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Aug 22, 2012
Show Me State (Missouri)
Collecting Started In My Youth.
As a teen my friends and I collected beer cans. I still have a small collection of these, but no longer actually collect them. Over the next many years I collected beer glasses and soda cans. I still collect pilsener beer glasses but no longer have the soda can collection. It had become to large (24000+) and it was no longer fun. Besides at the time I was also collecting historical embossed beer bottles. This bottle passion is still going strong. It all began with the beer bottle shown here. Nothing really special, yet it is the bug that bit me. I was downtown here in Macon, visiting the BOURKE STREET FLEA MARKET run by the late Cleo Wiggins who was a good friend of mine. I stopped in frequently to shop and mostly visit. After one such visit as I was leaving I saw this embossed beer bottle setting on a shelf marked at $2. I picked it up looked it over and thought that it was pretty cool. I set it back down and left. About halfway down the block I thought... man that really was a cool bottle... I went back and bought it. After this first one I started looking for them, long story short after 35+ years I've accumulated over 2000+ and still look for more. As to why I enjoy them so much I cannot answer, but I like researching the history of the companies, I think about the old timers who carved the molds and marvel at the skills they had to be able to carve the molds on a curved surface BACKWARDS!! Incredible talent. I admire the crudity of the old glass compared to modern glass, it was often full of bubbles, uneven and heavy. I guess that I look at them as fragile art pieces deserving of preservation.

Quart size, Machine blob
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Sep 25, 2005
Warwick, RI
Great idea for a thread! My bottle hunting journey began maybe 15 years ago. My buddy and I were out metal detecting along an old stone wall in the woods on his property in Eastern Connecticut and we stumbled on an old dump site. The first bottle we pulled out was a W.P. White, Danielson, CT Hutchinson bottle. As soon as I saw it, I said "now that's history" and I've been hooked on bottles ever since! We ended up pulling out just the one hutch, a few early embossed milks, and a bunch of slicks, which we recycle. He still has the hutch to this day. It's not a rare hutch, but it was old and cool enough to infect this amateur historian with bottle madness lol!


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May 22, 2020
I feel like my bottle collecting journey is something i grew into, so to speak...i have been collecting my whole life, when i was 5 i started collecting sea glass or should i say lake glass that used to wash up on the shore in my back yard, i used to love all the different colors of glass and different shapes, i still have my original bag of glass which now looks just as sandblasted as the glass lol. I also started collecting bottle caps when i was about 8 and have been walking around looking at the ground everywhere i go ever since. I used to go to the local rest area beside the highway and take the garbage bags in the garbage and shake them to hear if they had bottle caps in them and yes i would get the caps out of the bags lol all this in hopes of finding a different one i didnt have yet. Today i have over 700 different crown top caps, each one hand picked, growing up these were my.pride and joy and had them in a strategic spot so that if the house caught fire i would be able to escape with them lol. Later in life i had a sideline job working for an auctioneer and saw all sorts of old bottles and i had the same attraction to them as i did with sea glass, i absolutely loved the different colors and shapes and thats kind of why i feel like my collecting has come full circle. The bottle that started it all was this aqua blob top, " this bottle is not to be sold" that i bought at a sunday auction and the rest is history. Cudos on starting the cool thread unclebruce, im looking foreward to reading more of your collecting stories.



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Dec 21, 2018
I actually got started collecting Art Deco sodas from a decision I made to make a bottle tree. I was looking for good tree bottles on eBay and eventually saw some of these sodas. I was really stunned by their designs, clever, beautiful, farcical, and so collectible I thought. Two years later I have nearly 1000, and no regrets for having spent around $15,000.


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Oct 5, 2019
Buckeye State
I too was/am a beer can collector since my teens, sold off my first couple collections of cans and or beer bottles that I picked during that time, but at that time beer bottles always came in second to cans, I started collecting cans again about three or four years ago but have since stopped buying/collecting them and started concentrating on bottles, as far as my bug for bottles started when my son and his wife bought an old farm house about five minutes away from where I live, and sure enough there's an old farm dump there, a bunch of "Glass Can" type bottles and several other types, although they're very very common, with the right labels, they still really look cool, and I have a bunch of labels that I will eventually put on some of many Glass cans, Packies, Stienies, and Tavern style bottles that I've found, I do buy some of my bottles, but the more I look for and dig for bottles and get better at it, I find way more than I buy, although I have many early embossed bottles, I still like paper label bottles as well, I've been very lucky to have found a few dumps very nearby including the one at my son's place, the one that started the craze...lol, which I still intend to dig more at.....:)

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