Wednesday, June 29, 2011

TV Show Coming Soon - The Death Of A Hobby

There has been chatter lately of the Discovery Channel contacting a few West Coast diggers and collectors regarding a bottle digging reality show.  I was shocked to hear that some are considering the idea and are in talks with the producers.  Personally I feel that nothing but harm will come from this and not only us but future generations (if our hobby is even still legal by then) will pay the price.  I could go on about all the negative consequences of a show like this, but I think most of you are well aware.  To others: Please proceed with caution, your passion is at risk.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

The Great Hair Producer The Crown of Science Prof. J.R. Tilton S.F. Cal

Here is another western hair/medicinal bottle in medium blue with darker blue swirls throughout. Someone recently asked about the bottle with a "professor's" name on it....I believe they were referring to this one? I picked this example up at the Morrow Bay Bottle Show this spring in a trade for a nice pontiled soda. It seems like I've been gravitating towards a few of the western meds lately.

Pictured next to a "Sole Agents Circle Cutter" (earliest variant) and a Dr. Renz's Herb Bitters (latest variant with the curved-legged R's).

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

A Couple of Early Ones

Here are two nice and early Goldrush era gin's which were recently found. The Club House is smooth based, and the Charles' is open pontiled.It is amazing that a few of these early bottles make it through 150 years in the ground least these two made it!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Western Ink

Guess this is what western ink looks like ! Any colored burst tops been dug this year ?

Friday, June 17, 2011

Early SF Telephones

Look who could afford a phone in 1878. First SF telephone directory.


222 Sansome Street 211 Kearny Street 833 Sutter Street
965 Mission Street Twentieth and Mission Hayes and Laguna
California and Fillmore Powell and Union Butchertown
Telephones Rented and Lines Constructed


Names not preceded by stars are connected with the CENTRAL OFFICE SYSTEM and can be switched into private connection with each other.

