In the ancient world, purple was the color worn by Roman Emperors and magistrates, and later by Roman Catholic bishops. Since that time, purple has been commonly associated with royalty, piety, magic and mystery. Purple is the color of good judgment. It is the color of people seeking spiritual fulfillment. It is said that if you surround yourself with purple you will have peace of mind. Purple is a good color to use in meditation. Being the combination of red and blue,


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R. & G.A. Wright figural cannon - Jane & Charles Aprill Collection

Purple Decanter - photo courtesy

Pattern Molded Pocket Bottle, 12 diamond pattern, Stiegel’s American Flint Glass Manufactory, Manheim, Pennsylvania, 17701774. Plump pocket bottle form, brilliant medium amethyst, sheared mouth - pontil scar, ht. 5 1/4 inches. Sandor P. Fuss Collection.

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Jan - Feb 2016 Purple or as you will hear often, ‘Amethyst’ glass, was given its color by adding manganese oxide to a molten glass mixture of sand, potash and lime.

Purple or Amethyst glass should not be confused with clear antique glass that has changed color due to sun exposure. You can see a couple pictures of this on the right page purple glass examples. This type of glass color has actually been enhanced by sitting in the sun and has a different hue, almost violet in nature, when compared to the rich plum color of glass made with manganese oxide.

the warmest and coolest colors, purple is believed to be the ideal color. Most children love the color purple. Purple is the color that many artists prefer. Thursday’s color is purple.

It’s also wise to note that “sun colored amethyst” glass has been artificially produced by some unscrupulous sellers who expose antique clear glass pieces to ultraviolet light in order to change the color. You see this often on eBay with Coke bottles and insulators. Courtesy Dwayne Anthony

Of course there is The Color Purple which is a 1982 epistolary novel by American author Alice Walker that won the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Award for Fiction. It was later adapted into a film and musical of the same name that many of us have watched and enjoyed.

With bitters bottles, you almost never see the color purple. The very closest you will come might be a special Drakes Plantation Bitters, when held up to a light, or the sun or maybe this Toneco Bitters that I purchased at the recent FOHBC 2015 Chattanooga National Antique Bottle Show. Go figure! Toneco Bitters - Meyer Collection


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Pitkin Type Flask, ribbed and swirled to the right, 32 ribs, Midwestern, probably Mantua, Ohio, 1822-1829. Brilliant clear medium lavender amethyst, sheared mouth pontil scar, ht. 5 1/2 inches. Sandor P. Fuss Collection.

Here are some hand blown marbles made from a company in Seattle

The famous National Bitters in a coffin form in a amethyst puce color. Fuss Collection.

20 vertical rib patterned flask in iris

Probably a fascimile of a Mrs Allen’s Workd Hair Restorer advertisement

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Dark amethyst barber bottle with cherubs Wilbur Collection

Boyd torpedo soda in light pinkish amethyst - Rowell Collection

Wine colored apothecary jars

Sangria colored glass fishing float

Dodge Brothers Melanine Hair Tonic in a bright purple amethyst. - Jeff and Holly Noordsy

Umbrella ink in a pretty jam color


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FOHBC 50th Anniversary





Coming Up In 2019

Phase 1 Goal: $30,000







The Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors would like to celebrate and commemorate this milestone with the design and production of a special bottle, flask, jar or other glass item embossed or inscribed to note the anniversary. We would like to conduct a design contest among our members with the winner receiving a special award. The contest will start in 2016 so as to allow time not only for the design, but for the glass works to make a limited number. The items will be sold to members with profits going to the Virtual Museum. Look for updates! We are curently investigating possibilities with glass houses to produce our anniversery piece. Please let us know if you have any ideas.

Please help us fill the bottle! Development Gifts as of 10 November 2015: $18,032 for more info please visit:

Send money to: Alan DeMaison, FOHBC Virtual Museum 1605 Clipper Cove, Painesville, OH 44077

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By Jeff Mihalik

Digging UNDER THE SLABS I’ve been digging recently with Mike Yancosky. He is another extreme digger who lives in Morgantown, West Virginia. Mike likes to dig all over the place. One day we are in the Pittsburgh area, the next day we may be heading to Maryland, the next week into the southern parts of West Virginia or eastern Ohio. We also like to dig a lot of the smaller towns that line the river systems in our area. Mike calls me and asks if I want to dig in Fayette City, a local river town that he dug many privies back some 15-20 years ago. This town had also been heavily dug previously by many other local bottle diggers throughout the years as many of the homes were built before the civil war. One of the reasons we were in this town was that a home being torn down was found to be a log cabin and there was a chance of buying the logs to reassemble (however, this didn’t pan out). However, we did probe several holes in the back along the property line and commenced to open a couple up (although we knew some of the holes here were probably dug). We found one undug spot, however, it was barely 1890s more 1900 stuff and not what we were really hoping to find. So we decided to move on. We went to another location where Mike had found a sinking spot along the back of a property where a cement sidewalk was located and there were also a couple other spots to check here. Since the house was being torn down, it was OK to do whatever we wanted. We located a privy just out the back door in an area that was previously used for a garden. Long story short, although this privy was old (everything was either redware or blue gray pottery) we didn’t find anything unbroken and just a few shards of glass. On the other end of the yard, Mike had previously chipped away enough of a hole in the sidewalk to at least probe that suspicious spot and he felt it was a privy. I really couldn’t feel anything but with all the sinking going on, it warranted additional time. We kept at it and widened the hole so we could probe in more directions In the privy with headlight on

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and dig a test pit. Although the house we were behind was not old, the structure on the front street was ancient (confirmed by the 1876 County Atlas). In fact, it was known as being a store in the 1880s and was a store for many years before that and there was a good chance that this was a privy to that structure (From the history of Fayette City Borough – “R. G. Mullin, now the oldest of the Fayette City merchants embarked in trade in 1837 upon the lot where he was born and where he has continued to live to this day”). By this time it was getting late and we had to go, but decided to come back after work the next day to find out exactly what we were getting in to. The next day we returned after work to find out if this was indeed a privy (as there was a good deal of clay and there was the potential for this to be associated with a water line) so I dug down about 5 feet straight down the hole. We threw in another probe and it started to feel “good” and we finally hit some glass (blown Privy location on the old Sanborn Map

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unembossed). Mike skinnied down the small hole, kept digging around and under the sidewalk (we would have taken more of the sidewalk out, but it was like 8 inches thick and not breaking up easy) and we didn’t want to get to carried away until we were certain. After about an hour or so, he finally was able to at least sit down in the hole and dig. I started to pull buckets up through the small hole (what a pain that was, I had to bend down and wiggle the bucket each time to get it through the small hole). We were for sure in a privy, and we also confirmed that the privy was massive (a wood liner over 10 feet deep, 4 feet across and around 8 feet long). Mike finally started to find some more bottles as he dug down through the clay and dirt fill. Everything was blown but mostly unembossed medicines, although along the privy wall we found a broken pontil medicine (Mexican Mustang Liniment). Well that got us going, as probably that bottle was either pushed up from the bottom or a late throw (i.e., an older bottle thrown in the hole years after it was made). In either case, we were pumped up! As we dug down, we started to find hundreds of unembossed bottles and many other smaller medicines. There were also broken stone and redware, canning jars, and many pharmacy

