The Wyatt Earp Northern Saloon and Tonopah, Nevada Layers


The Wyatt Earp Northern Saloon and Tonopah, Nevada Layers


Covers for the last nine issues of Bottles and Extras, the flagship magazine of the Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors

17 October 2013 (R•101913)

Apple-Touch-IconAAs a design and image consultant, I have to admit that I enjoy putting together and designing the covers for the FOHBC Bottles and Extras each issue. It usually involves looking at the great articles within, the quality of the available artwork and the family of covers that make up the movement to update and rejuvenate the magazine.

The November | December 2013 issue is with the printer in Missouri and you can look forward to the following:

Bottles and Extras

Vol. 24 No. 6 | November – December 2013 | No. 210

Features: Collecting Hotel Restaurant Ware Bill Baab 10 The Early Druggists of Jasper County – George B. Hogan and the Druggists on the South Side of the Square Mark C. Wiseman 18 South Carolina Bottle Collecting History, A Reminiscence of 53 Years of Bottle Collecting in South Carolina, Part 4 of 4 Harvey S. Teal 30 Wyatt Earp’s Northern Saloon and Tonopah, Nevada Mike Polak 42 Junior Carl Sturm – A Tribute from his Many Friends Bill Baab 50 The Search For Dr. Slack Don Fritschel 56 

Vignettes: Shards of Wisdom 

Departments: FOHBC Officer Listing 2012-2014 2 President’s Message 3 FOHBC News 6 Who Do I Contact at the FOHBC? 62 Classified Ads & Ad Rate Info 63 Membership Directory 66 FOHBC Show-Biz, Show Calendar Listings 67 Membership Application 72

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What is really cool about the photo is that it was taken just after the saloon opened in 1902, which wasn’t too long after the huge silver discovery in Tonopah. So, it was literally one of the very first saloon/structures in Tonopah. – Mike Polak

I thought I would take a moment to highlight the fine article that Michael Polak wrote called Wyatt Earp’s Northern Saloon and Tonopah, Nevada. There was some nice accompanying art that was a challenge and interesting to work with in layers to create the eventual cover. Of course every cover does not get as complex as this example. The last issue for the Manchester National used one image, that of Jeff and Holly Noordsy’s great display of New England glass taken by Scott Selenak. Sometimes one image captures the entire magazine content as that issue was a special issue.


Cover background historical image of Main Street, Tonopah, Nevada. Image was modified and tinted. More sky was added. The image was used at 100% saturation.


Nice photograph of the Northern Saloon bottles found in the excavation. Image converted to 40% transparency in PhotoShop and placed over Main Street image shown above.


Pattern of cracked or aged leather. Image placed over bottles and Main Street images using a 11% transparency.


Historical Wyatt Earp document placed over the aged lester, bottles and Main Street using a 19% transparency.


All layers of art for the cover without any graphics and typography which come next. Note that you can see each image above in the desired, measured amount.


Isolation of the graphics components for the cover. I usually ‘doctor’ the Bottles and Extras’ logo with a color to go with the background image. In this case, a soft rose gradient was used. The background ‘crest’ uses a soft leather gradient. The ‘and’ ribbon was textured for the first time with a gold leaf. Shadows were added to assist readability.


The Bottles and Extras logo with the colored and textured components.


Historical Wyatt Earp portrait is framed with a gold leaf oval. This pronounces the image on the cover. The gold ties in to the ribbon in the Bottles and Extras logo.


All graphics components combined on a layer. Note the addition of the topmost, volume and date information. All article titles are stacked on the bottom right to indicate what is within the issue. The FOHBC color logo was placed in the bottom left corner, above the newstand magazine price.


The final cover of the November | December 2013 issue that members will be receiving by the end of October.

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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One Response to The Wyatt Earp Northern Saloon and Tonopah, Nevada Layers

  1. sandchip says:

    Very nice, Ferd. Interesting to see how the images are put together. Thanks for all you do “for the cause”!

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