Antique Bottle and Glass News

Peaches on CrateThis site is presented and hosted by Ferdinand and Elizabeth Meyer. We hope to share our passion for collecting and dealing in Early American Antique Bottles and Glass. Please contact us for any information and or bottle and glass news for post consideration. I am also looking for guest authors as I shift to the Virtual Museum project. Thanks!


Hudson Valley Bottle Club Show Better Each Year

Hudson Valley Show 2016-039It was a busy weekend for me this past week as on Saturday I drove out to the Madison Bouckville Antique Week (Read: Madison Bouckville Tent Sale Still a Hit) to see the “Bottle Nuts” and Sunday I drove down to the Hudson Valley Bottle Clubs 29th Annual Show and Sale. I have been attending this show for years and I have to tell you, it seems to be getting better each year.

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HECKLER Live Auction – Friday August 26th at Noon

8a140783-c05e-4f13-a005-511313f980eeItems Include: Early American Glass, Bottles, Flasks, Bitters, Figural Bottles, Paperweights, Demijohns, Medicines, Stoneware, Ink Bottles and Inkwells, Blown and Pressed Glass, Jars, Insulators, Antique Kitchen Utensils, Reference Books and Catalogs, Poisons, Black Glass and Utility Bottles, Sodas and More. INFO

FOHBC 2016 Sacramento National Showroom Floor

GA_3FlaccusJarsXThis year at the FOHBC 2016 Sacramento National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo, we had room for barely 200+ tables and filled them all. We had a few last minute cancellations due to illnesses and such but were able to fill the spots with expanding table sales to three tables (we had limited to two) and by a few last minute walk-ins. We sent our show photographer, Gina Pellegrini around to take pictures of tables that caught her eye. Let’s look at a few of her pictures. There was quite a variety of material on the floor as you can see!

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Madison Bouckville Tent Sale Still a Hit

Madison Bouckville 010xFor a number of years now, a group of us guys have rented a couple of tents at the nationally known and popular, Madison Bouckville Antique Week in Bouckville, New York. They call themselves the “Bottle Nuts.” This past Saturday, August 20th, my good friend Jim Healy and I drove out to see the Bottle Nuts and attend the antique event. Jim had never been and I myself go every year as long as it’s not raining. We got there about 8:00 am and found the guys all in good spirits and smiling. This is a good sign as they had been there all week. That’s right, the show is a week long.

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The Great English Tonic Rothery’s Appetizer and Stomach Bitters

RotheryShard2A couple of weeks ago I received a phone message from Adam Koch up in Ohio who said that a shard of an unlisted color for a bitters was found back east. The name on the shard was “The Great English Tonic Rothery’s Appetizer and Stomach Bitters”. Pretty amazing that the shard contained the full name. Doesn’t usually happen that way. I talked with Adam and he was going to get a picture and send me. A few days passed and then I received an email from Jim Bender in New York saying “I thought you may like to see this bottle Jim Healy dug last week. It is listed as Extremely Rare in amber. As you can see this one was yellow.”
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Koopmann’s Bitters dug in Savannah

Koopmans4Ferdinand…. Here it is the KOOPMANN’S BITTERS that I dug in Savannah, Georgia. I regret to say that this bottle will not win any beauty awards. The bottle is deep aqua, 8-1/4 inches tall 3 inches by 1-3/4 inches wide. It has a single applied tapered top. The bottom is a smooth base hinged mold. It is embossed on the sides only as you can see in my photos. This bottle was dug in a Confederate Civil War age dump in downtown Savannah. What a killer dump it was. Dug it with a lot of other fine bitters, sodas, medicines, stoneware and other pontil bottles. I can’t find it listed in any of the bottle books or in our bottle world. Later…. Robert Biro

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FOHBC 2016 Sacramento National Educational Displays

D_ECM_LightDetailWhile the Warner’s Safe Bottles & Posters display took both ribbons, you could rely on every person who visited the displays to say an extra “wow” to the outstanding Benicia Glass – Natures Tiffany display by Michael & Karen Peart and the Early American Glass & Seals display by Michael Mckintosh. Surrounding these dominant displays were other powerful displays on Hostetters Stomach Bitters, miniatures, Owl Drug, black glass, California whiskies, Schafer & Vater whiskey nips, western bitters, western digging history, insulators, gold rush artifacts, cod bottles, fruit jars, Jamaica gingers, U.S.A Hospital Department bottles and an fully loaded California apothecary cabinet. Many said it was the most exciting grouping of displays they have ever seen.

