Will Punxsutawney Phil Punk Us Again? Groundhog Day Vintage Bottles

Every February 2nd we wonder, will Punxsutawney Phil see his shadow? Will we have yet more winter? Something tells me we will have many more weeks of cold, no matter what the famous Groundhog does or does not see!

See more about Groundhog Day lore, and more vintage Punxsutawney Phil collectibles on my 'Tique Talk blog - link.

There aren't too many vintage bottle related Groundhog Day goodies. There are some great items from the city of Punxsutawney. Here's what I found:

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The Good's Dairy: History Timeline of the Pickerington Creamery ~ Ohio

A History Timeline of the Pickerington Creamery
by Joe Clevenger
  • In 1900 a small group of local farmers organized and started a local creamery called Pickerington Elgin Butter Co. and continued as a co-op for about 10 years.
  • Between 1910 and 1912, the co-op was brought by Creighton and Homer Pearce and renamed the Pearce Brothers Creamery
  • In 1913 Arthur J. Good came to Pickerington, Ohio as a butter maker for the creamery. 
  • Six months later Creighton Pearce retired from the business and sold his half of the business to Mr. Good. 
  • At that time the creamery became known as The Pearce and Good Creamery
  • In 1913 the plant churned 113,000 pounds of butter. 
  • A few years later Homer Pearce wanted to retire and so Mr. Good became the sole owner of the creamery. 
  • At that time the creamery became known as the Pickerington Creamery

  • In 1921 the creamery burned to the ground. 
  • Six months later in 1922 a new plant was built. 
  • By the mid 1920s the creamery bought the West Jefferson Creamery of Columbus, West Jefferson and Zanesville. 
West Jefferson Creamery milk bottle. [On ebay here]
  • During the late 1920s several more smaller companies were bought out by the Pickerington Creamery. 
  • With the coming of better roads and trucks, the old horse drawn equipment was replaced with a modern fleet of trucks. 
  • Three modern 1,200 pound churns were added and the Mayflower brand name was copyrighted.
  • At that time the product line was expanded to include eggs, poultry, dried buttermilk, cheese, and non-fat dry milk. 
  • During 1935 an American cheese plant was put into operation in Bremen, Ohio. The cheese plant cost $15,000 to build. 
  • With the use of closed body trucks to pick up the milk and cream from the farmers, it was no longer feasible to pick up and handle poultry and this operation was eliminated in 1938. 
  • Then in April of 1942 a new milk drying plant was put into operation, near the creamery, in Pickerington. The milk drying plant handled 150,000 pounds of milk each day. This plant cost $50,000 to build. 
  • During 1949 the butter churns were replaced with new modern stainless steel churns.
  • With the use of this new equipment the brand name was changed to Mayflower Gold-n-Flow.
  • Pickerington Creamery was the first in Ohio and the third in the United States to install this continuous flow type of butter making equipment.
  • In 1957 the creamery purchased the Warsaw Cheese Company, of Warsaw, Ohio. The creamery used this location as a milk receiving plant.
  • Then in 1958 the Chief Dairy, of Upper Sandusky was purchased from the Isaly Milk Company. Isaly's had used the plant to produce butter and cheese. The Pickerington Creamery used this location for milk receiving and cheese production. 
  • In 1959 the Pet Milk plant at Fremont, Ohio was purchased to be used for a milk receiving plant. After a while this plant was closed and the milk was sent to the Chief plant in Upper Sandusky. 
  • By the early 1960s the Pickerington Creamery's producing and marketing area covered half of Ohio and parts of West Virginia, Kentucky, Indiana and Pennslyania. 

