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MARCH 2014

Here are some recent Articles from the FINBOTCLUB BLOG  -- Please note: this newsletter is pretty long, chock full of lots of great photographs. Some email programs may cut it short. No problem, just view this newsletter in your browser. And feel free to share this email with your friends. 

Check the FOHBC SHOW CALENDAR for a bottle show near you. Here are a few that our club members are hoping to make it to:

2014 Old Arch show flyer

16 March 2014 (Sunday) St. Louis, Missouri – 44th Annual Antique Bottle & Jar Show, St. Louis Antique Bottle Collectors Association, Orlando Gardens, 4300 Hoffmeister Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri, 130 sales tables and displays, Admission $3, $1 off with flyer, Kids free, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, No early admission, Show chair: Patt Jett, 71 Outlook Drive, Hillsboro, Missouri, 63050, 314.570.6917,,

16 March 2014 (Sunday) Flint, Michigan – 45th annual Flint Antique Bottle & Collectibles Club Show & Sale at Dom Polski Hall, 3415 N. Linden Road, Flint, Michigan 48436, Sunday 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, No early admission, Cost of admission: $2, Flint Antique Bottle & Collectibles Club, Contact: Tim Buda, Show Chairman, 11353 Cook Road, Gaines, Michigan 48436, 989.271.9193, 

05 April 2014 (Saturday) St. Clairsville, Ohio – The Ohio Valley Bottle Club’s Annual Bottle & Table-Top Antiques Show, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm at J.B. Martin Recreation Center, 102 Fair Avenue, St. Clairsville, Ohio, Exit 216 off I-70. Contact: Tom Chickery, 740.695.2958,

12 April 2014 (Saturday) Kalamazoo, Michigan – The Kalamazoo Antique Bottle Club’s 35th Annual Show & Sale, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, early buyers 8:00 am, Kalamazoo County Fairgrounds, 2900 Lake Street, Kalamazoo, Michigan, Contact: John Pastor, 248.486.0530, or Mark McNee, 269.343.8393

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10 May 2014 (Saturday) Mansfield, Ohio – The Ohio Bottle Club’s 36th Mansfield Antique Bottle & Advertising Show & Sale, Richland County Fairgrounds, Trimble Road Exit, U.S. Route 30, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, Donation: $3, Dealer set-up, Friday, May 9, 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm, Early Admission $25 during Dealer set-up. Contact: Bill Koster, 330.599.3380, Info: Ohio Bottle Club, P.O. Box 585, Barberton, Ohio 44203,


Sep 05, 2022 10:46 pm | (Ms Dow Antiques)

  • We're pleased to announce our 46th annual show!

  • Sunday October 15, 2023

    Old Mill Stream Centre on the Hancock County Fairgrounds

    1017 E. Sandusky St., Findlay, Ohio

Come to the Best Little NEW and IMPROVED, BIGGER and BETTER Bottle Show in the MidWest!

And more outside space!

Mark your calendars now for​ Sunday October 15, 2023 for a great day of shopping, learning more about our collections and hobby, and especially making new friends and visiting with other folks who "speak bottle-ese".

We are excited to have all our bottle friends join us at this wonderful new show venue. Our new show location is a dream come true! The newly built facility, the OLD MILL STREAM CENTRE, has it all, with plenty of parking and room to grow!

It is located on the Hancock County Fairgrounds at 1017 E. Sandusky St., Findlay.
The show is on Sunday Oct. 15, with dealer-only set up on Saturday afternoon.

  • Directions from I-75, coming from North or South: take exit #157/Rt. 12 East, then go south on Main Cross to 568 then East to Sandusky St.

  • Public Show hours: 9am until 2pm – Admission is just $5
  • Early Bird Hours Sunday: 7-9am – Tickets are only $20 and includes complimentary Coffee and Donuts until 9am.
  • Early Bird Session is Sunday only, not Saturday.
  • Dealer set up is on Saturday October 14, 2023, 2-6pm. (You may bring boxes in starting at 1pm, but not set merchandise out until 2pm.)
  • Note: The club will NOT be serving dinner on Saturday.
  • We suggest you use the hotels at the I-75 / Rt. 224 / Exit 159 area.
  • For all show questions, contact Show Chairman FRED CURTIS 419-424-0486
Of course, the Findlay Bottle Show still has its best features:
  • Great dealers selling AND
  • Wonderful collectors shopping
The OLD MILL STREAM CENTRE has all the features that make for a great bottle show:
  • Room for more dealer tables
  • Wide aisles!
  • Excellent lighting, heating and air conditioning
  • Restrooms
  • Huge parking lot -- THE FAIRGROUNDS!
  • Space for outside dealer set up
  • Handicapped accessibility
  • Food concession inside w/seating
  • Dealer-only set-up on Saturday
  • Complimentary donuts and coffee for Early Birds and Dealers during Sunday morning set-up.

We always have tons of space outside, as long as the weather's good, so give Fred a call if you want to set up outside on SUNDAY ONLY!

