ONLY A FEW TABLES LEFT! Findlay Bottle Show Info - Sunday Oct. 16, 2016 Ohio

  • Sunday October ​16, 2016
  • ​2nd year in our new location: 
  • 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 2016 


We're pleased to announce that the 2016 Findlay Bottle Show will again be held in our new home, The Sterling Center.

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 again 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 still has 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 16, 2016 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!

Rare Findlay Ohio Token E. Bacher Union Saloon Sells for $321

E. BACHER / UNION SALOON / Sold for $321

This rare Civil War era trade token was for a long time incorrectly attributed as being from Cincinnati. Even though Thomas Schade found the correct info back in 1984, where it was printed in the "Copperhead Courier: Journal of the Civil War Token Society"
it apparently took someone googling the more recent scans of old newspapers to get the ''token officializers'' to make the correction online.

E. Bacher is well known to Findlay collectors by the many surviving bottles, but the token is a scarce one. Bacher sold the UNION EATING SALOON in 1866. He then was in business with his Findlay Bottling Works.

Here is Joe Terry's 2011 article about Findlay's Ernest Bacher and his bottle patents.

PDF article is embedded above. Or read it here.

Here's Schade's 1984 note to the journal:
"Fall 1984 Page 25
letter to the editor... 

Dear Mr. Mumford, 

I am writing to you in regards to new information uncovered on 
a Civil War Storecard. The token is Fuld #165-1, E. Bacher, Union 
Saloon, listed under Cincinnati, Ohio. I believe this token to be from 
Findlay, Ohio. 

According to my records, E. (Ernest) Bacher was a German 
immigrant who came to Hancock County, Ohio in 1858. From 1863- 
1866, he owned the Union Eating Saloon at 232 S. Main St., Findlay, 
Ohio. Bacher sold the business to Robert Timmerman, but the 
saloon name and location remained the same. Records show that 
again Bacher regained ownership of the saloon in 1873-74. After this 
Bacher went on to own the Findlay Bottling Works and two ice 
houses. E. Bacher was a resident of Findlay during and well after 
his business career. 

The above information came from court house records, 
newspapers, and city directories. The early Bradstreet books that I 
have access to, lists E. Bacher under Findlay, Ohio and not Cin- 
cinnati. I believe the word Eating was omitted on the token because 
of space limitations. I’m in the process of researching this further, 
however I strongly feel this token will be attributed to its probable 
home of Findlay, Ohio. Thank you. 

Sincerely yours, 
Thomas N. Schade #1617"
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A Look at Lima Ohio's Equity Dairy History and It's Milk Bottles

Photo of an Equity Dairy Store with a great neon sign made by Lima's own NEON PRODUCTS INC.

A look at Lima Ohio's Equity Dairy, 1921-1981, written by Joe Clevenger. The Shelley Townsend Dairy took over Equity's bottled milk delivery customers in 1943. You can see several Equity/Lima milk bottles pictured in the article below:

PDF viewer embedded above; if it doesn't load, read the article here.

There are lots of great photos in the pdf/article, so be sure to scroll to see them all.

Here a some additional photos of Equity and Shelley Townsend memorabilia.

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Revolutionary Ways to Promote Antique Bottles

Antique bottle dealers aren't limited to just official bottle shows. Recently our friends at the Ohio Bottle Club took a block of tables at a ''regular'' antique show, the Hartville Flea market, to help promote their club and our wonderful hobby.  Kudos to them for sharing their passion with the non-bottle antiquers - well done! See  more pix here.

Todd Knisely was set up there too, then hurried off to another event. He had been asked to share some of his historic bottles and his extensive knowledge of their use in the Revolutionary War at a reenactment at Fort Laurens in Bolivar Ohio. It made for a very long weekend, but he talked about antique bottles with so many people, and was filmed for 2 - count 'em 2! - tv shows. The shows are about history, but showing antique bottles, so yeah!

As Todd writes: " ... I took Revolution era bottles that spanned from the French & Indian War, the American Revolutionary War, and the War of 1812, to not only show what items of the reenactment period would have looked like, but to show the transition before and after the period. 

