Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Vintage West Coast Dig Photos

Looking for any 1960s or 1970s Calfornia or Nevada bottle digging photos for an upcoming exhibit at the National Show in August. Photos of the Benicia mudflats, Embarcadero, and Old Sac would be great. If you have any you'd be willing to share, please try to scan them at the highest possible resolution and email them to whiskey.cylinders@gmail.com.


Sunday, June 19, 2016

From Ferdinand Meyer

Rick: Would you please post on your site ASAP. Thanks!
From Fred Holabird: Hi thanks for the calls and all the help over time getting the word out on the FOHBC auction. I forgot to mention something important and need your help. I would greatly like to add some bottles from western states that help define bottle collecting in the West. Here’s what I’d like to see: Some western bottles that help define the state: Arizone: something like one of the Rattlesnake oil bottles. And a bottle marked “A.T.” or mining camps – Bisbee, etc. I will put in my own tombstone soda. Colorado: bottles from the mining camps that aren’t dirt common. I have a good selection from New Mexico now. Looking for Montana and Oregon pieces! We probably have California covered, unless I can find a Manzanita Cure, which would be great. Nevada – as I mentioned, I’ll pull from my collection. Washington – I’ll call a major collector I know. I need stuff within a week or so, if at all possible. MORE INFO

Ferdinand Meyer V, SEGD, AIGA

Thursday, June 9, 2016

California Trade Marks

From  Eric McGuire

The California State Archives has finally put its early California Trade Mark files on line for everyone to use. This significant collection of trade marks is truly amazing, and if you have an interest in the history of California bottled products you may just completely miss dinner once you begin browsing the collection. There are a few errors but they are insignificant relative to the importance of this site to bottle collectors and historians of California commercial history.

You will find thousands of bottle related labels from 1861 to the turn of the century, and some will knock your socks off. I implore all bottle collectors to visit this site and invite them to dig a little deeper with what they find, with their results being published articles and vignettes of their research. Such productivity will only contribute to the perpetuation of the hobby which we currently enjoy.

Eric McGuire
A couple of examples of the trade marks to be found in the collection - rs -

Examples of paper labeled whiskies from the Bruce Silva collection can be seen here http://www.westernwhiskeytooltopgazette.com/2014/04/paper.html

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

More Good Old Days

Glob top McKenna's
McKenna's lower center
The late Tommy Walker, Dan Bell and a open pontil Old Sachem
Log jam saloon hole
Gold rush hole - Max Bell, Aaron Hill and the sole agent
Another gold rush hole
The late great Mike Dolcini
Thanks to Max Bell for the pictures - rs -

Sunday, June 5, 2016

The Good Old Days

Here is a vintage photo of a 1970 bottle dig in downtown Sacramento. Anyone have any other photos of the glory days ?

Mitchell's Essence of Jamaica Ginger Pittsburg

Anyone have any information on the Mitchell's Essence of Jamaica Ginger. It's a Hostetter's bottle mold with the Hostetter's slugged out and replaced with Mitchell's. I have been wondering about this bottle for quite some time but can't find any information on this bottle. Any info would be appreciated..........

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

My Favorite Hoss

Thought it might be fun to see some sweet colored Hostetter's. This is my favorite as I have not seen one this light. Maybe some of you can post your favorite Hoss! DM
Remember to click on the pic to enlarge.