November 24, 2015

To all our readers, supporters, and others we wish you a happy Thanksgiving with family, friends, and good food. To those of you who do not celebrate Thanksgiving as we do in the United States, we hope you enjoy time with family and friends as we approach the winter season.

This week the blog is highlighting the green Hostetter that recently appeared on EBay.  The seller described the bottle as follows: “And now for something special that I’m not thrilled about parting with. We’re pleased to offer this gorgeous rare mold old “Dr. Hostetter’s / Stomach Bitters” bottle in sparkling attic mint, non-cleaned, original condition. It was hand blown into a two-part mold in a beautiful light yellow green colored glass, circa late 1860s. This is an awesome bottle with great crudity & color in a super light transparent shade with loads of character The whiskey 5th is the typical color of most Hostetter’s and being shown for color comparison only. “ The Hostetter sold for $1,575.55.
As one who collected Hostetters in my early years of collecting bottles, I know this bottle intimately, the various glass houses, the subtle variations in colors, the ones that are rare, and the ones that are not. Seeing this final price without accompanying paperwork, verifying its condition and certified by an expert leaves one to question how any buyer could purchase this item without proof of the seller’s description. One must question if the bottle world has gone mad? Where is the test and verification component for this sale?


A review of the final report of the Chattanooga bottle show that occurred in July-August 2015 is missing a great deal of information. It clearly presents a picture of a show that highlighted the information on the FOHBC board meeting prior to the show; a breakfast where 110 members of an organization consisting of approximately 1,000 members ate and voted on the increase of dues and reinstatement of life membership; one of six seminars; and loads of pictures. Of the 23 pages presented, most of the report was participant reviews and pictures. The report failed to provide essential statistics of attendance, membership rolls, and financial information. As a matter of fact most recently Ferdinand stated that the financial situation about the show had not been completed. The final article was put to print in September-October with no mention of financial issues. This blog posting is appearing on the 23rd of November 2015 and still no final totals of financial issues have been reported. Is this to be an open=ended issue to go on and on for years? When do the true facts ever come out???? Or is it just a cover-up????

Lets give you some facts that apparently Ferdinand left out about the Chattanooga bottle show. A vote on increasing the dues structure went from $30.00 a year to $40.00 per year. The vote that was taken to get this increase was questionable and manipulative by the leadership and supported by a breakfast prior to the vote. Jim Daniels and his auction service was misled by the co-chairs and apparently manipulated to do the auction. He was led to believe the auction would be one way and it turned out to be totally different than he was informed. He was totally disappointed and said he would never do another auction for the FOHBC again.

Ferdinand stated that he entertained Jim Hagenbuch and his wife prior to the show along with others. Obviously Ferdinand wants Jim to do something for him. Jim as you well know is an auctioneer on the East Coast from Pennsylvania. The 2017 FOHBC national show is scheduled to be held in Springfield, Mass. Read the tealeaves! What do you think Ferdinand wants Jim to do?

Looking at the seminars, only one of six seminars was discussed in the report. The picture presented showed an attendance of that seminar as being 15– 20 people. And that is a great turnout? Is that the average number of attendees 15-20? If that was the highest number what was the attendance at the other 5 seminars that were never mentioned or discussed?

Ferdinand claims the Chattanooga show to be the best show every held, then there should have been sufficient funds to support the organization and the publication costs of their magazine. If this were true then an increase in dues would never have been necessary. And then there is no financial report on the show! Three months later and still no reporting! What can you believe? Was money misappropriated; diverted???? Is this a repeat of the Tragedy at Reno where bottles were stolen, the police were never called and a police report was never taken? To this date no resolution to that theft at Reno has ever taken place. The best way to characterize the FOHBC and their adventures in the last few years is an organization on LIFE SUPPORT!


Now to the forthcoming show in Sacramento. Who is doing the auction in Sacramento? Has a decision been made? How about sharing the information or has everyone backed out and no auction will occur? How about seminars? No mention! It is very strange that no information about the show has been shared except the lodging arrangements. No decisions made? Now that you have excluded Owl Drug, Sun Drug, Rexall, and other bottle categories from the West Coast, what is left? A lot of people will be disappointed. We are on pins and needles waiting for your decisions! We are on baited breath! We would love to know so that we can make arrangement as to whether we come or not!
Your comments, questions, and opinions are always welcome!
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This week the blog received many requests about owl drug bottles that people have in their possession. One such bottle, a picture of which follows, was submitted by a women who want to find out any information about the bottle that had been owned by her mother.



The blog answered this individual with the following reply: This is common clear 2-wing Owl Drug bottle that contained some type of astringent or mineral water. Because it is a common bottle it has little or no monetary value but does have historic value. It is a bottle that your mother bought at an Owl Drug store. Its true value is that it links your mother to the Owl Drug store and links you to your mother. Suggest it is better to pass the bottle along to your children and/or grandchildren as a memento of your mother.

In another aspect of Owl Drug, the Clancy Kid is back. He has added 3 new bottles to the Ebay Owl Drug site. As usual he fails to correctly and accurately describe these new items and asks unrealistic prices for them. He never describes their true condition or if the bottles have been cleaned, tumbled, and/or polished. Viewing on Ebay, they all appear to have been subjected to an altering process. If potential buyers submit questions to him, those questions never appear on the Ebay site and no answers to those questions are ever answered. Other bottles that the Clancy Kid has put up for sale on the Ebay Owl Drug site have been on the site for months to years. Apparently no one who collects Owl Drug is interested in bidding or buying his items. Obviously there is a message in this situation that our readers and others understand but that the Clancy Kid apparently fails to get.

In the last blog posting, we raised the issue of seminars that are to occur at the FOHBC Sacramento show. We shared the emails that the blog and the seminar chairman Eric MaGuire had discussing the request to do a seminar on Owl Drug. The blog was told that the seminar sessions were completely filled. If that is the case then why has there been no announcement of the seminars that will be held at the Sacramento show? In the past, announcements about the titles of the forthcoming seminars and the individuals conducting the seminars have been made. Why not now??? Is there another reason for Eric’s answer to the blog??????

