One week until the show! Oct 17, 2021

Just a few days until the 2021 Findlay Bottle Show!

Sunday Oct 17. Come and shop and visit! Antique bottles, advertising, and more!

Dealer set up on Saturday.
Dealer tables available but going fast! 
Plenty of outside spaces!
Call ASAP!

Canton Ohio Bottle and Advertising Antique Show October 29 & 30, 2021

Club friend Jack Dixey is  hosting a 250 table Bottle, Advertising, Political Button, Military, Postcard and Comic Book Show in Canton, Oct. 29-30 (Friday and Saturday.

Six foot tables are available for $60 each. 

Contact him at 419-610-9270

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Announcement: We're Back! Findlay Bottle Show Sunday Oct. 17 2021 Ohio

  • We're pleased to announce our 44th annual show is ON!

  • Sunday October 17, 2021

    Old Mill Stream Centre on the Hancock County Fairgrounds

    1017 E. Sandusky St., Findlay, Ohio

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


Mark your calendars now for​ Sunday October 17, 2021 for a great day of shopping, learning more about our collections and hobby, and especially making new friends and visiting with other folks who "speak bottle-ese".

We are excited to have all our bottle friends join us at this wonderful new show venue. Our new show location is a dream come true! The newly built facility, the OLD MILL STREAM CENTRE, has it all, with plenty of parking and room to grow!

It is located on the Hancock County Fairgrounds at 1017 E. Sandusky St., Findlay.
The show is on Sunday Oct. 17, with dealer set up on Saturday afternoon.

  • Directions from I-75, coming from North or South: take exit #157/Rt. 12 East, then go south on Main Cross to 568 then East to Sandusky St.

  • Public Show hours: 9am until 2pm – Admission is just $2
  • Early Bird Hours: 7-9am – Tickets are only $10 and includes complimentary Coffee and Donuts until 9am.
  • Early Bird Session is Sunday only, not Saturday.
  • Dealer set up is on Saturday October 19, 2019, 1-6pm.
  • Note: The club will NOT be serving dinner on Saturday.
  • We suggest you use the restaurants and hotels at the I-75 / Rt. 224 / Exit 159 area.
  • For all show questions, contact Show Chairman FRED CURTIS 419-424-0486
Of course, the Findlay Bottle Show still has its best features:
  • Great dealers selling AND
  • Wonderful collectors shopping
The OLD MILL STREAM CENTRE has all the features that make for a great bottle show:
  • Room for more dealer tables
  • Wide aisles!
  • Excellent lighting, heating and air conditioning
  • Restrooms
  • Huge parking lot -- THE FAIRGROUNDS
  • Handicapped accessibility
  • 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.
  • Space for outside dealer set up

We always have tons of space outside, as long as the weather's good, so give Fred a call if you want to set up outside on SUNDAY ONLY!

Tons of new dealers, and our regular dealers will have tons of new merch, so plan to attend! It's going to be a great show! 

Early bird admission gets in at 7am, with complimentary coffee and donuts!

  • Sunday October ​17, 2021
  • 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/restrooms, and a food concession inside.
  • 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. 16 is for dealers only. 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​.​

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

Sad News: Larry Johnson aka Larry the Bottle Guy Obituary

[See additional memorial info at bottom of the post, added 4-17-20]

Sad to report that Larry Johnson has passed away. Known to all as Larry the Bottle Guy, he was a long time collector and dealer, a fixture at bottle shows and the Springfield Extravaganza. Our condolences to Larry's Mom, family and friends. There will not be a funeral or memorial ceremony, as per Larry's wishes.

Joe Clevenger was a close friend, and shared some thoughts and memories of their years of collecting and selling at shows together:

Larry the Bottleman
 Larry was born in Columbus, Ohio on March 16, 1948, to Homer Joseph and Alice Louise Johnson.
Larry's boyhood home was on Sinclair Road near the corner of East Lincoln Avenue. Behind their
home was the railroad and the Indianola Park. Larry would play in the park and along the railroad
 Larry's mom worked around the corner from their home at the neighborhood soda shop. After school
Larry would get off the bus at the soda shop and stay there until his mom's shift would end. Larry
would often talk about the great treats he would get there while he waited for his mom's shift to end.
 After graduating from high school he attended Ohio State University for one year. He would rather
do the field work than the book work. So he dropped out due to poor grades. 
 He then worked for a few years at a variety of jobs. Not being the 9 to 5 type. He began working in
the antique business in 1972. In the early years he specialized in vintage clothing and antique furniture.
Over the years, Larry operated two antique shops in the Columbus area.
 Larry closed the shops and moved back home to live with his parents. Larry then began to specialize
with the buying and selling of canning jars, Wheaton bottles, pictorial soda bottles and Ohio milk
bottles. Giving up the shops Larry began to set up at various flea market and antique malls.
 I met Larry at the Farmer's Merchants Days flea market in 1995. At first I think he viewed me as a
pest. He quickly put me to work thinking it would get me to go away. It didn't work. He began to see
that I would be a good helper. So I began working with him at various shows across Ohio and Indiana.
 Over the years Larry has spent a lot of time teaching me about bottles, jars and how the flea market
business works. He has also been a great source of information for dairy history. 
 In July of 2019, Larry began having painful spasms in his left arm. By August the spasms began to
become more frequent. After the Fall Extravaganza, Larry had a major seizure. He ended up in
Riverside Hospital for two weeks. At that time they found that he had a large tumor at the top of his
brain. Along with a mass on his right lung. 
 Over the fall he continued buying and selling along with short stays in the hospital and nursing
homes for various issues. Slowly over the fall Larry began to lose the use of his legs. By February he
was in a wheelchair most of the time.
 In March, Larry had another seizure and ended up in the hospital. He quickly began going downhill.
Larry passed away on April 1, 2020. Larry was a good friend and partner in the business.

Larry the Bottle Guy

Here are some links to read, and to write your own, memories of Larry Johnson the Bottle Guy. He is missed by so many people who met him over the years. The Facebook post alone was seen by almost 5000 people! RIP, Larry!

JARS-uary 2019 ~ Muncie Fruit Jar Show / Muncie IN / Big Collectors Multi-Day Event

It's that time of year again: JARS-UARY!

The 2019 Winter Muncie Fruit Jar Show 4 Day Event is Almost Here! 

SATURDAY January 12, 2019 in Muncie, Indiana

The January Muncie event, with the infamous 3-days (DAZE!) of room-hopping including the Saturday Get Together Meeting & Auction at the Baymont Inn Hotel, all followed by the big Sunday Fruit Jar & Bottle show at the Horizon Center.



Some very serious collectors will start arriving in Muncie on Wednesday, so you'd better book your hotel room NOW -- you don't want to miss a minute of the fun.

The Midwest Antique Fruit Jar & Bottle Club of Muncie IN is putting on their January fruit jar collectors event, the "Muncie Fruit Jar Show & Get Together", with collectors and dealers coming from all over the U.S. 

The Muncie Fruit Jar Shows are well-known for the amazing and rare items brought for sale, for the outstanding educational collector-displays exhibited during the show, as well as for the great group of fruit jar enthusiasts who treat this multi-day event like a combination convention/club meeting/reunion.

  • So, it's room-hopping at the Baymont Inn hotel on Thursday AND Friday -- call to confirm your reservation! They are SOLD OUT!
  • Overflow rooms at nearby HAMPTON INN hotel, includes hospitality suite Friday January 11th. Call Hampton Inn at 765-288-8500  OR Contact Joe Merkel on Facebook here
  • SHOW IS ON Saturday January 12, 2019. At the Horizon Center. Contact Dave Rittenhouse (see show flyer at top of post)

  • Horizon Convention Center is in downtown Muncie, at 401 South High Street. 
  • Displayers set up at 6:30 am, dealers at 7:00 am 
  • Doors open to the public at 9:00 am. Show lasts until 2:00 pm. 
  • Admission is $2. 

Join us for the world-famous "Room-Hop-Shopping" at the Baymont Inn Hotel before the show, on Thursday, Friday. The hotel is located at 3400 N Chadam Ln Muncie IN 47304 (GOOGLE MAPS LINK)

The public is welcome! You do NOT need to have a room at the hotel to come visit and room-hop-shop. We encourage new collectors to stop by and see what we're up to, and learn a little something about fruit jars.

Fruit jar collectors spend several days at the hotel before the Sunday "official" show, sharing and trading. A few tall-stories are told, too, all adding to the fun. Groups of friends, old and newly-made, often head out for lunch or dinner at area restaurants. The room-hop-shopping continues until late in the night, and starts again early each morning, after the hotel's complimentary breakfast, and lots of coffee!

On Friday morning the Jelly-Jammers Club holds their meeting, and then after a complimentary lunch there is the Midwest Club's meeting, open to all, followed by a lively open-consignment/fee-free auction. 

Then the official show set-up is early Saturday morning, at the Horizon Center in downtown Muncie, a quick drive from the hotel. The show opens to the public at 9am, ending at 2pm, when the dealers pack up and head home, weary but happily reminiscing about the good time they had being with other collectors who speak the special language of Munice, Fruit-Jar-ese!

Read my show reports on the 2011 Winter Muncie show and the 2012 Winter Event -- with lots of pix! Read this jar forum's posts about Muncie.