Abrams & Carroll, Druggists. 3-5 Front
Anderson & Stratton, Tanners, Butchertown
Anthony G W & Co, Brokers, 102 Kearny
Anthony G W & Co, Brokers, 240 Kearny
"Arion Hall," Henry Grimm, Sutter & Kearny
Baker & Hamilton, Hdwe, 2d & Townsend
Baker & Hamilton, Hdwe, 7-19 Front
Baldwin Pharmacy, H B Slaven, Market & Powell
Ball & Julian, Occidental Wool Depot, bet 5th & 6th
Bank Wells Fargo & Co, Bankers, California & Sansome
Bank French Savings, Bankers, 411 Bush
Barnes W H L, Atty, 426 California
Bernard Chas, Coffee & Spice, 707 Sansome
Blake Geo M, Oils, 123 Cal
Blake Geo M, Oils, 1601 Van Ness
Board of Education, Col J A Laven, 30 Sacramento
Board of Education, Gen Ofc, Old City Hall
Board of Education, J W Taylor, 501 Market
Boyson Dr Thomas, Physician, 112 Kearny
Bradbury W B, Centennial Planing Mills, 556-572 Brannan
Brandenstein & Co, Butchers, 339 Kearny
Brandenstein & Co, Butchers, Butchertown
*Buckingham & Hecht, Boots & Shoes, 530 Market
*Buckingham & Hecht, Boots & Shoes, Haight & Gough
*Bulger Martin, Supt, P M S S Co, 31 Russ
*Bulger Martin, Supt, P M S S Co, Mail Dock
Cal Cracker Co, Bakers, 203 Sacramento
Cal Cracker Co, Bakers, Battery & Broadway
Cal Electrical Wks, Electricians, 134 Sutter
Cal Furniture Co, Furn, 222 Bush
Cal Furniture Co, Furn, 649 Market
Cal Paint Co, Paints, 27 Stevenson
Cal Paint Co, Paints, 329 Market
Cal Wool Depot, Jno F Knox, Townsend bet 5th & 6th
Cassimer J, "The Fountain", Sutter & Kearny
Centennial Planing Mills, W B Bradbury, 556-572 Brannan
Chief of Police, City Hall, Kearny St
Christy & Wise, Wool, 607 Front
*Chy Lung & Co, Chinese Mchts, 521 Kearny
*Chy Lung & Co, Chinese Mchts, 640 Sacramento
City Hall, Secy's Ofc, Market St
Club Stables, Livery, Taylor St
Code Elfelt & Co, Pkg & Canning, 125 Davis
Code Elfelt & Co, Pkg & Canning, 314 Washington
Coffin Sanderson & Cook, Brokers, 312 Pine
Crane & Brigham, Druggists, 520 Market
*Crittenden C S, Club Stables, Taylor St
*Crittenden C S, Dexter Stables, 221 Bush
Crocker H S & Co, Statnry, Sansome & Sac
Cutting & Co, Pkg & Canning, 17 Main
Day Thos, Gasfitter, 122 Sutter
Deming Plamer & Co, Flour Mills, 202 Davis
Dewey & Co, Publishers, 202 Sansome
Dewey & Co, Publishers, 414 Clay
*Dexter Stables, Liveyr, 221 Bush
Dry Dock Co, Dry Docks, Hunters Point
Dunphy & Hildreth, Butchers, 533 Kearny
Dunphy & Hildreth, Butchers, Butchertown
Eldridge, Oliver, Pres Dry Dock Co, 318 California
Engine House, Fire Dept, Post & Webster
Eureka Warehouse, A J Gove, Montgomery & Chestnut
Fashion Stables, Livery, Sutter St
Field, Stephen D, Electrician, 2319 California
"Fountain, The", Saloon, Sutter & Kearny
Gallagher, Thos J, Atty, 602 Commercial
Gamble, James, W U Tel Co, 300 Pine
Ghiradelli & Danzel, Coffee & Spice, 415 Jackson
Gilbert & Moore, Furn, 219 Bush
Gladding McBean & Co, Drain and Sewer Pipe, 1312 Market
Gladding McBean & Co, Drain and Sewer Pipe, 213 Market
Gove, A J, Eureka Whse, Chestnut & Montgomery
Grand Opera House, Theatre, Mission St
Grangers' Business Assn, Produce, 106 Davis
*Grun & Vogelsang, Saloon, 142 - 4th
*Grun & Vogelsang, Saloon, 215 - 3d
Guittard E & Co, Coffee & Spice, 205 Front
Guittard E & Co, Coffee & Spice, 405 Sansome
Hochkofler, R, Mdse Broker, 205 Front
Howes, E K & Co, Woodenware, 122 Front
Howes, E K & Co, Woodenware, 37 Main
Hunt, D D, Druggist, 5th & Folsom
Journal of Commerce, Publishers, Clay & Sansome
Kiel, F C, Druggist, 4th & Market
Knox, Jno F, Cal Wool Depot, Townsend bet 5th & 6th
Ladd Geo S, Pres G & S Tel Co, 222 Sansome
Ladd Geo S, Pres G & S Tel Co, 515 Van Ness
Lane Dr L C, Physician, 652 Mission
Lane Dr L C, Physician, Clay & Buchanan
Langley, Chas & Co, Druggists, Front & Pine
Liebenbaum & Co, Grocers, 1303 Polk
Liebenbaum & Co, Grocers, 529 Kearny
Lipnitz & Co, Druggists, 236 Sutter
Macondray & Co, Shipping & Comm, 204 Sansome
Mahe Gustave, Banker, 411 Bush
Maxwell Dr R T, Physician, 135 Kearny
Mayhew Earnest & Co, Grain, 302 Davis
McCall J G, Ry Agt, 15 New Montgomery
McCall J G, Ry Agt, 614 Washington
McCord & Malone, Fashion Stables, 16 Sutter
McDonald M J, Broker, 1096 Post
McDonald M J, Broker, 215 Sansome