The FOHBC Sacramento show boasts of an auction to be held at the show. A review of auction houses on the West Coast, particularly in Northern California shows numerous auction services available such as Bonham’s, Michaan’s, Witherell’s, Chico Auction Gallery, Clar’s, Slater’s of Sacramento, Hambrook’s, etc. Not only are there numerous auction houses in Northern California, but also Sacramento boasts of a local auction house headed by Jeff Wichmann, who is also a close friend of Ferdinand Meyer. Why is Jeff Wichmann and his auction house not conducting the auction? According to Ferdinand in his November – December presidential message, he has a “gentleman’s agreement” with Fred Holabird and his auction house.   Surprisingly Fred Holabird’s auction house is located in Reno, Nevada. Now I ask you this, isn’t this a major snub on Jeff Wichmann? What about their friendship? What about their business association? What about their friendship and business concerns? Jeff Wichmann has been a staunch supporter of the FOHBC shows, Ferdinand Meyer, and the Virtual Museum. Does Ferdinand even care? One must add, obviously not! Though he says Jeff is his friend, but how can he be a friend and a business associate while sticking a knife in his back at the same time? The next question is why would Fred Holabird want to get involved in this mess? Does he want to permanently damage his reputation? This is exactly why the blog called Fred Holabird to get a clear picture of what was truth not what was hearsay.. Unfortunately Fred never returned our call! The blog will continue to monitor this situation as it evolves and get back to our readers and supporters to let them know what is truly going on. The importance of this episode cannot be underestimated and is far reaching! Is this a game to fill up the tables or fill up the hotel?

The other day the blog had a very enlightening conversation with an individual about the Charles Gardner auction. This individual I spoke with is the most knowledgeable about the auction, the personalities involved and the sale itself. He shared with me very interesting and important insights that only someone involved in the auction process would know In the forthcoming weeks the blog will share with our readers and supporters some insights and information that I gained in that conversation with him.   I am sure you will find it very enlightening, as did I.

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Last week the blog highlighted an Owl Drug bottle that appeared on EBay for sale. The description and pictures of the bottle was presented in that posting entitled Accurate Information and Reporting dated 29 Oct 2015. The bottle’s description and associated pictures were also presented.   The bottle sold on EBay for $1,125.01.   The seller of the bottle knew very little, if anything about the bottle and obviously nothing about Owl Drug products, the company, or other relevant information. The seller was a NOVICE. It was a quick way to sell a bottle and simply hoped for the best. If the bottle was, in fact, rare as the seller so noted in his title, then the starting price on EBay would not have been $9.99 but much higher. Basically speaking, the only thing the seller knew about the item was that it an Owl Drug item and a poison because it was embossed with the Owl associated with a pestle and mortar and it had the word poison written on it. The item did not have any documents to validate or verify its authenticity, its condition, or even its rarity.

Having said all that, the blog was inundated with requests for information about the bottle. Should I bid or should I not bid? Is the bottle worth anything? How is the bottle associated with Owl Drug and poisons? When was the bottle sold and what was it used for? Is the bottle in its natural state? These were some of the questions asked.   The amazing thing is that none of these questions or any questions were ever asked of the seller before or during the bidding.   Apparently potential buyers are afraid to ask a seller any questions because they don’t want it to affect the final price of any bottle. In this particular case the bottle started at $9.99. It then went to $12.00 and then went upwards. When the bottle was at $340.00 it stayed there for some time. One particular bidder jumped the price to the 400’s and then 600’s and then same bidder then bought the item for $1,125.01. The question should be asked was this a legitimate sale given the fact that there was no information about the bottle and nothing to verify the bottle’s authenticity, condition or rarity?


Now this week we find another Owl Drug bottle up for sale as a reacion to last week Ebay item. We call this the “copycat syndrome”. It too lacks information, lacks credibility, lacks documentation and sold by a novice who knows nothing about the bottle itself other than it says Owl Drug. The following is the description on EBay provided by the seller and accompanying pictures. He too calls it super rare and then admits that he knows nothing about the bottle. How can someone define something as super rare when admitting he knows nothing about it? That is like saying the earth is square and that you will fall off the end if you travel without ever leaving his home. Or trying to tell someone that the moon is made of green cheese because when you look up at the moon is may have a greenish tinge.

SUPER RARE ! Embossed Antique Owl Drug Co. California Amber Bottle Very Detailed

Item specifics

Condition: Used: An item that has been used previously. See the seller’s listing for full details and description of … Read moreabout the condition Country/Region of Manufacture: United States
Color: amber

Antique Owl Drug Co Embossed. Amber Bottle 19thc
Measures 7.5″ Tall x 3 ”
Very detailed and highly embossed
No damages noted some slight flea bites on letters
Serious bidders only


On Nov-04-15 at 04:46:06 PST, seller added the following information:

Just to let bidders know this bottle was purchased in a small store in Selma NC and I found on way back to Florida yesterday. It was originally purchased in California from a bottle collection few years ago.

Q: Why is the lettering clear and the bottle amber?
A: Hi it appears to be clear but its not its all amber colored



Why does the bottle world seem to have individuals who swear by the rarity of bottles when they have never researched the items or even spoken to experts about the category? They never validate their statements with facts or documentation. They simply say, what they want to say at that moment to sell the item never taking into account the truth, condition, rarity,etc. When you ask them to validate their claims, they fumble, try to avoid answering you, or simply hang up on you. That is exactly what happened yesterday with Jeff Wichmann and last week with Fred Holabird who did not have the courtesy to even return our phone calls. What is amazing is that these two gentlemen are auctioneers in the West dealing with collectibles including bottles.   According to Ferdinand Meyer and in his presidential message of November-December, it is Fred Holabird that has a gentleman’s agreement with Ferdinand to do the auction at the Sacramento FOHBC show. However, Fred Holabird has never publicly verified that the statement made by Ferdinand is true or not. That is exactly why we called him! Unfortunately he would not return our calls, so who knows if the statement is true or false. In either case this puts Fred in a very precarious situation. More to come!

Over the last several years the blog has received numerous requests to present seminars and exhibits on Owl Drug and other related bottle categories. As the author of 3 books on Owl Drug and other related West Coast bottles, and. having seen the FOHBC Sacramento Expo flyer and Eric Maguire’s request for seminar participants on western bottles, the blog’s director decided to respond to that request as a perfect venue talk about Owl Drug and also have a table at the show. The following is the request that was posted on the show: “…I am inviting anyone who has special knowledge of bottles and glass to participate in heading up a talk (we are calling them seminars) that may have interest to fellow collectors or students of glass. Many of you carry a vast amount of unique knowledge that could be lost forever, so now is your chance. I especially invite those of you whose interest in West Coast in nature. After all, this a Western Region Expo ad we need to show the rest of the county what we know about our own region. …I believe that seminars are under-rated at bottle shows and the annual Expo is really the best way…. “

The following email was sent to Eric MaGuire regarding the seminars to be held at the Sacramento Expo and Eric’s email response.