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Stunning Early American Glass Display at the FOHBC Sacramento National

D_EAG_FullSide1_BannerWhile the Warner’s Safe Bottles & Posters display took both ribbons, you could rely on every person who visited the displays to say an extra “wow” to the outstanding Benicia Glass – Natures Tiffany display by Michael & Karen Peart and the Early American Glass & Seals display by Michael Mckintosh.
In three display areas and rooms dominated by western glass, it came to a surprise by many to see an incredible display of early American glass. The pieces and groupings were stunning and sure provided a more comprehensive overview to collecting historical glass to our hobby.

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September October 2016 BOTTLES and EXTRAS mails this week!

SeptOct16_BigBoyCover_CropMarksThe September October 2016 BOTTLES and EXTRAS mails to FOHBC members this week! This issue features OK Plantation Bitters – The Big Boys by Ferdinand Meyer V, Savannah Bottler John Ryan’s Fame has spread across the United States by Bill Baab, Dr. Le Riemondie’s Southern Bitters by Justin McClure, Nevada Backbar Bottle Bonanza by Jennifer Nevada Jacobitz, James D. Jacobitz, M.D., and Jon Aurich Jr., Burks Lightning Liniment by Eric McGuire, Top 70 – Best of the West by Warren Friedrich, Eric McGuire & Richard Siri and the popular FOHBC Member Photo Gallery. Become of Member of the FOHBC and receive BOTTLES and EXTRAS

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FOHBC 2016 Sacramento National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo | Educational Displays | Michael & Karen Peart • Benicia Glass – Natures Tiffany

D_Benicia_LeftChestWhile the Warner’s Safe Bottles & Posters display took both ribbons, you could rely on every person who visited the displays to say “wow” to the outstanding Benicia Glass – Natures Tiffany display by Michael & Karen Peart. Amazing and well worth the effort as this was the finest display ever of this glass type. Thank you Michael & Karen and thank you Russell Umbraco and Richard Siri for making this and other displays possible.

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FOHBC 2016 Sacramento National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo | Educational Displays – Mike & Kathie Craig • Warner’s Safe Bottles & Posters

D_Warners_Ribbons_Craigs&SiriThis year at the FOHBC 2016 Sacramento National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo, twenty (20) outstanding displays were presented. Viewers were asked to VOTE for their favorite display as “Best in Show” and “Most Educational” awards were given. The announcement of the winners occurred on Sunday, August 7th between at 2:30 pm. Winning both ribbons was Mike & Kathie Craig for their outstanding Warners Safe Bottles & Posters display which included…

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FOHBC 2016 Sacramento National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo | Children’s Grab Bags

Child_BellaxSQRichard and Bev Siri (Sacramento National Co-chairs) prepared 44 children’s grab bags, each filled with two or in most cases three newspaper wrapped bottles from Richard’s collection. There were some definite goodies in those bags. Lets look at a few of our pictures. It sure is nice seeing the looks of curiosity and surprise on these cuter antique bottle collectors. Thank you to Isabella Alucema for helping with the children.

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FOHBC 2016 Sacramento National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo | 49er Bottle Jamboree Auction

A_Auction_FredAgainBanner“This year we’re doing something different by presenting a wide variety of bottles and related pieces that help define Western collecting,” said Fred Holabird, president of Holabird Western Americana, based in Reno, Nevada, the firm conducting the auction. “We solicited bottles that are an iconic representation of the genre from different areas – and in the West, that isn’t easy.”

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FOHBC 2016 Sacramento National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo | The FOHBC Banquet

BQ_TableShovelThe FOHBC Banquet traditionally follows the Educational Seminars and Early Admission on Friday, the official first day of the bottle show. This year the FOHBC Membership Meeting Breakfast occurred earlier in the day. The FOHBC Banquet or “Awards Banquet” as it is sometimes called, is a more formal event where reservations are required with meal choices made in advance. The banquet usually occurs in the host hotel ballroom as it did this year and it was preceded by a cocktail hour to start things off.

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FOHBC 2016 Sacramento National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo | Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

RCC_FOHBCPieceThe FOHBC Ribbon Cutting Ceremony followed the Educational Seminars and the FOHBC Membership Meeting Breakfast. The event happened at the McClellan Conference Center at 12:50 pm. Richard and Beverley Siri, Sacramento National Co-Chairs, made the cut (actually Richard did) as other FOHBC Sacramento National officials such as Louis Fifer (FOHBC Conventions Director), Eric McGuire (FOHBC Western Region Director), …

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The ‘Summer Extravaganza’ Potpourri Auction is now open for bidding!

