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    Posted 3 years ago

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    I'm not a bottle collector but my bicycle rides take me by what used to be an old dump on what used to be the outskirts of town, at the time of my visit time just a sparsely vegetation covered hill with a few glitters from old glass, etc. Now it has been bulldozed and turned into a sewage treatment facility. I stopped one day and dug for a couple of hours and found these bottles plus a dozen or so milk glass jars and bottles. Guessing most of these are common bottles from national brands of products but a few seem to be locally produced and might be more rare/interesting. Calling this a mystery in hopes one of the bottle guys can tell me what some of them are. I just use them for window fillers. If any of them look interesting, I can make a separate post for them, show all writing, bottoms, etc.

    Image 1 L to R: Welch's (275 near bottom); fancy little brown bottle with lots of Ws in crowns (a large "Trade W in crown Mark" on bottom); 1930s Old Quaker liquor bottle; plain brown bottle with partial paper label with handwritten "ACID" notation and on bottom marked " || WT in triangle U.S.A"; small unmarked bottle; 1930s Wilken Family whiskey bottle; tall and short Listerine bottles one made 1873-1929 by Illinois Glass.

    Image 2 L to R: Caldwells Syrup MFD by Pepsin Syrup Co Monticello, Illinois; Citrate of Magnesia (dose directions, returnable bottle); blank bottle; The Rexall Store

    Image 3 L to R: Sauer's Extracts; Armour's; blank bottle

    Image 4 L to R: Tazewell Bottle Works Contents 6 1/2 Fluid ozs. Pekin, Illinois; 1920s Old Crow liquor bottle with lots of writing marked "One Pint"; Heberling Bloomington, ILL.

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    1. fortapache fortapache, 3 years ago
      Looks good to me. The ones designed to be used with stoppers are said to be the older and more valuable. I use mine for window fillers too.
    2. bottle-bud bottle-bud, 3 years ago
      What a haul! You have a nice assortment of different style bottles.
    3. Brunswick Brunswick, 3 years ago
      Great hunting here!! Bringing home the 'prey' is the best part!!

    4. AnnaB AnnaB, 3 years ago
      This collection is waaay more interesting than what I ever found on my digging expeditions. Very nice and versatile lot! Some of them look pre-1920 (non-machine made). The way to tell is took how far up the top the seam runs. If it stops anywhere below the lip, that's an earlier bottle. Once you start doing research, it sucks you in and, voila, you have a new hobby =)
    5. SpiritBear, 3 years ago
      Far left bottle on far left picture (pic one, bottle one) is a grape juice from the '10s or '20s. Probably '20s as most of the '10s ones are SCA (Sun-coloured Amethyst) to some extent from the manganese in the glass being transformed by UV rays. Little one in middle of pic one is a perfume.
      The best ones are the pumpkin flask (pic three, bottle three), the embossed pop in pic 4, and the embossed medicine by it?
      Most look like '30s-'50s whiskeys and meds. Some of the meds are '20s, maybe '10s. Listerines looked pretty much the same for a few decades. '20s-'50s.
    6. Caperkid, 3 years ago
      Found a blood bitters bottle and a few coke bottles back east on vacation. Still love rooting around in the
    7. kwqd kwqd, 3 years ago
      @fortapache - Gotta fill our windows with something!

      @bottle-bud - Thanks! It was a lucky day!

      @brunswick - Thanks, Thomas! I agree! Kevin

      @AnnaB - Thanks for sharing your knowledge! I am seeing old bottles everywhere now!

      @SpiritBear - Thanks for the information! It was very helpful!

      @Caperkid - It is addictive, isn't it!

      Thanks for loving my bottle booty!

    8. kwqd kwqd, 3 years ago
      Thanks SEAN68 and bobby725!
    9. kwqd kwqd, 3 years ago
      Thanks Anik!

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