Let me introduce myself.  I am the executive director of the Owl Drug Collectors blog.  We are the largest bottle organization in the bottle world today.  Our main focus is the owl drug and have written three books on the subject to date and more will be coming out in the future.

I saw in your write up about the Sacramento show and a request for participants to conduct seminars.  We get a lot of requests particularly on the West Coast because of Owl Drug to participate in shows.  They want to meet us, talk to us and talk about Owl Drug.

Would love to discuss the seminar situation with you.  Please call us at (703) 525-4009 at your earliest convenience.  Look forward to hearing from you.

David L

David L.




Thanks for your inquiry. Of the six slots allowed for seminars, they are all committed at this time. The Owl Drug Company is a great topic for a western audience even though the bottles seem to have national appeal. Perhaps in the future.




Eric McGuire

If the request for seminar participants was put out by Eric in his Sacramento Expo bulletin and according to Eric’s email reply as shown above that the seminars have been filled, then why has he not made an announcement, through the FOHBC and/or a Sacramento Expo Bulletin, that the seminars have been filled? That announcement would also indicate what seminars will be held and who will be presenting those seminars. Does this smack on something else? Why do they not want Owl Drug, a famous Western company with bottles and other products at their Western Regional show? How could they leave out Owl Drug? And why are they doing it? If Owl Drug and other related bottle categories were important to the West then why are they leaving them out of the Western Regional show? Would someone from the FOHBC like to explain that to us?

For those of you who are collectors or potential collectors and have an interest in learning about auctions and auctions services, the blog would like to recommend several services available on the East Coast.   One such service is provided by Joel Sater Publications, in particular the Antique & Auction News. Another such newspaper is the Antique Week. Another such paper is the Antiques and The Arts Weekly, to name but a few. Within the pages of these newspapers or magazines one can find a large number of auctions taking place, giving date, place, auctioneer, and type of auction being held and the types of items being auctioned.

In future blog postings we will discuss other auctions services throughout the US that are involved in bottles and related items. This will help to enhance our readers find places to go and hunt for collectibles.

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This week’s blog posting is focused on discussing auctions, the bottle show business, and financial reporting to name just a few of our subjects.

Let us begin first with a review of the FOHBC presidents comments about the Chattanooga show, in particular the financial report by the two co-chairs of the show If you remember the Chattanooga show took place the 31st of July to the 2nd of August 2015. As of the November –December presidential message, “the financial report for the 2015 Chattanooga National is due any day now as the co-chairs John Joiner and Jack Hewitt pay the final bills, receive a few outstanding payments and balance the books. It looks like we did good and will keep you posted when the report is filed”.

A review of the comments and the circumstanced surrounding this subject leaves this writer in a quandary and begs to question some issues. 1)How can Ferdinand Meyer claim that the show looked good if there has been no financial report? On what basis can Ferdinand say it looks good? 2) How three months have passed and there is no financial report? 3) In the business world companies will allow their business partners no more than 30 days to completely pay their invoices be it from people who owe the organization money or those individuals or companies that the organization owes money to; 4) How can the FOHBC leadership and Ferdinand Meyer accept this travesty that smacks of unprofessional and improper business activities and activities that border on criminality?

In the business world those individuals would have been removed from any responsibilities and reprimanded for failing to properly file financial reports. If one says this is not the business world, it may not be a business per se, but it is a non-profit organization and all non-profit organizations operate under the same guidelines and financial requirements as businesses. Is Ferdinand’s responses to the membership about the show simply a PR function? Is this to prevent inquires from the membership? Is this to show the FOhBC leadership and the two co-chairs of this show were and are really doing something? When the leadership and the two co-chairs are called to task, they cannot substantially justify their claims in particular about the Chattanooga show.

In the September –October president’s message, Ferdinand Meyer cited statistics about tables sold (256 of 300), attendance figures (143 early admission; 365 general admission), donations to the Virtual Museum ($3000.00), and the addition of new members (44). How can anyone cite those statistics without a financial report substantiating those claims? The financial report would give direct correlation to the number of tables sold, the number of paid attendees, both early attendees and general attendance, donations received, and additional members. When the blog checked into these cited statistics, they were mere claims and not actual and accurate. The PR director Rick DeMarsh was again silent with no information. Neither the two co-chairs of the show nor Ferdinand Meyer could substantiate these claims. What conclusions can be made?

Let us now turn to the subject of auctions and auction houses. In previous articles written by Ferdinand Meyer, he stated that the national show to be held in Sacramento in 2016 would have an auction run by Jeff Wichmann and his auction house. It was only until the most recent president’s message of November-December that Ferdinand stated that he had a gentleman’s agreement with Fred Holabird and the Holabird Americana Auctions to be the auctioneer. What happened to Jeff Wichmann? Attempts have been made to contact Fred Holabird this week to verify the information and explain the so-called “gentleman’s agreement”. Fred Holabird will not return the blog’s calls. What is he afraid of? Or is this another one of Ferdinand’s comments without substance? In other words is he blowing smoke or blowing in the wind? No one , especially an auction house enters into an agreement without a written contract. Having been in the auction business on the West Coast for over ten years, this director knows full well what is entailed in conducting auction business.

Is this a last ditch effort by the FOHBC to find an auctioneer for a Sacramento show? It is quite apparent that no auction house wants to be associated with FOHBC auctions as reflected by comments made by the Daniels Auction House, Glassworks Auctions, and probably the Heckler Auction House. If Holabird Americana Auctions agrees to do the Sacramento auction for the FOBC, he may regret it the rest of his auctioneering career.

