Pittsburgh 2015

DSCF2117The sold out Pittsburgh Bottle Show and Sale was once again a nice show with an excellent assortment of bottles and tabletop antiques. The hospitality on Saturday night for the dealers and workers was great with an Italian sausage/macaroni pasta and shrimp cocktail highlighting a great variety of offerings. After a hearty meal, I always save enough room for a piece of banana cream pie. Set up was early on Sunday and there were plenty of bottles for the every collector. The display this year was awe inspiring Pittsburgh stoneware. Click on the “Read More” to see the pictures.

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National Bottle Museum

NBM3 Rick and Berny Baldwin recently shared their visit to the National Bottle Museum. The National Bottle Museum is located in Ballston Spa, NY, which is a short drive from Albany and situated in Saratoga County’s historic mineral water springs domain that flourished in the 1800’s.  Exhibits at the museum focus on the museum’s mission of preserving the history of hand-made bottle-making in the United States.  In addition to interpretive exhibits, which frequently change in theme and content, the museum houses a large collection of vintage bottles for the public to view and enjoy.  An extensive library is also available for reference and research.  Click on the “Read More” for more information and pictures.

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Carl Abell passes

photo_CarlIt is with great regret that we must report the passing of Carl Abell. Carl was a long time Ohio Bottle Club member. Carl’s family had operated the Elm Farm Dairy Plant in Medina from 1934 to 1979. He later establish an ice cream shop with a museum at the Elm Farm. Read all about the dairy and museum. Also read more about Carl and his distinguished life story. The Ohio Bottle Club has lost a friend.

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Richfield 2015

102_3272The 2015 Richfield Bottle Show and sale is now part of bottle history. A packed house of dealers, early admission, displayers and attendees made this a great show. The OBC treated guests on Saturday night with pulled pork and beef with home made soup and a dessert table fit for a king. The weekend excitement continued to build with dealers arriving early Sunday morning to set up. The quality of the bottles was outstanding with a great variety of rare and colorful examples. Congratulations to Matt Lacy and Louis Fifer on all their planning. Dave Grove won for the Most Educational display and also for the People’s Choice for the best display. Plan to attend next year.  See all the pictures.

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September meeting

Mansfield #2This month’s program is “Share your Treasures from the Summer” month. Everyone should have something to share. We will set up tables at the front for your “Treasurers”.

This has been a very active two months of bottle collecting for the OBC members. Many attended the National Show in Chattanooga, Hartville became a reality, an interesting bottle auction in Cleveland attended by many and of course Richfield. Matt Lacy has just released the latest Mansfield show flyer. We have a group working to bring the FOHBC National to Ohio in 2018. Lots to be excited about.

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Opportunity

October meeting 2015 016The Suffield Historical Society invites the public to their meeting on Monday, Sept. 21 at 7 pm. Brian Gray, Glass Curator of the Portage County Historical Museum, will discuss “Decorative Glass” and evaluate any glassware pieces brought to the meeting. The Society meets in the Community Room of The Suffield Township Firehouse, 1256 Waterloo Rd. Magadore, OH (located near the intersection of Route 43 and Waterloo Road).

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Richfield

Microsoft Word - RichfieldFlyer2015.docxThe excitement builds as the Richfield Show and Sales is only a week away. The festivities start on Saturday Sept. 12th with the Hospitality room at 6:30. Pulled pork sandwiches and Louis Fifer’s famous soup highlight a great meal. The show opens at 7:30 with early admission on Sunday with regular admission at 9 am. Plan to attend. It is still not too late to get a table.  Contracts.

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Hartville

102_3226I left the house at 5:45 am with probably 8 or 9 boxes of junk bottles. I was hoping to sell a few things and have some great conversation with bottle friends. I expected to meet up with a group that was already at the flea market, but to my surprise, I saw no one from the club. Not to be discouraged, I started to walk the grounds and from far off I recognized Marvin King. We both looked lost, searching for familiar faces in the crowd.

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Hartville

HartvilleThe Ohio Bottle Club will meet at Hartville on Saturday August 22nd. Bill is planning to be there at 7 am to reserve 3 spaces and rent 6 tables. We will be at the back of flea market near the edge of the asphalt. Bring a lawn chair, water, food, etc. See you there.

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