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Bracing the roof of privy

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style bottles. At about 8 feet Mike finally got down through the fill and started to get into a layer of “poop” (I don’t want to try and make it sound any better than it was, as it was a black slurry mixed with dirt, although it didn’t really smell bad). Mike was finally starting to find embossed medicines although nothing special as of yet. I heard Mike yell up something about a stoneware crock that looks to be decorated (blue and grey). As he digs around the crock to see if it is undamaged, he starts to find bottles in the crock and pontil bottles at that!! He sends up about 20 pontil medicines, mostly smaller bottles but almost all of them are undamaged. Its getting dark and we both have a long way to go to get home, so Mike keeps saying that he’s finished but keeps going. In addition, I cannot see down the hole to check for cracks in the clay as he is kind of starting to tunnel under the clay and sidewalk above, which is not the best thing to do. Mike says he’ll stop tunneling and then starts to at least try to hit bottom in one spot before we leave. Then I hear Mike again yell out, Dude it’s a flask, pontil, undamaged!! Looks to have an eagle on it. He sends it up and it’s a perfect GI-17!! Ok, that’s it for today. Mike finally comes out of the hole, slopping wet and stinky. Our eyes are wide open, we are pumped up and can’t wait till tomorrow. We figure we are only 1/3 or so of the way done with this privy. We know we will have to open it up more tomorrow and for sure we could use another hand. Mike and I had dug a couple months earlier with a Pittsburgh Bottle Club member (Aaron Weyand) who is Above: Beautiful example of a G1-17 Below: GI-17 and a blue stenciled butter crock with a gray glaze overall

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Mike says he’ll stop tunneling and then starts to at least try to hit bottom in one spot before we leave. Then I hear Mike yell out, Dude it’s a flask, pontil, undamaged!! We decided to dig two more under these huge slabs of concrete

A Wayne’s cobalt medicine and a really cool-looking Hardman’s in a greenish color.

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17 and before that dig, had never dug a privy before. He is really into bottles and early glass, having dug dumps and made many purchases of early local brewery and medicines. Mike gives Aaron a call and his dad is OK with him coming to help us out. Aaron is also very excited after Mike tells him about the bottles we just dug and that we still have plenty of privy to dig. The next day we begin by breaking up more concrete to open the hole so it will be safer and so we can set up our tripod for pulling up buckets. Mike just about jumps into the hole as fast as he can. Digging into each corner we find several more pontil medicines, several 1860’s to 70’s smooth base medicines, and many tin cans (maybe linseed oil or some other item bought or discarded from the store, one of the tin cans is embossed!). A pint Pikes Peak flask along with a half pint clasp hands and cannon flask were found. We also find a cobalt cylinder and cobalt Waynes diuretic elixir. Just above the night soil layer we find a Hardmans London Cordial Gin in a deep blue green!! Several redware jugs (2 undamaged) were also pulled out the hole along with another hundred or so unembossed bottles, yellow ware jar lid, free blown glass float, pontil colognes, inks, and cruets. Aaron is totally pumped up. The last time we dug, we hit pontil bottles but they were all puffs with nothing embossed, so this time around, he will get several really good picks. We take everything down to the river to get a good initial cleaning before we pick. Since we are on a roll, we (Mike, Aaron and myself) decide to dig another concrete covered privy after work the following week, this time we are in another small town near Mike’s parents home. Mike had permission from the owner who was tearing down an old parking lot. So a couple days later we all meet again at this new site. When I got there, Mike and Aaron had already started the dig as the concrete here was much easier to break up. Mike had scoped out a suspected spot and we dug into it but it turned out to just be a disturbed area probably for old water and/or sewer lines. However, not to be discouraged Mike probes into the walls and hits stone. We clear away some debris and it looks to be the outside wall of a stone lined privy. We break up some additional concrete and dig into this privy. About 4 feet down I hit a bottle. It’s a cylinder and looks colored. It turns out to be a yellow Cunning-

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ham and Company whiskey bottle from Pittsburgh. There was a lot of broken blue gray pottery but not really any other bottles. We do find another Cunninghams this time in amber in the fill behind the privy near the top and that was it. Oh well, they all can’t be major digs. I win second pick but I already had a Cunninghams from the last dig so it works out for Aaron to have it. I’m sure he will enjoy this bottle as it’s in his collecting sweet spot. Well, two digs under the slabs. We all have many great bottles, good memories and we all are looking forward to many more digs. Aaron is getting some great experience digging in difficult spots and building his collection by his good hard work. I can’t wait to clean up my picks but have a two week business trip (training) in the Wyoming /Idaho area. In fact, that’s where I am at now while writing this article. Always have bottles on the brain…

A group of mostly pontil meds, days 1 and 2

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Fig. 1: The Waterfill & Frazier distillery

How Mary Dowling Outwitted National Prohibition by Jack Sullivan

Having tried for years to find a woman who played an important early role in for making whiskey, at played last I have come aving tried yearsAmerican to find a woman who an important early acrossrole an in extraordinary one. Not only did she own and run a making American whiskey, at last I have come across an exmajor distillery Anderson she figured out in Anderson traordinary one. in Not only did County, she ownKentucky, and run a major distillery aCounty, way toKentucky, stay in theshe liquor business after 1920 and, in effect, figured out a way to stay in the liquor business after thumbed nose atthumbed Nationalher Prohibition. Her name was Mary 1920 and,her in effect, nose at National Prohibition. Her name Dowling. was Mary Dowling.


She She was was born born Mary Mary Murphy Murphy in in 1858 1858 the the daughter daughter of of Irish Irish immiimmigrants who grants who settled in Kentucky. Little of her girlhood settled in Kentucky. Little of her girlhood or educationoriseducarecorded until tion is recorded untilofshe themarried age of 17 when she reached the age 17reached when she a man at she leastmarried 17 years her asenior. man atHis least 17 years her senior. His name was John name was John Dowling. They would haveDowling. nine children, eight They would havelive nine of whom would tochildren maturity.of whom eight would live to maturity. Born in Ireland in 1841, her husband had come to the United States with Born in Ireland in 1841, heralready husbandestablished had come in to the the Kentucky United whiskey a brother, Edward, and was States with a brother, Edward, and was already established in in a distilltrade at the time of their marriage. John Dowling was a partner the Kentucky whiskey trade at the time of their marriage. John ery in Anderson County, located on Bailey’s Run about four miles south of Dowling was a Courthouse partner in a (Fig. distillery in Anderson County, located Lawrenceburg 1). The facility had been built in 1810 and on Bailey’s Run about four miles south of Lawrenceburg Courtafter several owners had come into the hands of J. M. Waterfill and house (Fig. 1). The facility had been built in 1810 and after several owners had come into the hands of J. M. Waterfill and

Fig. 2: The Waterfill and Frazier flask

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Jan - Feb 2016 G.G Frazier during the Civil War. The partners produced a brand of whiskey they called “Waterfill & Frazier.”

During the early 1880s, Dowling joined the original pair and the firm became Waterfill, Dowling & Company. At the time, the distillery was mashing 60 bushels a day and had a storage capacity for about 3,000 barrels for aging the whiskey. Over the next few years the facilities were greatly expanded. By 1890 mashing capacity had been increased to 125 bushels and warehouse capacity exceeded 9,000 barrels. InFig. 3: W&F backbar bottle surance records from 1892 noted that the entire distillery was ironclad with metal or slate roofs, including four bonded warehouses and one “free” (from Federal regulation) warehouse. By 1890 the Anderson County distillery was mashing 250 bushels per day and had a warehouse capacity for 21,000 barrels. Over the years John Dowling increased his ownership of the facility and by the early 1900s had become the full owner, with brother Edward assisting him. They kept the “Waterfill & Frazier” name for their flagship brand (Figs. 2, 3) and also did business as the Pilgrimage Distilling Co., with offices in Cincinnati. About the same time, apparently recognizing the business acumen of his wife, John brought Mary into the company. Not long after, he died at age 61. His grieving widow inherited the firm and its management, becoming one of a handful of women in that era to run a major distillery. During ensuing years, Mary Dowling became part of Kentucky whiskey lore because of her evident ability as a distiller. Even a major fire in 1904 that destroyed the plant did not deter her and the distillery was quickly rebuilt. When Mary’s sons came to maturity, they too were brought into the company. As her reputation for good business sense rose in Anderson County, Mary followed other economic opportunities. She became a founding stockholder of the Anderson National Bank in 1907, capitalized at $100,000. She was not, however, given a seat on the bank board. Mary’s success of almost two decades came to screeching halt with the imposition of National Prohibition. Federal records shown her withdrawing large quantities of whiskey from her bonded warehouse in the run up to the ban on alcohol. Some of this whiskey she is reported to have sold to those Kentucky distillers fortunate enough to be licensed to sell liquor for “medicinal purposes.” Other stocks, it would appear, she was bootlegging. It was during this period, I assume, that she earned the reputation for being “mysterious” and caused at least one writer to term her “infamous.”