The blog regularly gets requests to identify or provide detailed information about owl drug items people have in their possession. or are interested in. One of many such requests that occurred this week pertained to an owl drug bottle that is currently for sale on Ebay. The following is the description of one such bottle along with pictures

SUPER RARE! Embossed Antique Owl Drug Co. Poison Bottle Very Detailed

Item specifics

Condition: Used: An item that has been used previously. See the seller’s listing for full details and description of any imperfections. See all condition definitions– opens in a new window or tab Country/Region of Manufacture: United States
Color: Multi-Color

Measures 9 1/4″ Tall x 3 5/8″
Very detailed and highly embossed , owl and letters appears green and poison is of red
No damages what so ever
Serious bidders only







In this particular example, because of certain legalities and contractual restraints that the blog operates under, the blog cannot respond to the request at this time. When the auction on Ebay is concluded however, the blog can be free to talk about the item, its authenticity, monetary value and other characteristics, if we so desire.


Several weeks ago the blog put forth a challenge on the life cycle of a bottle. No one took up the challenge, a fact not surprising to the blog. Neither the FOHBC, bottle associations, nor bottle clubs provide facilities for bottle collectors to do research on bottles or bottle categories. Without research facilities or researchers, the information provided about particular bottles is, for the most part, unsubstantiated information that is neither tested nor verified. The only bottle body that currently performs thorough research is the blog. When the blog puts out information the readership recognizes that that information has been researched and verified. It is factual in nature. This is why our ranks continued to grow with a continually growing worldwide readership. The blog is the the cutting edge of the bottle world today.

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A review of last week’s blog posting brought some interesting and enlightening views and opinions, many of them from outside the US. They included the UK, Australia, Canada, and Vietnam, etc. Some of our readership are not bottle collectors but are avid readers of our blog, interested in learning about bottle collecting, the US, and issues related to bottles, collecting, history, events occurring in the United States and about Americans.

The subject of the challenge that was presented in last week’s blog posting was a hot topic for our audience. Despite the fact the no one took up the challenge, it was a subject that perplexed a lot of people questioning what was meant by “the life cycle of a bottle”.

They understood about the life cycle of an automobile and that of a human being, but never related that concept to a bottle. Old timers in the bottle world never made any connection between collecting a bottle and finding out the history of what they are collecting. They never checked into the history, the manufacturer, changes that occurred over the years to the bottle, any changes in the locations or disappearance of the bottle category itself. They collected these bottles because someone told them this category was a good and valuable category to collect or they found they liked the shape or color of a particular bottle. In the past they never acknowledged or even checked into why the shape and/or color of a given bottle was the way it was.created. Even today these same people collect bottles without ever knowing or trying to find out any of the answers related to the why and wherefore of bottle categories or bottles themselves. Within the FOHBC organization and bottle clubs or other bottle organizations there is no position identified as research or research department. The only organization that has a research department is the Owl Drug Collectors Blog. How many in the bottle world leadership takes the time to even check out these characteristics? They accept hearsay information as fact and promote that information to others without ever verifying the authenticity of the information or the bottle. Today we have a plethora of bottles that have no historic authenticity or monetary value simply because of “altered” bottles perpetuated by bottle organizations, bottle clubs, and others, as well as many in the bottle leadership.

Several weeks ago the blog mentioned the Memphis bottle show and even posted the show advertisement. We noted that the website cited for those to visit about the Memphis bottle club was non-existent. Little information was presented at that time because none other that the ad was available. This show in fact was not a bottle show per se, but a collectibles show with very little attention paid to bottles. In fact they were a low priority at the show. The attendance at the show was low and most of the people who attended the show were not even interested in bottles. The questions one must ask are two-fold: first, why would one travel to Memphis at any expense if the show does not concentrate on bottles and has a low attendance and low number of tables related to bottles; second, how long will such a show and club continue to operate or function under their present condition? Who are they serving and Why?

Auctions have been part of the collectible process since the very beginning, including being a part of the bottle world. Have auctions run their course? Are they still relevant? Are they outdated? At the 2015 Baltimore bottle show, two well known bottle auctioneers were not only present at the show but also had tables at the show as vendors. They did not provide their auctioning services as they have done in the past. The blog was very surprised by the fact that these two auctions houses had vendor tables rather than booths promoting their auction services.

The next show was the FOHBC Chattanooga bottle show. It was here at this show that a bottle auction took place. The auction house associated with this auction was the Daniels Auction House from Georgia.   In conversations with this auction house owner, the blog learned that the auctioneer was very disappointed with the way it was sold to him and the outcome of the auction. He informed the blog that he would never do another auction for the FOHBC.

As a follow-up on this conversation, the blog contacted the owner of Glassworks Auction to get his opinion on bottle auctions especially as it relates to the FOHBC and the future. Jim stated that he will not be doing any auctions for the FOHBC. The other auction house on the East Coast that has done auctions for the FOHBC in the past is the Heckler Auction House and its owner Norm Heckler. Is this auction house also shedding its auction association with the FOHBC?

With regard to the next major “national” bottle show sponsored by the FOHBC, it has been reported in the past that Pam Selenak would play a major role in the Sacramento show. This is not true. The following information was provided in FOHBC literature on the show itself.


Posted October 23, 2014 at 12:39 PM

Pam Selenak no longer has any connection or association with the FOHBC. She also does not have any connection or association with the National Antique Bottle Convention to be held in Sacramento in 2016. Any questions or requests for information concerning the 2016 show should be directed to Ferdinand Meyer who is now running the show.


Posted October 23, 2014 at 7:38 PM

Also to add to above that I will also not be hosting an open house at the General’s home.


Posted October 23, 2014 at 10:18 PM

Pam Selenak will also not be hosting an open house at the general’s house on the evening of August 4th as referenced in the above article.”

The blog apologizes to the Selenak family when we reported earlier that information about her participation was incomplete and therefore hearsat. It has now been proven to be factual by these latest communications. We put Pam Selenak’s comments on this blog posting for worldwide readership to read and comment.

In the latest FOHBC presidential message of November – December, Ferdinand drops a bomb!! It was stated: “We also have a gentleman’s agreement with Fred Holabird with Holabird’s Americana Auctions to be our official Sacramento National auctioneer”. What gentleman’s agreement? What does that mean, Ferdinand?   You can count on the blog looking into this and reporting back to our readers.

The blog recently acquired the following 9 Owl Drug Company bottles. They are from the Owl Drug Company store that was located in Portland, Oregon. Our staff is currently doing research on these items.   They are a unique find. The labels are quite different and unusual. The contents of the bottles as identified on the labels are unique. Never before have we obtained bottles with this type of content.