The Friday meeting schedule and Saturday show details are here on the Midwest Fruit Jar Club's website --

For more SHOW INFO and dealer-tables, contact Dave Rittenhouse @ 765-468-8091

For HOTEL ROOMS, contact Baymont Inn -- 765-284-4200  -- 3400 N Chadam Ln Muncie IN (hotel website)

Attention -- if you're planning on staying at the hotel, it is not called Signature Inn anymore. It is now a BAYMONT INN -- same phone number -- double check your reservations.

CONTACT: Dave Rittenhouse @ 765-468-8091 or Dick Cole @
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Lima Ohio Bottling Works List, and QuiKold Coolers Maker

Joe Clevenger shares his research on the many bottle works of Lima Ohio, as well as a noted soda pop cooler maker also from Lima, QuiKold.

Here's the article embedded in a PDF displayer:

Or -- Link to read the PDF Lima Bottlers article.

Link to read the separate QuiKold article PDF.

U.S.P.Co. Pottery Insulator Kiln Workers RPPC ~ Featuring Findlay

Neat old real photo postcard of a group of pottery workers, kiln placers, at the USPCo. The company made porcelain telephone pole insulators (like the blue one below, marked FINDLAY). (eBay, ends 10/26/17)

A little info on the company (source):
United States Electric Porcelain Co.US, U over S; USEPCo, U.S.P.Co.1906-1910Findlay, OHRefitted the old Bell Pottery Co. plant to make white ware. Company was incorporated with $25,000 capital stock and announced in Electrical World on March 24, 1906. The incorporators are J. S. Milligan, C. E. Wilhar, J. K. Henry, R. H. Sharp and C. E. Myers. The company will manufacture porcelain insulators and electrical specialties.   In 1910, leased plant to Findlay Electric Porcelain Co. who later purchased the plant.  Markings: monogram US, USEPCo and U.S.P.Co.

More info and a great photo of more employees here.

McFabulous McFadden Milks! Auction to be held September 23, 2017

 Screenshot of photos - click here for gallery

Long time club member Sue McFadden is having a milk bottle auction. September 23, 2017.

Photos are here.
Below is the auctionzip listing, which lists all the Ohio towns for sale.

Sue's auction is featured in the latest edition of the Holmes Bargain Hunter here.


ction Listing
AuctionZip Auctioneer ID# 3992

- Click here to view Photo Gallery

09/23/2017 -

Auctioneer's Note:

400+ Milk Bottles from Holmes, Tuscarawas, Wayne, Coshocton, Stark, Knox & Ashland Counties
For more information contact:
Cliff Sprang - 330.464.5155 or


Lou McFadden Milk Bottle Collection Auction
At Kaufman Auction Center
Location:  Kaufman Auction Center, 559 Belden Parkway NE, Sugarcreek OH 44681.  Directions: From I-77 take the Dover exit and proceed west on SR 39, turn north onto Belden Parkway. The Kaufman Auction Center is on your right. Signs posted. GPS Coordinates: 40.509654, -81.622768
Saturday September 23rd – 2017
10:00 AM

400+ Milk Bottles from Holmes, Tuscarawas, Wayne, Coshocton, Stark, Knox & Ashland Counties