  • Arthur J. Good died in 1960. His namesake son took over until his death in 2008 (see AJ Good Jr.'s obituary here). 
  • The Pickerington plant was closed in November of 1972. 
  • At that time all Pickerington Creamery butter production was moved to the Upper Sandusky plant. 
  • By September of 1973 the Pickerington plant was sold to DMI (Dry Milk Institute) of Louisville, Kentucky. [AJ Good Jr. became a director of the American Dry Milk Institute.]
  • The Upper Sandusky plant was closed, in 1978, bringing an end to the Pickerington Creamery Company. 
  • DMI continued to use the Pickerington plant to produce powder milk and whey until the plant was closed in 1989.
Arthur J. Good [Photo source]

Hunter's Run Farm, later owned by A.J. Good, and renamed Mayflower Farms. [Photo source]

Artist Pam Montgomery's rendering of Mayflower Farms Barn. [Available here]

Excerpt of AJ Good Jr.'s obituary. [Source]

Some Pickerington Creamery collectibles:

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To operate this business, the Pickerington Creamery needed lots of water, so around 1925 the company constructed its own elevated water storage tank. 

The steel water tower held 85,000 gallons and stood approximately 100 feet above the surrounding area on four built-up structural steel columns. This 1973 photo shows the water tower adjacent to the creamery's cheese and egg barn on West Borland Street. 

This same water tower helped provide water to Pickerington residents prior to the city's construction of a 500,000-gallon elevated water storage tank in 1981. With the new city-owned tank in place, the creamery water tower discontinued operations shortly thereafter. 

During the past several years, efforts were made to partner with the city and refurbish the water tower for use as an Olde Pickerington Village landmark. But because of the cost and safety issues, the tower was dismantled Sept. 9, 2013. 

Bonus: Here's an article about Portland, Oregon's Mayflower Dairy brand.

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The Mysterious Keystone Coffee Jar ~ Vintage Product Bottle or Early Thermos?

Keystone Coffee Jar

Just a Little Java Jar
by Marianne Dow

Jeff Klingler's sharing this neat little bottle / jar with us this time. He pointed out that it is a variation not listed in the Red Book, which made me decide to see what I could find out about this little cutie.

At first one would think this is a product jar, as it is embossed KEYSTONE COFFEE JAR on the puffed-out front, with a KCJ monogram on the flat back. It has a ground lip, and is about 5" tall, w/a screw-on cap. The base is embossed with 2 patent dates - 1885, and RE-PAT 1895.

There is a Keystone Coffe Jar described as this same shape, and with the same embossing, listed in the Red Book #11 as #1390-5. However that describes a quart jar, with just the earlier patent date. So, then is this smaller jar is a variation of that? Or might the size in the listing be incorrect, as this pint is the only size seen or mentioned in all of my research. Redbook value is $75-100. (I do not find any recent sales online.) 

Curious minds want to know what this jar IS.

If you Google ' Keystone Coffee Jar ' you will find a few posts where collectors have found this smaller jar, and are seeking more info. I hope they read this article, because "Eureka!", I have found it!

First, here's what it is not... 

Employees in front of the Keystone Coffee Drive In / San Jose California
 [Info on this location and cool sign.]

Your Google search will also undoubtedly lead you to the Keystone Coffee Company, in San Jose, California, that has been in business with this name since... 1905. 

Hmmm... but this jar says 1895, so that can't be it. And indeed, it is not it.

A deeper search led me to the fantabulous resource that is Google Books. How lucky we researchers are to have image to text translation software - wow! - and Google working on scanning all the world's books. 

Imagine my delight when I was rewarded with this page from the Home Furnishing Review, Dec. 1896 -- ta da!

Turns out that this little glass jar was a precursor to the thermos (which was not manufactured for home use until 1904 - see Dewar ).

The Keystone Coffee Jar was patented and manufactured by C.H. Stadelman of Pittsburgh, PA.

Designed to transport already-brewed liquid coffee in a lunch pail, the jar would have had a slide-on metal plate that fit on the raised bars along the bottom of the front and back, leaving a small air space. Then the jar could be heated on a burner, and one could then enjoy a hot cup of coffee.

Here's a complete Keystone Coffee Jar for sale on ebay for $299 (as of 3-12-13).

Charles Stadelman emigrated from Germany, and with son Bernhard, was a grocer and dry goods purveyor in Pittsburg in the late 1800's.

Here are images of the Keystone Coffee Jar patent drawing, and a little info on the Stadelmans.

