Bigger in TEXAS – The Cole Display
20 August 2013
I have attached photos of the bottle display and the dog & cat hospital bottle. The display was purchased with a collection in the early ’80s. When I bought the collection, I didn’t know about the display. So, we went to pick up the collection in our 1979 Monte Carlo. In order to get the display home, we went to a hardware store and purchased eyebolts and a lot of rope and with two or three borrowed blankets, strapped the display to the top of the car. The display is 7′- 5″ wide and 6′ – 6″ tall. We proceeded thru the middle of Dallas causing quite a stir having a large TEXAS strapped on the top of the car. At one time on our trip a helicopter hovered above us taking a look. It made the trip safely, and bottles have been displayed on it since.
The dog & cat hospital bottle is embossed THE LARGEST / AND BEST EQUIPPED / DOG & CAT / HOSPITAL / IN THE SOUTH / HOUSTON, TEXAS. On the back side Burkey & Horning. I really had a hard time trying to get a good photo…so, I just gave up. The photo you have is the best I can do.
“my bottle collecting mentor, and Texas bottle legend David Cole. He does not have a collection he has a museum.”
David Cole is the top collector of Texas Hutches and Crowns and resides in Bangs, Texas. In a recent post at Bottle Collectors on Facebook, Brad Seigler, himself probably the top Texas medicine bottle collector, says of David in a picture caption (see above), “The man next to the pres is my bottle collecting mentor, and Texas bottle legend David Cole. He does not have a collection he has a museum.”
From what I understand, The Texas display is only a small portion of David’s bottle collection. You can bet that I am planning on a visit!