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Made it out for another dig and dug outside a privy I had dug some time ago as sometimes there is some trash outside these where trash was used to backfill the hole made to install the privy frame. There did end up being a thin layer of trash outside the privy and we rustled up a beautiful real ink bottle (looks like it says FBA on the base?), a nice marble, a couple hutch sodas (one was damaged, but the good one was a quire rare variant), and a blob soda (cracked unfortunately). Filling in the hole I found what appears to be a cannonball...nonetheless, made up for the last two unproductive digs. By the end of the day the hole was enormous. A bit of a puzzler is the small pharmacy bottle marked "D.M. Stern & Bro/32 Broadway/New York"...can't find any reference to this company in the NY directories. My digging partner said he had dug a few broken ones so it was apparently some product that the folks on this lot were using.
 

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Went out Sunday and did some digging with my oldest son...dug two holes and although we didn't find any concentration of stuff, there was a scattering of bottles here and there that kept us going. Most everything was unfortunately damaged but my son was very excited about finding the little Crown Perfumery bottle and the teal medicine. The heat is here! Heartbreaker was the yellow Hostetter's....lightest one I have seen.
 

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Another Sunday and another dig. Two holes, but one of the two holes had a privy on each side of it so it ended up being a huge hole. One privy was post hurricane and had basically nothing in it. The other privy was 1890's and didn't have much except a Dewar's Perth Whiskey bottle and a Marschner hutch soda. A few odds and ends came out of the area between the two privies as well. My son had his own hole and found the sauce, ink, and whiskey in it.
 

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Went out last Sunday and dug three holes with my oldest son. It was hot...summer is for sure here. Nonetheless, none of the holes really panned out but I didn't get skunked. A few marbles, a few dollar bottles, and a nice early spice bottle. Due for a better dig soon!
 

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Went out last Sunday and dug three holes with my oldest son. It was hot...summer is for sure here. Nonetheless, none of the holes really panned out but I didn't get skunked. A few marbles, a few dollar bottles, and a nice early spice bottle. Due for a better dig soon!

Great western spice!
 

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Went out to a lot that I last dug several years ago for a short solo dig on Saturday. Oh so very hot but managed to open up a nice big hole. It had bottles...just not the ones I was looking for. Brought home some stuff that would normally end up back in the hole as well as a few buttons, marbles, and one reasonably scarce Galveston soda variation. The shard is a piece of an extremely rare Galveston hutch soda...nonetheless, summer's here for sure!
 

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After a bit of a hiatus due to summer vacation and so forth, I finally made it back out Sunday and dug a few holes. Unfortunately, the vast majority of the stuff in the main hole I dug was broken, including probably 15 hutch sodas. I came home with a few bottles for the dollar box, a few marbles and buttons, and a spoon that ended up being the find of the day...it's marked on the handle "R. Kruger"; Rudolph Kruger was a very successful restaurateur for many years in Galveston in the 1880's and 1890's. I've dug hundreds of utensils in Galveston and this is the first I have seen that was identifiably from a Galveston establishment.
 

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The last few digs have been pretty miserable so I haven't posted about them. Went out this past Sunday and got into a bit more volume, though it was still a bit quiet on the "quality" side of things. Found a Dr. Kennedy's Medical Discovery, an Acme gonorrhea medicine bottle from New Orleans, a few poison bottles, a Hood's Pills bottle, and a few other odds and ends. The little glass shoe is odd...it's tiny and I'm not sure what it would have been for. Also dug one of those mystery CCSGCo. bottles that looks like a cabin ink...but the one I found had an atomizer top.
 

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Went out Sunday and braved the heat to dig a few holes. One of the holes I probed out ended up being what appeared to be a small privy; no wood walls like I normally see but a perfect rectangle and loaded with bottles. Definitely post-hurricane and light on the "good stuff" (local bottles) but a few interesting products. The marble was in one of the other holes and is a real nice shooter. Overall, I can't complain but still looking for that next great dig!
 

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