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Galveston Dig

nhpharm

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Went out Saturday for some digging. Just really wish fall would arrive...was still in the low 90's there in Galveston. Dug a nice pint and quart Galveston milk bottle, a hutch soda, a nice crown top, and the prize of the day, a nice straight-sided Coca-Cola from Galveston...the third version I have found of these. I wonder how many there are? I was pretty excited about the milks as well...tough to find these early milks in good condition.
 

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nhpharm

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Hadn't posted in a while but have been actively digging while the weather is cool. A few weeks ago I got into a great old privy dating from 1880's-1910's. Pulled out a bunch of hutch sodas (including one from Washington DC and one from Chicago), a cool medicine from San Antonio, and a Codd soda bottle from Galveston (super rare). Was super excited and didn't think it could get any better...best dig I have had in over a year.
 

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nhpharm

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But then I went out this weekend and had an equal or better day! Probed out a hole for my son and a hole for myself, then went about opening up my son's hole so he could dig it. It ended up being much bigger (and much better) than I imagined when I probed it and we dug the one hole the rest of the day. It was a late 1870's-early 1880's trash pit and was loaded with sodas (which is extremely rare in Galveston). Unfortunately the majority were slick gravitating stopper sodas, but there were a total of 6 very early (and very rare) hutch sodas in the hole from Galveston...some of these were bottles that in the past 8 years I have only dug one of! To top it all off I dug a great Galveston citrate of magnesia bottle (one I had never seen before), a newer hutch, and a few crown tops. Super excited about the dig...I'd had several slow months so this is making up for that I guess!
 

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nhpharm

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I've dug a few repeats...Galveston has nearly 60 different hutch sodas including all the variants so there are probably 5 or so of those that I routinely dig repeats of and a ton of them that I have either only dug one of or have never dug an example of. I've been digging a collection of Galveston bottles (rather than buying a collection) and it has been a great 8 year journey so far...but still a long ways to go to get everything I want/need from Galveston!
 

nhpharm

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The citrate was the bottle I was most excited about. Maybe not the most valuable, but definitely my favorite bottle from the dig.
 

nhpharm

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Bruce-thanks so much! One of my favorite bottles from Galveston and oh so hard to find! Both Galveston and Houston had Codd sodas but both are super rare.
 

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