Her illegal business worked for about four years until 1924 when revenue agents set a trap for the Dowlings, who were operating both out of their home and from an office next to two distillery warehouses, supposedly sealed, in which large quantities of liquor were stored. Federal agents arrived with two “turncoat” bootleggers in their automobiles, men who had done business with Mary in the past. The agents watched as the bootleggers entered the house, bought two sack loads of whiskey, each containing a dozen bottles. They watched as the sacks were placed in one of the autos, searched, and seized them, as their stool -pigeons reputedly “fessed up”. The “sting” had worked. The agents then entered the Dowling home with search warrants. In the basement they found and seized 478 sacks, each holding 12 quarts of whiskey, exactly like the ones deposited in the bootlegger’s car. They confiscated the liquor and arrested Mary and three of her sons. She protested, according to court records, that the whiskey had been in the basement before Prohibition and was “to be for the use of family and guests, whom she entertained on a large scale.” The Dowlings were prosecuted for possessing, transporting, and selling intoxicating liquors in violation of the National Prohibition Act. Three years of court cases ensued in both Kentucky and Federal courts as the Dowlings through their attorneys contended that the search warrant was flawed, that criminal charges should be dropped and the seized liquor returned. An initial trial was adjourned when Mary Dowling became sick. The indictment was renewed by authorities in 1925 and this time the Dowlings were convicted. Then fate intervened. Upon appeal of the conviction by the Dowlings to the U.S. Sixth Court of Appeals, it was found that the stenographer who had taken the record of the earlier trial had died and no one could read his shorthand notes. That was enough for the Circuit Court and they threw out the convictions. By this time Mary Dowling had hatched a new -- and more successful -- business plan. About 1926 she hired Joseph Beam, one of Kentucky’s premier distillers but now out of work, to disassemble the Waterfill & Frazier distillery, transport the pieces to Juarez, Mexico, reassemble it there, and resume making whiskey. Because Mexico had no prohibition, liquor production Fig. 4: Photo of Joseph Beam


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Fig. 5: Juarez Plant postcard

was completely legal. Beam (Fig. 4) was all too glad to oblige. With one or two of his seven sons, he decamped “South of the Border” for several years and established the facility shown here on a postcard (Fig. 5). They called it the “Dowling Mexican” (D.M.) Distillery. The primary market for this Waterfill & Frazier whiskey was in Mexico and Central and South America. Compared to the local whiskeys, Mary Dowling’s purported “bourbon,” (actually a blend) was a quality product and highly successful. As a result a number of artifacts bearing Spanish language and theme, particularly tip trays, can be found (Figs. 6-8). Because Juarez is so close to the U.S. border, thirsty American tourists also could enjoy it and even, as an ad hinted (Fig. 9), bring a bottle or two

Fig. 6: Tray # 1, Old man sipping on a Waterfill & Frazier

with them back to the U.S. Evidence is that Mary Dowling found other ways to get her whiskey across the border to the American consumer. A letter exists to her from Julian “Pappy” Van Winkle, one of those lucky enough to hold a medicinal license. He complained that his sales reps were having trouble selling Kentucky-made Waterfill & Frazier Bourbon because of competition from other quarters selling her Mexican product. Van Winkle did not even hint at how Mexican whiskey might have made it onto the market in the United States. He knew Mary already knew. In 1930, four years short of Repeal, Mary Dowling died and was laid to rest in Section 5 of the Lawrenceburg Cemetery in

Fig. 7: Tray #2, Matadore and a bull whiskey advertising tray

Fig. 8: Tray #3 Bottle tray

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Anderson County (Fig. 10). In the grave next to her is John Dowling whom she outlived by 27 years. The remaining buildings of the Anderson County distillery were allowed to decay as the forest grew up around them (Fig. 11). After the end of Prohibition in 1934, John Dowling, one of Mary’s sons, built a new distillery at Fisherville, just outside Louisville. Sometime later he sold the property to a Kentuckian who closed the facility but kept the Waterfill & Frazier brand name and label design, transferring both to Bardstown where he had another distillery. Thus some U.S. bottles and artifacts designated “Waterfill & Frazier” are postProhibition. Although she died before witnessing Repeal, Mary Dowling had made whiskey history and shown the world that a woman could run a distillery successfully. Moreover, unlike most of the Kentucky’s male distillers who quietly shut down, Mary had rebelled actively against the “Dry Laws” and after one attempt to circumvent them proved to be problematic, devised a second strategy that succeeded beyond all expectations. Define her as mysterious or infamous, as some have done, I call her a genius for having defied National Prohibition and outwitted it.

Fig. 9: Waterfill & Frazier ad Below - Fig. 11: Ruins of the distillery

Fig. 10: Mary Dowling gravestone



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The Oldest Consecutive Bottle Club in the United States? By Jim Bender

I received an invitation to join the Empire State Bottle Collectors Association for dinner to celebrate its 50th year as a club. I first did not think much about the 50th year being that important. After all, there are a lot of things that last 50 years. I have lasted 57 years. I decided I wanted to go to the dinner right off because I have a lot of friends out that way and I love bottle-related gatherings. Once I made my mind up to go for sure, one thing kept sticking in my head. On the invitation it said, “The Oldest Consecutive Club In The United States.� Being the FOHBC Historian, and a curious person by heart, I had to look into this. The Empire State Club started in 1965 so the question was, is there any club older than

Top: A great cake was made to help celebrate the ESBCA 50th Anniversary. Left: John Golley, current President, welcomes everyone to the dinner. Center: Great buffet style food was served at the 50th Anniversary dinner. Right: Past three-time President Thomas Dudarchik Jr., was present and celebrating his 91st birthday. The club made him a great cake also. For more pictures please go to

