The Milford directory for 1909 shows a Joseph Hodgson with a saloon and as a dealer for Choice Ales, Wines Liquors and Cigars, Bottles Ale & Lager for Family Use, 5 Railroad Avenue, Milford, Conn. Could be him...hard to say. Lots of JH's and of course it may not actually be from Milford.
5 Railroad Ave must have been razed when they put in the RR parking lot, as it's no longer a viable address. It was, however, .2 miles from the site this bottle was found, which was the business area intersection @ Railroad & River Ave. I sent an e-mail to the historical society to see where his saloon might have been.
Does "family use" account for this bottle with initials, which would render it not available for sale?
I wasn't sure if this was < or > 1900....can you say?
Also, aside from historical value, does it have any monetary value?
If it had a city & state embossed on bottle it would be more valuable. I don't think it would have to much Value with just the JH embossed on it. That will make it hard to prove where it came from or what it stands for. LEON.
P.S. Top makes it look pre 1900 to me? but maybe not?
I remember those bottles! Used to drink pop from the "stubbies" as a kid in the 70's. Phased them out in the 80's here as they went to plastic bottles. Haven't seen one of these in 30 years and I do...