... “I was excited to be invited by Commander Robert Cairns to attend the Fort Laurens encampment. I was able to take bottles and glass that ranged from 1750-1820’s showing the diversity of bottles in those time periods. It was especially good timing to have a new OBC member banner to hang on the front of my table while there. Many people took photos of the banner, my table and me during the event which was open to the public and also attended by several out of state brigade units. Alan did a nice job on the banners that we used for the first time at the Hartville event just an hour before.” 
... “I spoke to well over one hundred people directly over the two days, and was overheard by hundreds more. I answered questions about specific bottles that were on my tables, and demonstrated common uses for the items I had brought. I was completely surprised when asked to sign a television release form for HGTV who was on the grounds Sunday to film a special about the event. "
After the excitement of the HGTV crew wanting to know what Todd was doing and speaking on for the weekend, he was then approached by a film crew from the Ohio Historical Society and asked to do an on-film interview and explanation of his tables of artifacts. Todd said “I was tired from setting up, tearing down at Hartville and then Fort Laurens, and then the same thing again on Sunday. I was losing my voice from talking to so many people and the OHS crew filmed me late in the event on Sunday and it was all I could do to be legible and make sense.” Todd went on to say “I gave away actual glass cullet and manufacturing shards from the Wistarburgh Glass Works which operated from 1739 to the 1780’s. I had two mid-17th century signal cannons, two 1750-1820 medical bleeding cups, an actual blow pipe along with some great early bottles. The people who attended were history buffs just for coming to the event, so I was a big hit due to having actual period relics on display. I was also invited by the museum director to give a presentation to the Zoar Historical Society at a future date. All-in-all it was a great weekend not only for myself, but the club and [bottle] hobby as well.”"

Congrats to Todd!
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In Memoriam - Mike Jordan

MIKE JORDAN 1938-2016

Another sad loss for the fruit jar hobby. Our condolences to the Jordan family.

Ocala, Florida – George Parritt (Mike) Jordan, 78, passed away June 12, 2016. He was born April 27, 1938 in Rome, Italy to George Champe and Louise Parritt Jordan. He moved here from Virginia 16 years ago. He was a Veteran of the United States Air Force, and worked for the US Department of Defense as an Special Agent/Investigator.  He received a bachelors degree from the University of Southern California.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 48 years, Betty Lou Vanover Jordan; daughter, Connie Sue Jordan, of Centreville, VA, and son, George V. Jordan, of Orlando; and two grandchildren, George and Samantha.  
Mike Jordan had many facets.  He was an avid fruit jar collector who had many small collections, including spittoons, hyacinth vases, food bottles, swizzle sticks, jar openers, and demijohns, just to name a few.  He began this journey in 1969 and over the course of his life, attended 100s of bottle shows all over the country.  He won many awards for his creative and colorful displays, including People's Choice awards, Educational awards, and Dealers Choice awards.  The many folks he met during the shows and bottle club meetings over the years became part of his family.
Mike was also a talented musician.  He was a master on the dobro, which he began playing in 1967.  He played in many bands and with groups all over the country.  He loved attending bluegrass festivals and jams.  He made many good friends in this area of his life.
Mike was also a skilled table tennis player.  He began his table tennis career back in college, at the University of Southern California.  In recent years, he participated in the Florida Senior Games Series and won bronze, silver, and gold medals in doubles.  Several years ago he was 5th in the state of Florida in doubles.
Funeral Service will be held at 11am, Saturday June 18th, at the Open Door Community Church, 5200 SW 145th St. Summerfield, FL with Pastor Gerald Bustin officiating. Interment to follow in Highlands Memorial Park Cemetery at 12:30pm.
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In Memoriam - Norm and Junne Barnett

Junne Barnett
Violet Junne Barnett, 91, of Flat Rock, passed away Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Sadly, we lost Junne this Spring. She and her late husband Norm were long time fruit jar collectors, and founders of the Midwest Fruit Jar Club of Muncie. Our condolences to their families. 

Norm's obituary is posted below.
Junne's is here.

The Barnetts were inducted into the FOHBC Hall of Fame in 2003 for their contributions and devotion to the collecting hobby.