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that? I knew that the first club started in Sacramento, California by John and Edith Tibbitts in 1959. It was called the Antique Bottle Collectors Association of California. It lasted until 1969 when it was dissolved and a new club was created and called the Federation of Historical Bottle Clubs, FOHBC for short. The Empire State Bottle Collectors Association was a member of the FOHBC right from its start in 1969. There are no records that I could find of any other club being consecutively around before 1965 that is still around. That might make the Empire State Bottle Collectors Association the oldest nonstop club in the country. This is a feat beyond comparison in today’s world where things come and go. Now let’s look at some of its history. On October 5, 1965, founders Paul and Betty Chapman met in their home with a few friends with similar collecting interests to discuss the possibility of forming a bottle club. The original five collectors seated around the Chapmans’ dining room table formed the nucleus of the Empire State Bottle Collectors Association. Within just two months, the Chapman’s home had outgrown the club’s needs, so the meetings were moved to the basement of the Federal Saving and Loan Bank in Liverpool, N.Y. It was there that the name Empire State Bottle Collectors Association was adopted. A slate of officers headed by Paul Chapman as president was elected, committees formed and the drafting of a constitution was discussed. By the end of the first year, there were 183 members. I never really gave this a thought until guest speaker Jack Stecher spoke at the dinner. Jack reminded us that most of the clubs in New York State were directly formed from the Empire State Bottle Collectors Association. Jack recalled himself being a member of the Empire State Bottle Collectors Association in 1965 and after a year or so he thought that there must be enough people in Rochester to start a club there. So in 1967 he helped start the Genesee Valley Club. Jack sponsored and held the first bottle show in Rochester. If you look up the word legend in the dictionary, surely Jack’s name has to be part of the description. The Empire State Bottle Collectors Association has done so much and continues to do so much for the hobby. It has been a lifelong supporter of the National Bottle Museum as well as the FOHBC. It sponsored along with other central New York clubs the 2002 FOHBC National Show in Syracuse. Under the leadership of Barbara Schwarting, the show was a huge success. Many members have donated bottles and time to the National Bottle Museum. They truly are great ambassadors of the hobby. The Empire State Bottle Collectors Association has also produced two reproduction bottles. In 1975, it produced a Poor Man’s Family Bitters in the original mold in a very nice blue color. In 2000, it produced an anniversary milk bottle. The club still puts on two shows a year - one in the fall at Scriba, which is chaired by Barry Haynes, and one in the spring, this year at its new location in Cicero and chaired by Keon Kellogg. It produces a newsletter called “Bits and Pieces,” a name picked in the early days from a name the newsletter contest. Phillip Vollmer submitted the name because he would scuba dive for bottles and normally find just bits and pieces. Mark Yates currently handles

the newsletter as well as the being the club’s librarian. The 50th Anniversary dinner was a great success. There were over 60 people in attendance and the food was second to none. There was no charge for the meal and everyone was welcome. John and Carol Spellman did a fantastic job putting this all together. Not only was it a great bottle get together but a great place to celebrate longtime member Tom Dudarchik’s 91st birthday. I am told Tom has a killer flask collection. As I sat there watching and listening to the speakers, I realized how lucky I was to have joined this great hobby at such a young age. I was an early teenager when I started which gives me an insight that mostly people in their 70s and 80s have. Being only 57, I will be able to share stories about these great people for years to come. I realized how important it is that these events be put down in writing for the future generations. When I was asked to speak I spoke on behalf of not only the FOHBC but myself. I shared my memories of attending the Syracuse bottle show in the ‘70s when it was a two-day show at the fairgrounds. Someone had brought in a McKeever’s Army Bitters and the announcement was made that if anyone wanted to see an $800 bottle to come up front. I rushed up and there it was. Of course, I had no idea what it was but if everyone else loved it so did I. I shared my memories of going to the Gardner sale. Once again I was a kid with my mom’s 126 Kodak camera with a flash cube on top. I still have old blurry photos and still love them. I remember a sad time when the National Bottle Museum and the FOHBC were having trouble and I am glad that is all behind us now. Most of all I shared my love of my friends current and past. They have made and make my life so much better. I will end with this quote used by the late Charlie Gardner: “When all the collecting is said and done, it’s not the bottles that we count, but instead, the friendships that one makes along the way.”

Here is a list of people who have made and still make the Empire State Bottle Collectors Association the model to follow. 2015 Officers and Committees President: Vice-President: Secretary: Treasurer: Newsletter/Librarian: Historian: Spring Show Chair: Fall Show Chair:

John Golley Barry Haynes Keon Kellogg Dave Tuxill Mark Yates Gary Schaap Keon Kellogg Barry Haynes


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Lifetime Members Howard Dean Robert Dicker Doris Simpson Tom Dudarchick Jr. Barb Schwarting Charter Members as listed in the E.S.B.C.A. Constitution signed November, 1965 Mrs. Roland Adsit Mr. George Brewster Mr. and Mrs. Paul Chapman Mr. Robert Chapman Mrs. William Clement Mr. and Mrs. Delbert Cobb Mr. Douglas Crego Mrs. L. L. Doy Mr. Rene Fredette Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hickey Mr. and Mrs. Richard Knodel Mrs. Eleanor Palmer Mr. Edward Schulz Mr. and Mrs. Howard Wilcox Past Presidents 1965-1966: 1967-1968: 1969: 1970-1971: 1972-1973: 1974-1975: 1976: 1977:

1978-1979: 1980: 1981: 1982-1985: 1986-1987: 1988-1989: 1990-1992: 1993-1994: 1995-1998: 1999-2001: 2002- 2003: 2004: 2005-2006: 2007-2015:

Paul Chapman Gregory Cooke Royce See Thomas Dudarchik Jr. Edward Hillenbrand Sr. Leigh Simpson Thomas Dudarchik Jr. Rose Brewster Darryl Klutts Larry Finnigan Clinton Capron John Spencer Howard Dean Gary Camp Robert Dicker Thomas Dudarchik Jr. Barbara Schwarting John Golley Charlie Betts Chris Bellizzi Gary Schaap John Golley

Bottles and Extras Left top: Bob Dicker speaks about his time as President and donated his wooden hammer he used. Bob is 91 years young and is active in the Mohawk Valley and Empire State Club. Left second from top: These wooden bottles were given as awards for years instead of ribbons. Left center: Gary Moeller presents John Spellman with an award from the National Bottle Museum celebrating 50 years. Left second from bottom: Northeast membership to the FOHBC in 1976. Left bottom: Fred and Kathy Capozzella past and current presidents of the Mohawk Valley Bottle Club. Kathy is currently President.

Since the article I wrote about the Empire State Bottle Collectors Association first appeared on our Federation web site, I have received emails, calls and Facebook has come to life with people telling me that they thought their club may be older. Both Marty Hall from the Reno Antique Bottle Club and Mike Bryant of the San Diego Antique Bottle & Collectibles Club contacted me and we have talked. They both feel that their organization may be an older antique bottle club. I want to give them time to gather information, so we can do articles on them as well. The Empire State article is to celebrate the fact that a club was able to make it 50 years and is still going strong. Both the Reno and the San Diego clubs have clearly been around 50 years or more. We are not having a contest or anything of the sort, we are celebrating the clubs’ great accomplishments of 50 years or more. People try to tell me clubs are failing and the hobby is weak. Don’t tell these guys! Our hobby will be as strong as we choose to make it. I hope to hear from the other two clubs and do a tribute to them as well. If any other clubs out there have made it 50 years or more continuously, drop me a line. We at the FOHBC want to let you shine and show what you have done to keep this hobby we all love, strong. Jim Bender FOHBC Historian

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Please don’t delay, as our deadline is June 1, 2016

- Newsletter Contest

Get more information by contacting Val Berry 518.568.5683 or

- Show Poster / Flyer Contest

Download the applications by visiting, scroll across the top to “Members”, scroll down to “FOHBC Club Contests” and left click.

- Writer’s Contest - Club Website Contest

All winners and awards will be announced during the banquet at the FOHBC National Antique Bottle Convention in Sacramento, California this coming August 5, 2016. Thanks and Good Luck!


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The Deland M-T Bottle Collectors Club

Presents their 46th Antique Bottle, Insulator & Table Top Collectible Show

Location is SR 44 & I-4 at the Volusia County Fairgrounds (Exit 118) Deland, Florida, March 18th & 19th, 2016. Dealer set up 1- 6 PM Friday. Fee for early buyers Friday 3-7 PM and before 8 AM Saturday is $20. Regular show Admission and parking for all buyers on Saturday 8 AM – 3 PM is FREE.

