Daily Dose January 2014

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Friday, 31 January 2014


While working the “Hot on the trail of the elusive O.O.S.B.” post this morning, I was taken back to an old 2004 FOHBC EXPO article by Ralph Van Brocklin. On the last page of the article was a picture of my little sweetie granddaughter Adriana Alucema (now goes by Adriana Meyer). Some of you may remember her as the winner of the Dr. Birmingham’s Anti Bilious Blood Purifying Bitters at the auction. She was bidding for an anonymous collector. Adriana is 18 years old now and almost lives on the horse circuit. You can usually see her pulling in and out of Peach Ridge with her pick-up truck and horse trailer. She will circle back to bottles at some point.


Thursday, 30 January 2014


“Locomotives Sitting Idle” Baltimore B&O Museum Archives. Came across this super picture while researching Laroque’s Drug Store in Baltimore. John M. Laroque put out Laroque’s Anti Bilious Bitters.

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

RealSnowOnPalmWell the south had this major weather event again that shut us down. I had to pull out of Houston Monday late afternoon to get out ahead of the Winter Storm Warning. They called this one “Snowpocalyspe Part Two“. Kids were off school again. You folks up north must be scratching your head. We did spot some snow on one of our palms. Not enough for a snowman or a snowball fight.

Tuesday 28 January 2014


Tom Leveille (Virginia) posts these pics of a freshly dug Drakes.

Monday, 27 January 2014


Wonderful example of a sample size Hartwig Kantorowicz on ebay now. Read: History of Kantorowicz Family and their Factory

Sunday, 26 January 2014

Slager Bitters

Spent part of the day in the 1860s in virtual Memphis. Doing some research on the following elusive brands. Two from Memphis and one from Baltimore. Stay tuned.

Post Update: POST UPDATE: Edward Wilder and his Building Bottles



Saturday, 25 January 2014



More on A. C. Meyer: Looking up something else, and saw the A. C. Meyer name on this card — just in case you hadn’t seen it before — http://bit.ly/LTC8Li — expensive but that seller has the good stuff. – Marianne Dow


New Dig Find 

Ferd: Just wanted to send over a couple of pics of a killer Pikes Peak that was dug today.  While it can use a cleaning, its a killer deep teal color (it appears to be a GXI 47) and between a pint and quart in size.  I can’t ever recall seeing another one in this color. – Phil Murphy

Friday, 24 January 2014

Kids are off school today due to our winter storm. 28 degrees at Peach Ridge and icy. Elizabeth and I stayed home too. Bet that seems quite tame to our friends up north.

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Storytelling Schweppes since 1783 – Bottle digging to the roots of Coke by Hans-Jürgen Krackher in the next issue of Bottles and Extras.

PineappleBlueGreenBlue green Pineapple with a giant open pontil. – Photo Mark Warne (Ex: Mike Henness) Lorimers (right) is grass green and Lediards (left) is a pure medium emerald green, no blue. Read more on figural pineapples: Pineapple Bitters – The Different Variants.


Thursday, 23 January 2014

PineappleTopazThis fine topaz colored W & Co N. Y. pineapple moved from a well known New England collection to a Rocky Mountain collection. Read more on figural pineapples: Pineapple Bitters – The Different Variants. By coincidence, I have an olive green example being dropped off today to look at.


Example of white milk glass Country Club Lime Dry recently selling on ebay. Thanks to Marianne Dow for image. Read: Is there elegance and mystique in a milk glass soda bottle from Massachusetts? Upon learning…Ken Previtali:

Blimey! 🙂 Another one out of the woodwork; that’s four now. Still elegant, even with the paper bag, eh? I had a hunch you’d go a hunting. As I said to Ralph Finch, as soon as you deem something rare, a bunch turn up, and you feel like a turnip. Well, four is not yet enough for me to become a root crop. We’ll see.

Monday, 20 January 2014


Dr. Batty’s Asthma Cigarettes. NOT RECOMMENDED FOR CHILDREN UNDER 6. Thank goodness for product warnings. *Above art probably a hoax.


Interesting post on classifying bitters by the Temperance Advocate. Read “Bitters Please

Sunday, 19 January 2014

NFL AFC and NFC Championship games today. These were the four teams that I and some others picked at the beginning of the season. No Wild Card teams here. Pick Denver over Patriots and Seattle over San Francisco.


Had fun joking around yesterday with the X-ray Drakes.


Working on a post on Fisher & Winston from Richmond. These guys were agents for Baker’s Premium Bitters and Planett’s Bitters.

Friday, 17 January 2014

3BoxesWhew, been away since Tuesday. Very busy. How about a dose every three days? It Is nice to be back for the weekend. Especially when there are three bottle boxes at the office waiting for me to open when I get home! One from the East, one from the West and one from the North. Nothing from Mexico.