GWBanner3partsGlass Works Auctions presents an absentee auction. The “Summer Extravaganza” Potpourri Auction! This is a three part auction closing on three separate days.THIS IS A TIMED CLOSING AUCTION. Auction Closing Days and Times: Session 1: Lots 1 to 250 August 29th @ 10pm, Session 2: Lots 251 to 500 August 30th @ 10pm, Session 3: Lots 501 to 716 August 31st @ 10pm, Featuring: Bitters, Whiskeys, Flasks, Saratoga Type Bottles, Sodas and Beers, Pontiled Medicines, Inks & Inkwells, Pickles and Foods, Black Glass, Target Balls, Blown and Pattern Molded and more. Over 700 lots of quality antique bottles, flasks, etc. Click here to view the auction, register and bid!

FOHBC 2016 Sacramento National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo | Educational Seminars

CaliforniaStonewareBannerThe FOHBC Educational Seminars immediately followed the FOHBC Membership Meeting Breakfast on the Lion’s Gate Hotel patio. Members and guests could walk into the adjacent Ballroom for a morning of seminars. We had a great selection of topics that seemed to really get excellent comments from the responses we have gathered so far. We will use this space to celebrate and record each of the six seminars. As usual, it was tough to pick out the seminars to attend as they were paired up. Next year at the Springfield National we will be video taping each seminar for historical purposes. A special thanks to Eric McGuire for coordinating all seminars.

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FOHBC 2016 Sacramento National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo | Membership Meeting Breakfast

MB_PatioGrassGoodYear after year, we would have our FOHBC Membership Meeting after the FOHBC Board meeting. The Board meeting would run from 8:00 am to Noon. We would then grab a quick lunch and rush back to a mostly empty room for our 1:00 pm Membership Meeting. For one thing, it was a day early and many folks had just not arrived. For another, it was near lunch…

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FOHBC 2016 Sacramento National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo | Sacramento Shootout

ShootoutBannerThe next Sacramento National event, after the FOHBC Board meeting, American Bottle Auctions Open House, Early Registration, and Generals House VIP Reception was the Sacramento Shootout. This bottle competition concept seems to have originated in the west or at least is preferred in the west as an event to slug it out and see great bottles while competing to win bragging rights for the best bottle in a category. This year was no different. Sacramento National co-chair Richard Siri spearheaded this even with primary assistance from Eric McGuire and Warren Friedrich.

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Official Sacramento National Convention Photographer – Gina Pellegrini

Sac_GinaPellegriniSQbwThe Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors (FOHBC) is extremely proud and pleased that Angelina Pellegrini agreed to volunteer her time to be our official photographer for the FOHBC 2016 Sacramento National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo. Many posts are going up now and will continue to be posted that represent her work. Visit FOHBC.org. Gina did a fantastic job and we are all grateful for her professional and personable attitude that was evident at every event during our four-day convention. Her work will also be featured in the November December issue of BOTTLES and EXTRAS and Antique Bottle & Glass Collector.

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Louis Fifer gets on his Knee at the Sacramento National

LouisFiferWebCongratulations are in order to Louis Fifer (FOHBC Conventions Director) and Lindsey Stoneman from Brunswick Ohio. Louis proposed to Lindsey at the FOHBC 2016 Sacramento National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo! More to come!

FOHBC 2016 Sacramento National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo | Generals House VIP Reception

GH_FullYardThe next Sacramento National event, after the FOHBC Board meeting, American Bottle Auctions Open House, and Early Registration was the Generals House VIP Reception in the lush back yard of the Generals House at the Lions Gate Hotel. The event was sponsored by American Bottle Auctions and Peachridge Glass and was planned to show appreciation to the dealers, their assistants, early admission attendees, displayers, seminar speakers and volunteers that made this the biggest bottle event of the year.