McKinlay Jas, Pac Commercial Co, 28 Sacramento
McMenomy J H, Butcher, California & Market
Michelsen Brown & Co, Butchers, 308 Front
Michelsen Brown & Co, Butchers, Butchertown
Miller & Lux, Butchers, 533 Kearny
Miller & Lux, Butchers, Butchertown
Mills D O, Capitalist over London & S F Bank
Mining & Scientific Press, Dewey & Co, 202 Sansome
Murphy Horn & Byrne, Butchers, 533 Kearny
Murphy Horn & Byrne, Butchers, Butchertown
Newman Carlton, Prop Glass Wks, 1585 Folsom
Newton Bros & Co, Grocers, 204 California
Odd Fellows Assn, Odd Fellows Bldg, 325 Montgomery
Odd Fellows Cemetery, Cemetery
Oriental Bonded Warehouse, Pool & Harris, Bryant & 1st
Pacific Commercial Co, Coal, 28 Sacramento
Pacific Commercial Co, Coal, Sutter & Larkin
Pacific Commercial Co, Coal, Geary & Mason
*Pacific M S S Co, Transportation Mail Dock
Painter Emlen, Druggist, 11th & Mission
Painter Emlen, Druggist, Clay & Kearny
Palace Stables, Hacks & Coupes, 615 Howard
*Poheim J, Tailor, 103 - 3d
*Poheim J, Tailor, 202 Montgomery
Police Office, Chief of Police, City Hall
Poly Heilbron & Co, Butchers, 339 Kearny
Poly Heilbron & Co, Butchers, Butchertown
Pool & Harris, Oriental Whse, Bryant & 1st
Postoffice, Station C, Mission & 20th
Postoffice, Washington & Battery
*Quong Lee, Chinese Mcht, 408 Merchant
*Quong Lee, Chinese Mcht, 410 Kearny
*Quong Lee, Chinese Mcht, 828 Dupont
Redington & Co, Druggists, 529 Market
Richards C F & Co, Druggists, Clay & Sansome
S F & Pac Glass Wks, C Newman, King St
Sabin Jno I, Supt G & S Tel Co, 1812 Pierce
Sage L P, Warehouse, Battery & Union
Selig M, Butcher, 331 Kearny
Selig M, Butcher, Butchertown
Slaven H B, Druggist, Market & Powell
Stallard Dr J H, Physician, 37 Post
Sturm Victor H, S Cassimer & Co, 25th & S Jose Av
Tay Geo H & Co, Stoves & Tinware, 614 Battery
*Taylor Jno W, Gutta Percha, 501 Market
Taylor John & Co, Druggists Glassware, 512 Washington
Tevis Lloyd, Capitalist Bank of W F & Co
*Trumpour J P, Dentist, 2021 Mission
*Trumpour J P, Dentist, 401 1/2 Hayes
Underwriters' Fire Patrol, Ecker & Stevenson
United Carriage Co, Hacks & Coupes, Palace Hotel
United Carriage Co, Hacks & Coupes, Sutter & Levenworth
*United Workingmen, Boot & Shoe Co, 25th & Bartlett
*United Workingmen, Boot & Shoe Co, 416 Market
Verdenal D F, Mining Secy, 1525 Sutter
Verdenal D F, Mining Secy, 327 Pine
*Vermeil & Wellington, Hay & Grain, 4th & Berry
*Vermeil & Wellington, Hay & Grain, 608 - 4th
Waldstein A, Lithographer, King nr 3d
Waldstein A, Lithographer, Sacramento & Sansome
Wangenhim Sol, Pkg & Canning, 120 Davis
Wellman Peck & Co, Grocers 416 Front
Wells Fargo & Co's Bank, Bankers, California & Sansome
*West Coast Furniture Co, Furniture, 4th & Bryant
Western Union Tel Co, Pine & Montgomery
*White Capt Russell, 627 1/2 Howard
*White Capt Russell, Fire Patrol, Stevenson St
Whitney & Webster, Wool Whse, King St
Wiffgate J C, Oakland Express, 6 Sacramento
Willard G H, Broker, Safe Deposit Bldg
Williams Blanchard & Co, Agts P M S S Co, 218 California
*Wilson J Y, Prov Packers, 508 Market

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Madame Delisdinere

Since I'm collecting both Western and swirled bottles, I couldn't resist purchasing this one recently from Dr Barnes. Having an inquisitive mind, I just had to find out more about it. A little online research produced the following:

Langley's 1884 San Francisco directory listed Mme Delisdinere as a manufacturer of toilet articles at 26 Bay street.

The Annual State Agricultural Society Exhibition at the September 1880 California State Fair, held at the Capitol Park Pavilion in Sacramento, listed a special mention for the tooth powder and hair dressing exhibit by Madame Delisdinere of San Francisco.

Based on this limited info, what was within? Is it a hair bottle, complexion cream...??? It appears 1870's? The name is certainly a unique one, with only a handful of hits on Goggle Search. Anyone have any additional info?

Friday, June 10, 2011

Finally; back on track~


Were back up and running!

Check out our latest article on the toolie website~

Best of luck to all with your collecting and digging endeavors!