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October 8, 2015

A review of last week’s mail provided the blog with some very interesting views about individuals and the Chattanooga bottle show.   The information about the Chattanooga show primarily centered on the auction and the Daniels Auction house that conducted the auction. Most people were very surprised about the reaction that Jim Daniels had about the auction, how he became involved in doing the show auction, why he was disappointed in how well the auction did, and why he would not do another auction for the FOHBC. Following my conversation with Jim Daniels, I spoke with Jim Hagenbush who runs the Glassworks Auction out of Pennsylvania.

During our conversation this past week with Jim Hagenbush centered on auctions in general and auctions associated with the FOHBC and bottles. Jim, as you might remember has, in the past, performed auctions for the FOHBC, the latest auction was in Manchester, NH.   Jim and Norm Heckler, another Auction House owner, both had tables as vendors at the Baltimore show but did not perform any services as auctioneers in Baltimore. Jim shared with the blog his insight into the auction business as it pertains to bottles. He also shared his thoughts about the FOHBC and stated that he will not be doing any auctions for the FOHBC in the future. Apparently these two auction houses have the same opinion about doing auctions for the FOHBC. They will no longer participate with that organization and its leadership.

The point of contact for the blog, assigned by Ferdinand Meyer, president of the FOHBC, is their pubic relations director – Rick DeMarsh. The blog has reported in the past month that the blog has never had a response about issues related to the FOHBC and the Chattanooga show from Rick DeMarsh. The blog has also learned that Rick DeMarsh never attended the Chattanooga bottle show, one of the biggest and most important events in the FOHBC yearly calendar. The position of public relations director in any organization is supposed to be a high status position and one in which the representative should attend major functions. Why then did Rick DeMarsh fail to attend the FOHBC bottle show in Chattanooga? Obviously it did not matter, both to the leadership and to Rick DeMarsh. What and why is he in that position? Is it just to look good on a resume or to fill a spot on the leadership board? And obviously it does not matter whether the public relations function is performed or how it is performed!

In checking into bottles shows around the country, the blog noticed that Gene Bradberry is the chairman of a forthcoming bottle show in Memphis, TN on October 10th. The information about this Memphis and Gene Bradberry’s function and participation was mentioned in a blog posting several weeks ago. In trying to find out about the Memphis bottle club itself and checking on the internet, the face book page on the club tells you the contact their website at www.memphicbottleclub.com. Ok, so you try to log into the website and it is non-existent. Why publish information that does not exist? There is no way to determine who is the president of the club, how they function, how many are members of the club, etc. The only information presented is an advertisement for their bottle show. Even then there is relatively little information about the show except the admission fee, a person to contact (Gene Bradberry) and where it is being held. You have no idea how many tables will be at the show, what type of bottles etc will be shown, and any relevant details.

Memphis15ShowThis is the Memphis bottle club advertisement for the 10 October 2015 show.  This is the only information available on line about the show.

Gene Bradberry is currently and once again the 2nd Vice President of the FOHBC and has participated in the FOHBC for 40 plus years including having served as president of the organization for several times. For someone with as much experience in the bottle hobby and with the FOHBC you would think that a club where he is a member, and current chairman of their show would have more insight into how and why things should be done and the proper way to do them.  In reviewing the little bit of literature that is present about the Memphis bottle club, it is apparent that their meetings  are held once a month in people’s houses or elsewhere. They have no permanent structure or permanent location where they meet. If the club has had a show for 30 plus years you would think they would have established a permanent location to meet in such as an American Legion hall, library, school, VFW hall, church, etc rather than in a house or by chance wherever they meet.

Over the past several weeks the blog shared pictures with the audience of 2 Rexall poison bottles with labels and related box, and an Owl Drug pamphlet from the Pan American Exposition of 1901. The blog recently also acquired an Owl Drug poison bottle with label that is identical to those 2 Rexall blue cobalt one ounce bottles with a different label (Owl Drug Company label). The pamphlet was sent to a conservator for evaluation and repair. The conservator will evaluate and make a determination on how best to repair the pamphlet without diminishing its value and its condition. The conservator will get back to the blog with his/her determination.

In the near future the blog will devote several postings on the conservation versus the altering of bottles. Those examples will be used in this discussion of conversation versus altering. For those of you who read our blog who are collectors or potential collectors, this series of discussions will be most helpful and important to your collecting process.

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For the past few weeks, the blog has been discussing the Chattanooga bottle show and have asked numerous participants in the show to share their thoughts about the show. We also asked Rick DeMarsh, the FOHBC public relations officer to share information about the show as well. The blog has learned that the show itself did not live up to the hype given to it in some of FOHBC literature prior to the show as well as the information provided after the show by the FOHBC president in his latest presidential message. Most of the figures given in that report cannot be verified, since there is no mechanism to do so.   As of this date Rick DeMarsh has never provided any information or even replied. In all probability, he never will.   One of the individuals with whom we spoke this week was the owner of the Daniels auction house that conducted the Chattanooga bottle show auction. His comments were very candid and he stated that the show chairmen misled him. He found the experience very “distasteful”.

Despite Ferdinand Meyer’s agreement to be open and honest with the blog regarding FOHBC activities and assigning Rick DeMarsh his point of contact, there has been a failure on Rick’s part to be forthcoming and forthright. To this date he has refused to respond to any of our requests, in particular on the Chattanooga show. This show like other past shows fails to provide information that is clear, open and verifiable. Instead we are told to believe whatever Ferdinand Meyer or the show reporter chooses to report. When this information is checked, it cannot be verified. The Baltimore show was a perfect example of “distorted reporting”. When presented by the FOHBC and when checked out, it was found to be incomplete, inaccurate and unverifiable as well.

An important difference between the FOHBC and the blog centers on information and people’s behavior. The blog is open and honest in its communications and the information it presents can be checked and verified. Credibility is essential when you work with people and you do business with them. The blog strives to be accurate, provide factual information and cite examples that are credible and useful. When the blog delves into subjects or issues it uses the practice of research, historical evidence and cites examples of what it has learned and shares it with others. When the blog does not have an answer to an issue it is because all the information may not be available, but when that information becomes available it is shared. There are subject matters that are exclusive to the customer who has purchased our services and wishes their information to be kept private and confidential. That is part of doing business and the blog honors that request by its customers or potential customers to keep it private and confidential

Several weeks ago the blog shared a comment that was submitted by Rand Selenak regarding his wife Pam and her association with the FOHBC. The blog in response to Randy’s comments requested that Randy clarify and elaborate on those comments.   He never followed up on his comments. Therefore it must be concluded that what he shared with the blog was hearsay including the comments he made about Ferdinand Meyer. His comments about Ferdinand can only be described as “character assassination” and unverifiable. It is not worth the paper it was put on. This type of activity is typical of many in their bottle world today. It is not our world; we do not operate in this manner and never will.

