Looking back at the Tony Shank Bitters Collection – Part I
A couple years back, Tom Lines (Birmingham, Alabama) asked me if I would like some pictures of the legendary Tony Shank collection. Of course I said yes. Tom was kind enough to get the 35mm slide transparencies converted into digital images. If I am not mistaken, major collector and dealer Howard Crowe (Gold Hill, North Carolina) was along for the visit. Tom and Howard have been friends for many years.
Folks I kid you not, these are some of the top bitters specimens on the planet. All of the bottles are now in other top notch bitters collection across the United States including the Bayou City.
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TONY SHANK COLLECTION
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.
Never met Shank, nor had an inkling of what he had other than the legendary “blue 3.” What a killer collection! I want that GREEN ROBACKS!! Thanks for the share.
Tony had some Killers ! Thanks for sharing the great pics !
I’m with Froggy… Give me the green Robacks, shucks I’m not greedy!