Fleck's Vintage Easter Egg Decorating - Jacob Fleck: Ohio's Own Easter Bunny






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Featuring Findlay:

These are pix from an article about Findlay's own, Jacob Fleck, and his colorful Easter egg decorating kits, written by Joe Terry.

Read it here: LINK


Check out all the other Featuring Findlay posts. The link list is in the right-hand column, just scroll down.

Happy Easter!



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Ohio Dairies: Brookside of Van Wert and Brock of Hamilton - Vintage Milk Bottles


Brookside Dairy, Van Wert, Ohio milk bottle.


Block Dairy, Hamilton, Ohio milk bottle.

(Screenshot)

Joe Clevenger has written another Ohio Dairies article for us. This time he tells us about the Brookside Dairy of Van Wert, and about the Block Dairy of Hamilton.

Read the entire article here: link.

More articles that Joe has contributed - thanks, Joe!:
  • Ohio's Two Royal Crest Dairies - link.
  • Kroger Milk Bottles - link.
  • Bordens, Driggs, Willow Creek, Kelly's - link.
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The Tricky Little Month of April ~ Taxes and Pranks ~ Happy April Fools Day




Watch out for those April Fools Day pranks!

Ole Sir Taxy Waxy will have his due on April 15th!

April's A Tricky Month!

"Hold the bottle up to the light; you will see your dreams are always at the bottom." ~ Sir Robert Hutchison

Cheers to all you Antique Bottle Collectors!

Don't get fished in... 

(April Fools Day is April Fish Day in France - see lots more vintage Fishy April Fools Day postcards here. )


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




Announcing THE 2015 
FINDLAY BOTTLE SHOW'S 
NEW LOCATION!
WE'RE MOVING!
NEW LOCATION – BIGGER and BETTER – MORE DEALER TABLES


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!"...


So...
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
  • Dining area for our dealer dinner
Dealer-only set-up on Saturday includes our famous FREE buffet supper, and complimentary donuts and coffee 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!

This is a wonderful new location for us, and is a little larger and much nicer than our old location. In past years we have always sold out of dealer tables, and had a waiting list for cancellations.

Note: For our 2014 show we sold more tables than will put us at ''sold out'' in this new 2015 venue.
  • 8' Dealer tables are $35.00 each. Limit 3.
  • This new location will allow us to arrange the show layout as will best accommodate the number of tables needed. 
  • Tables will still be assigned on a first-paid basis.
  • Dealer contracts will be available in May 2015. 
  • We will pass them out at the Mansfield Bottle Show on Saturday May 9, 2015. 
  • Contracts will then be available here online on Monday May 11, 2015. New: You can pay online with Paypal. 



  • 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!

Saturday Oct. 17 is for dealers only, with our famous dinner. Sorry, no ​public ​early bird adm​ission on Saturday.​ You must have a ​​dealer contract.

There are always plenty of outside spaces available​ (weather permitting​)​.​ Most years the day is nice enough, and we have several outside dealers. Even if it's cold, there are always a few hardy souls who set up out there. Keep your fingers and toes crossed for sunshine this year.
  • Contact Show Chairman, Fred Curtis​ (419-424-0486​) for more info​.​
  • No tables reserved untill the contracts become available on May 11, 2015.
Directions from I-75:



Sterling Center Reception Hall 

4570 Fostoria Avenue, Findlay, Ohio

From I-75, coming from North or South, take exit #157, and just follow the signs for Rt. 12 -- it becomes Fostoria Avenue, so it is easier to find than the directions sound:

  • Take exit 157 for OH-12 toward Findlay/Coloumbus Grove
  • Turn East onto OH-12 E/W Main Cross St
  • Turn North onto S Main St
  • Turn East onto Center St
  • Continue onto Tiffin Ave
  • Slight left onto Fostoria Ave

The Sterling Center / 4570 Fostoria Avenue, Findlay / is located behind the Humane Society building.






Note: Hotel names and phone numbers may not be current.

  • The best selection of hotels are at I-75 exit #159 / Rt 224
  • You can easily get to and from the hotels area and the bottle show. It's just a 10-15 minute drive. (Follow the same directions as above.)
  • There are many restaurants near the I-75 hotel area.
  • There are also many restaurants on 224/Tiffin near to the show venue. 
  • There are a few hotels near to the show, but their prices tend to be higher than the ones at I-75.
  • Google link to Findlay hotels listings: here
  • Call the hotel for your reservation asap.


For all reservation and contract questions, contact Show Chairman:
FRED CURTIS 419-424-0486

  • 8' Dealer tables are $35.00 each. Limit 3.
  • Full payment must accompany each contract.
  • Checks may be held until the show. Cancellations w/full refund accepted until Oct. 1st. Confirmations will be mailed.
  • Final table assignments will not be made until after October 1st, since this new location will allow us to arrange the show layout as will best accommodate the number of tables needed. BUT...
  • Tables will still be assigned on a first-paid basis, so get your PAID contracts to Fred Curtis right away. 
  • These details are subject to change until the contracts are released.
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Some pix from previous shows: 







See more photos: 2012 -- 2011 -- 2010


March Means Bottle Collectors Digging More Daylight

"March comes in like a Lion, and goes out like a Lamb." -- An old saying. [learn more]


"An extra yawn one morning in the springtime, an extra snooze one night in the autumn is all that we ask in return for dazzling gifts. We borrow an hour one night in April [now it's in March]; we pay it back with golden interest five [eight] months later." - Winston Churchill

"In the Spring a young man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of... digging bottles." - (With apologies to Tennyson)



"A narrow neck keeps the bottle from being emptied in one swig." - Old Irish Proverb


Happy St Patrick's Day and Happy Spring to all you Antique Bottle Lovers!