Holmes County Bottles: Boyd’s Dairy; Fair Dairy; Holmes Dairy; Jersey Dairy; Killbuck Dairy; Luaggiegene Dairy; Clinton Miller Dairy; Motes Dairy; Pyers Dairy; Shonk’s Dairy; Smith Brother’s Dairy; Snow Dairy & Others.
Tuscarawas County Bottles:Alleshouse; Amistadi Dairy; Becker Dairy; Beller’s Dairy; Bordens; Cappeldale Dairy; Davis Dairy; Domer; Emig Bros.; Espenschied Bros. Dairy; Fairview Dairy; Fisher Dairy; Gasser Dairy; Golden Belle Dairy; Goldennobby Dairy; Goshen Dairy; Green Valley Dairy; Haupert Dairy; Helmick’s Dairy; Jackson F.S. & Son; Kinsey; Knepper’s Dairy; Knisley Dairyl Krantzheim Dairy; Maple Crest Dairy; Maple Grove Dairy; McAllister’s Dairy; Miceli, Frank; Morton Dairy; Oak Grove Dairy Farm; Park Dairy; Park Valley Dairy; Pine Grove Dairy; Plainview Dairy; Blick’s Dairy; Rapp A.H.; Russell’s Dairy; Steel’s Dairy; Stocker’s; Streetor Farm Dairy; Studer’s Dairy; Twin City Milk; Uhrichsville Ice Co.; Union Dairy; Verne’s Dairy; Walker E.A.; Warne’s; Wardell’s Guernsey Farm Dairy; Young’s Dairy & others.
Wayne County Bottles:Shelly’s Dairy; City Dairy; Cloverleaf Dairy; Dalton Dairy; Elm Run Dairy; Haas Dairy; Hall’s Dairy; Hartzler Dairy; Home Dairy; Ideal Dairy; Marshallville Dairy; Nadelin Dairy; Orrville Sanitary Dairy; Pleasant View Farm Dairy; Rittman Dairy; Schrock’s Dairy; Smith’s Dairy; Sweet Clover Dairy; Swinehart’s Farm Dairy; Wooster Farm Dairies; Work Dairy & others.
Coshocton County Bottles:Boyd Dairy; Clark, Neville; Conner’s; Duncan Dairy; Fairview Farm Dairy; Hooper’s Dairy; Keene Cash Dairy; Elmhurst Place Jersey; D.W. Lawrence; Barricks; Locust Grove Dairy; Mote’s Dairy; Peerless; Richissin J.L.; Schweitzer’s Dairy; Sickers Jersey Dairy Thomas Chas.; Turkey Bend Dairy.
Stark County Bottles: Acme Dairy; Aman, Dexter; Anglemont; Beawood Farms; Becher’s Dairy Farm; Baum’s Dairy; Barr & Son; Bircher Farm Dairy; Bolton Dairy; Beverly Farms; Brewster Dairy; Briar Hill Farm; Brookfield Dairy; Burger’s Dairy; Campian Dairy; Canton Pure Milk Co.; Chestnut Ridge Dairy Farm; Climax Dairy; Cobb Bros.; Cormany; Dages; Doll;  Eastland Dairy; Elbert, Chas.; Fairmount Dairy: Fay; Floom Dairy; Giant Elm Dairy; Globe Dairy; Grandview Dairy Farms; Hang; Hartville Dairy; Hol-Guern’s Dairy; Hookway; Isaly’s; Joseph, Jacob; Kienzle Dairy; Low’s Dairy; Lake of Pines Dairy; Krall P.H.; George Lucas; Luethy Dairy; Lyon Dairy; Maple Land Dairy; Marlboro Jersey Farm; F.X. Meyer; McDannel Farm Dairy; Miller Dairy; Oakland Dairy; Oberlin Dairy; Orchard Grove Dairy; Oak Grove Dairy; Nagel, Herman; Oyster Brothers Dairy; Penick Dairy; Peoples Dairy; Rabel, A.R.; Rhoades, Charles; Rich Dairy; Ross Bros; Riverside Dairy; Rowe Dairy; Sandy Valley Jersey Farm; Schlabach Creamery; Seibert; Servall; Singer Dairy; Shank; Slayman; Snyder; Soehnlen, Jos. Dairy; Spring Hill Dairy; Sterling Dairy; Stackhouse; Storck; Sunnyside Dairy; Sunshine Dairy; Superior Dairy; Supreme Dairy; Thompson’s Dairy; Urban Hill Farm Dairy; Wagner; Waldell Farms; Walters; Warren & Son; Watson; Whipple Road Dairy; Frank Widder Dairy; Woodlawn Dairy; Wyler Brothers Dairy; Worlock Dairy & others.
Knox County Bottles:Darling’s Dairy; Jewell Dairy; Milk House; Pitkin’s Dairy; H.C. Purdy; A.B. Priest; Purdy & Clutter; Purdy & Houck; Round Hill Farm Dairy; South Vernon Milk Co.; Valley Run Dairy Farms.
Ashland County Bottles:Ashland sanitary Dairy; Boyer Dairy; Emmon’s Dairy; Hall’s Dairy; Ohio Dairy Co.; Weltmer Farm Dairy.
The late Lou McFadden, along with his wife Sue, “had a passion for collecting antique milk bottles and was very proud of his milk bottle collection, numbering about 3,500 bottles from the state of Ohio. Lou’s bottles were procured over the past 30 years and were widely recognized in the state and beyond as a unique and unusual collection. Lou was the author of the book “Ohio Dairies” written and published in 2009, giving him much pleasure.”
Online bidding, pictures and a complete catalog available at  All milk bottles sell “As Is” with no warranties, expressed or implied. We will start on the catalog at 10:00 AM and mix in un-cataloged items throughout the sale.  The doors will open at 8:30 AM so come early as we have a lot of items to go through.

Terms: Cash, good check, or credit card. 10% buyer’s premium on site & 17.5% buyer’s premium online.Proper Identification required to register for auction.  Lunch stand will be open.

330-852-4111 or

330-464-5155 or


Location: Kaufman Auction Center, 559 Belden Parkway NE, Sugarcreek OH 44681. Directions: From I-77 take the Dover exit and proceed west on SR 39, turn north onto Belden Parkway. The Kaufman Auction Center is on your right. Signs posted. GPS Coordinates: 40.509654, -81.622768
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