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May | June 2015 issue of BOTTLES and EXTRAS

The May - June 2015 issue of the stellar BOTTLES and EXTRAS is in the mail. 72 pages, plus covers including historical information, member news, show news, bottle stories and so much more. Articles included in this issue: Part 2: The Bottlers of Dubuque, The Early Years 1854-1863Is There Really a Burton’s Bitters?The Big Drink: Buffalo Springs Lithia WaterThe Tommy Mitchiner Story, Part 3 of a 4-part series on Bottle Collecting in GeorgiaThis Anointing Bottle Fascinates MeLate Persian Bottles - the Black Glass of the Middle East and The National Bottle Museum …. Remember to renew in a timely fashion and get a friend to Become a member of the FOHBC

2015 Chattanooga - Choo-Choo Time!

Contracts and information for the 2015 National Antique Bottle Show in Chattanooga, Tennessee are available online or from Jack Hewitt or John Joiner show Co-Chairs. Click for Info. If you haven't already, make your plans to attend the bottle event of the year. Get your table, hotel and banquet tickets online.

Chattanooga National Auction News

Daniel Auction Company, official FOHBC Chattanooga auctioneer continues to pull in some great bottles for their auction. Still time to consign some bottles.

FOHBC 2016 National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo in Sacramento, California

Lots of things happening with this show including a recent trip by our Show Chairman, Richard Siri and his wife Bev to visit the Lions Gate Hotel and McClellan Convention Center Again. Get the latest news HERE


The “Battle of Chattanooga” bottle competition will be held at the Marriott on Friday, July 31st after the Banquet in Plaza Room C. There will be three categories. Each category will have three judges. The categories are:

  1. Colored Sodas
  2. Sauces (peppersauce, ketchup, durkees, oyster, etc.)
  3. Best Bottle South of the Mason Dixon Line

Meet our two new Federation Officers

Louis Fifer and Linda Sheppard have joined us on the FOHBC Board of Directors. Welcome! See pictures and bios of each officer. CLICK. Get address and contact information for each officer. CLICK. Reminder that all FOHBC Board meeting notes are published online. CLICK.

FOHBC is on Facebook

Not a member of Facebook? The FOHBC page has 2197 members as of this post. VISIT FOHBC Facebook

Read BOTTLES and EXTRAS Online

BOTTLES and EXTRAS can be viewed in ISSUU format for many past years. ISSUU is an online service that allows for realistic and customizable viewing of digitally uploaded material, such as portfolios, books, magazine issues, newspapers, and other print media. It integrates with social networking sites to promote uploaded material. Uploaded print material is viewed through a web browser and is made to look like a printed publication with an animated page flip option. Individual articles can also be read in PDF format. You will need your FOHBC password. Contact Ferdinand Meyer or Elizabeth Meyer for passwords.

Chattanooga Marriott

Last day to book Hotel Room is on July 9, 2015! Close to 500 room nights booked already. Reserve your room now if you have not already. LINK TO RESERVE
Virtual Museum Update

Look for an exciting video that is being produced by Steven Libbey and his team. This showcases the museum and gallery designs. We are still raising funds to start construction for this game-changer, once in a generation, project. VISIT INFO PAGE
The best Outhouse Cake I have ever seen

Wanted to send this in for some time. Local cake maker friend of our daughters, Michelle Smith does cakes ... SEE PICS
My bottle from the Empress of Ireland

Recently I received a couple of e-mails from Francine Saint-Laurent in Montréal (Québec) with questions about a bottle… READ
The Many Molds of the Dr. Townsend Sarsaparilla Bottles

Great new resource on Dr. Townsend Sarsaparilla Bottles by noted authority Rick Ciralli. This page is dedicated to the many molds of the Dr Townsend Sarsaparilla bottles. CHECK IT OUT
1876 United States Internal Revenue Stamps

While working on the Dr. James H. McLean & Ferd Meyer, the Tax Agent post, I had the opportunity to look more closely at the 1876 United States Internal Revenue Special Tax Stamps or Certificates for Wholesale Liquor Dealers, Tobacco Peddlers and Beer Brewers. READ
A. A. Mellier – St Louis Missouri
Mellier’s Imperial Tonic Bitters by Mark C. Wiseman


18 April 2015 (Saturday) Salisbury, North Carolina - 9th Annual Piedmont Bottle & Pottery Club Show FOHBC Member Club

19 April 2015 (Sunday) Rochester, New York - 46th Annual Genesee Valley Bottle Collectors Association’s Bottle, Paper, Postcard, & Table Top Antiques Show & Sale FOHBC Member Club

19 April 2015 (Sunday) Harrisonburg, Virginia – 44th Historical Bottle Diggers of Virginia Antique Bottle Show FOHBC Member Club

02 May 2015 (Saturday) Gray, Tennessee – 17th Annual “State of Franklin” Antique Bottle Show FOHBC Member Club

03 May 2015 (Sunday) Antioch, Illinois – Antique Bottle Club Of Northern Illinois, 40th Annual Antiques, Bottles and Collectables, Show and Sale

03 May 2015 (Sunday) Marcy, New York – The Mohawk Valley Antique Bottle Club will host its 21st Annual Utica Bottle Show & Sale FOHBC Member Club

09 May 2015 (Saturday) Mansfield, Ohio – The Ohio Bottle Club’s 37th Mansfield Antique Bottle & Advertising Show & Sale FOHBC Member Club

09 May 2015 (Saturday) Coventry, Connecticut – The Museum of Connecticut Glass 11th Annual Outdoor Bottle and Glass Show

09 & 10 May 2015 (Saturday & Sunday) Adamstown, Pennsylvania – 2nd Annual Shupps Grove Diggers of America Show

