Sale of McFadden Milk Bottle Collection - Photo Preview - August 15, 2015

Lou and Sue McFadden

Announcing the first sale of the Lou McFadden and Sue McFadden Milk Bottle Collection.

Date: Saturday, August 15, 2015
Time: 9am to 1pm  -- No Early Admission/Sales
Location: 719 East Main Street Union City, Ohio 45390 [Map]

Sale Coordinated by Joe Clevenger: / 937-968-4774

This sale will have approx. 300 milk bottles.

They will be from the following OHIO counties only:

  • Bottles not at sale location until day of sale. 
  • Click HERE to read pdf list of bottles in sale.
  • See photos below for preview.

Sad News: RIP Shirlee MacDonald, Longtime Findlay Bottle Club Member

Shirlee at the 1988 Findlay Bottle Show

Shirlee MacDonald in 2007.

Shirlee MacDonald in 2005, at a club meeting.

It is with a heavy heart that we share the news of Shirlee MacDonald's passing. 

The club sends it sincerest condolences to Shirlee's children and their families at this sad time.

Shirlee passed away May 30, 2015. 

Shirlee will always be missed by the club members who knew her as a generous friend as well as a fellow collector. And by the fruit jar collectors who knew her as a passionate collector and historian for so many years. Her research contributions to the antique fruit jar and bottles hobby will live on as part of her legacy.

Sad News - Condolences to Club Member Kevin Keller

Sadly, long time club member Kevin Keller lost his son, Jecoa Keller, recently. The club sends our sincere condolences to the Keller family at this difficult time.

Obituary: Jeconiah "Jecoa" Daniel Keller, 31, of Las Vegas, NV, formally of Defiance, OH, passed away on June 6, 2015 at his residence. He was born on June 5, 1984 to Kevin and Elizabeth (Hagerman) Keller in Defiance, OH. He graduated from Durango High School, Las Vegas, NV in 2003. After graduation he worked at SimplexGrinnell as a sales person in their fire safety division, and was a Nevada State Fire Marshall. Jecoa, his father Kevin, and his brother Christopher, often went to football and baseball games together. They traveled all over the Southwest exploring parks, monuments, and often camped. -- [Obituary link]
Findlay Antique Bottle Club

New Fruit Jar Show & Get-Together June 13, 2015 Cambridge City Indiana

There's a new Fruit Jar collector event coming up in June!

Central Indiana Early Summer Fruit Jar Get Together/Show

Saturday, June 13, 2015

2015 Findlay Bottle Show NEW LOCATION - Sunday Oct. 18, 2015 Ohio

  • Sunday October ​18, 2015
  • The show is held at the Sterling Center Reception Hall 
    4570 Fostoria Avenue, Findlay, Ohio 45840

    Google Maps link - Also, see detailed directions and map below.

  • Show hours: from 9am - 2pm
  • Admission is $2.00
  • Kids under 12 are free (w/adults)​
  • Free appraisals w/paid admission
  • Plenty of FREE parking in a huge paved parking lot.
  • Show is in a heated building, w/tons of restrooms, and a food concession inside with lots of comfy seating.

  • Early Bird Hours: 7-9am – Tickets are only $10 and include complimentary Coffee and Donuts until 9am.
  • Early Bird Session is Sunday only, not Saturday.

Early Bird Buyers Admission on Sunday morning,​ from 7-9am​, is​ just $10​. You'll get first pick when the dealers are still setting up​, and free donuts and coffee while they last!​

There are several SUNDAY ONLY dealers inside who do NOT set up on Saturday, PLUS the outside dealers​ only set up on S​unday morning, so there's plenty of fresh merch to choose from for Sunday's Early Bird buyers!

Announcing THE 2015 

We're pleased to announce that the 2015 Findlay Bottle Show will be held in a new location, at The Sterling Center.

Yes, we're moving again. You know what they say, "The only constant in life is change!"...

Come to the Best Little NEW and IMPROVED, BIGGER and BETTER Bottle Show in the MidWest!

We are excited to have all our bottle friends join us at this wonderful new show venue. 

The Sterling Center is located at 4570 Fostoria Avenue, Findlay Ohio - map link.

Of course, the Findlay Bottle Show will retain its best features:
  • Great dealers selling
  • Wonderful collectors shopping
The Sterling Center has all the features that make for a great bottle show:
  • Room for more dealer tables
  • Wide aisles, padded chairs
  • Excellent lighting, heating and air conditioning
  • Plentiful restrooms
  • Huge paved parking lot
  • Handicapped accessability
  • Food concession inside w/seating
  • Dealer-only set-up on Saturday
  • Complimentary donuts and coffee for Early Birds and Dealers during Sunday morning set-up.

Mark your calendars now for​ Sunday October 18, 2015 for a great day of shopping, learning more about our collections, making new friends and visiting with other folks who "speak bottle-ese". 

Read the details below, and hope to see you there!

Don't It Make Your Ball Jars Blue? or: Just What Made the Famous Ball Blue Glass Color? -- The Hoosier Slide, Indiana


"It's all in the sand, baby!"

At one of our Findlay Bottle Club meetings, Jeff passed around a fruit jar that was a smooth-lip Mason's 1858, but in the familiar shade of aqua-ish-blue of Ball fruit jars. It is conventional wisdom that all "Ball Blue"-color jars were made by Ball (as no other fruit jar maker has jars in this famous shade), so it stands to reason that this Mason's 1858 was also made by Ball.  
What's up with "Ball Blue", you might ask? Why is only Ball glass that particular shade of blue? Jeff's answer --  "It's all in the sand, baby!"
Most of us know glass is made from sand. You might not have known that glass color comes from the mineral content in the sand that's used to make the glass. So, we wondered what was different about the sand that Ball used? How come no other company had sand that made their jars that particular shade? And why did Ball stop making jars in the signature color?

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