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Findlay Bottle Club Newsletter

January 2015


Some sad news:
Dick Watson has passed...

On behalf of the Findlay Club, our deepest condolences to the Watson family. Dick will be missed by all in the bottle hobby. 


From the FOHBC site -- 

Legendary bottle man and Force Majeure passes…. Stay tuned for details. Richard Watson, FOHBC Historian for the past 23 years, is a Federation Life Member and was elected to the FOHBC Hall Of Fame in 1968. Dick has been collecting since 1959 was fortunate to know a number of the early collectors. He collects bottles of many types plus three mould decanters, patent models, fruit jars etc. He is also a longtime board member of Wheaton Arts, formerly Wheaton Village and he is a Board rep for the Museum Of American Glass where he is the Museum coordinator for annual FOHBC displays. He is the author of Bitters Bottles in 1965 and Bitters Bottle Supplement, 1968.

Added Friday Jan. 1 -- 
From Jim Bender “I spoke to Steven (one of Dicks sons) yesterday and he is not sure about viewing or funeral dates for sure yet but they are thinking the 9th and 10th at this point. No other info at this time about that. Dick passed at home in peace with his family by his side. He had done well during Christmas and then got a cut on his foot which took him to the Hospital where he got pneumonia . They could not clear it up with his breathing issues and Dick made his own choice to go home. That was the way Dick always wanted it, to go with his stuff around him.” 

The FOHBC will be doing a reflection of Dick Watson piece in the next issue of Bottles and Extras. It will be led off by stories from some of Dick’s closest friends. Please consider sharing.

Here are the most recent articles from our website. There are lots of photos -- Enjoy!

JARS-uary 2015 ~ Fruit Jar Show / Muncie IN / Big Collectors Multi-Day Event / January 2015





January 8, 9, 10, & 11, 2015 in Muncie, Indiana

ATTENTION: if you're going to Muncie, you should CONFIRM YOUR HOTEL RESERVATION NOW - we checked ours on Saturday Jan. 3rd, and it was not in the system. Sounds like they have some issues. So call and doublecheck. 
The January Muncie event, with the infamous 3-days (DAZE!) of room-hopping including the Saturday Get Together Meeting & Auction at the Baymont Inn Hotel, all followed by the big Sunday Fruit Jar & Bottle show at the Horizon Center.


Some very serious collectors will start arriving in Muncie on Wednesday, so you'd better book your hotel room NOW -- you don't want to miss a minute of the fun.

The Midwest Antique Fruit Jar & Bottle Club of Muncie IN is putting on their January fruit jar collectors event, the "Muncie Fruit Jar Show & Get Together", with collectors and dealers coming from all over the U.S. 

The Muncie Fruit Jar Shows are well-known for the amazing and rare items brought for sale, for the outstanding educational collector-displays exhibited during the show, as well as for the great group of fruit jar enthusiasts who treat this multi-day event like a combination convention/club meeting/reunion.

  • So, it's room-hopping at the Baymont Inn hotel on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, January 8, 9, 10, 2015. 
Then on to the Horizon Center on SUNDAY 


  • Horizon Convention Centeris in downtown Muncie, at 401 South High Street. 
  • Displayers set up at 6:30 am, dealers at 7:00 am 
  • Doors open to the public at 9:00 am. Show lasts until 2:00 pm. 
  • Admission is $2. 
Join us for the world-famous "Room-Hop-Shopping" at the Baymont Inn Hotel before the show, on Thursday-Saturday. The hotel is located at 3400 N Chadam Ln Muncie IN 47304 (GOOGLE MAPS LINK)

The public is welcome! You don't need to have a room at the hotel to come visit and room-hop-shop. We encourage new collectors to stop by and see what we're up to, and learn a little something about fruit jars.

Fruit jar collectors spend several days at the hotel before the Sunday "official" show, sharing and trading. A few tall-stories are told, too, all adding to the fun. Groups of friends, old and newly-made, often head out for lunch or dinner at area restaurants. The room-hop-shopping continues until late in the night, and starts again early each morning, after the hotel's complimentary breakfast, and lots of coffee!

