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Galveston Dig

photolith

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Holy cow, what awesome finds, I lived in Houston but before I got into bottle collecting, sure wish I could dig some of those privies now. It’s probably fairly easy digging since it’s mostly sand there.
 

nhpharm

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Apr 24, 2007
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I've never dug in Houston, but Galveston can be challenging because of the sandy clay, the oyster shells, and the water. Lots and lots of water. And the probing is super tough because there is 2' or more of compacted crushed oyster impregnated with bricks on most lots.
 

nhpharm

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Went out last Sunday to do some digging. Was disgusted to find that someone poached my digging spot and left a number of large open holes...this on a lot that is mowed periodically! I lay down wood, cut sod, and so forth to keep things looking nice so the lot owner won't revoke my permission but these folks just tore open several big holes and left them. Nonetheless, I got into a few trash pits and found some odds and ends, including a super uncommon machine-made embossed pharmacy bottle from Galveston with a pour spout, a hard to find milk, an extremely rare Galveston codd soda, a Houston Christmas coke, and some miscellaneous medicines and so forth. Of course spent half the day filling in the holes the other diggers made. Made me sick to my stomach...I really can't stand lazy diggers. If you are going to poach someone's spot, at least have the courtesy of leaving it as nice as the digger you are poaching from!
 

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nhpharm

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Any ideas on what the hobnail bottle could have been? I assume some kind of shaker but not sure. Its a real pretty light amber.
 

hemihampton

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Went out last Sunday to do some digging. Was disgusted to find that someone poached my digging spot and left a number of large open holes...this on a lot that is mowed periodically! I lay down wood, cut sod, and so forth to keep things looking nice so the lot owner won't revoke my permission but these folks just tore open several big holes and left them. Nonetheless, I got into a few trash pits and found some odds and ends, including a super uncommon machine-made embossed pharmacy bottle from Galveston with a pour spout, a hard to find milk, an extremely rare Galveston codd soda, a Houston Christmas coke, and some miscellaneous medicines and so forth. Of course spent half the day filling in the holes the other diggers made. Made me sick to my stomach...I really can't stand lazy diggers. If you are going to poach someone's spot, at least have the courtesy of leaving it as nice as the digger you are poaching from!

I know exactly how you feel. I know of some local Diggers that leave open holes & trash everywhere they dig. I had a whole desolate abandoned city block to myself where me & Tom dug roughly 20-30 privies but filled them all in. put sod back over them if it had sod, sometimes just dirt but after a few weeks & a couple of rains you'd never know we were there. Then these guys intercept, leave holes every where & now all the neighbors made about the mess. The guy leaving the holes is mad we filled our holes in, because he probes our old hole & starts digging it only to find we already dug it. Said if we left our holes open like he does then he'd know where we dug & were not to dig. Anyways, enough complaining, I really like that Codd, seems any American Codd is tough to come by as most are from overseas but a Texas one has gotta be really rare I'd assume, most of the American ones I've seen are more from the East Coast area. Congrats. LEON.
 

nhpharm

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As far as I am aware, only Houston and Galveston had Codd sodas in Texas, and both are super rare. I was over the moon to dig this example. Someday I want to dig one of the Houston ones!
 

UncleBruce

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Aug 22, 2012
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Went out last Sunday to do some digging. Was disgusted to find that someone poached my digging spot and left a number of large open holes...this on a lot that is mowed periodically! I lay down wood, cut sod, and so forth to keep things looking nice so the lot owner won't revoke my permission but these folks just tore open several big holes and left them. Nonetheless, I got into a few trash pits and found some odds and ends, including a super uncommon machine-made embossed pharmacy bottle from Galveston with a pour spout, a hard to find milk, an extremely rare Galveston codd soda, a Houston Christmas coke, and some miscellaneous medicines and so forth. Of course spent half the day filling in the holes the other diggers made. Made me sick to my stomach...I really can't stand lazy diggers. If you are going to poach someone's spot, at least have the courtesy of leaving it as nice as the digger you are poaching from!
Selfish scum that I would love to catch in the act. Wish I lived closer I would have helped you fill in those holes. I actually caught some folks I knew digging in a nearby town. I stopped and asked them if they had permission, to which they said yes. I asked who was it as I know everyone in town and knew who owned the lot. I told them to clean up and get real permission as they were caught in a lie. Sad. Haven't seen them since.
 

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