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FOHBC 2017 Springfield National Dealer & Info Packets Now Online

SpringfieldPacketCoverAfter a week of quiet sales as we were focusing on the FOHBC 2016 Sacramento National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo, we announce that 10% of the tables are sold and quite a few advertisements in the Souvenir Program. Many hotel room nights have also already been booked. Don’t delay, plan ahead for the BIGGEST antique bottle event of 2017 and possibly the biggest ever in the northeast. INFO HERE

FOHBC 2016 Sacramento National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo | American Bottle Auctions Open House

ABA_RedBuffaloBrewingOur first Sacramento National event after the FOHBC Board meeting on Thursday, 04 August 2016 was the open house at American Bottle Auctions. Jeff Wichmann had recently added new shelving, advertising and bottles to his office and boy was it ready to receive a standing room only crowd throughout the event. We sent our show photographer, Gina Pellegrini, down to Jeff’s office on the early side to capture the spirit of the office and open house.

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FOHBC 2016 Sacramento National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo | Early Dealer Registration Report & Imagery

PR_SouvenirProgramsXRegistration packets and complementary souvenir programs were available on Thursday afternoon at the Federations tables adjacent at the Lions Gate Hotel Club Ballroom Foyer. Folks could get their dealer or early admission packet before the crowd. The audience was also able to join or renew their FOHBC membership and purchase FOHBC merchandise. What a great way to display the convention logo as everyone had to wear their lanyard. All photographs are by our official show photographer, Angelina (Gina) Pellegrini unless otherwise noted.
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FOHBC 2016 Sacramento National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo | FOHBC Board Meeting

Board Meeting_Meyer&LionXThis will be first is a series to explore the many scheduled events at the FOHBC 2016 Sacramento National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo. We will start out with the FOHBC Board meeting as this was our first scheduled event of the four day mega convention. The meeting was scheduled from 8:00 am to noon on Thursday morning, 04 August 2016 within the Lions Den at the Lion’s Gate Hotel, our host hotel. This meeting usually occurs at our national convention in late July or early August and in March every year at the Baltimore Antique Bottle Show. All photographs are by our official show photographer, Angelina (Gina) Pellegrini unless otherwise noted. You can read the agenda below. Comprehensive meeting notes will be published at a later date.

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FOHBC 2016 Sacramento National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo Souvenir Program

SacramentoProgramCoverIt gives me great pleasure to welcome our Federation members and guests to the FOHBC Western Regions 2016 National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo in the great city of Sacramento, California. This is our time to celebrate our “Back to our Roots” themed event as on October 15, 1959, Mr. and Mrs. John C. Tibbitts (wife Edith) called the first meeting of what became The Antique Bottle Collectors Club of California at their home in Sacramento, California. Tibbitts was elected the first president. It was believed to be the first such club. This attracted the attention of antique bottle clubs across the country and many joined what eventually evolved into the Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors (FOHBC). Read Souvenir Program in ISSUU

TeaKettle Ink Price and Reference Guide

TeaKettle Ink Price_Coversmall“I have already pre-sold 20 copies to the UK and France collectors, 10 copies to Australia and New Zealand collectors and 8 to the United States collectors before any real advertising. It appears there will be a demand for more than 50 copies so I am now going to limit it to 100 copies.” – Joe

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2016 Houston Bottle Show fun as usual!

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The Houston Bottle Show is usually a tough one for me because it is usually a week or two before the Federation National Show (FOHBC 2016 Sacramento National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo) where a lot of my attention has been focused. This year was no different but I must say, it was well worth setting up and visiting with the Texas and southwest bottle crowd. I even picked up a few pieces that will work their way into my house which is under major renovation from the Houston floods this past April and May.

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Tuscaloosa Antique Bottle, Pottery and Advertising Show a huge success!

Tuscaloosa16_20sqThanks go out to EVERYONE who helped make our first Tuscaloosa Antique Bottle, Pottery and Advertising Show a huge success!! While Tuscaloosa is famous for the University of Alabama, we may have a new tradition building there. Bill Johnson and Bob McGraw are proud to report some very special results, and credit for that goes to many.

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Shupp’s Grove was a Hot One

shupps_groveThis past weekend, Linda and I attended the 16th Annual Shupp’s Grove Bottle Fest in Adamstown, Pennsylvania. We attend this show every year and I have to say it is one of my favorite shows of the year. I like the outdoors setting and the fact that you can roam around until dark visiting with people. This year it was hot, I mean very hot. It hit the 90’s in the shade at times. I believe it slowed some people down this year. Mornings were busy but as the sun got overhead the crowds thinned out for sure.