15 & 16th May 2015 (Friday & Saturday) Kent,Washington – Washington Bottle & Collectors Association 4th Annual Antique Bottle & Collectibles Show FOHBC Member Club

16 May 2015 (Saturday) Aiken, South Carolina – The Horse Creek Bottle & Pottery Club will hold its7th annual Antique Bottle and Pottery SaleFOHBC Member Club

16 May 2015 (Saturday) Lake City, Florida 2nd Annual Antique Bottle & Collectable Show & Sale

16 May 2015 (Saturday) Richmond, Rhode Island – The Little Rhody Bottle Club Tailgate Swap Meet FOHBC Member Club

17 May 2015 (Sunday) Washington, Pennsylvania – Washington County Antique Bottle Clubs 41st Annual Show & Sale FOHBC Member Club

28 – 31 May 2015 (Thursday – Sunday) Hershey, Pennsylvania – National Association of Milk Bottle Collectors (NAMBC) will hold its 35th Annual Convention FOHBC Member Club

30 & 31 May 2015 (Saturday & Sunday) Santa Rosa, California – 49th Northwestern Bottle Collectors Antique Bottle & Collectible Show FOHBC Member Club

05 & 06 June 2015 (Friday & Saturday) Butte, Montana – Montana Bottle Collectors Association, presents our annual 2015 Old Bottles, Antiques and Collectibles Show & Sale FOHBC Member Club

06 June 2015 (Saturday) Raleigh, North, Carolina – Raleigh Bottles and Collectables Club presents their 2015 Bottle Show FOHBC Member Club

07 June 2015 (Sunday) Ballston Spa, New York – Annual National Bottle Museum Show

13 June 2015 (Saturday) San Diego, California – San Diego 2015 Antique Bottle & Collectibles Show & Sale FOHBC Member Club

27 June 2015 (Saturday) Tulsa, Oklahoma – The Tulsa Antiques and Bottle Club’s 38th Annual Bottle and Antique Advertising Show fFOHBC Member Club

02-05 July 2015 (Thursday –Sunday) Sandwich, Illinois – 46th Annual National Insulator Association Show and Convention

11 July 2015 (Saturday) Houston-Texas – Houston Antique Bottle, Advertising and Collectible Show

11 July 2015 (Saturday) Richmond, Rhode Island – The Little Rhody Bottle Club Tailgate Swap Meet FOHBC Member Club

17 & 18 July 2015 (Friday & Saturday) Reno, Nevada – Reno Antique Bottle & Collectibles Club 52nd Annual Show & Sale FOHBC Member Club

18 & 19 July 2015 (Saturday & Sunday) Adamstown, Pennsylvania – The 15th Annual Shupp’s Grove Bottle Festival

25 July 2015 (Saturday) Birmingham, Alabama – The Alabama Bottle Collectors’ 10th Anniversary Bottle, Folk Pottery and Collectible Show FOHBC Member Club

25 July 2015 (Saturday) Castle Rock, Colorado – 50th Annual Antique Bottle Collectors of Colorado Show FOHBC Member Club

31 July – 02 August 2015 (Friday, Saturday & Sunday) Chattanooga, Tennessee - FOHBC 2015 National Antique Bottle Show FOHBC National Show

Blue Scroll Flask in Auction

Jack (Hewitt) and I decided to step up even more to the plate even though we both have put 3 bottles each in the Chattanooga National auction. We are cosigning the blue scroll flask we found at an estate sale last weekend to Jim (Daniel). It is a great bottle and hopefully it will attract more good bottles to the auction. John (Joiner) (Co-Chair) Please Consign!

Banquet Speaker – Tom Hicks

Adventures in our Hobby

James Thomas “Tom” Hicks will be our Banquet speaker! Tom has emerged as a widely respected expert on southern bottles and pottery. Toms talk will be mostly anecdotal about his adventures in the hobby. Read More

Chattanooga Seminars

Jack Hewitt and John Joiner, Chattanooga National Show Co-Chairs, have a great line-up of presentations and seminars in Chattanooga. Six seminars are planned and will be given by prominent collectors on various topics. READ MORE

Are Pressburgs Still Rare?

The short answer is an absolute “Yes”!! The reason that I post this question is that it has been asked of me on several occasions, most recently at the Baltimore Antique Bottle Show earlier this month. However, as with assessments of rarity among antique bottles, the answer comes with caveats. Indeed, not all Warner’s Pressburgs… READ at Warner’s Safe Cure Blog
Salutes to the 2015 San Luis Obispo Antique Bottle Show – Morro Bay

Well…I salute, along with the soldier and sailor dolls spotted on a dealers table. Another San Luis Obispo Antique Bottle Show in Morro Bay, California has come and gone but the adventure continues… READ MORE
2015 Baltimore Bottle Experience

Snow, Cold Weather and a Warm Time

Towards the middle of last week, Elizabeth and I started getting alerts from the airlines that our scheduled flight from Houston to Baltimore might be delayed. Well, I guess so, as there was a projected 100% chance of snow in Baltimore this past Thursday. READ
Set of Three Skull Poisons and Trade Cards

Sometimes I just feel like Charlie Brown because I have to say “Good Grief”. This time, Jim Hagenbuch has a set of three Skull Poisons….plus…are you ready…. three corresponding trade cards. Wow-oh-wow. Lot 244 is currently online at Glass Works AuctionsWinter Classic” Auction 106. The write-up and pictures from Glass Works are included in this post. READ
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