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Findlay Bottle Club Newsletter 
September / October 2015 


Autumn leaves are falling!
Pirates are j'aarring! Bottle shows are calling!
~2015 Findlay Bottle Show Info link~

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 are now available.
Call the show chairman to reserve your tables NOW!
Fred Curtis​ (419-424-0486​)
  • Contract can  be viewed here -- it's a pdf -- link.
  • New: You can pay online with Paypal. 
The contract pdf link might not work in all browsers, so please email to receive it as an attachment. 
Don't want to pay with Paypal? You can call Fred to have him snail-mail you a contract, or you can print out the contract and mail it in with a check.
If your contract/payment is received after the tables are sold out, we will contact you. Don't worry, your payment will be cancelled / refunded / returned.
It's best to call Fred to reserve your table(s) before you make a payment.

Paypal button is on our website here, along with all the details, maps, etc.

In this issue you'll find:
  • Info about the Sept. 19 show in Lebanon, IN (which falls on Talk Like a Pirate Day)
  • 3 "Short Stories" behind a few vintage Findlay items
  • Feature article on Ohio's Coca Cola bottling works

Lebanon IN show adds Friday night "Pitch In" party!

Dinner is Friday September 18 -- the SHOW is on Saturday September 19th. 



Best Guide to Springfield Extravaganza Antique Show September 2015 ~ 2,000+ #Vintage Dealers!
Friday September 18 and Saturday September 19 are also the dates of Ohio's famous Springfield Extravaganza Antique Show where over 2,000 antiques and vintage dealers cover the fairgrounds.

The show is located at the Clark County Fairgrounds, 4401 S. Charleston Pike, Springfield, Ohio 45502.
Early Bird -- the only way to Fly  Shop!
Friday -- 7AM to Noon -- Admission is only $12 (free parking) -- and it is good for all 3 days
Screen shot - click to go through to PBS to watch the episode of Market Warriors when they were filming at Springfield Extravaganza May 2012.
The Extravaganza lives up to its name. Watch when the PBS show, Market Warriors, filmed an episode at there, in May 2012. Watch the entire episode online here at PBS.

My May 2013 Springfield Extravaganza Antique Show Photo Album]


Ball Jaarrrs, Matey! Talk Like A Pirate Day



Avast, mateys, it be that time again, t'practice t'twist yer tongue and change yer common tune to that lingo o' days o' yore, when wild men sailed the untamed seas in search o' untold treasures!
What be this scurvy dog a'goin' on about, ye'll be askin' yerself now, eh? Aarrr, I'd be speaking o' September 19, as it'd be INTERNATIONAL TALK LIKE A PIRATE DAY!

Any excuse t' drink up, eh, me hearties?! Like National Tequila Day, this is another "holiday" we can't blame on Hallmark. This one'd be fault o' a pair o'bilge rat landlubbers...  
"Once upon a time -- on June 6, 1995, to be precise -- we were playing racquetball...
Anyway, whoever let out the first "Arrr!" started something. One thing led to another. "That be a fine cannonade," one said, to be followed by "Now watch as I fire a broadside straight into your yardarm!" and other such helpful phrases.
By the time our hour on the court was over, we realized that lapsing into pirate lingo had made the game more fun and the time pass more quickly. We decided then and there that what the world really needed was a new national holiday, Talk Like A Pirate Day.
In the years since Dave Barry mentioned us in his blog, what once was a goofy idea celebrated by a handful of friends has turned into an international phenomenon ..."
Learn how to speak the speak, claim your pirate-name, find Pirate-day events near you, and lots of other fun stuff on the official ITLAPD website

Aarr, Matey! Aye, even pirates love Jaarrrs!

I found lots of vintage pirate bottles, labels, and more, but thought, hhmmm... could I possibly find an image of a pirate holding an antique fruit jar? Lo and behold, I sorta-kinda did. Ya gotta love the google!