  • 2015 Dates:
  • March 08 - Daylight Savings Time starts.
  • March 17 - St. Patrick's Day
  • March 20 - Spring springs ~ yay!
  • March 31 - Out like a lamb...?

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Friday the 13th - Moonshine and #13 on Ball Jar Base Lore


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





While fruit jars with the number 13 on the base are sought after, glassbottlemarks.com 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]


More from fruitjar.org --

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. [Calendar link]

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!

Naughty History of Valentine's Meat Juice in the Little Amber Bottle - Happy St. Valentine's Day, Antique Bottle Collectors

You don't need teeth to enjoy Valentine's Meat Juice!


Aah, love.

By Marianne Dow

Valentine's Meat Juice has true love as it's raison d'ĂȘtreMann S. Valentine Jr. was desperate to save his dying wife, Maria.

For weeks she had been unable to retain any nourishment, and Mann was distraught while watching his wife starve to death. Physicians could do no more. Valentine became persuaded that she needed juice extracted from meat, with its “strength-giving properties.”

He went down to his basement with a chemistry set, and with sheer determination and rudimentary knowledge from college courses, he worked to concoct a mixture to revive his wife. He worked night after night in the cellar, and on New Year’s Eve 1870, he administered to Maria the first batch of meat juice.

Mann’s elixir worked, and Maria recovered.

[Info from this Richmondmagazine.com article by Harry Kolatz Jr.]

The juice reached its greatest success and acknowledgment in 1881 when President Garfield said, after wounded from a bullet in an assassination attempt, that he breakfasted on Valentine’s Meat Juice along with toast and poached egg to get better.

In Mann's own words:




Read the full text of the advertising booklet pictured above, here. It is mostly testimonials. No photos.


A Valentine's Meat Juice bottle sits on a shelf at Boston's new Massachusetts General Hospital medical history museum (link). [Photo source]


The Valentine Meat Juice Company used 15 to 20 THOUSAND pounds of flesh from beef cattle a day to make the juice. 

Bottle collector Ed Faulkner shared this memory:
"One of the Richmond club members once talked to someone whose father had worked at the plant that produced the meat juice. It appears that there was always plenty of "squeezed" beef after the juice was removed & it was available to employees for free. Although they were dirt poor, the man said, they always had beef on the table!"



LOVE Potion -- It's The Oldest Profession

Valentine's Meat Juice came in this neat little amber bottle. It is pretty common,  and of little interest to bottle collectors, but it has another interesting and rather sordid history, as it turns out. It's connected with "The Oldest Profession", if you know what I mean. No, not butcher.


What bottle collectors will find interesting is that archaelogical digs around brothels found a great many VMJ bottles.
Prostitutes ate better and dressed better than their working class contemporaries. Some of their purchasing power, however, was spent on proprietary medicines such as Valentine's Meat Juice, promoted as a cure for sexually transmitted diseases, aka social diseases. "

But wait, there's more...

There's even more sordidness associated with this little bottle...
Valentine's Meat Juice figured prominently in a famous murder case. ''The Case of Mrs. Maybrick'' was written about in The Elements of Murder By John Emsley.

Apparently the Mrs. killed her husband by poisoning his Valentine's Meat Juice with arsenic!

And I used to think it was such a cute little bottle -- who knew? Well...Happy Valentine's Day, anyway!

ALL BOTTLED UP
It's about 3" tall, and embossed VALENTINE'S MEAT JUICE. Much harder to find with the paper labels:




Some other Valentine's Meat Juice collectibles:

Magazine ad

Dose glass

Chemist's invoice (source)


Mann S. Valentine

The Valentine Museum

According to the Valentine Museum, now known as the Valentine Richmond History Center (Virginia), Mann S. Valentine, Jr. (1824-1893), the museum's founder, made his fortune with the creation and production of Valentine's Meat Juice, a health tonic made from pure beef juice.


Mann shared his love of history with his brother, renowned sculptor Edward V. Valentine. Mann laid the foundation for the museum in 1892; when he died in 1893, he provided the original bequest for the Valentine Museum, leaving his personal collection of art and artifacts and the 1812 Wickham House.

The Valentine Museum, the first private museum in the City of Richmond, opened in 1898; Edward Valentine served as its first president from its opening until his death in 1930. In his own will, he left an incredible collection of his sculpture, papers, furniture and memorabilia to the museum that still bears his family name.

While alive, The Valentine's Meat Juice success provided Mann S. Valentine with more than enough money to do what he wanted. He collected art, and his home was a gathering place for artists.

Here are some photos from the museums collection that show Mann S. Valentine posing as different emotions. I end with these as I think it shows he was an interesting and emotional man, and it's easy to see how his love for his wife would have sent him down into his basement to create the magic potion that would keep her alive.

See more from this series of photos on the Richmond Museum's website here.





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