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Crist Clapper
03-25-2012, 10:24 AM
Hello all!

My first posting. Recently when a house was being torn down... A bottle with our family name of Claycomb was found. The first any of us heard of a Claycomb's Dairy.

How do I get more information?

Here is a drawing of the marking on the bottom of the bottle:

cowseatmaize
03-25-2012, 11:16 AM
Welcome.
Clarion PA 1933 is my idea so that's something to start with. Did it or you come from that region? If so let us know. It would make a search a lot easier. Also a having an idea of how it was made like embossed or plate mold embossed, ABM or BIM etc. would be good. Got any actual pictures?

Crist Clapper
03-25-2012, 01:52 PM
Yes... I do have some photos. I am remote right now and will post later. The bottle, I, and my family are from the Blair and Bedford Counties in PA... Central PA 16664. How did you come up with Clarion PA?

surfaceone
03-25-2012, 02:32 PM
Hello Mr. Clapper,

Welcome to the A-BN. Are you familiar with Claycomb's Dairy Service (http://www.bizapedia.com/pa/CLAYCOMBS-DAIRY-SERVICE.html) in Martinsburg?

Your bottle was made at the Clarion, PA Owens-Illinois plant in 1933, from the drawing you supplied. "17" is the plant number.

http://www.clarioncallnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/glass-plant-480x288.jpg From. (http://www.clarioncallnews.com/news/clarion-feels-impact-of-plant-closing/)

Crist Clapper
03-25-2012, 02:48 PM
Truely exciting to know where the bottle was manufactured... And a photo too! Thanks so much!

Crist Clapper
03-25-2012, 02:50 PM
Are there resources to research the location/history of Claycomb's Dairy?

surfaceone
03-25-2012, 05:27 PM
ORIGINAL: Crist Clapper

Are there resources to research the location/history of Claycomb's Dairy?


Yes, there are. You're standing on em. Go talk to the older dairymen in the area. Go to the library, local historical societies. Go to Altoona and search the paper archive.

Milks are a local thing. The bottles, as a general rule, didn't travel too far from where they were sold.

Try the Claycomb Genealogy (http://genforum.genealogy.com/claycomb/messages/14.html) route.

Y'all have your own covered bridge, http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6046/6350438544_f594073181_m.jpg there's probably folks on both sides that could provide information to you.

Where's the photo of your milk?

http://www.bcgslibrary.org/blair-sign5.jpg

Crist Clapper
03-25-2012, 06:27 PM
Photo 1:

https://www.antique-bottles.net/upfiles/16546/1A875F6E2B114E63B756958BD905E3D0.jpg

Crist Clapper
03-25-2012, 06:28 PM
Photo 2:

https://www.antique-bottles.net/upfiles/16546/8A155CFF51724013A03700913ECE5FDC.jpg

Crist Clapper
03-25-2012, 06:28 PM
Photo 3:

https://www.antique-bottles.net/upfiles/16546/8AA21F963B824E4C912EEE392FD0FF02.jpg

Crist Clapper
03-25-2012, 06:29 PM
Photo 4:

https://www.antique-bottles.net/upfiles/16546/358F1E7AAE3D46DC82B21F0295BCB306.jpg

Crist Clapper
03-25-2012, 06:30 PM
Photo 5:

https://www.antique-bottles.net/upfiles/16546/FF286510C09448A189AC765C32783544.jpg

surfaceone
03-25-2012, 06:39 PM
Those photos are so unfortunately small. Blown way up, they're too small to convey any information. Take one of the whole bottle. Base, lip etc. Make them larger.

Maybe this size:

http://farm1.staticflickr.com/138/320909485_d039e3f076_z.jpg

Crist Clapper
03-25-2012, 06:48 PM
The photos were too large for a good upload... So here's a link to larger photos:

http://s1154.photobucket.com/albums/p535/MyWaggy/Claycombs%20Dairy%20Milk%20Bottle/?albumview=slideshow

Crist Clapper
03-25-2012, 06:53 PM
Very cute! [:D]


ORIGINAL: surfaceone

Those photos are so unfortunately small. Blown way up, they're too small to convey any information. Take one of the whole bottle. Base, lip etc. Make them larger.

