Dug a good pit in Philadelphia in the rain Sunday

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filling in by head lamp....

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GOOD GOD!!! It looks better than most bottle shows I've attended, all on its own!!! Truly an instant collection.....simply UNREAL! Jack
 

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This was certainly the most productive Philly dig I've been on(and I've been on a lot), and all those bottles were crammed in to about 7 feet of layer - for most of the dig we had nothing to look at but mud and a sorry looking assortment of 1920's bottles from high up in the hole. I managed to save a lot of the broken stuff, makes an interesting sight by itself...

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Of course, what's really amazing is that the number of broken sodas and stonewares in this pile was far exceeded by the whole stuff, even though the bottles were piled like cordwood down in the layer - how often does that happen? I, for one, will not complain[:D][:D]

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Damn that is just amazing. How the hell did they dig a pit that deep in the first place? And why? Seems like a lot to go through just so you don't have to dip your privy every so often. Must be soft soil and easy to dig down there. You can't hardly dig four feet around here without hitting boulders or ledge.
 

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Wow Chris! that is an awesome dig! Would you mind telling us about the stoneware bottles? Were they all marked? Any rare ones. Way to go you guys!
 

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That's about as unbelievably fantastic as it gets, congratulations and thanks for sharing the news of you guys' good fortune!

So what was the best bottle (or bottles if ya got duplicates) of the dig?
 

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Chris, Haven't checked them all yet, but so far names in the shards we didn't also get whole were H. McGee, D. Mealy, and something odd I didn't get enough of to identify in the green sodas, and four broken blues - Roussel, Heiss, a sided Heiss, and Schoch & Smith. All the broken stonewares were Whittemores.
 

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