Packman28 said:I collect pyros from North and South Carolina. And, embossed from mainly Southeast North Carolina. They add up quickly and you can run out of storage.
RED Matthews said:Well my first bottle was a milk. I told about how I got it as a kid because I walked the rail road tracks back of our farm to a neighbors barn yard fence and looking at all his cows. He came out to the fence and I told him I was amassed at all his cows, my parents only have one. He explained that he sold milk to a dairy in Watkins Glen, and invited me in to see his barn. Wow, he had a neat place and he showed me his bull and gave me a little bottle of milk to drink. I still have that bottle. I was showing it to my Grandfather and we talked about how they made the bottles. A few weeks later, he took me to Elmira to the Thatcher Glass factory and took me in to see them being made on an early HMB machine. I was amaised and highly impressed - especially at how they loaded the empty bottles in straw in railroad box cars for shipping. I even brought another milk bottle home from the factory, which i still have. Years later I even went to work at this same glass factory as an engineer in their Central Mold Division - making all kinds of mold equipment. I worked for them for 15 years and traveled the world for the next 22 years selling a special metal for mold equipment to the worlds glass industry for making things out of glass. The metal had a special alloy composition we developed for it's age hardening characteristics gained by being pushed in hot glass during the forming of it. I have several Thatcher milk bottles now. An Italian copy of the original Dr. Thatcher milk bottle, and have collected glass ever since that first one. Before that I collected glass telephone insulators along the rail road track and have walked to pick wild asparagus, which grows great in railroad coal ashes. RED Matthews
helm40 said:I collect local milks.Portsmouth OH, Wheelersburg OH, Lucasville OH, Franklin Furnace OH, and Sciotoville OH. I found one small bottle from a local dairy in my small patch of woods a couple years ago. I started wondering how many dairies were here in Scioto County OH, which turned into a quest. So far we have identified close to 60 dairies or farms that bottled their own milk.