Shipping Crates

How about those old bottle boxes. The stories they might tell?

Tami Barber

Coke&BeerCratesBarberApple-Touch-IconATami Barber attached the above picture of a stacked Richardson Coca-Cola Bottling Works, Lead, South Dakota and Anheuser Busch St. Louis, Mo. beer shipping crate to the Peachridge Glass facebook page and said “How about those old bottle boxes. The stories they might tell?” This of course got me started. I have a dozen or so myself, probably many more antique shipping crates staged throughout the house. Many of them are for bitters bottles. Here are a few from my collection along with many others of various construction and brand.

MishlersStencil

Packing Box or Crate Stencil for Mishler’s Keystone Bitters, Manufactured by Griel & Bro, Sole Agents No. 28 South 16th St. Philada, Pa. – Glass Works Auctions (ex: Jeff Burkhardt)

FatherJohnsCrate

THE GREATEST BODY BUILDER Father John’s Medicine, Lowell, Mass., U.S.A. and Montreal, Canada

Abbott's Aromatic Bitters Shipping Crate - Meyer Collection

C.W. Abbott & Co. Manufacturers of ABBOTT’S BITTERS Baltimore, Maryland shipping crate – Meyer Collection

DewarsCrate

DEWAR’S “White Label” SCOTCH WHISKY, John Dewar & Sons, Established 1846, Perth, Scotland Shipping Crate

AfricanStomachBittersCrate

AFRICAN STOMACH BITTERS Shipping Crate – Meyer Collection (Read More)

ChamberlainCrate

FROM CHAMBERLAIN MEDICINE COMPANY, Des Moines, Iowa. Probably held Dr. Von Hopf’s Curacoa or Curaco (or Curacao) Bitters

DairyLeaMilkCrate

DAIRYLEA Division of Dairymen’s League Co-op Assn, Inc. Rochester, NY Milk Crate

DrPeterFahrneyCrate

By DR PETER FAHRNEY Shipping Crate – Chicago, Ill’s

ElectricBittersCrateGroup

One Dozen Large ELECTRIC BITTERS , H.E. Bucklen & Co., Chicago, Illinois Shipping Crate and Three Labeled Bottles (Read More)

EuclidRaceDairyCrate

Property Of EUCLID RACE DAIRY CO. Shipping Crate

HiresRootBeerCrate

HIRES ROOT BEER with Real Root Juices – The Charles E. Hires Co. – Philadelphia, PA.

HomersGingerBrandyCrate

HOMER’S GINGER AND BRANDY COMPOUND FOR CRAMPS & FLATULENCY Shipping Crate

HostetterCrate

DR. J. HOSTETTER’S CELEBRATED Stomach Bitters, Pittsburgh, PA. – Meyer Colection

JulepCoCrate

THE JULEP CO. – Fort Worth, Texas, Chicago, Illinois, Philadelphia, PA

MarlboroBeverageCrate

Marlboro BEVERAGE COMPANY – Head Office – San Francisco

MishlersCrate

MISHLER’S HERB BITTERS – THE GREAT HOUSEHOLD REMEDY – Meyer Collection (Read More)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

3-C Nectar, “The Drink of the Gods”, Bottling Works, Winchester, VA.

PainesCeleryCompoundCrate

PAINE’S CELERY COMPOUND Trade Mark Registered Shipping Crate

PerunaMedicineCrate

PERUNA MEDICINE Co. SUCCESSORS TO DR. S.B. HARTMAN & CO., COLUMBUS, OHIO

PoorMansCrate

POOR MANS FAMILY BITTERS Shipping Crate with labeled bottles in sawdust. Manufactured by Poor Man’s Bitters Co. , Oswego, N.Y. (Read More)

SenateBeerCrate

Senate Beer Shipping Crate – CHR. HEURICH BREWING CO. – WASHINGTON, D.C.

SloansCrate

Sloan’s The World’s Liniment Shipping Crate

SquirtCrate

DRINK Squirt NORTH PLATTE, NEBRASKA Shipping Crate

WhiskeyCrate

Later WHISKEY Shipping Crate, Louisville, Kentucky

TexacoKeroseneCrate

THE TEXECO COMPANY LIGHTHOUSE SERVICE KEROSENE Shipping Crate – Manufactured at Port Arthur, Texas, U.S.A.

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.
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1 Response to Shipping Crates

  1. sandchip says:

    Great stuff. Love the Coca-Cola and the Hostetter’s. And that Texaco crate is something else.

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