Category Archives: Club news

Betty Bowman passing

Long time club member Betty Bowman has passed away at the age of 95. Betty and her husband Ralph were long time fixtures at every OBC meeting during the 80’s, 90’s and well into the 2000’s. Betty served as Secretary. Link to Betty’s obituary

Mansfield Update

Mr. Dependable (Bill Koster) at the gatehouse had an accident and we need help for Saturday to replace all the hours that Bill volunteered. Please call or email Matt if you can help. See Matt’s contact information under the Officers Page. I’m sure a get well card for Bill would be appreciated. See “Read More” for Bill’s address

Mansfield Antique Bottle Show & Sale

The Mansfield Antique Bottle Show and Sale is just a few short weeks away. Excitement is building as contracts are pouring in. Still a few dealer spaces, contact Matt. Dealer set-up, early admission and the famous Mansfield dinner are on Friday May 12th with the actual show on Saturday May 13th. See the Flyer for more information.

Ready for Bottle Fun?

Welcome spring with the OBC meeting on Thursday, March 30th; followed by a bottle show on Saturday, April 1st in St. Clairsville, OH and then the Wilmington, OH Bottle Show on Sunday, April 2nd. The OBC meeting will feature “Your latest Treasurers”, any items obtained since September of 2016. This is a club participation with pie at refreshment break. We will also be discussing and voting on some important changes to the by-laws. See proposed changes. How often can you do 2 shows on the same weekend, well this is the weekend to treasurer hunt in St. Clairsville and Wilmington. See the Bottle Show Page for all the details or click on “Read More”..

Baltimore 2017

This last weekend was the Baltimore Bottle Show. The OBC was well represented both with dealers and patrons. Matt Lacy, Louis & John Fifer, Adam & Phyllis Koch, Rick & Berny Baldwin, Bob Koren & Todd Knisley and Bob Watson displaying high quality “For Sale” items. While roaming the sales floor looking for good deals OBC members including Roger Hardesty, Tim Kearns, Jack Sullivan, Ron Hands, Terry Crislip, and Al DeMaison were able to add some great items to their collections. See “Read More” for a few pictures.

Online Auctions

Currently the Glass Works Auctions is conducting their “Cabin Fever” Potpourri Auction with 519 lots. Two future auction were announced. American Bottle Auction will offer Auction #63 starting February 10th and Top Pole Discoveries is offering their “Winter Diversity” sale with 500 insulators. Check back for more information as it becomes available. The Columbus Bottle Show is coming on February 12th and contracts have been mailed for Mansfield.

Muncie, a fruit jar collectors dream come true

Braving unpredictable weather each year is a dedicated group of Fruit Jar collectors and Jelly Jammers in early January. Collectors from all over the country arrive early at the host hotel to kick off four days of room hopping. This year, those arriving early faced dangerous road conditions while late arrivals where met with single digit temperatures. Once in the hotel, the weather was no factor in all fun and hundreds if not thousands of fruit jars greeted those hardy collectors. Shades of amber Globes, Lightnings, and 1858’s among all the quality aqua fruit jars made for interesting browsing. New collectors with unbounded enthusiasm made the event even more exciting.

Merry Christmas

The Ohio Bottle Club would like to wish all a very Merry Christmas. Don’t forget our annual Holiday dinner on December 29th. Read the Swirl for all the details. The enamel under glass flask is our wish for all the bottle collectors, “A Merry Christmas and Happy New Year”.

OBC Library

rpcwordleAfter years of service as Librarian Marvin King has decided that lugging all those boxes of library books to each meeting is just too much. David Keding has agreed to be our next Librarian with a few changes.            

David will only bring 5 books for each meeting along with any that have been requested. We will highlight those books to inform the membership. The hope is that with more knowledge of what is available; more members will take advantage of the service. A complete list of books is available.

Mansfield 2017

mansfield2017flyer_colorrxThe contract for the 2017 Mansfield Antique Bottle Show are now available. Mark your calendars for the Saturday May 13, 2017 show. Dealer set up and early admission are on Friday May 12th at 3 PM. Make reservations for the Friday evening, not to be missed, dinner featuring KFC chicken and beef tips with noodles at 6:30 PM. Quite a feast! The Ohio Bottle Club is noted for their hospitality. Click here for the contract.

Membership Drive

uncle-sam-we-want-youThe Ohio Bottle Club has started a membership drive with the goal of reaching 200 members. We are currently at 192 families. As a member you will receive the our Award winningswirl-july-2016 newsletter, the “Swirl”, advertise your wants for free, get articles published, join us & fully participate in our monthly meetings, enjoy all our activities including two shows and three outings to Hartville. Be part of the group that plans and works the FOHBC National in Cleveland for the summer of 2018. All this for only $15 a year. Send your contact information for a free copy of the “Swirl” or fill out the membership application to join now. You $15 makes you a member through 2017.

Displays at Richfield

richfield16_054richfield16_053Once again, the display room at the Richfield Show and Sale was awesome. Matt Lacy had the double Eagles, Louis Fifer had Pikes Peak Historical flasks, Dave Grove had million year old petrified wood, Dennis Huey had the Cleveland sodas, mineral waters, and beers, and  John Fifer had the Ohio free blown and pattern molded pans. Most Educational award went to Louis Fifer and Best display went to Dennis Huey. Click on the “Read More” for all the pictures.

Richfield Bottle Show & Sale 2016

img_0527I arrived early around 6:20 AM and to my surprise the sales room was already a flurry of activity.  Dealers carting in boxes for under their tables in anticipation of the 7:30 starting time. Ready, set, go signaled the start of another Richfield Show. A good crowd seemed in a buying mood with almost everyone carrying a bag. At noon, in what has become a tradition, the OBC set up a luncheon for the dealers with the leftovers from the Saturday evening hospitality room (Thanks to Lindsay Stoneman, Elizabeth Lacy, Phyllis Koch and Elaine DeMaison for hosting the luncheon). Congratulations to Matt and Louis for organizing a great show with an exceptionally nice selection of very quality bottles. Click on “Read More” to see all the pictures from the show.