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Mohawk Valley Bottle Collectors Club supports the National Association of Milk Bottle Collectors

NAMBC_LogoOn July 11th, at the monthly meeting of the Mohawk Valley Bottle Collectors Club, they had a presentation on unusual milk bottles presented by Peter Bleiberg. Along with that presentation they drew five names from club members present for a one-year membership to the National Association of Milk Bottle Collectors (NAMBC). This includes twelve issues of The Milk Route, a newsletter published each month. Peter is the editor of the newsletter and does a great job with it.

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Lost California Bear found in North Carolina

WalkingBearDuoMarty Vollmer, the South Carolina show chairman, called me and said a friend found an ad on Craigslist for a bottle with a bear on it. I asked if it was clear and he informed me that it was amber. I got on-line and the ad read; “Antique Bottle $3000.00.” There were several pictures that were not very good but I recognized it as the Wm. H. Spears & Co. Old Pioneer Whiskey.

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A silver lining in that storm?

BrownsTallr_KlotzHere is the story of finding the elusive “Brown’s/ Aromatic/ Bitters/ Hannibal/ Mo” bottle. I knew they were out there, just never expected to dig one up, as I discovered on the Peachridge Glass web site, the article written about the only other (amber) one known had listed them as “extremely rare.” Only one known and they call it extremely rare??? I call it unique! Well, there are/is at least one, possibly as many as two aqua ones that appear to be a newer variant. Now there are two amber ones. Ferdinand Meyer, president of FOHBC, owns the previously unique example and is nicely pictured in his website article. So now back to mine.

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Logo Designs for the FOHBC 2018 Cleveland National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo

FOHBC_Cleveland Logo_NewLogo concepts were presented to the FOHBC 2018 Cleveland National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo co-chairs Louis Fifer and Matt Lacy (& Elizabeth Lacy) on Sunday evening, 24 April 2016. Every great American city has a founding father, historical landmarks and participated in our countries growth. Cleveland, Ohio is no different. What is exciting here is the transformation and revitalization of Cleveland through good infrastructure planning, diversification and investment in the arts. Cleveland is synonymous with the FOHBC Next Generation initiative.

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H. H. Warner – His Company & His Bottles 2.0 by Michael Seeliger & contributing authors worldwide

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H. H. Warner – His Company & His Bottles 2.0. Digital Format fits any USB Port PDF version. Updates available as new information pictures and stories unfold by sending card back to the author. Filled with the Warner and Dr. Craig Story, Bottles, Advertising, Posters, Almanacs, and other information on Warner and Craig bottles. Over 600 pages with great pictures of all Warner bottles and advertising. Includes the 1974 book H.H. Warner His Company & His Bottles and a checklist of Warner and Dr. Craig items. $18 postpaid. Update available whenever desired by sending the original USB card back and receiving another new version for $3 to cover postage or free at bottle shows where Michael Seeliger is in attendance. To order a copy: Michael Seeliger, N8211 Smith Rd. Brooklyn, Wisconsin 53521, mwseeliger@gmail.com or buy it on ebay.

Cleveland, Ohio to be the host city for the 2018 FOHBC National Antique Bottle Convention

cleveland-convention-centerThe Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors (FOHBC) is thrilled to announce the arrival of the 2018 FOHBC National Antique Bottle Convention in Cleveland, Ohio on August 3rd – 5th, 2018. This mega event promises to deliver in ways we haven’t seen before! The Convention will take place at the Cleveland Convention Center… READ MORE

5 Responses to Antique Bottle and Glass News

  1. Warren Friedrich says:

    I’ve just spent several hours perusing this website for Antique Bottle Collectors, I have to say this is the most comprehensive internet site ever developed for the antique bottle enthusiast. It is destined to be the GO TO site for all those interested in the antique bottle hobby.

  2. FinBotClub says:

    This is a great looking website — well done! Love all the pix of the beautiful bottles. Looking forward to watching this site grow. All the best wishes from the Findlay Bottle Club! –Marianne Dow

  3. Mike Dolcini says:

    Well done, Ferd. Lots of great info and destined to be a favorite of a bunch of collectors.

  4. dale says:

    Great job Ferd ! The information and enjoyment of your site is a huge asset to the bottle and glass collecting community not to mention the history buff ! My enjoyment of collecting has just increased 10 fold thanks to your efforts !

  5. feritz says:

    I have an example of the Hufeland bitters That reads: Original Swiss Stomach Tonic. sole manufacturers-Edward M. Lind/ O.L. Stevens. This is an early machine-made bottle, so I am assuming it was made after the pure foods act of 1906. Curious. Frank Ritz

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