Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Can You Imagine?

I thought I would try to change it up a bit and actually attempt to bring some positive energy and excitement to the blog.

This is what it is all about for me...check out this stack of Glass! The photo is from the 70s was a monster privy absolutely loaded with early glass. This was in the days before digital cameras and cell phones when it was quite an effort to grab the Kodak and snap a few photos, then take the film to the Fotomat, and hope for the best. Some of the younger diggers probably have no idea what I am talking about...sorry. I would have had a heart attack looking at these squares, and cylinders! Every digger has experienced the excitement of "hitting the layer" many times, but digs like this come only a few times in most bottle digger's lives.


They just gotta still be out there...


  1. That's the stuff that dreams are made of. A big ol' bomber of a pit, and chock full!

    Reminds me of the good old days, down in the Bay Area back in the early 70's, when we thought that this kind of dig was the norm. Wished I could remember where I tucked away those rose tinted glasses.

    Patience and perseverance. The two P's that keep me pointed in the right direction. I just know that there's another bomber waiting to be dug on the next block...

    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Thanks Dale,
    That's what we all want to see on this site.
    You timing is perfect.

  3. Inredible ! Please, more vintage dig pics.

  4. Heck!! back in the sixties and seventies that was the norm!! from Sacramento all the way down to Fresno we dug the hell out of the Valley. Just hadda drive up to a old victorian near the edge of town and go for it. Even gettin permission was cool, all ya had to do was cover up the hole and go on ta the next un.......Wish I still had all the bottles I sold over the years........Andy Volkerts

  5. maybe some of the california greats like quinn or lamberto could post some vintage dig-pics too..?

  6. Classic photo! Very inspiring too see all those fifths & squares together!

    Are those "deer antlers" in the foreground? I heard a few guys used to use those in the layer, as they are less prone to breaking a bottle...

  7. Yes, "log jambs" were certainly more common back then as were the places to dig. The most stacked whiskey hole I ever dug produced 127 embossed Western 5ths. There has also been a hand full of other digs in my stars that produced in the 10-30 range of 5ths. Chasing the high with digs like that have certainly helped keep me going all these years, they do exsist. That's a great picture!

  8. Who is that in the pic?

  9. I think it's Kenny from Santa Cruz. Steve Mello and him hit this STACKED 1840s hotel pit in the Marysville area back in the late 1970s. These are the kinds of posts we need on the blog. I'd imagine many of you veterans have similar photos of your glory days. Somehow, I never seem to have my camera for the epic holes. More dig photos please!!!!