Tuesday, 14 January 2014


Off to Atlanta here shortly. Just sent a cover design up to the Bottles and Extras Editor for the March – April issue. Really some great material and super pictures to work with.


Read: A Bar at the Folies-Bergère Bottle Question

[From Marianne Dow] Discussions of this painting generally refer to the red bottles as being GRENADINE (red because it’s made from pomegranites) I cannot find a brand referenced. See Manet’s Last Painting

Monday, 13 January 2014


Really had fun reading the 1881, Scientific American article on A. Vogeler & Company in Baltimore. To many times I incorrectly picture these drug operations as ‘Mom & Pop’ outfits, as many were. These guys were big.

Hi Busy Man. Picked up a killer Hostetters in very light forest green with incredibly thin glass. Has a nice ring to it. Also a thinly blown light pinky cherry Sachems that is stunning and the olive green Curtis……all on the cheap 🙂  Visited a childhood friend who has a killer green Steeles. I want it 🙂  Saw your Doyles post.  I have a pure green Doyles. Will send a picture if you want to see it. Your Johnsons run….Do you have a sunset pink amethyst example? Have a great day.  Mark


My bottle friend Mark Warne, sent me pictures of a few of his bottles that he knows I really like. I though I would share. We are talking nice colors here for a Johnson’s Calisaya Bitters (top left) (see my run), Doyle’s Hop Bitters (top right), Hostetters (bottom left) and Old Sachems (bottom right).


Sunday, 12 January 2014


Guten Morgen my friends. Been writing about Adolph Carl Meyer, the druggist from Germany. Pretty sure we are related.

Friday, 10 January 2014


Working on the magazine design layout for a GREAT article written by Steve Hubbell on Dr. Henley’s Royal Palm Gin. Have some super images. Please subscribe to Bottles and Extras if you do not already.


Meyer Death Dust. To thy enemies, be warned!

Thursday, 09 January 2014



The labeled Royal Italian Bitters in ‘Window Overlooking Historic Barn and Silo’. Second picture ‘Silo From the Hill in Winter’ – Annie Crane

milchglas becher

Early 1700’s milchglas becher. Nice fire to it and crude! – Gary Katzen   Read More: Gary Katzen Milk Glass Collection

Wednesday, 08 January 2014


Look at this great picture submitted by Billy Embleton of a Hop Bitters poster at Newcastle on Tyne in England in 1880!

Flags by American artists, Jasper Johns (top) and Andy Warhol. I thought of these as I reviewed the Hop Bitters flag trade cards.



Tuesday, 07 January 2014


Working on a Doyle’s Hop Bitters and Soule’s Hop Bitters post that includes some great trade cards from Joe Gourds collection. Should be up later. Read: The Doyle’s & Soule’s Hop Bitters – Rochester, N.Y.


Look at this great, labeled, Royal Italian Bitters. Read about it on Mailbox Letters.

Monday, 06 January 2014


Never been in a Polar Vortex before, nor a Black Hole Vortex either for that matter. Almost froze this morning walking the dogs at 23 degrees at Peachridge. That is warm compared to some of you further North.


Look at this XR blueish milk glass Hartwig Kantorowicz. Even this baby looks cold! Added to: History of Kantorowicz Family and their Factory

Sunday, 05 January 2014


Last day of holiday break. Actually looking forward to going back to work. Updated the Dr. Mavor’s Stomach Bitters post inspired by Jack Stecher.


Spent a good part of my free time yesterday in virtual Rochester, New York searching for information on King’s 25 Cent Bitters. Came across the additional Dr. Mavor’s info, Dr. Soule’s info, Doyle’s Hop Bitters and a cool advertisement for the extremely rare, Woolrich’s Pick Me Up Bitters.


Cool, original wagon that was auctioned. See more Wagons: How we Transported our Goods, Beer and Liquor Back Then

Saturday, 04 January 2014


Wow, just checking the weather for the US and looking at some emails from readers. Much of you have some of the coldest air in decades! Keep those bottles and booties warm!


How about those nice pics by Lou Holis. Photographing aqua bottles is a challenge and Lou hit it out of the park with his King’s Hop Bitters images.

Cox Remedy

Look at this odd bird from St. Louis submitted by Ellen Haas Faulkenberry. Post in development.

Thursday, 02 January 2014

Cold front. Brrrrrrrrrr. Just finished a post on a potential, unlisted Home Bitters from Saint Louis. Completing a post on Dr. Reginald Tonge Hylton and his XR Wild Cherry Tonic Bitters.


Wednesday, o1 January 2014 (New Years Day)


Happy News Day everyone. College football and Bowl games with my grandson Nicolas. Took the Christmas Tree down and purged the house of Christmas decorations this morning. Another tradition.


Working on a post on snake handlers, faith healers and tent revivals.


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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