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Got out during a big wind storm today. Many old bottles were exposed on the surface as a result of the wind and waves washing away all the silt. These are some of the better finds of the day:

Christian Wagners Sons:
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S. Liebman's Sons Brewing Co.
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Obermeyer and Liebmann's
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Minck Bros. & Co. (8oz):
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Minck Bros & Co. (28oz):
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Got out during a big wind storm today. Many old bottles were exposed on the surface as a result of the wind and waves washing away all the silt. These are some of the better finds of the day:

Christian Wagners Sons:
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S. Liebman's Sons Brewing Co.
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Obermeyer and Liebmann's
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Minck Bros. & Co. (8oz):
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Minck Bros & Co. (28oz):
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I love it, you don't even have to dig!!!
 

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Got out during a big wind storm today. Many old bottles were exposed on the surface as a result of the wind and waves washing away all the silt. These are some of the better finds of the day:

Christian Wagners Sons:
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S. Liebman's Sons Brewing Co.
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Obermeyer and Liebmann's
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Minck Bros. & Co. (8oz):
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Minck Bros & Co. (28oz):
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Sheeeessshhh! I love New York bottles
 

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That one with the embossed face is incredible! I'm trying to figure out what that's supposed to be a picture of - a person wearing a parka? A lion? A smiling, radiant onion?

The September 10th, 1900 copy of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle says it's representative of the sun, but I think it looks more like a shining rain drop.

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Samuel Liebmann was the founder of S. Liebmann & Sons, and was the father of Joseph Liebmann who in the early 1890's partered with his sister's husband David Obermeyer to form Obermeyer and Liebmann. O&L operated until 1924 when the company went bankrupt due to prohibition. It was subsequently absorbed by S. Liebmann & Sons who in 1924 changed its name to Liebmann Breweries, Inc. In 1964 Liebmann Breweries, Inc. was purchased by PepsiCo.

If you've ever drank Rheingold Beer, you have tasted Liebmann Breweries, Rheingold was one of their signature brews.
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This is an October 5, 1907 image of one of S. Liebmann's bottling room:
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The above information was sourced from baybottles.com and historicbeerbottlesnyc.com
 

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Got out during a big wind storm today. Many old bottles were exposed on the surface as a result of the wind and waves washing away all the silt. These are some of the better finds of the day:
Beautifully impressive finds!

The only thing wrong with your typical postings of tide flat finds are how much they feed that green monster: my envy! It doesn't lessen the impact that I've never noticed you mention having to carry a pick and shovel, let alone a machete, Pulaski, wasp spray, compass or GPS receiver, survival kit or any of the additional bottle-hunting essentials typically required for a usually futile but for the "adventure" of it all, venture into our western WA forests seeking the meager discards of long-vanished homesteads.
 

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Beautifully impressive finds!

The only thing wrong with your typical postings of tide flat finds are how much they feed that green monster: my envy! It doesn't lessen the impact that I've never noticed you mention having to carry a pick and shovel, let alone a machete, Pulaski, wasp spray, compass or GPS receiver, survival kit or any of the additional bottle-hunting essentials typically required for a usually futile but for the "adventure" of it all, venture into our western WA forests seeking the meager discards of long-vanished homesteads.

:) It may seem like I am just picking bottles off the floor, but alas it is not as simple as it appears. I walk many miles through weeds, silt, and mud to get to many of these places.

There are a few places however that are easy to get to. In these places when the winds and tides are right, it is possible - such as in the example posted above, to find old bottles on the surface. But that same place above I sometimes visit a dozen times in a month and find absolutely nothing- because the mud and silt is unpredictable and covers everything.

But for the majority of my finds I actually do dig, and it is some of the most intense digging you can imagine. I dig mostly in mud and compacted clay which sticks to my shovel and is very heavy. Most of the time I get little to nothing. If you recall my lattice and diamond poison bottle, that was dug from compacted clay and was the only find from three hours of digging. What you don't know is I went back to that location three days in a row and found absolutely nothing else, that poison bottle was the only bottle down there.

When I dig my dumps, which are located on the water's edge, I often get covered in mud and sometimes oil, especially in the 1920's-era dumps when they burned everything. I actually envy land diggers alot, because when they dig their holes they don't immediately fill in with water and every shovel full of soil they scoop actually comes off their spade without needing to be scraped off with the bottom of their boot.

The job is not easy but I must say the one real advantage I have here in NYC over other places is the age, NYC is old and therfore the finds can stretch back alot further in time here than in most places. I make it look easy because I only really ever show the end results, but we all know bottle digging in all its glory is always tedious and dirty :D
 
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Land diggers like me get absolutely COVERED in dirt lol from collapsing ceilings and walls. If you aren’t digging a lined privy, it’s extremely frustrating and sometimes dangerous. Not discounting the mud and other such, but I envy the peeps who dig in Georgia, Florida, or any other place where it’s sandy soil.
Though I don’t know how well the silica reacts with the sand!
 

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