Hello Sir, my name is Daniel and I have been collecting bottles for a few years now. I have recently acquired a very nice blob top bottle that is greenish and says YOUNG.BLOOD (see above) in big lettering around the bottle. I can’t find a picture or any information about the bottle. If you know any history or value of the bottle I would highly appreciate it. Thank you,
Jacob Youngblood and the Bernhard Soda Water Apparatus
25 May 2013
I received this intriguing e-mail above regarding a bottle embossed YOUNGBLOOD. Though I had seen the bottle before, somewhere, I was unfamiliar and certainly could not provide any immediate information as this is not my area of special interest. A little searching on the Internet led me quickly to a post on the New Jersey Bottle Forum.
Pony soda embossed ‘Jungblut / Red Bank’. This comes from the Red Bank in Gloucester County, not the Monmouth one. Jacob Youngblood was a bottler in Philly for many years, at some point he altered his last name to Jungblut (which is just German for Youngblood), probably shortly before he moved his bottling operation across the Delaware in the 1870’s to a riverfront hotel in the Red Bank section of what would later become the town of National Park. There are a variety of ‘Youngblood’ bottles, including big block letter ponies very similar to the ‘Jungblut’ version, all believed to be from the Philly operation whether they say it or not (most don’t). Since the Jungblut pony can be found with and without the Red Bank embossing as shown in the third photo, it’s likely the ‘no town’ version is the earlier Philly version, with the mold altered after he moved – it’s clearly the same mold. A ‘Jungblut’ green squat also exists, but so far has only been found in the ‘no town’ (so probably Philly) style. The Red Bank version is fairly rare, but they’re out there – a number have been dug in the area around National Park.- Ratzilla – New Jersey Bottle Forum
Next, I knew I needed to head over to Tod von Mechow and look the bottle up on his web site Antique Soda & Beer Bottles. I found the following:
Once I determined the Philadelphia connection I was able to locate a J. Youngblood in McElroy’s Philadelphia city directory in 1856.
Now here is the part that I find especially interesting. In the same 1856 Philadelphia city directory, I found this full page advertisement for Joseph Bernhard & Co., Modern Soda, or Mineral Water Apparatus. Fascinating. I would suspect that young Jacob had business with Mr. Bernhard.
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