|Vol. 9 No. 10 October 2011|
Kalamazoo Antique Bottle Club News
|Member Club of the F.O.H.B.C.|
Great Club Meeting & Pizza Party!
Who would ever think that free pizza from one of the best pizza joints in the state would bring friends together? Well, that may have had something to do with it! We saw some smiling faces that we could only recall seeing in our 6th grade history books! Of course I'm teasing you; it was a blast! I wish we could do it every month!
How can I put the smell, taste and texture of that melt-in -your-mouth pizza in a newsletter? It really is a thing of beauty! Thank God for Bimbo's and their commitment to consistent quality. I think I'll take my wife and granddaughter for pizza tonight! See, I told you I'm a salesman!
My wife was grateful for the pizza that you all bravely donated for her. That was surely an act of self discipline and amazing generosity! Fortunately, she will not eat any slice of pizza that has come anywhere near a black olive, so I had to force most of it down myself.
We really did have a great meeting! Here is the list of folks who signed my autograph book. Steve DeBoode, Sam Coppola, Elmer Ogg, Tim Hayes, Scott Hendrichsen, LeRoy Otis Parker, Dee Cole, Mary Hamilton, Bill Drake, Edward Nickerson, Kevin Seigfried, Mark McNee, Marty McNee and Al Holden. Actually, I forgot to sign the list but I remember all the fun, so I must have been there.
Isn't that a wonderful group of people? I had not seen Sam Coppola in a long while and it was good to visit with him. You know, it wasn't all about pizza. We did see some great glass and other treasures at the meeting. As usual, I'll post a few pictures in the online newsletter.
Steve DeBoode had some great stuff that he displayed at the meeting. Thinking back, I should have made an offer on a couple pieces. One bottle Steve displayed was a German Beer bottle from Nurnberg. He pointed out that it had the silhouette of a "caricature" of a black man embossed on the bottle. Steve also had a figural souvenir bottle in the shape of the White House. As he held up the beer bottle he said, "If you look at this one you will see what looks like a Black Man."
I held up the White
House bottle and said, "Same
here." (Guess you had to be
We also saw a nice Kalamazoo Quality Dairy bottle in the quart size with the baby face cream top. I think those are pretty cool! I have the one-pint Quality Dairy baby face. I should have made an offer on this one. I just don't think of things on-the-spot anymore. My brain is on a 12 hour delay. And to think I'm still driving a car!
Kevin always has something special to show off. At the last meeting he showed us a really cool Fisher Price toy wind up elephant. That is when we learned that Steve DeBoode knows his Fisher Price toys! This antique toy 'wound up,' but it just didn't seem to have enough steam to go anywhere. That is when Steve stepped in to teach us all about "Ramp Walkers!" Steve propped up a table on one side and the little elephant, using gravity for an extra boost, walked down the table.
Kevin said he was going to post the toy on e-Bay for a 5 day auction. That is something I wanted to see!
Kevin gave me his e-Bay seller ID, and I
have to say,
as a long time e-Bay'er, I was
impressed! He has 3,780
positive feedbacks and
counting! As I just checked, he
has a head gasket for a Henry J!
Hey! I have always wanted a Henry J! Kevin also
has a box of red marbles that
Another neat item I should have purchased was a little Kalamazoo drug store bottle that contained Rose Lavender that read, "For the handkerchief." It was from J.L. Wallace, 115 South Burdick, Kalamazoo, MI. I put a picture of it on my Facebook page with the caption, "What's in your hanky?"
The whole bunch of us headed to Bimbo's. Chuck, Scott and I were about the last ones to head out and one of the guys suggested that I call over and warn them that 15 of us were on our way. The lady who always takes such great care of us said, "Oh no! Not tonight!"
Well, it was too late! And, as always, we received the best pizza and best service!
For some reason I think
she was the one who won the
metal detector from the 2009
bottle show raffle. The funny
thing about that was Scott made
her a cash offer for the detector
and he ended up with it. Then
several months later Scott
wanted me to sell it for him.
Well, I wasn't kidding when I
told everyone what a
I understand they took
Scott's live Civil War Parrot
Shell back down south to have
it disarmed. So, if they don't
blow to kingdom-come we
should see some more relics
and endure a few more tall
stories! You won't want to miss
Scott found this early Oldsmobile "R.E.O."
watch fob with his metal detector while bottle hunting!