Pennsylvania is called "The Keystone State".
The arched/curved front of the jar must have helped with it's strength, hence a double-meaning in Stadelman's naming of his invention. 


Mystery solved, right? These tradecards come from the same time period, same city, but a different company. The Keystone was used on many products by many companies.

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Featuring Findlay: Art Glass Tiles Lunch Lecture Feb. 5 2015 at Hancock Museum

Featuring Findlay: Art Glass Tiles

Local historian Rob Tong is giving a lecture on the history of the companies that made these beautiful Cathedral window type colored glass tiles.

"Art & Window Glass of Northwest Ohio"

Where: The Hancock Historical Museum in Findlay, Ohio  [Google Map]
  1. Address: 422 West Sandusky Street, Findlay, OH 45840

When: Feb. 5, 2015 at 12:00 noon

Rob writes: "At the Brown Bag Lecture, I will be giving a very interesting program on many of the local area glass factories that created colored and cathedral style art glass during the gas booms days. This is a side of the glass industry that few have ever studied. I hope you all can make it."

Bag lunches are available for purchase. Includes sandwich, chips, cookie and a drink. Guests who wish to purchase a lunch should arrive between 11:30-11:45am. Lectures will begin at noon.


Findlay has a wonderfully interesting history when it comes to glass.

Author and local historian Quentin Skrabec wrote a book titled GLASS IN NORTHWEST OHIO:

"The discovery of natural gas around Findlay in 1886 started an industrial rush in northwest Ohio. Within five years, over 100 glass companies had moved into the region for free gas and railroad connections to the western markets."

Available on Amazon here.
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Rare Early 1800's Historical Flasks Antique Bottles

SHOW'n'TELL SESSION - Historical Flasks

[Originally posted in 2009, but well worth repeating.]

A few dealers at our bottle show got together and did a special showing (showing off!) of some special bottles.

Article and pix by Todd Knisely

Pattern Molded Club Bottles

The pattern molded club bottles show here were actually used as table bottles or table decanters. They are similar to the famous "Zanesville Swirl" bottles seen in many auction catalogs and bottle shows around the country.

The difference is a "club" shaped bottle has noticeably straighter sides which eliminates the bulbous form seen in the "swirls or globs".

Although this type of bottle was popular in America from the 18th century, the ones pictured here are all from 1797-1830's period.

They are from various glasshouses ranging from the three New Geneva glasshouses (the first being started by Albert Gallatin) in Pennsylvania near West Virginia, O'Hara & Craig in the Pittsburgh District, and branching westward into the Monongahela and Ohio Valley regions following the Ohio River all the way over to Moscow, Cincinnati, and Kentucky.

Although examples of these forms come in varying shades of amber and sapphire blue, they are almost always found in various shades of aqua and apple greens.

The lightly colored ones (pictured) range in value from $250-800.

You can find less expensive examples but the ones pictured are all better than average examples.

Rib counts do vary but usually show up in 16, 18, & 24.

These bottles are always pontiled and (rarely) are even found with iron pontils.

The club bottles pictured are from the collections of John Pastor, Jim Salzswimmer, Todd Knisley, and John Apple.

Ten Diamond Pocket Flasks

Ten diamond pocket flasks (or chestnuts) are regarded as the best form and pattern of that era.

They are attributed to Zanesville Ohio area glass works and were blown between 1810-30's.

They come in a nice range of colors including aqua, amber, green, and yellow.

The most common colors are somewhat affordable to most collectors and can be found in the $600-1200 range.

Examples in this lower price range typically have a lot of highpoint wear and weak impressions. A spectacular example in a common color can double it's value.

The examples pictured here are super colors and very good impressions.

The dark aqua/teal flask in the middle exhibits an outstanding impression and glass clarity.

All three are top shelf examples and it is very rare that you will find more than one in any one place. This gathering of three was for a collectors show-and-tell and was a rare event for items of this caliber.

An outstanding display can be seen at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in Pennsylvania - link.

The diamond flasks pictured are from the collections of John Pastor, Jim Salzswimmer, and Jamie Houdeshell.


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