Last week the blog shared two bottles with the audience that was described by the sellers incorrectly. One was the Clancy Kid who has a long history of misidentification, mislabeling, and over pricing items. The other seller has followed the same pattern as the Clancy Kid over pricing, improperly identifying the bottle, or failing to provide its true condition. As part of his description he stated that the bottle was rare without knowing a true definition of the condition rare as it pertains to bottles. Both individuals fail to tell prospective buyers whether these bottles have been altered from their original state and if so to what degree and how much. It is quite obvious if you look at them, they have been altered, and are not the way they would be found in their natural state or in a state for sale.

The term RARE is overused, misused, poorly used, and not used in its proper context when people describe bottles. People think by using the term RARE, they will get a higher price on the item or they can inflate the price since they don’t know what the item truly is, where it fits in, or its true market value. Many people do not want to make the connection or know how to make the connection between rarity with true market value and documentation. Believing if you just state it is RARE, then obviously it must be rare even if fails to correlate with its true market value or have documentation to prove its rarity.   The example of the green bottle that the seller claims is rare is untrue. These green bottles are more common and come up for sale often. Now if you are talking about the set of 5 bottles in that category then that is rare, but having just one and one of the more common type is not rare.

IMG_1880This is a picture of the set of 5 bottles as depicted in the Owl Drug Handbook Volume I, page 58 as written by D&G Levine, a part of the Owl Drug Collectors Blog.  Having one in the set has an individual value, while having the entire set has a totally different and higher value.


DSCN2169The bottle the Clancy Kid has up for sale is one the 5 bottles in this set of Clear Owl drugs bottles.  This photo comes from the Owl Drug Handbook Volume I page 78 written by D&G Levine. a part of the Owl Drug Collectors Blog.

The blog was informed by several sources that Ferdinand Meyer had a bottle for sale on his vendor’s table at the Chattanooga show that was priced at $20,000.00. If that is the case then did he have the documentation to prove the asking price? Was the bottle cleaned, tumbled, and/or polished and if so, was it identified as such? How was that price justified? Was it independently evaluated and certified and if so, by whom? All that information should accompany a bottle especially if it is priced at that level. Would like to hear from you, Ferdinand! Let us know the background on the bottle and how that price came about.

The following item was recently acquired by the blog. This item is unique in the history of the Owl Drug Company of San Francisco. It became a highlight event for the company at which the company won a medal at the Pan-American Exposition of 1901 held in Buffalo, New York. This exposition was a worldwide event, hosting people and companies from all over the world. Buffalo won the privilege of hosting the exposition because of two reasons: Buffalo was the eighth largest city in the United States with a large population and because it had better railroad connections. The city was within a day’s travel for approximately 40 million people. Congress pledged $500,000.00 for the exposition to be held in Buffalo. The following pictures are part of the brochure that was the Owl Drug Company’s exposition pamphlet. The brochure was published by the Owl Drug Company to highlight the many diversities of the Owl Drug Company exclusively for the Pan-American Exposition.




The additional information provided to discuss the exampled brochure was obtained because of the research performed by the Owl Drug Collectors blog. This is but an example of the type of research that the blog performs for our readers, supporters, and others. This link to the brochure connects the item with an historical event, the participation of the Owl Drug Company in Buffalo, and confirms why the Owl Drug Collectors blog continues to be on the cutting edge of the bottle world today.


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Last week the blog wrote about volunteerism and how individuals participate in and belong to organizations. The blog was deluged by emails and comments from bottle hobbyists, blog readers and supporters along with many members of the FOHBC leadership, both past and present.

The blog also received a comment from Randy Selenak that was posted in last week’s blog. Randy is the husband of Pam Selenak who was the past public relations director of the FOHBC and the past president of the Los Angeles bottle club. Randy is also the father of Scott Selenak who was assigned the position of official photographer of the FOHBC by Ferdinand Meyer . The blog responded to Randy’s comments with a request that he clarify and elaborate on the information he shared in his email. At this writing there has been no further communications from Randy Selenak regarding his comments. Apparently the only reason Randy Selenak sent his comments into the blog was “to cover his wife’s reputation”. We at the bog do not print hearsay.. Because these comments have not been substantiated or supported with any documentation, we must conclude those comments are hearsay.

The two paragraphs that are part of the FOHBC president’s message discusses so-called statistics about the Chattanooga bottle show. Where is the substantiation of these “statistics”. Where is the proof of the attendance numbers, be it early admission or general admission? Ferdinand also discusses the free breakfast meeting attended by 110 people, of which a third of that number are members of the FOHBC leadership, a session where the vote for the increase in membership dues took place. If the FOHBC has a number of approximately 1000 members then how can 110 people speak for the entire membership and why did not the FOHBC send out a special bulletin to request feedback on the request for the membership dues increase prior to the vote? A claim is also made that 44 new members joined the FOHBC. Despite the blog’s numerous attempts to contact Linda Shepard and her failure to respond at all, the blog is left with the option of declaring that increase in membership numbers to be hearsay or fabrication. Where is the official documentation of this membership increase?

Ferdinand also discusses how $3000.00 was raised for the virtual museum. Why should that amount of money be allocated to the virtual museum when the FOHBC requires its members to pay more money because they claim it costs more to run the organization. Isn’t there a better need than to put it toward to the virtual museum? Does it not seem out of place considering they just raised the cost of membership? Aren’t these priorities somewhat skewed whose special interests are taken care of and being directed by?

