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    Posted 6 months ago

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    It was never My intent to begin to even think of collecting Bottles and Old Glass, but since transplanting Myself three Years ago surrounded by woods tthat I often stroll, I come across a few nd what is one to do? Toss them? Let them be?...I Cannot.
    While scrounging, I find the many shards of the broken, thrown against trees, left for topsoil to take over...I clean it up when I find it!!
    Old jars here..shreds of milk glass..Coke remains..A nice etching in what used to be....

    Like the Home of long ago...I Wonder.....

    Thank You,

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    1. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 6 months ago
      I can’t resist an old trash pile!!
      Thanks a fascinating piece of glass in picture 3! I wonder what it had been? How did it get here?
      I found some glass items my parents had thrown in their trash pile as far back as the mid mom in her late 80s could still look at the bottles and jars I pulled out and tell what they had once held. I could identify a lot of them myself.
      I wonder what the children of this and future generations will be able to identify from our “trash” many decades from now?
    2. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 6 months ago
      Brings back old memories. Years ago I grew up in a very rural area out in the country. Everyone had their own dump out behind the house, far enough away where you wouldn't smell it. There were no city town dumps much less garbage pickup. It was a different time in history. Keep looking, you may come across a long forgotten root cellar with hidden treasures like old crocks and barrels.
    3. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 6 months ago
      Lol, fhrjr2. At my parents’ first house, their trash pile was in a shallow ditch just past the yard at the edge of the woods - they burned the trash there. One horrible day, the fire escaped the ditch and set the woods on fire. The forestry service had to cut a fire break around it and let it burn itself out. There was one hot-spot which persisted after everything else was just smoldering char.
      That spot was a depression in the ground which was a holding area/ hiding spot for many gallons of moonshine.... My dad said the firefighters never acknowledged the obvious. Probably customers.....things were so different back in those times (1950s).
    4. AnythingObscure AnythingObscure, 6 months ago
      I remember when I was a kid (growing up 'in town') my Mom would rinse out and save empty glass bottles in boxes in the garage. Once or twice a year the City would hold a 'collection event' in a downtown parking lot, Dad would load the boxes in the car, and I (mostly) would get the chance to dump/throw them all onto the respective piles (clear, brown, or green) trying, of course, to also smash as many as possible while doing so. <giggle> Early "recycling", I guess. :-)

      Maybe I'll be wrong, but I somehow doubt that a hundred yrs from now people will "collect" our currently ubiquitous plastic bottles and containers...pity there'll probably also be way to many of 'em still cluttering up the planet by then... <sigh>
    5. iggy iggy, 6 months ago
      That is great Thomas! I wish i had land to rummage over for 'goodies' like that.
    6. EJW-54 EJW-54, 6 months ago
      Yes..takes me back also,we threw anything that would burn in a barrel or during cold months in the kitchen wood stove and anything glass or metal went in the dump pile back in the corner of our 6 acres.
    7. billretirecoll billretirecoll, 6 months ago
      Very cool Thomas, I've always loved pulling Bottles out of the Banks of the Creeks, in our area, while walking through the mud in the Creek bed looking for Frogs, Crawdads, and Snakes, with my Friends, when I was a Kid. Sometimes we'd dig and try to get the Bottle out, just get a piece of one, but we always had Fun, and always brought Home the Treasures of the day, Shards, Bottles, or Dishes, and of course a Bucket full of Crawdads, Frogs, Toads, and sometimes a Snake too! I never Grew out of that Kids Stuff! Still love it! :^D Thanks for the post Thomas! :^)
    8. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 6 months ago
      Walking the creek bed behind my home in the Canyon, I too, would come across bits & pieces of dinnerware, etc. Always wondered if these pieces belonged to my ancestors who founded the Canyon back in the 1850’s. And yes, once while walking down the Canyon road, I found a whole green bottle barely sticking out of the side of the mountain, but the sun was shinning on it and the glint caught my eye. My Daughter has it...
      Very cool post Thomas....
    9. billretirecoll billretirecoll, 6 months ago
      That Glint still catches my eye Eileen! :^D I should have learned my lesson when I was 5yrs. old, the Glint in a big rock caught my eye just about the same time as my friends, jumped on the other end of a 2x6 board that the rock was sitting on, and POW! that Glint hit me right in the Eyebrow! It felt like I ran 3 blocks to Our Home in 3 seconds, my parents took me to the Doctor's Office, and 11 stiches later I had a story to tell the Kids at School, and the Stiches to prove it! I still carry the scar on under my right Bushy Brow, for some reason, the hairs won't lay down, like my Left Brow, forever marked! ;:^)
    10. WesternPA-Collector WesternPA-Collector, 6 months ago
      As a bottle hunter / collector myself, I estimate the glass here to be from the 1930's to 1950's. I would suggest to keep looking. Usually when you broken clues such as these, there are much better things to be found nearby.
    11. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 6 months ago
      Hey Thomas! this just brings me back to so many great memories of exploring old bottle dumps!
    12. yougottahavestuff yougottahavestuff, 6 months ago
      Heard this bottle hunter story years ago. He asked his 95 year old neighbor lady who lived in her family home all her life that was a boarding house at one time. If she knew where the Out House used to be? She did and wouldn't mind if he dug there.
      Great place to find old drink and bitters bottles!! He was making a pile of what he found when she came out to see how he was doing!! She yelled that's my Doll!!! He had found parts to a China Doll head hands and feet!! Her older brother took it from her when she was 7 or 8 never to be seen again til that day!!! He took the parts to a Doll Hospital and had it restored. Gave it to her as a present!! The look on her face, He will always remember!!!
    13. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 6 months ago
      Wonderful story, put a smile on my face....
    14. Brunswick Brunswick, 6 months ago
      Watchsearcher, Iggy, Ms.CrystalShip, Billretiredcollector, Ho2, "Stuff", WesternPA-Collector, EJW-54, Anythingobscure, Fhrjr2, Jenni, Brian, bottle-bud, Lucas, Mani, Valentino, Elisabethan. Jscott, Bobby, Ken And H20, Thanks one and all here very much for the love and the fine comments!!!!

    15. Roycroftbooksfromme1, 5 months ago
      I got a cement mixer I throw some river rock and sand in,.. then all kinds of glass in frost the glass like sea glass as well as take the edges of real good and round ... you could sell the glass to those in the arts ....jewlry glass people of things ... ,. or put the wife to work making jewlry...whith a story of where the glass came from . lol ....later T
    16. Brunswick Brunswick, 5 months ago
      Roycroftbooksfromme, Hmmm...Intresting! Thank You!!


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