On Saturday the Jelly-Jammers Club holds their meeting, and then there is the Midwest Club's meeting, open to all, followed by a lively open-consignment/fee-free auction. 

Then the official show set-up is early Sunday morning, at the Horizon Center in downtown Muncie, a quick drive from the hotel. The show opens to the public at 9am, ending at 2pm, when the dealers pack up and head home, weary but happily reminiscing about the good time they had being with other collectors who speak the special language of Munice, Fruit-Jar-ese!

Read my show reports on the 2011 Winter Muncie show and the 2012 Winter Event -- with lots of pix! Read this jar forum's posts about Muncie.
The Saturday meeting schedule and Sunday show details are here on the Midwest Fruit Jar Club's website --
For more SHOW INFO and dealer-tables, contact Dave Rittenhouse @765-468-8091
For HOTEL ROOMS, contact Baymont Inn -- 765-284-4200  -- 3400 N Chadam Ln Muncie IN (hotel website)

Attention -- if you're planning on staying at the hotel, it is not called Signature Inn anymore. It is now a BAYMONT INN -- same phone number -- double check your reservations.

Again: The actual ''show'' will be held SUNDAY JANUARY 11, 2015 at the Horizon Convention Center 401 S High St Muncie IN 47304, and open to the public 9am-2pm, with $2 admission, and free parking. 
CONTACT: Dave Rittenhouse @ 765-468-8091 or Dick Cole @

You know we're going to have a Ball at Muncie!
Hope to see you there!

Purple Passion - here's the latest new Limited Edition jars  from Ball, available here.

Dr. Lunt's Ague Killer / Findlay O. Medicine Bottle ~ Featuring Findlay

Recently, over on our FinBotClub Facebook, Paul M. posted this photo of a Dr. Lunt's Ague Killer / Findlay O. medicine bottle, wondering about its age. 
A quick google turned up our own Joe Terry's article all about William Lunt, which we had posted on our site. He tells us Lunt's days of selling medicines in bottles marked Findlay were approx. 1850-1854.
You can read the entire pdf here, along with several other 'Featuring Findlay' articles by Joe.
[And see more great big photos of another Dr. Lunt's Ague Killer / Findlay O. medicine bottle here.]

Marianne Dow's Lima, Ohio Milk Bottle Collection


Marianne Dow's Lima, Ohio Milk Bottle Collection Photo Album

I have been collecting Lima Ohio bottles for almost 20 years, and have sourced bottles from farm auctions, garage sales, bottle shows, antique malls, ebay, and from so many helpful generous friends. 

I have over 80 different Lima milks, presented here in this 'photo album' post. I will separate them out and write info/history posts in the future, but needed to document what I have, and figured I'd share the pix with the internet-world.

See all the photos here:

Thumbnail teasers:

Here's a new book about Celina, Ohio's glass factories, written by local historian Robert Tong.

"For anyone interested in turn of the century glass and adding to their historical collections I've compiled a book on Celina, Ohio and the two glass factories that were located there during the years of 1889 to 1894. As far as I can tell there has never been a book ever written pertaining to these two glass factories. Very little information is known or can be found on the internet when you search about them. The historical society in Celina had no information pertaining to them in their records either. The first glass house produced blown stained window glass. This plant was called the Celina Colored Plate and Window Glass Company and the second factory was the Celina Star Glass Works. They produced many types of bottles & fruit jars. These two factories came to be because of the natural gas that had been discovered in that area. This paper back booklet has approximately 70 pages with many pictures and documents and tells detailed history from the factories beginnings till the end. I've spent nearly a year researching and documenting as much history that is known on the subject. I'm sure you will find this book to be a wonderful addition to you collection. As you can imagine there will only be a limited number of these books printed so if you are interested in Mercer County or the glass that was produced in that area be sure to get these while they are still available. Only a small quantity of booklets will be produced. I am selling them for $20.00 each. If you are interested in a copy feel free to contact me & I will see that you get a copy." -- Rob Tong / 

"There comes a time when a collection gathers weight: metaphysical, existential weight. It becomes as much a source of anxiety as of joy." - Monte Reel in the NY Times

Eventually, we all need to think about what we want to have happen to our collections...


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