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Findlay Bottle Club Newsletter

APRIL 2015


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Fleck's Vintage Easter Egg Decorating - Jacob Fleck: Ohio's Own Easter Bunny

Featuring Findlay:
These are pix from an article about Findlay's own, Jacob Fleck, and his colorful Easter egg decorating kits, written byJoe Terry.
Read it here: LINK
Check out all the other Featuring Findlay posts. The link list is in the right-hand column, just scroll down.

Happy Easter!



Ohio Dairies: Brookside of Van Wert and Brock of Hamilton - Vintage Milk Bottles

Brookside Dairy, Van Wert, Ohio milk bottle.
Block Dairy, Hamilton, Ohio milk bottle.

Joe Clevenger has written another Ohio Dairies article for us. This time he tells us about the Brookside Dairy of Van Wert, and about the Block Dairy of Hamilton.

Read the entire article here: link.

More articles that Joe has contributed - thanks, Joe!:
  • Ohio's Two Royal Crest Dairies link.
  • Kroger Milk Bottles - link.
  • Bordens, Driggs, Willow Creek, Kelly's - link.

2015 Findlay Bottle Show NEW LOCATION - Sunday Oct. 18, 2015 Ohio

We're pleased to announce that the 2015 Findlay Bottle Show will be held in a new location, at The Sterling Center.

Yes, we're moving again. You know what they say, "The only constant in life is change!"...
Come to the Best Little NEW and IMPROVED, BIGGER and BETTER Bottle Show in the MidWest!
We are excited to have all our bottle friends join us at this wonderful new show venue. 

The Sterling Center is located at 4570 Fostoria Avenue, Findlay Ohio - map link.

Of course, the Findlay Bottle Show will retain its best features:
  • Great dealers selling
  • Wonderful collectors shopping
The Sterling Center has all the features that make for a great bottle show:
  • Room for more dealer tables
  • Wide aisles, padded chairs
  • Excellent lighting, heating and air conditioning
  • Plentiful restrooms
  • Huge paved parking lot
  • Handicapped accessability
  • Food concession inside w/seating
  • Dining area for our dealer dinner
Dealer-only set-up on Saturday includes our famous FREE buffet supper, and complimentary donuts and coffee during Sunday morning set-up.
Mark your calendars now for​ Sunday October 18, 2015 for a great day of shopping, learning more about our collections, making new friends and visiting with other folks who "speak bottle-ese". 
Read the details below, and hope to see you there!

This is a wonderful new location for us, and is a little larger and much nicer than our old location. In past years we have always sold out of dealer tables, and had a waiting list for cancellations.

Note: For our 2014 show we sold more tables than will put us at ''sold out'' in this new 2015 venue.
  • 8' Dealer tables are $35.00 each. Limit 3.
  • This new location will allow us to arrange the show layout as will best accommodate the number of tables needed. 
  • Tables will still be assigned on a first-paid basis.
  • Dealer contracts will be available in May 2015. 
  • We will pass them out at the Mansfield Bottle Show on Saturday May 9, 2015. 
  • Contracts will then be available here online on Monday May 11, 2015. New: You can pay online with Paypal. 
  • Sunday October â€‹18, 2015
  • ​The show is held at the Sterling Center Reception Hall 
    4570 Fostoria Avenue, Findlay, Ohio 45840

    Google Maps link - Also, see detailed directions and map below.
  • Show hours: from 9am - 2pm
  • Admission is $2.00
  • Kids under 12 are free (w/adults)​
  • Free appraisals w/paid admission
  • Plenty of FREE parking in a huge paved parking lot.
  • Show is in a heated building, w/tons of restrooms, and a food concession inside with lots of comfy seating.


  • Early Bird Hours: 7-9am â€“ Tickets are only $10 and include complimentary Coffee and Donuts until 9am.
  • Early Bird Session is Sunday only, not Saturday.
Early Bird Buyers Admission on Sunday morning,​ from 7-9am​, is​ just $10​. You'll get first pick when the dealers are still setting up​, and free donuts and coffee while they last!​ 

There are several SUNDAY ONLY dealers inside who do NOT set up on Saturday, PLUS the outside dealers​ only set up on S​unday morning, so there's plenty of fresh merch to choose from for Sunday's Early Bird buyers!

