It's been the same for me. I do active research all the time on my local bottlers, and have accumulated so much information, I am making a website about them! Charlie has more bottles than me, but I do a lot of research on them too! The Internet is a great place to do research.ORIGINAL: cyberdigger
I just went down to the river and saw some glass one day.. stuck a shovel in the mud and started pulling out bottles. I was living in Long Branch at the time so naturally I was finding a lot of locals. I don't actually know much about most of the bottlers, but when I go to bottle shows and flea markets I meet people who know the history of this or that company.. being active in the hobby, the knowledge just accumulates.. a lot of folks on this forum also keep an eye out for me, which is extremely cool of them!
Herman was born in February of 1872 in Jersey, he lived at 13 Liberty St. with his family, father Herman who was a carpenter, his younger siblings Harry and Mary. Harry worked for him as "bottle packer", two other siblings Henry & Paulina died in 1882 at the young ages of 8 and 3, a tragic time for the family. His dad was a laborer before becoming a carpenter for many years...I have a herman kruse bottle that was just recently gifted to me but I cannot find any information on it at all.