Following the show the blog tried to contact those in the FOHBC leadership who were responsible for and involved in the Chattanooga show on numerous occasions including Linda Shepard, Rick DeMarsh, Sheldon Baugh, and Jack Hewitt. Despite these numerous to contact people no one had the courtesy to respond to any of the blog’s phone calls or emails. One must question what is the responsibility of those who hold an office in the FOHBC? Is it solely a label, or is it solely to satisfy one’s ego and self-interests? Is there another agenda going on? Yes, we realize that it is volunteerism, but if you hold an office or position aren’t you required to fulfill the requirements and duties of that position? And who is responsible to make sure those requirements and duties are performed? Considering the FOHBC, one must question the validity and reliability of those holding offices. They seem to be just place-holders or does it look good on a resume? Several of the FOHBC members have held many of the offices in the FOHBC organization structure, for example, Gene Bradberry is currently the longest running member on the FOHbC board, having been around the board since 1984. The same can be said of John Pastor, Sheldon Baugh, and Bob Ferraro, These men can be called the senior members of the FOHBC leadership team.

Last week the blog discussed the two poison bottle and box discovery that we obtained. The blog is in the process of building a new collection in 2015 around this discovery. Similar collections can be acquired of natural bottles in the same manner as in the blog’s discovery. Despite the attempt by the FOHBC and others to dismiss the existence and availability of natural bottles as opposed to altered bottles, the collector can discover and obtain natural items if he or she tries. Collections of any type must include the documentation to authenticate the items in the collections. The failure of any collector to validate his or her collections without documentation means that the collection itself is relatively useless and has little or no monetary value. The FOHBC and others have for many years sold bottles and items without the proper documentation necessary to validate their true condition, rarity and value. How are bottles validated and who is the independent body that validates them? Are the sellers the source of the validation? Obviously too often they are source of the validation. That is the fox guarding the henhouse. How can they be trusted? You mean to tell a buyer that your $20,000. 00 bottles is valid? Where is your source for the value and authentication? Do you call up a buddy and say “validate for me”? In today’s world, people buying cars require not only titles but also a fax documenting previous ownerships, accidents, mechanical issues, etc. These faxes are now required not only from places like CARMAX, and CARFAX, but also care dealerships.   The same hold true for restoration, construction, maid and other services. People desiring these services should demand sources to ensure reliability and credibility. How can the FOHBC claim that a bottle is valid without the proper validation sources?

There are 2 EBay items the blog would like to share and discuss.

Clancy kid’s Three Rum Owl Drug Bottles



A lot of three (3) 7″ tall cylinder-shaped clear-glass antique OWL DRUG Co. BAY RUM BARBER bottles.  These are the first three styles of Bay Rum bottles used by the Owl Drug Co.   The first two with the slightly turned birds showing mainly one (1) wing are early hand Blown Into Mold bottles (BIM) with tooled tops, dating back to the 1895 – 1910 era, over 100 years old.   The third bottle which is evenly centered and showing both (2) wings is an ABM cork top bottle, ca. 1920 era, or about 100 years old.   All three bottles have an embossed picture of an owl perched on a druggists’ mortar, stirring a pestle.

The light amethyst bottle with the almost-animated looking owl and just the cork stopper is the oldest one, and was in use during the 1890’s.  The clear bottle with the glass stopper is the post-1900 bottle, the next oldest.  The newest is the bottle with the brass shaker top, two wing bird, and was in use possibly even into the 1920’s.  Comparatively speaking, it is not common to find these old Owl Drug Co. bay rum or barber bottles.   It seems you see about 100 of the rectangular Owl Drug prescription bottles to every one of these old Owl Drug Barber bottles.  These come in the traditional ‘BARBER’ bottle shape and according to a labeled one, contained BAY RUM, which according to the label, was “a refreshing and invigorating lotion … an ideal preparation to use after shaving”.   Bay Rum was commonly used as an after shave and cologne back in the day, the olden days.  The oldest bottle is a hard bottle to find and rarely comes up for sale, but they all together make quite the set, LQQK at ’em, I mean … check ’em out!

Once again the Clancy Kid leaves out pertinent information about the bottles such as condition and whether they have been altered and to what degree. In fact the bottles have been altered. If one looks at the tops of these 3 bottles one can see they have been professionally changed. These bottles were originally dug as determined by the condition and look of the tops. Bottles that are dug are not as clean as those depicted here. In fact they have been altered in some fashion. The price requested is not consistent with the market value and what they are really worth, obviously $399.00 is way too high for these 3 A5 bottles.

The 2nd EBay Owl Drug item:

Owl Drug Citrate of Magnesia






Where is the documentation that authenticates this bottle? The description is inaccurate. This bottle is not rare and the seller has not provided any documentation indicating or showing that the bottle is rare. There is no independent source that supports his claim as well. Judging from the pictures presented this bottle has been altered in some type of way. This bottle follows in the same pattern as the Clancy Kid as it relates to presentation, description, altered condition, and pricing.



To potential buyers: suggest you ask sellers to what altering conditions their bottles have been subjected to. Hopefully they will answer you. In the past the sellers of altered bottles refuse to answer buyers or potential buyer questions. If you ask them in person they turn away from you or walk away from you. If you email them, they simply ignore your emails, and if you call them, they generally hang up on you.


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September 17, 2015

Last week’s blog posting concentrated on the discussion of volunteerism and how it affects the bottle world and bottle collecting. Organizations such as the FOHBC and bottle clubs depend on volunteers and not salaried employees. At the direction of Ferdinand Meyer, current president of the FOHBC, Rick DeMarsh, the Public Relations officer of the FOHBC was to be the point of contact for the blog when questions, concerns, or issues were directed to and related to the FOHBC and its activities. One particular activity was the Chattanooga Bottle show that occurred in July/August 2015. It was stated several weeks ago and up to a month ago that a request was presented to Rick DeMarsh and had not been answered. As of this writing on 17 September 2015, Mr. DeMarsh has failed to respond at all.

If an individual is a salaried employee of an organization and is assigned a task, he or she is required to respond. Failure to do so would usually affect a reprimand, a salary reduction, or possibility removal from that position. Organizations that depend on volunteerism depend solely on the good will of the individual holding that position. Failure to complete a task holds little or no consequences from the organization. Those volunteers function when and how they wish to. They volunteer because they have an agenda or develop an agenda that may or may not fit the agenda and goals of the organization they belong to. In the bottle world to often the agenda of the organization may not be the priority of its leadership or its members.

