|2022 Bottle Show Issue!
I am so sorry, I got the printed
newsletter out well before the show, but I couldn't
get this out any sooner.
the time you get this newsletter, who knows what will
have happened! If it shows up on Friday, set your alarm
for 6:00, or earlier, so you can get down to the
fairgrounds in time for the big show.
On the other hand, if it is Saturday.
. . it is already Show Time! Get down there we
The show opens for club
setup at 7:15 (for the club set-up crew.) For the
dealers the doors open at 8:00.
For the public, the
Kalamazoo Antique Bottle Show is from 10:00 am to 3:00
pm on Saturday, April 9th at the Kalamazoo
County Fairgrounds & Expo Center, 2900 Lake Street,
Kalamazoo MI 49048.
Name Tags must be worn in a visible
location in order to gain entry at 8:00 am.Please note:
you must furnish your own table covers.
Table covers are no longer provided by the fairgrounds.
You must have a table cover!
So, if this newsletter reached you
right after all of the big Hullabaloo, then don’t feel
too bad, we still have an April club meeting planned!
This has been a busy month for me.
The spring thaw usually brings out eager new treasure
hunters, which makes me get out of my easy chair and
start slinging hash. Also, with the Federal and State
taxes due that really adds to the burden!
What I am trying to say is this; “If
you are a member of the club, only for the sake of
getting a newsletter, you may be a little disappointed
We had a super meeting in
March with the following dignitaries present and
smiling like the cat that ate the canary!
Mr. Scott Hendrichsen,
Rob Knolle, Kevin Siegfried, Vincent Grossi, Kelly Bobbitt, Ed Nickerson, Tim Hayes,
Melissa Hayes, Len Sheaffer, and little Al Holden.
also had the pleasure of seeing some great
Bobbitt displayed a private label druggist
bottle from Granger’s Drug
Store, Kalkaska, MI.
“Tincture Glyco-Heroin 12.5%.”
This small bottle is clear glass in a tube
shape. The label is one that the drugstore
generated, meaning the product was dispensed from
their bulk-stock on-hand. The bottle label is
also labeled “Poison.”
As most antique bottle collectors know, in the mid
and late 1800's, elements we now consider “hard
drugs,” like Opium, Morphine and Cocaine were
available, in many products, and available to anyone
in the general store! However, by the turn of the
century many of these drugs were tightly controlled
. . . especially after 1907.
These drugs remained in use, but were dispensed only
by a druggist.
Although heroin had been invented in 1874, the drug
company Bayer decided to sell it as a morphine
substitute between 1898 and 1910. It was used as
both a pain reliever and a cure for coughs, asthma,
and pneumonia. The name of the product – Glyco-Heroin – comes from
its mixture of glycerin and heroin. The combination,
often also mixed with sugar or spices and everything
nice, sweetened the bitter taste of heroin and made
it easier to swallow.
Some drugs were still using snips-and-snails with
puppy dog tails.
Kelly also displayed
some neat advertising pieces in the form of beer
bottles, little salt & pepper shakers made in
the form of miniature beer bottles. Two were Blatz Beer and two were Miller High Life Beer. I
went onto e-Bay to learn more. I found they came
with many different brand names. They all range from
$10.00 to $20.00 a pair, and even new ones are
available! The perfect gift for your Sunday School
teacher. (Baptist Joke)
has a really neat Detroit, Mich. Cure bottle, “Lambert & Lowman, White Pine
& Red Spruce, Detroit MI.”
I found one of these bottles, which sold on
Worth Point, but I don’t have a subscription for
that service and I am cheap.
I also found a photo of the
large Lambert & Lowman
Detroit factory on fire in 1952, but no
record of the company after that date.
The company was started by
Benjamin Lambert and Doctor Oscar Lowman. They were
listed in a Detroit business directory in 1899 as
wholesalers of a full line of drugs, chemicals,
patent medicines and druggist sundries. The company
started in Feb, 1st 1889.
Tim Hayes also displayed a
horseshoe pocket-nip with a screw-on zinc cap.
On one side it is embossed with
and with an Eagle in flight. The glass is clear. The
opposite side is embossed “Rheinstrom Bros.
The Rheinstroms were immigrants
from Bavaria, Abraham, born in 1845, and Isaac two
years later. Abraham listed his immigration
year as 1859, when he would have been about
14; Isaac likely came later.
Both moved to Cincinnati, Ohio.
Most pre-prohibition liquor wholesalers at that time
featured a few whiskey brands in their product
line. The Rheinstrom Brothers featured “51" of
their own brands! And, they created
their own advertising collectable category by
producing a shot glass with nearly every brand
Grossi contacted me saying that he has to
work the Saturday of the show. We knew ahead of time, in the
Greenhouse business this is his busy time. Vincent
had a very sweet, “Bon Kora
Laxative and Carminative” bottle with
full label, full contents in original box!
Bon Lora was a product made up to
1939 in Battle Creek, MI. It was made up of
alcohol, 0.5% , magnesium sulphate, buckthorn,
cascara, anise, fennel, caraway, sassafras,
Hey this stuff sounds pretty good! It is suppose to
relieve gas or improve the scent, or, your money
Mr Kevin Siegfried, gifted
me some really cool old books from The Museum of Fur
Trading, hopefully I won’t have to wait long to read
Kevin also has a souvenir
milk-glass cup from the Matterhorn
Restaurant and Cocktail Lounge.
I only took a picture of one
side, so I had no clue where this restaurant was
located. Not a problem, I will simply “Google it” to
learn. Let me tell you, America has had hundreds of
Swiss Restaurants using the name Matterhorn . . .and
they are everywhere!