Maybe this size:

http://farm1.staticflickr.com/138/320909485_d039e3f076_z.jpg

Crist Clapper
03-25-2012, 06:54 PM
How can I tell embossed or plate mold embossed? What is ABM, BIM, etc.,?


ORIGINAL: cowseatmaize

Welcome.
Clarion PA 1933 is my idea so that's something to start with. Did it or you come from that region? If so let us know. It would make a search a lot easier. Also a having an idea of how it was made like embossed or plate mold embossed, ABM or BIM etc. would be good. Got any actual pictures?

Crist Clapper
03-25-2012, 07:04 PM
The hoot of it is that my uncle is third generation Claycomb who currently has the family dairy farm. He's a really informed person on all that is local. This is the first Claycomb's dairy milk bottle known to him. And good additional information... Got my homework assignment(s)!





ORIGINAL: surfaceone



ORIGINAL: Crist Clapper

Are there resources to research the location/history of Claycomb's Dairy?


Yes, there are. You're standing on em. Go talk to the older dairymen in the area. Go to the library, local historical societies. Go to Altoona and search the paper archive.
Milks are a local thing. The bottles, as a general rule, didn't travel too far from where they were sold.

Try the Claycomb Genealogy (http://genforum.genealogy.com/claycomb/messages/14.html) route.

Y'all have your own covered bridge, http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6046/6350438544_f594073181_m.jpg there's probably folks on both sides that could provide information to you.

Where's the photo of your milk?

http://www.bcgslibrary.org/blair-sign5.jpg

surfaceone
03-25-2012, 07:12 PM
https://i1154.photobucket.com/albums/p535/MyWaggy/Claycombs%20Dairy%20Milk%20Bottle/b5.jpg

This would be a plate mould. It's made on an Automatic Bottle Machine (ABM) at O-I as previously noted.

I can't make out this lettering on the heel:

https://i1154.photobucket.com/albums/p535/MyWaggy/Claycombs%20Dairy%20Milk%20Bottle/B2.jpg

Crist Clapper
03-25-2012, 07:20 PM
I have studied and studied the printing on the heel... No luck. What's the best way to raise the lettering to read?



ORIGINAL: surfaceone

https://i1154.photobucket.com/albums/p535/MyWaggy/Claycombs%20Dairy%20Milk%20Bottle/b5.jpg

This would be a plate mould. It's made on an Automatic Bottle Machine (ABM) at O-I as previously noted.

I can't make out this lettering on the heel:

https://i1154.photobucket.com/albums/p535/MyWaggy/Claycombs%20Dairy%20Milk%20Bottle/B2.jpg

surfaceone
03-26-2012, 11:19 AM
What's the best way to raise the lettering to read?


You might try a rubbing to see if that will bring up the lettering. I suspect it might be the initials of a local dairy association.

So you guys are 3rd & 4th generation, but never knew your ancestors were bottling the milk?

Did you know of Jeanne Claycomb Berkey, (http://articles.dailyamerican.com/2011-12-07/lifestyle/30488706_1_earl-and-jeanne-somerset-and-phoenix-penn-state-food-sciences) of Somerset? She studied dairy manufacturing at Penn State, and seems to have married into the Berkey Creamery family.

Perhaps there are older relatives that could tell you more.

http://www.younghouselove.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/04web/richmonddairyapartments.jpg

Crist Clapper
04-23-2012, 11:19 AM
Both Blair County (PA) and Bedford County (PA) folks report no information.

Where should I go next?

Thanks. Crist Clapper

surfaceone
04-24-2012, 02:12 AM
Hey Christ,

I dunno what to tell you. Your family members don't seem to have their family bibles in order. [8D]

Did you thoroughly peruse the Claycomb Genealogy boards? (http://genforum.genealogy.com/claycomb/)

http://www.norristownsoftball.com/assets/images/blast/1954norristownblocks.jpg

Crist Clapper
04-26-2012, 07:26 PM
Sort of... All paths seem to lead to fee-based ends.

surfaceone
04-26-2012, 08:34 PM
http://www.mtmultipleuse.org/images/recFeeSignAzSm.jpg

Don'tcha just hate those.