(160 Sales Tables will be available for this show) For table reservations, please contact: Asst. Show Chairman: Brian Hoblick, 11721 NW County Rd 236, Alachua, Florida 32615, Email:, Phone: 386-804-9635 or Show Chairman: Dwight A. Pettit Jr., Phone: 386-956-8033, Email:

Show contract available at our website

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43rd Annual

Friday, February 19, 2016 Saturday, February 20, 2016

IMPORTANT MEMBERSHIP NOTICE ! At the FOHBC 2015 Chattanooga National Antique Bottle Show | FOHBC Membership Meeting Breakfast on Saturday morning, August 1, 2015, the proposal to increase membership dues was presented to the FOHBC membership. The increases are as follows: Regular second class membership: $40 (was $30), first class membership: $55 (was $45), Canada membership: $60 (was $50), Other Countries: $80 (was $65), Clubs: $75 (same), 3-Year membership, second class: $110 (was $75), Digital membership: $25, (Associate membership will continue at $5; Not available with Life or Digital Membership). Discussion occurred and a vote was taken. The cost increase was approved unanimously by members present. There was also a vote to for Re-Institution of Life Membership. The committee has been working on this for quite some time. This type of membership has to appeal to everyone. Three possible levels of Life Membership were recommended. These levels were reviewed and discussed by Board members. The levels are as follows: Level 1: $1,000, Includes all benefits of a regular membership. No promise of a printed magazine for life. Level 2: $500, Includes all benefits of a regular membership but you will not receive a printed magazine, but rather a digital subscription. Note: In the future, a Level 1 could become a Level 2. Level 3: Earned or Honoree. The Board would have the option of bestowing an honorary Life Membership. This person would continue to join the FOHBC at the regular membership rate. How this honor is earned will be determined by the Board. Our membership voted and again this was unanimously approved. Rate increases will occur on 01 September 2015 as will re-instituting Life Memberships. �


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Advertise for free: Free “FOR SALE” advertising in each Bottles and Extras. One free “WANTED” ad in Bottles and Extras per year. Send your advertisement to FOHBC Business Manager, 101 Crawford, Studio 1A, Houston, TX 77002 or better yet, email “”

WANTED: Lancaster Ohio Beers, especially E. Becker Brewing. Also, any Washington Brewery, Washington D. C. I don’t have. Also does anyone have a “B E MANN’S ORIENTAL STOMACH BITTERS” for sale? Contact Gary Beatty (941) 276-1546 or “tropicalbreezes@”

DEALERS: Sell your bottles in the B&E classified for free. Change the bottles and your ad is free month after month. Include your website in your ad to increase traffic to your site. Send your advertisement to FOHBC Business Manager, 101 Crawford, Studio 1A, Houston, TX 77002 or better yet, email “” FOR SALE: Bottletree Antiques, Donalds, South Carolina. South Carolina and North Carolina Dispensary Bottles, Painted Label Sodas, etc. For more info: FOR SALE: Pottery books, “A History at the Des Moines Potteries”, and Double Book Histories of the Eldora and Moingona Potteries. Des Moines $27 plus shipping, Eldora and Moingona $23 plus shipping. Media Mail add $4.50, Priority add $6.00. Mail to Mark C. Wiseman, 3505 Sheridan Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa 50310-4557 or call (515) 255-2620, email: FOR SALE: 30 cases, embossed and painted label sodas from 30’s to 60’s with cases. $20 each, send for list: John Humphrey, 187 Hunt Road, Afton, NY 13730 or call (607) 639-2470. FOR SALE: Several nice very old figurals. Call (520) 868-5704 or Write: Audrey Belter, 3825 N. Indiana, Florence, AZ 85132. FOR SALE: UNION SODA WORKS (Tombstone) Aqua blob top. $2,200 OBO. APOTHECARY CABINET, pictured in Nov-Dec 2014 Bottles and Extras, had it appraised. Valued at $3,750, now $3,500 OBO. Bob Hirsch (562) 619-8338, Whitter, CA 90604.

merman Pottery may have the letter “T” impressed into the clay. Contact Mike Lee at 238 Lee Road, Ray City, GA 31645 or call (229) 560-5428 or email: mlee@ WANTED: Amber quart cylinder whiskey shoulder embossed Garrick & Cather Chicago, IL plus embossed image of a palm tree. Contact: Carl Malik, PO Box 367, Monee, IL 60449 (708) 534-5161.

WANTED: Early colored Hostetters, colored pontil Pittsburgh sodas, Mon Valley area blue/grey crocks/stoneware. Contact Bottles and extras Tim (412) 401-1863 or WANTED: Civil War related bottles, flasks and any other items. Contact PR McCoy, 128 Gay Road, Paris, KY 40361 FOR SALE (859) 404-8199.


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WANTED: Top dollar paid for Pontiled Virginia bottles. Contact Tom Leveille, (757) 508-6985 or email tom.leveille86@ WANTED: Early Tennessee embossed soda bottles. Early 1900 to 1930. Contact Stanley Word (615) 708-6634 WANTED: Sacramento shot glasses: C&K/WHISKEY, Casey & Kavanaugh; California A Favorite; SILVER SHEAF/ Bourbon/H. WEINREICH & CO. (double shot); GOLDEN GRAIN/BOURBON/M. CRONAN & CO. (in black); bar bottle, JAMES WOODBURN (white enamel). WANTED: Oregon drug store bottles, will pay top dollar for ones needed in my collection. Contact Charlie Horn, P.O. Box 1121, Elgin, OR 97827 or call (541) 437-9019.

WANTED WANTED: Odd/scarce/rare: COD LIVER OIL bottles. I’ve 115 different examples... many more exist. BYRON DILLE’ 60325 Acme Rd, Coos Bay, OR 97420 or (541) 260-0499 or email: Byronincoosbay@ WANTED: Stoneware pottery from either the Timmerman or Foreman Potteries in Stockton, Lanier County, Georgia. Tim-

WANTED MEMBERS: Join the ANTIQUE POISON BOTTLE COLLECTORS ASSOCIATION today! For details see our Swebsite at or ept - Oct 2015 contact Joan Cabaniss at (540) 297-4498.

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FOHBC Membership Directory 3 Members gained this period. The names below represent persons agreeing to be listed in the printed membership directory. Some of those listed agreed to be listed in the membership directory but not the online directory.

Robert D. Kreiling 600 Stewart Lane Mansfield, OH 44907 (419) 709-1120 Michael Taylor NWB Environmental Services 3033 5th Avenue, Suite 210 San Diego, CA 92103 (931) 255-3305 James Ron Bledsoe P.O. Box 685 Chicago Park, CA 95712-0685 Western Americana, Gold Rush, Chinese Opium Artifacts