Saturday Oct. 17 is for dealers only, with our famous dinner. Sorry, no ​public ​early bird adm​ission on Saturday.​ You must have a ​​dealer contract.

There are always plenty of outside spaces available​ (weather permitting​)​.​ Most years the day is nice enough, and we have several outside dealers. Even if it's cold, there are always a few hardy souls who set up out there. Keep your fingers and toes crossed for sunshine this year.
  • Contact Show Chairman, Fred Curtis​ (419-424-0486​) for more info​.​
  • No tables reserved untill the contracts become available on May 11, 2015.
Directions from I-75:

Sterling Center Reception Hall 

4570 Fostoria Avenue, Findlay, Ohio

From I-75, coming from North or South, take exit #157, and just follow the signs for Rt. 12 -- it becomes Fostoria Avenue, so it is easier to find than the directions sound:
  • Take exit 157 for OH-12 toward Findlay/Coloumbus Grove
  • Turn East onto OH-12 E/W Main Cross St
  • Turn North onto S Main St
  • Turn East onto Center St
  • Continue onto Tiffin Ave
  • Slight left onto Fostoria Ave

The Sterling Center / 4570 Fostoria Avenue, Findlay / is located behind the Humane Society building.

Note: Hotel names and phone numbers may not be current.
  • The best selection of hotels are at I-75 exit #159 / Rt 224
  • You can easily get to and from the hotels area and the bottle show. It's just a 10-15 minute drive. (Follow the same directions as above.)
  • There are many restaurants near the I-75 hotel area.
  • There are also many restaurants on 224/Tiffin near to the show venue. 
  • There are a few hotels near to the show, but their prices tend to be higher than the ones at I-75.
  • Google link to Findlay hotels listings: here
  • Call the hotel for your reservation asap.
Porters Cure of Pain / W.L. Porter & Co. / Cleveland Ohio
Read the article here.

Penwick / Golden Hill / Rye Whiskey / Braun's Rathskeller Saloon Restaurant / Family Liquor House ~ Lima, Ohio

Penwick Rye labeled bottle from BRAUN'S / Lima, Ohio
Read the article here.

Shoes and Booze ~ 1918 Prohibition Rally in Lima Ohio ~ Newark Shoe Store RPPC

Read the article here.

Here's a ''blast from the past''. Found one of our old newsletters online, with an article about Bowling Green's glass factories. Read it here
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Show Chairman: Fred Curtis /419-424-0486

Findlay Antique Bottle Club
PO Box 1329 
Findlay, OH 45839-1329

Local bottle questions? Call:

Richard Elwood 419-674-6773

Tom Brown 419-422-7388



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FOHBC Show Calendar



11 April 2015 (Saturday) Kalamazoo, Michigan â€“ The Kalamazoo Antique Bottle Club’s 36th Annual Show & Sale, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, early buyers 8:00 am at the Kalamazoo County Fairgrounds, 2900 Lake Stret, Kalamazoo, Michigan, Contact: John Pastor, PO Box 227, New Hudson, Michigan 48165, 248.486.0530, or Mark McNee, 269.343.8393, FOHBC Member Club

11 April 2015 (Saturday) St. Clairsville, Ohio â€“ The Ohio Valley Bottle Club’s annual Bottle & Table-Top Antiques Show, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm, early buyers 8:00 am at the J.B. Martin Recreation Center, 102 Fair Avenue, St. Clairsville, Ohio Exit 216 off I-70, Contact: Tom Chickery, 740.695.2958,

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09 May 2015 (Saturday) Mansfield,Ohio â€“ The Ohio Bottle Club’s 37th Mansfield Antique Bottle & Advertising Show & Sale at the Richland County Fairgrounds, Trimble Road exit off of U.S. Rt. 30, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, Donation $3, Early Admission: $25 during dealer set-up Friday May 8, 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Information: Matt Lacy, Chair, 440.228.1873, or Louis Fifer, Co-Chair, 330.635.1964, -- website:




17 May 2015 (Sunday) Washington, Pennsylvania â€“ Washington County Antique Bottle Clubs 41st Annual Show & Sale at the Alpine Star Lodge, 735 Jefferson Avenue, Washington, Pennsylvania 15301, Exit 17 off I-70. Admission $3. Info: Ed Kuskie, 352 Pineview Drive, Elizabeth, Pennsylvania 15037, 412.405.9061,

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