West Michigan on the Lake-Shore

I'm a young adult writer and collector from Michigan. My main collecting interests are pre-WW1 labeled bottles, postcards, and plates. In my profile picture is RhoadI'm a young adult writer and collector from Michigan. My main collecting interests are pre-WW1 labeled bottles, postcards, and plates. In my profile picture is Rhoada, who was put down the day after the photo was taken. God blessed me greatly with her. (Read more)


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C. 1875 Red Seal Ale - Bottlesin Bottles
Colourful Labeled 'Indian' Tonic  - Bottlesin Bottles
Modified Centre-Draft Aladdin Lamp - Lampsin Lamps
Early 1900s Alarm Clock  - Clocksin Clocks
Orthoceras Fossils - Animalsin Animals
Colourful Blanket - Rugs and Textilesin Rugs and Textiles
Cure for Children  - Bottlesin Bottles
Art-Deco Porceliron Table - Art Decoin Art Deco
Air Mail (1928) Stamp - Stampsin Stamps
Deppression Glass Pitcher?? - Glasswarein Glassware


  1. https://www.antique-bottles.net/showthread.php?688569-Glossary&p=705829#post705829
  2. If either of you should like to know more about bottles, the following link is to a forum for antique American utility glass, and it directly links to a page on which I provided several hyper-links to...
  3. I assume the 'date' is a patent date, which only tells you 'this item cannot be made before ....' as they were put on for years--sometimes decades-- depending on how long the item was produced and if ...
  4. Gillian is incorrect: the bottle is machine-made, as shown by the seams that continue to the top of the lip in photo 2, and the lack of tooling marks on the neck (thank you for very clear photos). The...
  5. Nice find. Welcome to Collector's Weekly.
  6. It almost looks like a charcoal portrait. If it smudges when touched, it is. (So don't touch the faces!)
  7. If the seams stop before the mouth on most American utility glass bottles like this, it's probably from before 1920. Bluing is what was used to whiten clothes before bleach was invented. It was lite...
  8. A lot of former soldiers never mention they fought. If they do, many won't talk about the war. It brings up memories that will crush them if they let them surface. As such, they cannot even mention it...
  9. Nice piece of family history. Welcome to Collector's Weekly.
  10. Are we sure they're not a part of a former changing screen? Beautiful panels.
  11. feller55, thank you.
  12. Washing instructions in that standardised format were added to clothing tags in 1971.
  13. In some Native myth I've long forgotten, there was a story of an owl and a turtle. I think the turtle was the more key part of it, though.
  14. It is a Codd bottle, which uses pressure from carbonated drinks to force a marble up against a rubber gasket. This seals the drink. The Americas hardly uses them. These are mostly British, Australian,...
  15. Anna, thank you. Google Books is a wonderful free resource. What is wrong with Atlantic Avenue?
  16. Mrstyndall, thank you. Bryan, thank you for researching. My guess is, the beverage was made of celery. Kolatona is still around today as a semi-local (to me) celery soft-drink! Interesting chara...
  17. billretirecoll, it's not as bad as when you're falling asleep for the night and are suddenly inspired with a new writing prompt, that you have to get up and write down the ideas. That happens to me al...
  18. pw-collector, thank you. It appears to be the c. 1928-1929 model.
  19. I await seeing that which you have found, Anna. Seems like you're back to being a 'regular' here?
  20. ho2cultcha. thank you. I will look into the key words.
  21. Blunderbuss, he gets flatter in the summer heat. Nous prions pour qu'il vive. Anna, they're readily available. One of the most commonly seen fossils I know of. Still a nice conversation piece, tho...
  22. Vetraio, I thought it might add a bit of colour to our basement. Iron Lace, thank you. As I stated earlier, this is very similar to a blanket of my great grandmother's. Many other items that were h...
  23. How were they acquired? As in, what is their story that they're all together and still extant?
  24. That explains the bolts of energy from the acronym, too.
  25. What a modern design on that building, for its time.
  26. I hope that it is of some benefit to him.
  27. Cord and socket look to be from around 1960. Usually the socket is left and only the cord is replaced in older rewiring, so I don't think it was ever rewired. As such, the lamp likely dates to around ...
  28. Probably mid-century high-voltage power transmission. Possibly in a transformer station, from what I saw of an old one being demolished.
  29. Now, Happy Birthday. :)
  30. Did it go over normal telephone wires? Or was it a direct line put in place specifically for these? I'm rather fascinated by it, but I have never heard of one. It's like something out of the Jetson's!
  31. I always thought you were in Arizona. :/ Long time. Political Pinbacks is currently in the hospital. :( I myself wish I had insurance, as I have a number of things I really want checked out. LOL.
  32. Happy birthday. :)
  33. Exactly what is it's use...? Does it record? Is it some sort of connection to another one where people can see and here each other?
  34. Shame that it's been rewired. I'm wondering if the plug also had the art-deco-y look to it as well! 1940s?
  35. You might remember my story of having dug one a few years ago: https://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/176642-out-of-place-find-on-a-hot-day-with-sto
  36. Though your collecting these is fairly recent, you have some very nice pieces.
  37. The screw-top is likely a mucilage (glue) or ink made after 1930 (stippling on base) and the cork-top is likely a cologne from the earlier 1900s (the opening area is finished off by hand, before machi...
  38. Thank you, Post-Card Collector. Neither had I, so I thought it was interesting enough to pick up.
  39. Well, they certainly do heat up your kitchen. A teacher once asked her class, "Who knows why the mountain ranges are so cold?" A pupil responded, "I should think they'd get quite hot, because ma's...
  40. Fifth try to get this phone to post a comment : It looks like a truck/lorry lamp from around 1910. But is that black box and pipe beneath a part of it?
  41. Fascinating view. I didn't know those kitschy pictorial pillows and folding paper wedding bells went back so far. Both of the big house plants are still commonly seen today.
  42. Kind of artistic without the leather covering.
  43. Is that your family crest, perchance?
  44. You have to be careful with these 'fashion plates', particularly from that magazine and a couple others. Many were reproduced using the original plates.
  45. These are from around the 1970s.
  46. Tahiti1, upon seeing it, my nephew gasped and loudly exclaimed, "It's beautiful!" I didn't expect him to love it. LOL.
  47. Hey, it even has the recipient's name on it(?). How will you remove the rust from so large a surface-area, and what type of primer/finishing material will you use?
  48. Or you can eat them, I suppose. Look at the book of Jeremiah, if I correctly recall. That book of the Bible tells of parents eating their own children due to famine!
  49. 1906-WW1 (plus or minus a few years) is what collectors think of as the main post-card era. Postals were the most common way of sending a greeting. People mailed them to friends only a few roads away ...
  50. Well, if you want to know: Three in One Oil has been the most prolific general lubrication on the market for over a century (I use two different types). I'm sure others, from one time or another, are...
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