I found a pic of Johnny Depp as Pirate Cap'n. Jack Sparrow -- and he's holding a big jar of dirt, that represents land. I added the BALL logo. It's from a scene in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006) --
  • Tia Dalma: "Land is where you are safe, Jack Sparrow, and so you will carry land with you."
Here's a trio of vintage novelty pirate decanters and a couple of ads. There are tons of pirate items, labels, images online, but I'll stop here.

No Time for Sargent's Celery
1912 advertising brochure and scan of a box from the Celery Medical Co., Findlay Ohio. The box says the company was established in 1892.
This notice in the trade journal, NARD NOTES* tells us that Ed Sargent started the company in Bowling Green, Ohio, and sold it to some Findlay business men in 1912. [Source
Ed. O. Sargent was a noted Bowling Green druggist who was the proprietor of the Palace Pharmacy.
*NARD = National Association of Retail Druggists 
Who were the Findlay men who bought Sargent's Celery Medical Co.? No info found. But in 1935 they seem to have had some legal issues with their labeling. This notice doesn't give names, but does add in some other locations, and so, since I'm focusing on Findlay, as they say on Shark Tank, ''for that reason I'm out''.
24075. Misbranding of celery powder. U. S. v. 56 Boxes of Celery Powders. Default decree of condemnation and destruction.FDNJ24075 November 20, 1935 Celery Medical Co. celery powder May 29, 1934 Sandy Lake, Pa. Findlay, Ohio, or Fremont, OhioSandy Lake, Pa. Western District of Pennsylvania 24075 F. & D. no. 33296. Sample no. 2714-B. [Source]

Presto Open-o!
1910s Krantz Old Dutch Beer Toledo Ohio Findlay Ohio Key Bottle Opener
Listed on ebay / sold for $25 / here.
From the helpful ebay seller (here's his website: --
  • 1910s key shaped bottle opener with gas key advertising "KEY TO KRANTZ OLD DUTCH BEER TOLEDO, O. FINDLAY, O.". (Both Sides Shown). JFO Style B-21-268. 3" Long. Very Good Condition. From the collection of a long time JFO Member (Verne Vollrath)
  • Many older bottle openers have a small square hole called a "Prest-O-Lite Key". It was used to turn the valve on automobile gas headlights from about 1910 through the early 1930's before electric headlights were widely used.


The Druggist Haven
Ivory Polish For The Teeth 1887 medicine / dental trade card
WH Haven Drugs, Findlay Ohio
Ivory Tooth Polish was a popular product of the time, sold by many druggists.

From the Hancock County, Ohio Genealogy and History site:

W. H. HAVEN, druggist, Findlay, was born in Columbiana County, Ohio, November 12, 1841; In 1850 became apprenticed to merchandising here in the store of Hugh Newell. He afterward took up the drug trade, and in 1859 embarked in it on his own account at Ottawa, Ohio. In 1861 he sold his interest there, enlisting his services in the army, and was with the Ninety-ninth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, in the commissary department, till 1864, when he joined the Mississippi and West Gulf Squadron, with which he remained till the close of the war, retiring at that time from the charge of the United States steamer ''Peri.'' After the war he traveled in the interest of the drug trade and read medicine. He subsequently practiced his profession, but, in 1868, engaged in manufacturing, which he followed for several years. In 1876 he purchased his present business which he has raised to a leading prominence here. He is a member of the Ohio State Pharmaceutical Association, and was one of the original committee who drafted the bill for the new pharmaceutical law of Ohio. He is also a member of the Traders' and Travelers' Association of New York City. He has worked his way up in business, and, through his own indefatigable exertions has accumulated a nice competency. (Source: History of Hancock Co, Chicago: Warner Beers & Co., 1886) 



Ohio's Historic Coca Cola Bottlers Bottling Works


Joe Clevenger takes a look at the history of Coca Cola bottlers and bottling works inOhio, and describes many of their bottles.