Tons of new dealers, and our regular dealers will have tons of new merch, so plan to attend! It's going to be a great show! 

Early bird admission gets in at 7am, with complimentary coffee and donuts!

  • Sunday October ​15, 2023
  • Show hours: from 9am - 2pm
  • Admission is $5.00
  • 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/restrooms, and a food concession inside.

    • Early Bird Hours: 7-9am – Tickets are only $20 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 $20​. 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. 14 is for dealers only. 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​.​
Read the dealer details below, and hope to see you there!

This is a wonderful location for us, and is much larger and newer than our old locations. In past years we have always sold out of dealer tables, and had a waiting list for cancellations.
  • 8' Dealer tables are $40.00 each.
  • 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.

Call the show chairman to reserve your tables NOW!
Fred Curtis​ (419-424-0486​)
  • If you can't make the show, call Fred by Oct. 1st to cancel and to receive a full refund of your payment. (Refunds may not be mailed out until after the show date.)
  • 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.

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.
  • Google link to Findlay hotels listings: here
  • Call the hotel for your reservation asap.
Saturday's Dealer set-up will run from 2pm - 6pm.
Link to a list of all the nearby restaurants.

Here's a map to give you an idea. There are dozens of restaurants, from fast food to fancy, from Seafood, Italian, Pizza, Chinese or... you name it!

For all reservation and contract questions, contact Show Chairman:
FRED CURTIS 419-424-0486

  • 8' Dealer tables are $40.00 each. 
  • Full payment must accompany each contract.
  • Checks may be held until after the show.
  • Cancellations w/full refund accepted until Oct. 1st
  • Final table assignments will not be made until after October 1st, since this new location will allow us to arrange the show layout as will best accommodate the number of tables needed. BUT...
  • Tables will still be assigned on a first-paid basis, so get your PAID contracts to Fred Curtis right away. 
  • These details are subject to change until the contracts are released.
  • Contact Show Chairman, Fred Curtis​ (419-424-0486​) for more info​.​
  • *No tables will be reserved until the printed contracts become available in May at the Mansfield Bottle Show.

Some pix from previous shows: 


Click to enlarge pix.


    See more photos: 2012 -- 2011 -- 2010

    Aug 05, 2022 01:41 pm | (Ms Dow Antiques)

    Lou McFadden Milk Bottle Collection Auction September 2022

    Lou and wife Sue were members of our bottle club. Sue writes to tell us about the upcoming auction of some of their huge dairy collection.

    "Lou was a long-time milk bottle collector and loved being a part of the Findlay Club Bottle Show each Fall!  We're planning an online auction of the remainder of Lou's collection, and wonder if you could post the attached ad for the auction to be held in September, 2022.

    Please let me know if you have any questions!  Thanks!  Sue"

    Nov 11, 2021 10:27 am | (Ms Dow Antiques)

    Huge Antique, Bottle, Jar & Advertising Auction

    Sun Nov 28 - 11:00AM


    384 Park Ave, Urbana, OH Click to Map

    View Full Photo Gallery
    • 1/2 Pt. Zanesville Flask

      1/2 Pt. Zanesville Flask

    • Washington crossing Delaware Milk Bottle

      Washington crossing Delaware Milk Bottle

    • Lot M1

      Lot M1

    • lot F1

      lot F1

        Attached Files    
    Fruit Jar Listing  (DOCX)
    Milk Bottle Listing  (DOCX)
    Outstanding and important live and in person Antique Bottle Fruit Jar & Advertising Auction at the Champaign County Fairgrounds Featuring:

    160 lots of Good Fruit Jars from a lifelong Northwest Pennsylvania collection. Includes Amber Globe, Lightning, Tobacco Jars, Millville Atmospheric, Colored 1858's, Wax Seal jars, Lot's of sets of pints, quarts & HG's. Colored Atlas including EZ seals and Masons, 15 midget Mason's, Woodbury, Protector, Dandy, Rare 1 Gallon HWP Lightning, Jumbo Peanut Butter Jars with lids, product jars, stoneware, early wax sealers and more. Nice jar lids. A great selection of jars! See attached listing & Photo gallery!   

    The Ohio Milk Bottle Collection of the late Larry Johnson of Columbus featuring 225 scarce to rare Ohio milk bottle lots. All areas of Ohio included. Includes Ohio Baby Face, Cop The Top, Hoppy, War, Ohio 1 Gallon jugs. Lots of Ohio milk caps. Nursing bottles and early dairy containers. Miniature Sheffield Bottles and metal carrier. Large lot of miniature milks including Borden's. Embossed creamers. Ohio Opener collection. Lots of dairy related paper advertising and letterheads. See attached Listing for Larry's Ohio bottle collection. 

    Special consignment of milk bottles from the Ohio Bottle Club including Washington Crossing the Delaware Malec and Marek Quart from Cleveland. Nice amber California Bordens, Also nice bottles from Texas, Oklahoma, Idaho & more. See photo gallery & listing.  

