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07-02-2009, 06:31 AM
I wish these were pictures of my bottle collection....
I took my father-in-law to the Germany Pharmacy Museum yesterday. Took lots of pictures. They did not allow flash so some are a bit dark. I am going to post a few. If anyone wants the rest I can probably mail a disc to you. My dial up is too slow to send any.
This first is a entire pharmacy from a convent. It dates from the early 1700's.


07-02-2009, 06:37 AM
Hundreds of these enameled bottles. I am sure they could donate a couple to me without affecting the collection....


07-02-2009, 06:44 AM
These were in a room representing bulk supplies or bottles not meant for the front of the pharmacy.


07-02-2009, 06:49 AM
It would be nice to find some of these small bottles. Love how crude they are. You can see the tall kick-up in the large bottle in the back. It was very tall and thin with a tiny mouth


07-02-2009, 06:56 AM
I guess this was a sample kit, couldn't quite translate all the label. It is from the 1800's, French. The bottles are about 1 inch tall.


07-02-2009, 07:02 AM
Not usually a big fan of the machine made pharmacy bottles, unless they are strange shapes or colors. These are 20th century but cool color and shape.


07-02-2009, 11:22 AM
It has been warm but it is all relative. My in-laws are here from Louisiana and have been chilly. When it gets up in the upper 80's they feel better. We have also had thunderstorms...normally we only get one or two each summer here. We even had a couple thunder snow storms this winter.
Can you explain to me when you would call a bottle a case bottle and when it is called half post? The small, clear rectangular bottles look like they would be called case bottles if they were taller?
If you shoot me your address I can send you a disc with the pics. My internet is so slow...it took me almost an hour to upload the 5 pictures on the forum.
If I tried to email them to you it would take a day.
i hope when we make it back to the States I will be able to see your collection. I have alot to learn about these old bottles.

07-02-2009, 06:07 PM
Not sure I completely understand. I am a visual person and usually need to have it in front of me (it is better than saying I am slow). I will do some research on the subject to try to get a better handle on what a German Half Post is all about.
If we were posted in Heidelberg I would have volunteered at the museum. I think the best way to learn about something like glass or other objects it to handle a lot of it.

07-02-2009, 06:26 PM
Thank you for sharing your pics with us, Melinda! Great pics! What town is that museum in? Heidelberg?
..man I'd love to be the night watchman there.. for one night.. with a big burlap sack![;)]

07-02-2009, 06:42 PM
It is in Heidelberg Castle. Very cheap to get into the castle and the museum. From what I understand all the contents of the museum have been donated, they have not bought anything.
It would be great to be locked in there for a few hours...I would just love to be able to take some pictures with flash and some close-ups.
I imagine they have a store room with even more that they can't display because of lack of space. I would be happy to volunteer to help with the storage problem. They could leave some bottles with me free of charge, that is just the kind of helpful person I am.

07-02-2009, 07:45 PM
Did you take a picture of the biggest wine barrel in the world that has been filled? (Stated that way because Bad Duerkheim has the biggest wine barrel in the world, but has never been filled.)
If you have a picture of that and maybe a picture of the bridge in Heidelberg, could you take another 1/2 hour or so & upload them when you have time?[;)]

Great pictures!


07-02-2009, 07:45 PM
I was there in 1987.. I don't think the exhibit was there at that time.. I might have remembered! I do remember all the red stone lying around.. I am also very generous with my services, and would be happy to take all that stuff off their hands to make room for more.. I'll even pay to rent the truck![;)]

07-03-2009, 04:21 AM
I will actually go halves with you on the rent...
They have done a lot of restoration on the castle and are still working on it. I would be happy to send you pictures.

Kate, I put a question mark on it because I think they said 2nd largest. This one was only partially filled and only for a short time. It seems that the locals vineyards where required to bring a percentage of their wine to the castle in tribute. It must have been some really bad wine since they mixed it all together, reds and whites, good and bad.
Here is a picture of the barrel.


07-03-2009, 04:28 AM
Looks like you have a great opportunity to do some site-seeing in Germany. Take advantage of it. Being stationed with the Blackhorse in the Fulda Gap up through the mid-1970s, we spent 11 months out of the year in the field patroling the border. 1949 c-rats and sleeping in the mud. I did go to a whorehouse once in Frankfurt; buddy paid the $20 bucks.

07-03-2009, 04:37 AM
This is a smaller barrel they had there. Smaller but still about 12 feet tall.


07-03-2009, 04:47 AM
Those were the days when there were almost 400,000 troops here. Most of the troops and bases are gone now. Going to a few larger bases and training areas. All those countries we were hostile are now tourist draws.

Kate, here is a picture of the bridge from the castle.


07-14-2009, 10:03 PM
Love the pics.German/Bohemian/Austrian/Hungarian apothecary bottles are my life....with the exception of hutch sodas.[;)]

07-15-2009, 05:33 PM
Guten Tag Melinda,
That is a great Castle. I lived in Flein (Landkreis Heilbronn) for 17 years. Been married to a wonderful German Lady for 21 years now. We lived only 45 mins from the castle so we were there 3 or 4 times. I hated the cold (even though Im from Indiana), and I missed the good ol USA, so we packed up and came back to live in the sunshine and warm (Florida) in 2002. Anyway great pics and thanks. Here are some pics we took while we were there.








AND MY FAVORITE PLACE AFTER A NICE CASTLE VISIT!! (there were not many of these over there so I had to take advantage when I could)[:D]

And some pics of Flein were we lived