People set up at shows to further their own agenda no matter what that means to the organization’s agenda or goals. The organization, on the other hand, has no mechanism to correct or control individuals and their agendas especially when they conflict with the agenda of the organization. Often leaders use different mechanisms to buy them off in some form or another. This is how the individual is rewarded and kept in line. It becomes the concept of “you owe me” spoken directly or implied indirectly. Volunteers in a volunteer program tend to be recycled. Pam Selenak and Richard Siri who were in part responsible for the Tragedy in Reno several years ago will be co-chairing the Sacramento show in 2016. Why should they be recycled and rewarded after their tragic performance in Reno? Is it not the fox guarding the henhouse again? What can be expected? As we remember, it was Pam Selenak who said, “we will not rest until we find those responsible for the theft and they are punished,” As of this date nothing has been uncovered about the theft and no one punished! Just a bunch of hollow words and no substance!

Volunteerism works sometimes. Most organizations do not know how to use them, maintain them, control them, or reprimand them. In the bottle world, the agenda of the individual apparently takes precedence over any bottle club or organization’s goals as it has appeared in the past, continues in the present, and will probably continue to do so in the future.

Last week the blog presented an example of two natural bottles with their original labels and the original box for one of the bottles.

The mail that was received was quite interesting. Let me share some of the thoughts from the mail. The most prominent thought expressed was that natural bottles are non-existent anymore and cannot be found at bottle shows or elsewhere. Most people are told that the only bottles available are those that are primarily altered bottles, in other words those bottles that have been cleaned, tumbled and/or polished or have had some other altering process done to them. The second most thought expressed was how much are these bottles and box worth? The answer to this question has not been totally determined yet.

One of the blog’s staff members asked about the feasibility of doing seminars in different parts of the United States to provide information, techniques, and guidelines to collect bottles for the present and beyond. Such topics might include tips on how to develop, build, and maintain a collection; how to and where to research an item or company; how to distinguish between a natural bottle and one that has been altered in some form or another; and where are the best places to locate bottles for ones collections. Is there an interest in such seminars? Please let the blog know.

This week the blog was in contact with Joan Cabaniss who is president of the American Poison Bottle Collectors Association (APBCA) of the United States. According to Joan, some poison collectors use a code on poison bottles that was developed by Rudy Kuhn. Mr. Kuhn was a professor at a small college in Pennsylvania. He developed this code to be able to classify poison bottles into various categories just as Darwin did in his Origin of The Species. Owl Drug poison bottles are classified as KT-1 by this methodology. Deciphering this Owl Drug bottle code means K-KUHN; T-triangular; and 1 – Owl Drug Company. This code does not assess current market value, condition, rarity, or history of the bottle itself. Unfortunately Rudy Kuhn is no longer alive. The code is therefore limited in value or use by any poison collector. This code is now the property of the American Poison Bottle Collectors Association and the workbooks associated with this code is sold through the APBCA for $50.00 plus shipping.

And finally, the Clancy Kid has a new example on the Ebay Owl Drug site. They are 3 bay rum bottles. As he has in the past, he misrepresents the bottles and fails to identify their true condition. The prices he is asking for these bottles are outrageous especially given their true condition. A discussion about pricing and true condition of bottles will be a part of next week’s blog posting.

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Last week the blog posted an Owl Drug bottle with a label that appeared for sale on Ebay. The bottle had 39 bidders and sold for $169.50.   Unfortunately the blog was unable to complete the discussion and explanation about this bottle but will do so in this week’s posting.




As was stated last week the seller had no source for this bottle and had no documentation to verify its legitimacy or not. None of the 39 bidders asked the Ebay seller any questions. We were the only one to ask questions to get clarity on the description of his bottle. The question that is most striking is “Do you have any documentation or source(s) to support the information presented about the bottle?”   The seller responded: “No backup other than my word. Bottle found at an estate sale many years ago. Neither this question nor the seller’s answer ever appeared on the Ebay site.   Obviously it never appeared for fear the bottle would not sell if the question and answer were printed.

Too many bottles are presented this way. They are misidentified, falsified, and cannot be sourced as to their legitimacy. This bottle is a perfect example of the failure to authenticate and document its legitimacy. The new owner is now left with a bottle that is undocumented and not sourced thus leaving it as what is called an “altered bottle”.   As characterized as an A-5 bottle (“altered bottle” with no source), this bottle has no historic or monetary value. It has been added to our files as a fake until someone or organization/institution can verify the authenticity and legitimacy of the bottle. The person who paid $169.50 for this item wasted his/her money.

Earlier this week the NFL commissioner upheld Tom Brady’s suspension and fines. He was accused of knowing about the use of deflated footballs and operating with them during the AFC championship game and then lying to the investigators and the public when interviewed. Tom Brady, quarterback of the New England Patriots, is to be suspended for 4 games this season and forced to pay fines.

A similar story can be told comparing the Tom Brady deflated football scandal and the apparent misuse of power by the FOHBC leadership and some of its members for activities prior to and during the Baltimore bottle show. These actions were followed by a misleading and inaccurate report by one of the members of the FOHBC leadership and board that appeared in the FOHBC communications. In addition to this report, there were first hand accounts provided by individuals who were present, pictures, the YOU Tube video, and other sources. They pointed out that the report provided by the FOHBC was done inaccurately, poorly written, and misleading.   All these actions were described in detail in the blog posting of February 13, 2015, along with the Baltimore bottle club president’s NO COMMENT statement reflected the views of his club, the FOHBC, and all bottle clubs, in general. The failure of the FOHBC president, his board, and other clubs to denounce this behavior indicated complete support. for what occurred in Baltimore in March 2015.

In addition to supporting inappropriate behavior, comments and reporting, the president and board are asking for an increase of $10.00 per year of membership dues without justification for its need and use. This increase amounts to a 1/3 increase over the current rate. Instead of communications to the entire membership as other organizations do, the FOHBC leadership failed to justify the need for its increase and use two weeks prior to the vote. By doing so, this prevents the entire membership from expressing their wishes and concerns and leaves the decision to the select few who will attend the show. This process is a travesty to the FOHBC membership. It is in fact an exclusionary process. Last week it was suggested that the vote on this increase be postponed until a justification for such an increase be forthcoming and communicated to the total membership for their input.

What can w expect from Chattanooga this weekend?  Without making any predictions, we will wait and see what happens, what is reported by the FOHBC and what is reported by independent sources. We will keep you informed in future blog postings. We are on the cutting edge of the bottle world today.

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