Category Archives: Publications

Harry Johnson’s 1882 Bartender’s Manual

Harry Johnson’s 1882 Bartender’s Manual 13 October 2018 It was interesting to come across and read online the New and Improved Illustrated Bartender’s Manual or How to Mix Drinks of the Present Style. It was published in New York City in 1882 … Continue reading

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PE-RU-NA For Catarrh – The Great American Fraud

PE-RU-NA For Catarrh – The Great American Fraud 08 October 2018 Yesterday, I put together a post on TO-NI-TA which reminded me of PE-RU-NA. Early 1900 fraudulent medicines with similar graphics treatment in their names, similar bottles, and the same time … Continue reading

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The back story to Saving the Fizz

How an interest that started almost 50 years ago manifested into a book on patent bottle closures The back story to Saving the Fizz 09 July 2017 My name is David Jones, a name that has always brought some comment … Continue reading

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Nevada Backbar Letter

Nevada Backbar Letter 01 October 2016 This letter is in response to the “Unicorns and Rainbows” opinion that certain bottles mentioned in an article entitled “Nevada Backbar Bottle Bonanza” (FOHBC magazine “Bottles and Extras, September-October 2016 edition, page 33) are … Continue reading

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TeaKettle Ink Price and Reference Guide

TeaKettle Ink Price and Reference Guide by Joe L. Mathews Jr. – 2016 26 July 2016 As noted within my Houston Antique Bottle Show report yesterday, I said I would be reporting on a new book by Joe Mathews called TeaKettle … Continue reading

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Is there really a Burton’s Bitters?

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Is there really a Burton’s Bitters? 14 December 2014 I quite innocently posted the above picture on PRG and Facebook earlier in the week and said, “Anybody ever heard of a Burton’s Compound Vegetable Bitters? New to me. Can anyone … Continue reading

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My Purdy’s Bitters Mystery Solved!

My Purdy’s Bitters Mystery Solved! 14 March 2014 (R•082818) Hiram Purdy was engaged for many years in the wholesale liquor trade. He was the inventor of the metal showcase and was the projector of the first horse street railway in New York, … Continue reading

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Dr. Thos. H. Barnes Anti-Dyspeptic & Family Bitters

Dr. Thos. H. Barnes Anti-Dyspeptic & Family Bitters Keeping House & Selling Bitters 03 February 2014 (R•031815) James Viguerie mentioned in a recent e-mail, “For example for B 25 (Dr. Thos. H. Barnes Anti-Dyspeptic & Family Bitters), I have the full patent record … Continue reading

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Looking forward to Bitters Bottles Supplement 2

Looking forward to Bitters Bottles Supplement 2 02 February 2014 (Updated 09 February 2014 with Bill Ham Response) The following e-mail came in from James Viguerie that poses some questions that some of you may be wondering yourselves. Bill will be … Continue reading

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Antique Bottle Books up for Auction!

Lot 493. (Lot of 19) Bottle Related Reference Books, including, ‘For Bitters Only’ by Carlyn Ring, ‘Collecting Bottles’, by Cecil Munsey, ‘The Bottle Book’ by Fike, ‘Collector’s Guide to Old Fruit Jars, Red Book #7’, by Doug Leybourne, ‘Sarsaparilla Bottle Encyclopedia’ … Continue reading

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