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Calendar of shows and related events FOHBC Sho - Biz is published in the interest of the hobby. Federation affiliated clubs are connotated with FOHBC logo. Information on up-coming collecting events is welcome, but space is limited. Please send at least three months in advance, including telephone number to: FOHBC Sho-Biz, C/O Business Manager: Elizabeth Meyer, 101 Crawford Street, Studio 1A, Houston, TX 77002; phone: (713) 222-7979 x103; e-mail:, Show schedules are subject to change. Please call before traveling long distances. All listings published here will also be published on the website: January 8 & 9 Palmetto, Florida 47th Annual Suncoast Antique Bottle, Artifacts, Fossils & Collectibles Show will be held January 8th (1:00 – 7:00 pm, Early Buyers $25, 3:00 to 7:00 pm) & 9th (9:00 am to 3:00 pm) 2016. Same location; Bradenton Area Convention Center, Palmetto, Florida 34221. Call or e-mail for details on setting up. 727-804-5957 George or 941-722-7233 Linda or Bill January 9 & 10 Muncie, Indiana Fruit Jar Show! Bottles, Advertising, Fruit Jars, and Table-Top Antiques! Horizon Convention Center, 401 S. High Street, Muncie,Indiana 47305 (see flyer above for Fruit Jar Get-Together & Auction and Jelly Jammers info), Saturday Show: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm, Admission $2, Show Information: Dick Cole: 765.288.8717 January 10 Taunton, Massachusetts The Little Rhody Bottle Club Annual Show & Sale, New location at the Holiday Inn off Exit #9 of Route #495, 700 Myles Standish Blvd., Taunton, Massachusetts, Info: Bill or Linda Rose, 508.880.4929; January 23 Anderson, California Superior California Antique Bottle Club’s 40th Annual Show and Sale, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Set-up, Friday, January 22nd, Shasta County Fairgrounds, 1890 Briggs Street, Anderson, California 96007. Contact: Mel Hammer, 530.241.4878 or Phil McDonald, 530.243.6903 January 23 Jackson, Mississippi Mississippi Antique Bottle Show, Saturday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Dealer setup Friday, 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm and Saturday 7:00 am to 9:00 am at the Trade Mart Building, Mississippi Fairgrounds, Jackson, Mississippi, Contact: John Sharp, PO Box 164, Sebastopol, Midssissippi 39359, 601.507.0105, January 24 Bayport, New York The Long Island Antique Bottle Association Show at the Girl Scouts of Suffolk County Juliette Low Friendship Center, Lakeview Avenue, Bayport. For anyone who is interested, please contact the Long Island Antique Bottle Association at libottle@, call us at 631.589.9027, ask for Mark. For mail inquiries, our address is Long Island Antique Bottle Association, 10 Holmes Court, Sayville, New York 11782-2408. Visit us on Facebook at Long Island Antique Bottle Association Contact: Mark Smith, President by default L.I.A.B.A. January 30 Rome, Georgia Rome Bottle and Collectibles Club Annual Show & Sale, 8:00 am to 3:00 pm, setup Friday 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Rome Civic Center, 402 Visitors Cen-

ter Drive, Rome, Georgia, Contact: Jerry Mitchell, PO Box 475, Bremen, Georgia 30110, 770.537.3725, or Bob Jenkins, 285 Oak Grove Road, Carrollton, Georgia 30117, 770.834.0736 February 6 DeFuniak Springs, Florida The Emerald Coast Bottle Collector’s Inc., 15th Annual Show & Sale, will be held on Saturday, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at the DeFuniak Springs Community Center, 361 N 10th Street, DeFuniak Springs, Florida 32433. Free Admission and Bottle Appraisals. Dealer Setup is from 7:00 am to 9:00 am. Only table holders admitted to setup. For more information and table contracts: Richard Kramerich, PO Box 241, Pensacola, Florida 32591. E-mail: shards@ Call: 850.435.5425 or Russell Brown 850.520.4250 or Roy Brown 850.835.2327. February 7 Manville, New Jersey New Jersey Antique Bottle Club (NJABC) 20th Annual Show & Sale, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. Admission $3, no early buyers at the V.F.W. of Manville, New Jersey, 600 Washington Avenue, Manville, New Jersey 08835, Contact: Bob Strickhart, 3 Harvest Drive, Pennington, New Jersey 08534, 609.818.1981, February 7 Columbus, Ohio 46th Annual Columbus Bottle Show sponsored by the Central Ohio Bottle Club, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. Admission $3, Early Admission: $20, 7:30 am to 9:00 am at the Doubletree Inn, 175 Hutchinson Avenue, Columbus, Ohio (I-270 and Rt. 23), Contact: Rojer Moody for General info, 740.703.4913, rtmoody@ or Clark Wideman (Contracts and info), 614.439.8005,, February 12 & 13 Las Vegas, Nevada Las Vegas Antiques Bottles and Collectibles Club proudly presents the 51st Annual Antique Collectibles Show & Sale at the Henderson Convention Center, 200 South Water Street, Henderson, Nevada, Contact: Nick Valenti, 702.415.1568,, Earlybird Admission Friday 9:00 – Noon $10, Regular Admission $5 February 19 & 20 Aurora, Oregon Oregon Bottle Collectors Association Bottle, Antiques, Collectibles Show & Sale, Friday 12 Noon – 5:00 pm dealer set-up & early bird admission $5, Saturday 9:00 am – 3:00 pm regular public admission by donation, American Legion Hall, 3rd & Main Street, Aurora, Oregon, Contact: Mark Junker, 503.231.1235 or Bill Bogynska, 503.657.1726, February 19 & 20 Columbia, South Carolina 43rd Annual South Carolina Bottle Club Show & Sale at the 600 Beckman Road, Columbia, South Carolina 29203, Contact: Marty Vollmer, 803.754.4463, martyvollmer@aol. com,

February 26 & 27 Phoenix, Arizona The Phoenix Antiques, Bottles & Collectibles Club 33rd Annual Show at the North Phoenix Baptist Church, 5757 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona, Saturday 8:30 am to 3:30 pm, Early admission: Friday 2:00 – 4:00 pm, Set-up: Friday Noon, admission: Earlybird $10, General $3, The Phoenix Antiques, Bottles & Collectibles Club, Contact: Patty George, Publicity, 17628 W. Copper Ridge Drive, Goodyear, Arizona 85338, 602.908.1053, February 27 Grand Rapids, Michigan 26th Annual West Michigan Anitque Bottle Club Show & Sale at the Fonger American Legion Post, 2327 Wilson Avenue, S.W., Grand Rapids, Michigan 49534, Saturday 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, No early admission. Setup: Saturday 8:00 am – 10:00 am, Admission $3, West Michigan Antique Bottle Club, Contact: Steve DeBoode, Show chairman, 1166 Corvette Drive, Jenison, Michigan 49428, 616.667.0214, February 28 Enfield, Connecticut The 46th Annual Somer’s Antique Bottle Club’s Antique Bottle Show & Sale at St. Bernard’s School West Campus, 232 Pearl Street, Exit 47W, off-I-91, Enfoeld, Connecticut, 9:00 a, to 2:00 pm, Admission: $2, Early Buyers 8:00 am: $10, Great food available all day. Info: Don Desjardins, 22 Anderson Road, Ware, Massachusetts 01082, 413.967.4431, e-mail: March 11 & 12 Des Moines, Iowa First Annual March Mega Mudder Event, Holiday Inn Northwest, Friday Room Sales Open to the Public, Saturday, Mega Sale, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm $10 Early Bird 9:00 am to 10:00 am, $3 after 10:00 am. Educational Displays, Sponsors Iowa Stoneware Club, Iowa Red Wing Collectors Club, Iowa Antique Antique Bottleers. March 13 Baltimore, Maryland The Baltimore Antique Bottle Club’s 36th Annual Show & Sale, 8:00 am to 3:00 pm. For contracts call: Andy Agnew, 410.527.1707 or e-mail medbotls@, at the Physical Education Center, CCBC-Essex, 7201 Rossville Blvd. (I-695, Exit 34) Contact: Rick Lease, 410.458.9405, March 18 & 19 Morro Bay, California 48th Morro Bay Antique Bottle Show and Sale at the Veterans Memorial Hall, 209 Surf Street, Morro Bay, California 93442, Friday 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm, Saturday 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, Early admission: 12:00, Set up: Friday 12:00 to 1:00 pm. Free early bird and free admission. San Luis Obispo Bottle Society, San Luis Obispo Bottle Society on Facebook, Contact: Steve Mello, Advertising chairman, 710 Knight Court, Paso Robles, California 93446, 805.423.6288,


