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Feb 18, 2020
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Hi all- I'm new to this bottle thing. I just inherited all these bottles. My mom said most of them were picked up at construction sites in and around Ann Arbor, MI.
Do I clean them? With what? Just kinda overwhelmed and would love some guidance.
 

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Screwtop

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Welcome to a fun dilemma! From what I see right there, they seem to be common, low end bottles that don't appear to need much in the way of cleaning. If you'd like them to be cleaned, there are many ways to do it. I'd start out with warm/hot soapy water.

Are any embossed? (words, letters or pictures in raised form on the bottle)
 

sandchip

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Sep 1, 2008
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Only start with water that is roughly the same temperature as your bottles. Sometimes, even bringing a bottle from outside on a cold day into a warm house can spell disaster. Glass doesn't like sudden temperature changes in either direction. Many of the bottles appear to have ground staining as opposed to dirt. Washing won't do a whole lot of good on that.

Most importantly, welcome to the hobby and to the forum!
 
Feb 18, 2020
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Thank you so much! Most of these were displayed for a good 30 years or more in an unheated and un-air-conditioned lakefront cottage. I'm surprised they even survived the trip from Michigan to Alabama.
 

hemihampton

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Could be something good in there. Since I collect Michigan Bottles & Ann Arbor Bottles I'd be Interested to know what these 3 bottles are? do you have better pics of these 3? Curious, Let me know. THANKS, LEON.
AnnArborDugBottles.jpg
AnnArborDugBottles - Copy.jpg
 
Feb 18, 2020
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Are you an Ann Arborite? I lived there for 41 years before moving to Alabama 5 years ago. I'll go down and grab those bottles and take some pics.
 

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