2003 – Norm & Junne Barnett

Early Federation members, the Barnetts specialized in fruit jars. In 1972, Norm joined Roger Emory of Hagerstown, Ind., to organize the Midwest Antique Fruit Jar and Bottle Club. Norm served as president for all but 10 years of its existence and was show chairman at the same time. Junne served as club newsletter editor for 30 years, retiring in 2006. She did the program books for the FOHBC 25th anniversary show in Cherry Hill, N.J. (1994) and Nashville, Tenn., Expo (1996)
Read the Norm Barnett fruit jar Legend article here: pdf link.

Posted June 2010 -- Long time fruit jar collector, Norman Barnett has been in ill health for some time, and sadly, he passed away this morning. Oct. 25, 2010.

Here is a wonderful article about Norm, and his fruit jar collection, when author Bruce Schank included Norm in his 'Legends of the Jar' interview series. -- just click on this link to the Midwest Fruit jar Club's newsletter:

The Barnetts will always be remembered, and missed.

Here is the obituary from the SHELBYVILLE NEWS -- Published: Thursday, October 28, 2010

Norman Barnett, 84, of Flat Rock died Monday Oct., 25, 2010. at Indiana Masonic Home in Franklin.

Born Feb. 9, 1926, in Shelby County, he was the son of Lloyd H. and Lillie Mae (Crawford) Barnett. He married Junne Baxter on March 19, 1946, and she survives.

Other survivors include his sons, Stephen Barnett of Medaryville and Gary A. (wife, Debra) Barnett of Edinburgh; grandchildren, Angela, Jesse, Ryan A. (wife, Kim) and Bradley A. Barnett; great-grandchildren, Aodhan Frazee, Icadora Frazee, David A. Barnett and Noah A. Barnett; sisters-in-law, Exiene Barnett and Joan Baxter; niece, Sandy Daulton; nephew, Bill Barnett; brother-in-law, Oris Baxter; daughter-in-law, Dawn Barnett Baker; and cousins, David Sever and Karen Doughty.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Donnie Barnett and Kenneth Barnett.

Mr. Barnett had owned Barnett Sales in Flat Rock, an Oliver and White farm equipment dealership, for 30 years.

He had served in the U.S. Army and Air Force during World War II.

Mr. Barnett was a member of Flat Rock United Methodist Church, past master of Farmers Masonic Lodge and past president of Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors. In 2003, he and his wife were inducted in to the FOHBC Hall of Fame. He was chairman of the organization 1979-10. He had also served on the Shelby County Sheriff Merit Board for 28 years and was board president of the Shelby County Historical Society.

His favorite hobby was collecting rare antique fruit jars, his collection was among the top 10 in the county. He was also an organizer in 1969 of the Midwest Antique Fruit Jar and Bottle Club, the only club for collectors of mainly fruit jars with membership in 28 states and Canada and served as president for 25 years.
Due to this hobby the Barnetts have friends across the country and have been able to travel to England and Europe four times and all 50 states.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., with Masonic rites at 1:45 p.m., Saturday at Flat Rock United Methodist Church.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the church, with the Rev. Les Fix officiating.

Burial, with military graveside rites, will be in Flat Rock Cemetery.
Memorials may be donated to Grover Museum, Flat Rock United Methodist Church or Shelbyville Salvation Army, in care of the funeral home.
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Sad News: David Brown has Passed

David Brown

We are sad to hear that long time club member David Brown has passed away after a long illness. Our sincerest condolences to David's family, and especially to David's brother and fellow bottle club member Tom Brown. Tom and David started digging for and collecting bottles together as young boys. 

David Ray Brown, 65, of Findlay, passed away at 10:25 a.m. Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at the Bridge Hospice Care Center. He was born in Chicago, Illinois on June 12, 1950 to the late Thomas and Rosemary (Miller) Brown. He married Debra Zink in May of 1990 and she preceded him in death. Surviving David are four daughters, Carolyn Ann Cook, Stacy Marie (Carl) Trimble, Nicole North, Kelly Rizor, one son, David Wayne Brown all of Findlay; eight grandchildren, a brother, Thomas W. (Dorothy) Brown of Findlay, a sister, Laura Ann (Stan) Smalling and a sister-in-law Barb Brown. David was preceded in death by a brother, Steve Brown and a sister Juanita Saldana. He was retired from the National Lime and Stone as a loader operator and was a member of the Findlay Antique Bottle Club. Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, April 21, 2016 at KIRKPATRICK-BEHNKE FUNERAL HOME. A private graveside service will be held at Maple Grove Cemetery. Online condolences may be shared with the family at
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It's Friday the 13th Again! - Moonshine and #13 on Ball Jars

It's Baaackkk! Today is Friday the 13th!