So next, I direct my search to
e-Bay where I found a pair of the exact same cups
listed for $6.95 by sellers in Indiana! And, they
had taken a picture of both sides! Lo-and- behold,
this place was located at 4072 Lake Michigan Drive,
Grand Rapids, MI!
And guess what else I
learned! Souvenir Cups are a HUGE DEAL on
I hear people complain about
e-Bay all the time . . . frankly I love it!
Kevin also had a “Pound Cake” mold while he
was going through some stuff; he was about to
overlook it as purely generic. Then, when the light
caught the top of the pan’s center, he could see
words! It says “MOTHER’S
OATS,” “OATMEAL CAKE MOLD!”
Mother’s Oats was a
brand sold by the Quaker
Oat’s Company back when Quaker Oats were
big on in the box premiums for promoting! When it
came to oatmeal they usually packaged premiums that
would appeal to Mom, not Jimmy or Sally.
I love Oatmeal! I spent a great
deal of time living with my grandparents, and they
each lived nearly a 100 years eating hot oatmeal
with raisins and fruit! I still enjoy it!
know you used to be able to get dishware in your box
of Oatmeal? For real! For decades, American ceramics
companies produced dishware for the Quaker Oats
Company! In the 1920s, breakfast sets were made by
the companies, Royal China,
Taylor Smith & Taylor,
and Homer Laughlin.
These sets consisted of teacups,
saucers, 6-inch plates, oatmeal bowls and fruit
Dishware was offered in boxes of oatmeal through the
I worked, during High School, for Don William’s Sunoco in
Plainwell. We had several give-away promotions! We
had little toys, States Tokens, Presidents Tokens
and one of the favorites was Sunoco dinnerware! Each
time with a fill-up, with over 10 gallons purchased,
you received a free dinner plate, cake dish, cereal
bowl, cup & saucer. They rotated them week by
week. This week a dinner plate, next week a tea cup,
and it went on so you could get a full table set for
the entire family! They are rare today!
But hey! When you were paying
nearly 30 cents per-gallon, you expected something
extra! Come to think of it, I washed your every
single window, checked your air and oil! Whatever
happened to that America?
We were reminiscing with my
mother a short while back, and, I told her I was so
disappointed with Kellogg’s, even at 70 years old.
She could remember me filling out
my order and putting in the box tops that I saved-up
for my very own atomic submarine. I had watched the
mail for days . . . weeks . . .months, and it never
Mom said, “I think they expected
you to send some money.”
You mean I can put this to rest
after all these years?
Today I wonder if they were to
get my quarter in 2022 they would know what it was
for? Very likely, the box is still sitting on Tony
displayed some cool items as always. He displayed
several half pint dairy bottles and two one quart
One with black applied color label was a mint
“Heatherwood Farm, Lansing. Mi.”
Also a early embossed quart
“Hope Farms, Kalamazoo, Mi.”
Curtis W. Holden
On April 1st 1989, 33 years ago, I lost
my best friend. I wrote this memorial about that
event on Facebook. I am sharing it here for the sake
of time. I do hope I see you at the
morning, 33 years ago, right about this time,
it was a bright, warm, sunny spring day . . . as
pretty as they come. It was a very special day
for me, I was going into business for myself for the
first time in my life.
My best friend, and former
employer, was going to become my first employee! We
had it all worked out, and today was the real
On the last day of March the
local building inspector gave us the final OK to
move into our new building.
We had the big
garage door open and the warm morning sun flowed in,
bringing with it the sound of singing
Everything was coming together and I remember
thinking about how blessed I was.
Then my silent
thoughts were interrupted by a sharp loud crash! I
had been working with a bunch of pranksters for so
long, I didn't even finch. I didn't even turn
around, but mentally I took inventory of the scene .
. . . there was just mom, dad, and me.
That was when I
turned to see that it was the aluminum ladder which
made the loud crash sound, and laying beside it, was
my lifeless father.
For many years I told
about doing CPR and having a heartbeat and steady
breathing by the time help arrived. I told how he
passed away in a couple hours later at the hospital
. . .
But frankly, I know now he passed right there, in my
arms. That was where his Lord came for him.
I will see him again,
because we both share the same Heavenly Father.
Easter; it is a
reminder where all who receive Jesus are blessed
with resurrection life. By His stripes we are
healed. Do you have that hope?
night in my thoughts; I was going to go into the
building behind me early this morning right where he
passed . . . but I get too emotional . . . I miss my
dad so much. Besides he is not there.
Yes, he was
going to work for me part time, but that was really
his first day of retirement. Most retire to Florida
or to a mountain retreat, Dad retired to Heaven
where his lodging was purchased with sinless blood.
father died helping me. I was so sickly as a child,
and that had a huge impact on him, because, he
always was very protective of me. Many times I could
sense him being overly protective and I know that is
the reason he took the ladder from me and his last
words were, "I can do that, you go and help your
father died helping me, but the most important job
for my parents, early-on was pointing me to Jesus.
For it was on a cross where
my Heavenly Father died saving me.
I remain undeserving of
both. They both taught me the true definition of
“Greater love hath no
man than this, that a man lay down his life for
16: But Jesus said unto them, They need not
depart; give ye them to eat.
17: And they say unto him, We
have here but five loaves, and two fishes.
18: He said, Bring them
hither to me.
19: And he commanded the
multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the
five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to
heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves
to his disciples, and the disciples to the
20: And they did all eat, and
were filled: and they took up of the fragments that
remained twelve baskets full.
21: And they that had eaten
were about five thousand men, beside women and
SEE YOU AT THE SHOW!
THIS MONTH’S THEME
IS RECENT FINDS AND SHOW TREASURES!
The Kalamazoo Antique
Meets at the
Otsego Historic Society
Meeting date is
March 12th at 7:00
The Museum is located at 218 N.
Farmer St. Otsego
Meeting starts at 7:00
Or call. . .