It is interesting to set up at the Houston Show. It is so small and there are so few, if any of the things I look for.
From talking to the old-timers here such as Barbara Puckett (Show Organizer), Tom and Alicia Booth, Alton Neatherlin, Neil and Linda Buso & Ed Letard, I understand that Houston used to be a mega show with the likes of Dr. Sam Greer, Bob & Beka Mebane, Norm Heckler, Bill Agee, Dr. Richard Cannon and many others in regular attendance.
I did meet quite a few new collectors, signed up a number of new FOHBC members, turned many newbies on to the digital revolution in bottles with the bottle web sites and bottle blogs (I always have my laptop with me) and of course…. got some GREAT LEADS on some sleeper Bitters Bottles that have been tucked away for decades. THAT IS WHY I GO TO SHOWS!
I also had the pleasure of meeting Jim Schmidt (noted Civil War author and blogger) and his wife. Visit: Civil War Medicine and looking at some of Dan Cowman’s massive Bitters Ephemera duplicates. WOW! Dan also mentioned that he purchased only the second know original large Roback’s Stomach Bitters bar picture on eBay recently for 5k. The other known picture is in the Library of Congress.
Anyway, the pictures…. (by the way…you can see my table photographs by clicking Meyer Table)
Special Message for Jeff, Bob and Bill who were hitting the Reno Show (Bitters on Dan’s Table: Kelly’s, Old Homestead, Pocahontas, Un-Embossed Blue Barrel, H.P. Herb, Drakes, Label Under Glass Herb Bitters and two Castilians (to name a few)