1830: America's first native locomotive loses a smackdown race to a draft horse. Embarrassment does not alter the course of history.
From Houston it is usually quite a distance to one of the major antique bottle shows on the East and West coasts. For this reason, I typically plan my weekend around a bottle show with museum tours, sightseeing and business.
This past weekend, prior to the Baltimore Antique Bottle Show (read A Salute to the Baltimore Antique Bottle Show) Elizabeth and I, along with Jerry and Helen Forbes from Carmel, California had the opportunity to visit the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum in downtown Baltimore on the Friday before the show. This is one of my all-time favorite museums to visit. I am also from Baltimore which gives me some pride. It was fun to see some of the early equipment and locomotives that are replicated on early American Historical Flasks.
My point with the museum tour is that it is really fun to ‘build’ your visit around other historical attractions to make a complete weekend. On the same Friday, we were also able to see the famous Washington Monument (read The Washington Monument – Baltimore) in Mt. Vernon Place in Baltimore. This monument is represented on a number of early American glass pieces. Completing our Friday, was a tour of the great Geppi’s Entertainment Museum in Camden Yards.
"Success To The Railroad" With Horse And Cart - Eagle With Stars Historical Flask, Coventry Glass Works, Coventry, Connecticut, 1830-1848. - Heckler Auction 98
SUCCESS TO THE RAILROAD - Horse Pulling Cart
GV-1, "SUCCESS TO THE RAILROAD" - Ed & Kathy Gray - GreatAntiqueBottles.com
RAILROAD / LOWELL eagle with stars, GV-10, pint, America c. mid-19th century.
B&O Railroad Museum - Baltimore, Maryland
Entrance view in to B&O Railroad Museum Roundhouse
The War Came by Train Exhibit - B&O Railroad Museum
Horse Pulling Cart - B&O Railroad Museum
Tom Thumb replica - Wes Barris photograph
Atlantic - The first running B&O Locamotive
Baltimore & Ohio R.R. - John Hancock
Lafayette - B&O Railroad Museum
4-6-0 Thatcher Perkins Built in 1863, weighing 67,800 lbs.
About Ferdinand Meyer V
Ferdinand Meyer V is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and has a BFA in Fine Art and Graphic Design from the Kansas City Art Institute and School of Design. Ferdinand is the founding Principal of FMG Design, a nationally recognized design consultation firm. Ferdinand is a passionate collector of American historical glass specializing in bitters bottles, color runs and related classic figural bottles. He is married to Elizabeth Jane Meyer and lives in Houston, Texas with their daughter and three wonderful grandchildren. The Meyers are also very involved in Quarter Horses, antiques and early United States postage stamps. Ferdinand is the past 6-year President of the Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors and is one of the founding members of the FOHBC Virtual Museum.