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(More) Sho-Biz March 18 & 19 Deland, Florida The Deland M-T Bottle Collectors Association 46th Annual Show & Sale, Saturday, 8:00 am to 3:00 pm; Early Buyers Friday, 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm and before 8:00 am Saturday at the Volusia County Fairgrounds, 1/4 mile east of I-4 on S.R. 44 (Exit 118), Deland, Florida, Contact: Brian Hoblick, 386.804.9635, or Dwight A. Pettit, Jr., 386.956.8033, March 20 Flint, Michigan 47th Flint Antique Bottle & Collectibles Show at the Dom Polski Hall, 3415 N. Linden Road, Flint, Michigan 48504, Sunday 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, No Early admission, Cost of admission: $3, Flint Antique Bottle & Collectibles Club, Contact: Tim Buda, Show Chairman, 11353 Cook Road, Gaines, Michigan 48436, Tele: 989.271.9193, March 26 Daphne, Alabama The Mobile Bottle Collectors Club’s 43rd Annual Show & Sale, will be held from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Daphne Civic Center, 2603 US Hwy 98, Daphne, Alabama 36525. Free Admission and Bottle Appraisals. Dealer Set-up is Friday, March 25 from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm and Saturday 7:00 am to 9:00 am. For more information contact: Rod Vining, 251.957.6725, E-mail:, or Richard Kramerich, PO Box 241, Pensacola, Florida 32591, 850.435.5425. April 2 St. Clairsville, Ohio The Ohio Valley Bottle Club’s annual Bottle & TableTop Antiques Show, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, early buyers 7:30 am at the J.B. Martin Recresation Center, 102 Fair Avenue, St. Clairsville, Ohio, Exit 216 off I-70. Contact: Tom Chickery, 740.695.2958, April 3 Bloomington, Minnesota 45th Annual Minnesota Antique Bottle, Advertising, and Stoneware Show & Sale sponsored by North Star Historical Bottle Association. Located at the Knights of Columbus Building, 1114 American Blvd. West, Bloomington, Minnesota 55420. Sunday, April 9:30 am – 2:30 pm. No early admission. Set-up Sunday 6:30 am – 9:30 am. Forty-Fifth Anniversary Special Admission is $2.00. Info: Jeff Springer: 651.500.0949 or April 3 Cicero, New York Empire State Bottle Collectors Association 46th Annual Show & Sale at the Cicero American Legion, 5575 Legionnaire Drive, Cicero, New York. 9:00 am – 2:30 pm, Dealer set-up: 7:00 am, Three dollar donation and under 12 free. Show info: Keon Kellog, Show Chairman,, 315.963.8681 April 3 Wilmington, Ohio Wilmington, Ohio Antique Bottle, Fruit Jar & Insulator Show, Formerly Columbus Ohio Show, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm at the Roberts Centre, I-71 & US Rt 68 – Exit 50 Admission: $4.00, No Early Buyers Info:

Joe Hardin: 594 Laymon Road, New Vienna, Ohio 45159 – 937.728.9930, or Jamie Houdeshell: P.O. Box 57, Haskins, Ohio 43525 419.722.3184, jhbottle@hotmail. April 3 Hutchinson, Kansas Kansas Antique Bottle & Postcard Show at the State Fairgrounds, Sunflower South Building, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, Free Admission, Dealer setup Saturday Noon to 8:00 pm with Dealer Dinner. Click Flyer for contact information. April 9 Smyrna, Georgia 46th Annual Atlanta Antique Bottle Show & Sale, formerly Southeastern Antique Bottle Club Show at the Smyrna Community Center, 200 Village Green Circle, Smyrna, Georgia, General Admission: 8:00 am to 2:00 pm, Dealer Setup and Early Admission: Friday, 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm., Saturday, 7:00 am to 8:00 am, Admission: $3, Early Admission: $10, Jack Hewitt, 1765 Potomac Court, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30043, 770.963.0220 or John Joiner, 770.502.9565, April 9 Kalamazoo, Michigan The Kalamazoo Antique Bottle Club’s 37th Annual Show & Sale, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, early buyers 8:00 am at the Kalamazoo County Fairgrounds, 2900 Lake Street, Kalamazoo, Michigan, Contact: John Pastor, PO Box 227, New Hudson, Michigan 48165, 248.486.0530, or Mark McNee, 269.343.8393 May 7 Mansfield, Ohio Mansfield Antique Bottle Show, Mansfield, Ohio, Richland County Fairgrounds, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, General Admission: $5, Early Admission on Friday: $30, Info: Matt Lacy, 440.228.1873, or Louis Fifer, 330.635.1964, fiferlouis@, May 7 Gray, Tennessee The State of Franklin Antique Bottles & Collectible Assoc. Annual Show & Sale, Gray, Tennessee, off I-26, Exit 13, Appalachian Fairgrounds, 9:00 am through 3:00 pm, Free Admission and Door Prizes, Info: or 423.928.2789 May 13 & 14 Lake City, Florida The Florida Antique Bottle Collectors 3rd Annual Antique Bottle & Collectable Show and Sale, Saturday, May 14 (8:00 am – 3:00 pm), Dealer Setup Friday, May 13 @ Noon, Early Buyers Friday, May 13 (3:00 pm – 7:00 pm), Columbia County Fairgrounds, Exit 427 off I-75 South, Hwy. 90 East, Lake City, Florida, Admission $3, Info: Brian Hoblick 386.804.9635, E-mail: or Ed LeTard 985.788.6163, E-mail: May 15 Washington, Pennsylvania 42nd Annual Show & Sale by the Washington County Antique Bottle Club at the Alpine Star Lodge, 735 Jefferson Avenue, Washington, Pennsylvania 15301,

9:00 am till 2:00 pm, Admission $3, Info: Ed Kuskie 412.405.9061, 352 Pineview Drive, Elizabeth, Pennsylvania 15037, May 22, 2016 Ellendale, Delaware Delmarva Antique Bottle Show & Sale at Ellendale Fire Hall, 302 Main Street, Ellendale, Delaware 19941, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, No Early Admission, Set-up: Sunday, 7:00 am – 9:00 am, $2 Admission, Contact: Peter Beaman, Show Chair and Club President, 28947 Lewes – Georgetown Hwy., Lewes, Delaware 19958, 302.684.5055, June 5 Ballston Spa, New York The National Bottle Museum presents the Annual Saratoga Springs Show & Sale, A larger venue for 2016, 9:00 am to 2:30 pm at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds, 162 Prospect Street, Ballston Spa, New York, Info: NATIONAL BOTTLE MUSEUM, 76 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, New York 12020, 518.885.7589,, Phil Bernnard, 518.429.7641 July 29 – 31 Muncie, Indiana 47th Annual National Insulator Association (NIA) Convention and Show (Friday Members only – you can join at the door) 135+ Dealer tables, 25 Displays. This year it will be held at the Horizon Convention Center, Muncie, Indiana 47305. For hotel reservations call the new Courtyard by Marriott adjacent to the Horizon Center and mention NIA for special rates: 317.236.7483. For more show information visit: Hosts: Bob Stahr, 630.793.5345 or email: and Rick Soller: 847.782.8602, email: August 4 – 7 Sacramento, California FOHBC 2016 National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo at the McClellan Conference Center, Host Hotel: Lions Gate Hotel. Room Reservations – Show Information: Richard & Beverley Siri, Show Chairman & Co-Chair, 707.542.6438, or Louis Fifer, FOHBC Conventions Director, or Eric McGuire, Western Region Director, More info at September 4 Westford, Massachusetts The Merrimack Valley Antique Bottle Club’s 42nd Annual Show & Sale, Sunday, September 4, 2016, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm, early buyers 8:00 am, at the Westford Regency Inn, 219 Littleton Road (Route 110), Westford MA. Info: Cliff Hoyt: 978.458.6575, or Maureen Crawford, 978.897. 7327 2017 August 3 – 6 Springfield, Massachusetts FOHBC 2017 National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo at the MassMutual Center, Host Hotel: Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place hotel. Show Information: Jim Bender, Show Co-Chair, 518.673.8833, or Bob Strickhart, Show Co-Chair,, Visit Web Page FOHBC National Convention