While fruit jars with the number 13 on the base are sought after, makes a good point: "many of these jars are now saved by non-collectors or casual glass collectors (and “culled” from large groups of common jars) merely because of the number on the base. This culling out of #13 jars from among the “general population” of jars (and stashing them away) can increase the perception of their scarcity."

Moonshiners and fruit jars ~ a confiscated bootleg still.

When taking down a still, revenue officers destroyed everything a moonshiner might use later, including glass jars.  Franklin County, Virginia, 1965.

When taking down a still, revenue officers destroyed everything a moonshiner might use later, including glass jars.  - Franklin County, Virginia, 1965. - [Source]

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Q.     Are the Ball jars with the number 13 on bottom worth more money and, if so, why?
A.     The ‘Urban Legend’ is that moonshiners used mason jars for their product, and, being superstitious, would break the 'unlucky' ones with 13 on the base.  This made the jars rare. 
                   In truth, moonshiners did in fact use mason jars as the preferred container for their product.  They were a known capacity, were readily available and buying them did not raise suspicion. 
                   Also, jars with 13 on the base are rarer than single digit numbers.  But all the double-digit numbers are rare. The numbers designated the position that the mold occupied on the glassmaking machine, and there were usually 8 or 10 positions on the machine.  The higher numbers were used when a mold was replaced.  Dealers sell jars with 13 on the base at a higher price, but fruit jar collectors and the published price guides do not consider the number on the base to make any difference in value.
                    My opinion is that while moonshiners may have been superstitious, I can't imagine that the housewife would break jars just because they had 13 on the base, and housewives used more jars than moonshiners.  I think that the urban legend was created by antique dealers who wanted to make more money off an otherwise common jar.

In 2012 we had three Friday the 13ths. 2013 had just two of the superstition-laden days will cross our paths. 2014 saw just one, with 2015 back to three occurences. Next one is in May 2016. [Calendar link]

Friday the 13th 2016

Friday, May 13, 2016

Friday the 13th 2017

Friday, January 13, 2017
Friday, October 13, 2017
Several theories have been proposed about the origin of the Friday the 13th superstition.
One theory states that it is a modern amalgamation of two older superstitions: that thirteenis an unlucky number and that Friday is an unlucky day.
  • In numerology, the number 12 is considered the number of completeness, as reflected in the twelve months of the year, twelve hours of the clock, twelve gods of Olympus, twelve tribes of Israel, twelve Apostles of Jesus, the 12 successors of Muhammad in Shia Islam, twelve signs of the Zodiac, etc., whereas the number 13 was considered irregular, transgressing this completeness. 
  • There is also a superstition, thought by some to derive from the Last Supper or a Norse myth, that having 13 people seated at a table will result in the death of one of the diners.
  • Friday has been considered an unlucky day at least since the 14th century's The Canterbury Tales and many other professions have regarded Friday as an unlucky day to undertake journeys or begin new projects.
  • One author, noting that references are all but nonexistent before 1907 but frequently seen thereafter, has argued that its popularity derives from the publication that year of Thomas W. Lawson's popular novel Friday, the Thirteenth, in which an unscrupulous broker takes advantage of the superstition to create a Wall Street panic on a Friday the 13th.
  • In many Spanish speaking countries, the movie "Friday the 13th" was renamed to Tuesday the 13th ("Martes 13"), because it is believed to be the day of bad luck, not Friday the 13th.

Here are some more "Friday the 13th" info-tidbits from Wikipedia:
  • The fear of Friday the 13th is called paraskavedekatriaphobia [say that 10 times fast -- yikes!]
  • The 13th day of the month is slightly more likely to be a Friday than any other day of the week.
  • On average, there is a Friday the 13th once every 212 days. 
  • It's estimated that 17 to 21 million people in the United States are affected by a fear of this day -- & estimated that $800 million is lost in business on this day. 
I say FEAR NOT !!! Let's get out there and shop!
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