How about those old bottle boxes. The stories they might tell?
Tami 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.
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)
THE GREATEST BODY BUILDER Father John’s Medicine, Lowell, Mass., U.S.A. and Montreal, Canada
C.W. Abbott & Co. Manufacturers of ABBOTT’S BITTERS Baltimore, Maryland shipping crate – Meyer Collection
DEWAR’S “White Label” SCOTCH WHISKY, John Dewar & Sons, Established 1846, Perth, Scotland Shipping Crate
AFRICAN STOMACH BITTERS Shipping Crate – Meyer Collection (Read More)
FROM CHAMBERLAIN MEDICINE COMPANY, Des Moines, Iowa. Probably held Dr. Von Hopf’s Curacoa or Curaco (or Curacao) Bitters
DAIRYLEA Division of Dairymen’s League Co-op Assn, Inc. Rochester, NY Milk Crate
By DR PETER FAHRNEY Shipping Crate – Chicago, Ill’s
One Dozen Large ELECTRIC BITTERS , H.E. Bucklen & Co., Chicago, Illinois Shipping Crate and Three Labeled Bottles (Read More)
Property Of EUCLID RACE DAIRY CO. Shipping Crate
HIRES ROOT BEER with Real Root Juices – The Charles E. Hires Co. – Philadelphia, PA.
HOMER’S GINGER AND BRANDY COMPOUND FOR CRAMPS & FLATULENCY Shipping Crate
DR. J. HOSTETTER’S CELEBRATED Stomach Bitters, Pittsburgh, PA. – Meyer Colection
THE JULEP CO. – Fort Worth, Texas, Chicago, Illinois, Philadelphia, PA
Marlboro BEVERAGE COMPANY – Head Office – San Francisco
MISHLER’S HERB BITTERS – THE GREAT HOUSEHOLD REMEDY – Meyer Collection (Read More)
3-C Nectar, “The Drink of the Gods”, Bottling Works, Winchester, VA.
PAINE’S CELERY COMPOUND Trade Mark Registered Shipping Crate
PERUNA MEDICINE Co. SUCCESSORS TO DR. S.B. HARTMAN & CO., COLUMBUS, OHIO
POOR MANS FAMILY BITTERS Shipping Crate with labeled bottles in sawdust. Manufactured by Poor Man’s Bitters Co. , Oswego, N.Y. (Read More)
Senate Beer Shipping Crate – CHR. HEURICH BREWING CO. – WASHINGTON, D.C.
Sloan’s The World’s Liniment Shipping Crate
DRINK Squirt NORTH PLATTE, NEBRASKA Shipping Crate
Later WHISKEY Shipping Crate, Louisville, Kentucky
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.
Great stuff. Love the Coca-Cola and the Hostetter’s. And that Texaco crate is something else.