Well needed advice. Thanks.Everybody here at ABN needs to remember the effect that our comments can have on our fellow collectors, especially those relatively new to the hobby. Although some of us were lucky to start by finding a Hutch or even pontils, many started with less monetarily valuable bottles. but valuable to the individual because they simply see beauty in a bottle that is no longer made that way. Once in a while, we find ourselves lamenting the apparent decline in young collectors entering the hobby, yet fail to check ourselves when someone posts a bottle that we might not find that desirable, because our tastes in early glass have evolved through the years in the hobby. As a 14 year old kid, I started my collection with a later varient of a hobbleskirt Coke and thought that I had reached the pinnacle of bottledom when I found a pyramid RC Cola bottle. Now, I collect colored pontils. Thank God for people like Tom Hicks, with his unbelievable collection, to whom I could show a Bromo-Seltzer, and he would find something nice to say about it, something encouraging, a lead that all of us should emulate, regardless of whether or not we find another collector's bottle that interesting to us personally. Otherwise, maybe nothing at all would be the better response.
And yes, that mercurochrome bottle is amazing. The best example that I've seen, and thank you for sharing it with us.