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Membership Benefits  

The Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors cordially invites you to join a dedicated group of individuals and clubs who collect, study and display the treasured glass and ceramic gems of yesteryear.   The Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors (FOHBC) is a non-profit organization supporting collectors of historical bottles, flasks, jars, and related items. The goal of the FOHBC is to promote the collection, study, preservation and display of historical bottles and related artifacts and to share this information with other collectors and individuals.   Federation membership is open to any individual or club interested in the enjoyment and study of antique bottles. The Federation publication, BOTTLES and EXTRAS, is well known throughout the hobby world as the leading publication for those interested in bottles and “go-withs”. The magazine includes articles of historical interest, stories chronicling the hobby and the history of bottle collecting, digging stories, regional news, show reports, advertisements, show listings, and an auction directory. BOTTLES and EXTRAS is truly the place to go when information is needed about this popular and growing hobby.   In addition to providing strength to a national/international organization devoted to the welfare of the hobby, your FOHBC membership benefits include: • A full year subscription the Federation’s official bi-monthly publication, BOTTLES and EXTRAS • One free ad per yearly membership of 100 words for use for “wanted” items, trade offers, etc. • Eligibility for a discount at FOHBC sponsored shows (Conventions and Expos) towards “early admission” or dealer table rent • Access to a knowledge of the world of antique bottle collecting unavailable elsewhere • Contact information for clubs devoted to the study of historical bottles • A forum for your writings, articles, and editorials regarding the hobby • Participation in the nomination and selection of Federation members for the Honor Roll and Hall of Fame • Federation-sponsored writing, show poster, and newsletter-design contests • Free publication assistance for your book or manuscript • And more... We encourage Affiliated Bottle Club memberships by offering these additional benefits to your group: • Display advertising in BOTTLES and EXTRAS at an increased discount of 50% • Insertion of your bottle club show ad on the Federation website to increase your show’s exposure • Links to your club website free of charge, as well as assistance with the creation of your website • Free Federation ribbon for Most Educational Display at your show • Slide programs for use at your club meetings • Participation in Federation sponsored insurance program for your club show and any other club sponsored activities Finally…   We need your support! Our continued existence is dependent upon your participation as well as expanding our membership. The Federation is the only national organization devoted to the enjoyment, study, preservation, collection, and display of historical bottles. The FOHBC welcomes individuals who would like to contribute by running for Board positions or by sharing their expertise and volunteering their talents in other areas of interest such as contributions to our publications, assistance with the Federations’ National Antique Bottle Conventions, or through membership promotion.   If you haven’t yet joined our organization, please do so and begin reaping the benefits. If you are already a member, please encourage your friends and fellow collectors to JOIN US!!   For more information, questions, or to join the Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors, please contact:

Linda Sheppard, PO Box 162, Sprakers, NY 12166; phone: (518) 673-8833; e-mail: or visit our home page on the web at 


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FOHBC Individual Membership Application For Membership, complete the following application or sign up at (Please Print)

Name:______________________________ Address:____________________________ City: _______________________________ State:_______________________________ Zip:________________________________ Country:____________________________ Telephone: __________________________ E-mail Address: ______________________ Collecting Interests: ___________________________________ ___________________________________ ___________________________________ Addtional Comments:_________________ ___________________________________

Do you wish to be listed in the printed membership directory? (name, address, phone number, email address and what you collect) { } Yes { } No Do you wish to be listed in the online membership directory? (name, address, phone number, email address and what you collect) { } Yes { } No

Would you be interested in contributing your bottle knowledge by writing articles for the BOTTLES and EXTRAS? { } Yes { } No

Canada $40.00 - First Class $60.00 $110.00 $55.00 Other countries $25.00 - First Class $80.00

- Life Membership: Level 1: $1,000, Includes all benefits of a regular First Class membership. No promise of a printed magazine for life. - Level 2: $500, Includes all benefits of a regular membership but you will not receive a printed magazine, but rather a digital subscription. Add an Associate Membership* to any of the above at $5.00 for each associate for each year

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


Category: “WANTED” Maximum - 60 words Limit - One free ad per current membership year. Category: “FOR SALE” Maximum - 100 words Limit - 1 ad per issue. (Use extra paper if necessary.)

Would you be interested in serving as an officer? { } Yes { } No

Membership/Subscription rates for one year (6 issues) (Circle One) United States - Standard Mail - Standard Mail for three years - First Class - Digital Membership (electronic files only)


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Please make checks or money orders payable to FOHBC and mail to: FOHBC Membership, Elizabeth Meyer, 101 Crawford Street, Studio 1A, Houston, TX 77002 Effective 8/2015

Affiliated Club Membership for only $75.00 with liability insurance for all club sponsored events, 50% discount on advertising in the BOTTLES and EXTRAS, plus much more, Contact: Business Manager: Elizabeth Meyer, 101 Crawford Street, Studio 1A, Houston, TX 77002; phone: (713) 222-7979 x103; e-mail:

Clearly Print or Type Your Ad Send to: Business Manager: Elizabeth Meyer, 101 Crawford Street, Studio 1A, Houston, TX 77002; ph: (713) 222-7979 x103; or better yet, email Elizabeth at:

Article Submission Requirements: All BOTTLES and EXTRAS articles or material need to be submitted on CD (preferable) or an email using a compressed (zipped) file. The file must be created by Microsoft Word, Publisher or Adobe N-Design so the editor does not have to retype the work. High-resolution digital images are our preferred format. Please submit digital images on a CD according to the instructions below. We will accept e-mail submissions only if the image resolution is acceptable. The e-mail or CDs must have only ONE subject per transmission to minimize confusion. Each image must be accompanied by a caption list or other identifying information. Professional-grade equipment is a must to achieve the size and quality image we require. The highest setting on the camera should be used for maximum resolution and file size. Only high quality images will be considered. Please do not send photographic prints or scans of images—the color and quality are generally not up to par compared with digital images or slides scanned by our imaging department. We will consider exceptions for photos that can’t be easily found, such as older historical images. We rarely use slides anymore and prefer not to receive submissions of slides due to the time and liability involved in handling them.

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We are currently seeking quality consignments for our 2016 auction schedule!

As a consignor, please consider the following benefits to help ensure your valued items reach their highest potential: w Competitive consignor rates and low buyer premiums w Broad-based and extensive advertising w Attention to detail and customer service w Experience, knowledge, honesty and integrity

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For more information, please feel free to contact us at your convenience. American Glass Gallery • John R. Pastor • P.O. Box 227, New Hudson, Michigan 48165 phone: 248.486.0530 • • email:

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Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors (FOHBC) January February 2016 Issue of BOTTLES and EXTRAS  

Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors (FOHBC) January / February 2016 Issue of BOTTLES and EXTRAS

Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors (FOHBC) January February 2016 Issue of BOTTLES and EXTRAS  

Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors (FOHBC) January / February 2016 Issue of BOTTLES and EXTRAS