    Other Antique Bottles to include early medicines, historical flasks including amber 1/2 pint double eagle, black glass Hostetter's bitters, Dutch onions, case gins, sodas, beer, Storage jars & lots of other early bottles. Local bottles of all types to Clark, Montgomery, Logan, Miami, Champaign counties. See photo gallery for lots of pictures!

    Advertising & Antiques including advertising tins, signs, nice large selection of advertising wood boxes and crates including local. Collection of 20 original Frank Leslie Civil War prints to be sold in 1 lot. Early labels including Temperance labels from Springfield. Large lot of advertising nail aprons, Early cast iron dog, Mickey Mouse Insulators, early Wooden Shoe Minster Ohio Serving Tray. Nice marble collection. Nice Victorian Art Glass. Early tin Coleman Cooler. Early glass candy containers. Nice selection of handled milk bottle carriers. Paper Store Display piece. Oil Bottles with spouts and carrier. #40 Dazey Churn. 

    Early primitives and tools including large doll house, hay saws, single tress, early hand tools, cast iron, early gas stove and more.

    Lots of stoneware including jar of over 100 turn of the century stoneware mini jugs excavated at the Robinson Clay Pottery in Akron Ohio. Mini stoneware collection, lots of misc. jugs and jars.   

    Listing and pictures will be updated weekly. 

    Special preview available Saturday November 27th from 10am-4pm. I would plan on bringing boxes as I will have some available but not enough for all. 

    Food By John's Kettle Korn 

    Auctioneers - Joe Hardin
                  Ken Ludington 
    Licensed & Bonded By the Ohio Dept. Of Agriculture

    All announcements day of sale to take precedent. Not responsible for accidents. Local absentee bids accepted, pickup day of sale only. No Buyers Premium. Local sales tax of 7.25% applies. 

    Terms: Cash, local checks, credit cards with 5% fee.

    Oct 28, 2021 12:44 pm | (Ms Dow Antiques)

    We had a great show! Lots of treasures, and a lot of visiting, like a big bottle family reunion! 
    The new building at the fairgrounds is perfect for a bottle show. 
    Already looking forward to next year's show!

    Apr 08, 2020 12:49 pm | (Ms Dow Antiques)

    [See additional memorial info at bottom of the post, added 4-17-20]

    Sad to report that Larry Johnson has passed away. Known to all as Larry the Bottle Guy, he was a long time collector and dealer, a fixture at bottle shows and the Springfield Extravaganza. Our condolences to Larry's Mom, family and friends. There will not be a funeral or memorial ceremony, as per Larry's wishes.

    Joe Clevenger was a close friend, and shared some thoughts and memories of their years of collecting and selling at shows together:

    Larry the Bottleman
     Larry was born in Columbus, Ohio on March 16, 1948, to Homer Joseph and Alice Louise Johnson.
    Larry's boyhood home was on Sinclair Road near the corner of East Lincoln Avenue. Behind their
    home was the railroad and the Indianola Park. Larry would play in the park and along the railroad
     Larry's mom worked around the corner from their home at the neighborhood soda shop. After school
    Larry would get off the bus at the soda shop and stay there until his mom's shift would end. Larry
    would often talk about the great treats he would get there while he waited for his mom's shift to end.
     After graduating from high school he attended Ohio State University for one year. He would rather
    do the field work than the book work. So he dropped out due to poor grades. 
     He then worked for a few years at a variety of jobs. Not being the 9 to 5 type. He began working in
    the antique business in 1972. In the early years he specialized in vintage clothing and antique furniture.
    Over the years, Larry operated two antique shops in the Columbus area.
     Larry closed the shops and moved back home to live with his parents. Larry then began to specialize
    with the buying and selling of canning jars, Wheaton bottles, pictorial soda bottles and Ohio milk
    bottles. Giving up the shops Larry began to set up at various flea market and antique malls.
     I met Larry at the Farmer's Merchants Days flea market in 1995. At first I think he viewed me as a
    pest. He quickly put me to work thinking it would get me to go away. It didn't work. He began to see
    that I would be a good helper. So I began working with him at various shows across Ohio and Indiana.
     Over the years Larry has spent a lot of time teaching me about bottles, jars and how the flea market
    business works. He has also been a great source of information for dairy history. 
     In July of 2019, Larry began having painful spasms in his left arm. By August the spasms began to
    become more frequent. After the Fall Extravaganza, Larry had a major seizure. He ended up in
    Riverside Hospital for two weeks. At that time they found that he had a large tumor at the top of his
    brain. Along with a mass on his right lung. 
     Over the fall he continued buying and selling along with short stays in the hospital and nursing
    homes for various issues. Slowly over the fall Larry began to lose the use of his legs. By February he
    was in a wheelchair most of the time.
     In March, Larry had another seizure and ended up in the hospital. He quickly began going downhill.
    Larry passed away on April 1, 2020. Larry was a good friend and partner in the business.

    Larry the Bottle Guy

    Here are some links to read, and to write your own, memories of Larry Johnson the Bottle Guy. He is missed by so many people who met him over the years. The Facebook post alone was seen by almost 5000 people! RIP, Larry!

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