Read the article here.
(Screen shot of one page.)
Vintage bottle from The Findlay Coca Cola Bottling Co. Ohio.
Southway Beverages ACL soda pop bottle, bottled by the Findlay Coca-Cola Bottling Co.
Southway was a Coca Cola product, bottled by other Coke bottlers too. The Findlay Coca Cola Bottling plant is still in operation. 

Here's a QUALITY BEVERAGES bottle from Lima, Ohio's Coca Cola Bottling Works, that has lots of embossing. The works is still operating, with a nicely maintained brick building with a bright red painted sign, and cool architectural elements that include the iconic bottle.
(See on google maps street view - link.)
Read about the history of Coca Cola, and see the earliest paper labeled bottle here: Earliest Coca Cola Bottle Rare Labeled Pemberton's French Wine Coca Sold for $13,000 - link.
Read about the Coca Cola bottle prototype that lost the 1916 design contest to the now iconic hobbleskirt bottle. Link.
More info links:
  • The Coca Cola Company website's history of bottling - link.
  • The Wikipedia page for the Coca-Cola Bottling Plant in Cincinnati, Ohio - link.
  • Cleveland's Coca Cola Bottling Company history - link.
  • On, a photo gallery of several Coca Cola bottling works - link.

Thanks again to Joe Clevenger for contributing his articles. The club really appreciates it!

Any other bottle historian authors interested in being published here?



We're Happy To Help!

The Findlay Bottle Club does not publish a show calendar. We are happy to help promote any nearby bottle collecting hobby events, club shows, auctions, etc. A complete show calendar is here: FOHBC

Here are a few Bottle Shows nearish and dearish to our club:

Microsoft Word - RichfieldFlyer2015.docx

13 September 2015 (Sunday)Richfield, Ohio â€“ 45th Ohio Bottle Club Antique Bottle Show & Sale at the Days Inn and Suites, 4742 Brecksville Road, Richfield, Ohio (Ohio Turnpike Exit 173) 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, Admission $3, Early Admission $20 (7:30 to 9:00 am) Chair, Louis Fifer, Co-Chair, Matt Lacy 440.228.1873,

Circle City15

19 September 2015 (Saturday)Indianapolis, Indiana â€“ Indianapolis Circle City Antique Bottle, Advertising and Antiques Show. Set – up 7:30 am to 9:00 am, Show hours 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. Boone County Fairgrounds, 1300 E. 100 S. Lebanon, Indiana 46052. FREE APPRAISALS. For Show Information Contact: Martin Van Zant 812.841.9495 or 208 Urban St. Danville Indiana,


04 October 2015 (Sunday) Chelsea, Michigan â€“ The Huron Valley Bottle and Insulator Club 40th Annual Show & Sale, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Admission $3 for adults, children 16 and under free. Comfort Inn Conference Center, Commerce Park Drive next to Comfort Inn, Chelsea (Exit 159 off I-94) Contact Info: Mike Bruner, 248.425.3223,abbott4girl@sbcglobal.netor Rod Krupka, 248.627.6351,


25 October 2015 (Sunday)Matteson, Illinois â€“ 46th Annual 1st Chicago Bottle Clubs Antique Bottle, Jar, Pottery, Advertising and Collectibles Show & Sale at Holiday Inn Matteson Conference Center, 500 Holiday Plaza Drive, Matteson, Illinois 60443, Sunday 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, No early admission, Dealer set up time will begin at 7:15 am and last until 9:00 am, Admission $3. Children under 16 admitted free, 1st Chicago Bottle Club,, Contact: John Vlahovich, Show Chairman, 630.390.9679,


08 November 2015 (Sunday) Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania â€“ Pittsburgh Antique Bottle Club 46th Annual Show and Sale at The Ice Garden Rostraver, Twp, 101 Gallitin Road, Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania. Info: Bob DeCroo 724.326.8741 or Jay Hawkins 724.872.6013,


Website Editor & Social Media Mgr.: Marianne Dow


Show Chairman: Fred Curtis /419-424-0486

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

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Richard Elwood 419-674-6773

Tom Brown 419-422-7388

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