I have been in love with Great Lakes shipping history for a long-long time. I know a whole lot more about the history of our Inland Seas than I do bottles, that's for sure! (That's not saying much)
Often, when I have
some extra time, I will look
through the e-Bay postings for
"Great Lakes Steamship"
related auctions. Usually, what I
get to see are hundreds of post
cards. They are not just
postcards featuring the bulk
freighters, but also the
passenger ships from the
1800's. They were a big part of
lake history. To speed searching
up, because there may be
thousands of listings, I will
narrow down my search by
requesting to view only the
"listings ending soonest."
I picked up a china souvenir plate from the steamship S.S. South American which sailed for the Chicago, Duluth & Georgian Bay Transit Company. The plate pictures the steamship "South American" steaming along and filled with happy passengers. Also, along the border of the plate it shows: Niagara Falls, Port of Duluth, Soo Locks, Mackinac Island and a map showing all of the Great Lakes framing the state of Michigan. Also, in the border are anchors and little ducks with sailor hats with the words, "There's Fun Afloat!"
The underside of the plate reads:
"S.S. SOUTH AMERICAN" Deluxe Great Lakes Passenger cruise ship. Oil-fueled- Length 330 feet- Beam 50 feet- Capacity 500 Passengers- All outside rooms. Observation Sun Deck- Carpeted Promenade completely encircling the ship. Pleasure cruises during the summer season on the Great Lakes. Ports of call- Buffalo, Cleveland, Detroit, Mackinac Island, Soo Locks, Duluth, Georgian Bay and Chicago."
I don't think this would have been a daily-use dinner plate, the shipping companies sold them as souvenirs and they are very collectable!
I had noticed a book available on e-Bay 'for-sale' as a new hardcover edition called Dining on the Inland Seas, subtitled, Nautical China from the Great Lakes. The author is, Daniel C. Krummes. They wanted $35.00 for a new copy. I always go to a web site called the, "Advanced Book Exchange," when I see a book that I am interested in. Their web address is www.abebooks.com
The A.B.E. web site is amazing! They have the inventory of nearly every used book dealer in the U.S., U.K., Canada and Australia!
If you want to find a used
book, no matter if it is a rare first
edition, autographed, or a cheap
ex-library copy, you will find it on
A.B.E.! So, I did a quick check for
Dining on the Inland Seas. As I
had expected, several dealers had
used copies for sale. But, they
were not asking $35.00 . . . they
started at $75.00 and $100.00! So
I quickly went back to e-Bay and
hit the "Buy-It-Now" button!
Galley with cook staff onboard the S.S.
South American. This picture was taken on July 14th, 1917
good, does it not? Notice the cherry pie is 'pitted' . . . first class
all the way! Another interesting note; on another South American, and
sister ship North American menu, it was clear about absolutely NO
SMOKING in the dining area! Rare for the time! Of course, the most
dreaded thing onboard a ship wasn't sinking, it was fire!
Just like dealing with Native American relics. If you buy, sell or trade in this stuff you might want to keep some evidence that it came from an older collection, just to be on the safe side! I'm serious! I had a friend who recovered an antique ship's copper office chair when he was doing training dives at Allegan County's Ghost Town "Pier Cove."
He brought the chair
back to the Sheriff's office in
Allegan and the State
Archeologist got wind of it!
They pressed charges against
the Sheriff's Department!
the gravy, please." Captain Timothy Kelly at the head of the
table (in the Captain's Chair of course)
* Ok, I now
realized this could not be our Chicora. The ship that was lost in
Southern Lake Michigan in 1894 was not part of the Lake Superior Royal
Mail Line. However, like many steamships of her day she was a U.S. Mail
carrier. She sailed for the Graham
& Morton Transportation Company and was built by the Detroit Dry
Dock Company in 1892. Also she had only one smoke funnel and she was a
propeller ship. Amazingly, there must have been more than one Chicora!
Well, the book, Dining on the Inland Seas has a dinner plate someone had stolen or purchased from the Chicora before she was lost! Now, how cool is that! * my mistake
I also have a ceramic souvenir bell from one of the old steamships. If you find something that you think maybe Great Lakes shipping related like a plate, cup & saucer I would love to know about it!
I'll bring my plate and new book to the meeting.
Bottle Club meets at the
located at 315 South Rose
Street. We meet on the
third floor in the
conference room. This
meeting is October 11th. Meeting starts at 7:00 pm.
Or call 269-685-1776