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Updated January 26, 2016

Another Excellent New Bottle Book Now In Print!

It is often said that "good things come in threes" and that is definitely true when it comes to newly published books by Southern-based collectors.  In the past six weeks we have enjoyed announcing the availability of The Coca-Cola Bottling Plant by Joe Belliveau, and the second edition of A Head's Up On Koca Nola by Charles David Head.  We are now equally excited to present information about Ken Badgley's newly published volume, The Collectors Guide to Tampa Embossed Soda Bottles 1880 to 1939Ken has skillfully combined his in-depth research skills and top quality publishing know-how to produce an outstanding contribution to our hobby's steadily growing body of quality reference sources.  Here's the book's cover, just a hint of all that Ken's new book holds in store:

Click the following link to navigate directly to HutchBook.com's "Bottle Books For Sale" page with full details about this limited edition and how you can order your copy now! 

The Collectors Guide to Tampa Embossed Soda Bottles 1880-1939

Updated January 19, 2016

The expanded, second edition of A Head's Up On Koca Nola is now available via mail order!  Author Charles David Head will also have copies available for purchase at several upcoming antique bottle shows, starting with the Rome, Georgia show on Saturday, January 30, 2016.  Click the following title link for full details:

A Head's Up On Koca Nola (Second Edition)

Updated January 15, 2015

Kill the Hutchinson Myths!

An index to the "Archived 2013 Hutchinson Highlights" articles has once again been posted in the "HutchBook.com Development" listings at the bottom of this Home page.  Scroll down and click the link to the articles, search the index for the topic you are seeking, and click the title for a quick link to the article. 

The impetus for re-posting these articles was the total waste of time exchanging EMail messages with supposedly experienced collectors who continue to repeat tired Hutchinson myths, stubbornly refusing to read, comprehend, and share factual information with their fellow collectors and the public.  Unfortunately these collectors will probably never learn anything new because they already believe they know everything.  Click this link to the Archived 2013 Hutchinson Highlights index to view/review these articles concerning Hutchinson myths:

Lastly, here's a link to another article about a Hutchinson myth that refuses to die:

Updated: December 31, 2015

1976-2015: The HutchBook Initiative Turns 40

Work on the Hutchinson Bottle Directory initiative began in 1976 and it is hard to believe that today marks the close of our 40th year of effort on this project.  Wow.  Contemplating this milestone gives even more credence to the old saying that "time flies when you're having fun."  The list of those freely contributing their time, energy, and bottle data to this project is extensive and it is certainly worth recognizing all of you who have participated for so long.  Your consistent, strong support is truly appreciated, particularly by those of us who have been involved for the entire 40 year duration of this project.

Today also brings down the curtain on the twelfth consecutive year of non-stop effort on what has steadily evolved into becoming HutchBook.com.  2015 has been yet another very busy year, with the majority of our time focused on maintaining, growing, and steadily improving the quality of all the data we are capturing.  Here's a brief overview of 2014 vs. 2015 statistics for comparison purposes:

                                                                          2014                      2015      

The decreases in the numbers of individual listings updated, new Hutchinsons catalogued, and number of Hutchinson images added is exactly what we expected.  The 482 totally new Hutchinsons catalogued this year is a lot of bottles, but it is just over half of 2014s total and an indication there are fewer and fewer totally new ones awaiting identification.

We are continuing to work thru 40 years worth of paper files and have now completed them up thru Nebraska.  Completing a review of the paper files by year end 2015 proved unrealistic, and we have revised the target completion date to year end 2016. 

The hours invested into HutchBook activities this year dropped considerably from 2014 and is deserving of a brief explanation.  Cutting back was an intentional move in order to carve out the time necessary to work on three other major writing projects:

15,000th Hutchinson Image Posted!

Early this month we could see that identifying and posting our 15,000th Hutchinson image was imminent.  As we closed in on this major milestone, we increasingly hoped image #15,000 would turn out to be something special.  We were up to 14,998 images when an EMail message arrived from a long-time contributor seeking information about a newly acquired Hutchinson that wasn't catalogued in the HutchBook.com database.  The two images attached to the message not only pictured yet another Hutchinson we needed to catalog, they also instantly defined images 14,999 and 15,000 as extra special.  Thanks to some sleuthing we were able to quickly move the bottle from the Unknown Mavericks list to become HutchBook bottle number TX0166.5.  Here are the images: 

The bottle is embossed P. BISSO. / CENT TEAS / BOTTLING WORKS in a round plate mould.  It is a two leaf mold, aqua, 7.000" x 2.375" with an A.G.W.L. maker's mark on the heel, and a blank, round base.  The "CENT TEAS" embossing was a mystery until we found a photo of a blob top bottle utilized by Pietro "Pete" Bisso, a sodas bottler who operated the Lone Star Bottling Works in Corsicana, TX.  Given Corsicana's Central Texas location, our best guess is "CENT TEAS" is an engraving error and the embossing probably should have read CENTRAL TEXAS.  Anyway, the blob top photo led directly to the discovery of two articles containing highly interesting information about Pete Bisso, plus photos of Bisso, and his wife.  What sort of information?  How about:

Pietro (Peter) Bisso was born in Genoa, Italy in 1840 and came to the United States when in his 30s, settling in Corsicana in the mid 1870s.  He was an early bottler in Corsicana and had a reputation among the aristocratic old women of the time for being a nasty individual.  He spoke seven languages and cursed fluently in all of them... 

It was quite a scandal in 1879 when 39 year old Peter Bisso married 13 year old Wilhelmina (Minna) Eisinger.  Rumors abounded in Corsicana that old Mr. and Mrs. Eisinger had been paid a nice amount of money to *sell* Minna to the nasty Italian who was wanting a wife and couldn't find anyone willing to fill that role...

Bisso operated a saloon...(and) one of the first soda water plants, "The Lone Star Bottling Works."  The Lone Star, by various means transfers, operates today as the Dr Pepper plant.  Bisso was a short, round Italian whose English speech was a delight.  There are many anecdotes about him, of which I will relate a few.  He had a great enmity against an early day railroad man named McClanahan.  One day a stranger came in Bisso's saloon and asked him if he know McClanahan.  Bisso put his hands on his ample hips and looked up at the man and asked, "Sometime he brakeman?"  The man replied "Yes."  Bisso then asked "Sometime he conductor?"  Again the answer was yes.  Then Bisso asked, "Sometime he yardmaster?"  Again yes.  Then Bisso came out "All the time he a #### #### ####?  The man said yes.  Bisso said "I know him."

Perhaps Bisso had good reason not to like McClanahan.  In those days it was legal for bar rooms to stay open until noon on Sundays (and after noon when the front door was closed and the shades drawn, the back door was generally open).  McClanahan had the habit of visiting a barroom Sunday morning, buying a drink or two, then tendering a $100 bill in payment.  The barrooms could not make change, so Mac got free drinks.  Bisso gave this matter much thought and like his compatriot, Machiavelli, came out with a great scheme.  He got $100 in nickels, dumped them loose in a small canvas sack, and sat back to wait.  Sure enough, on a soon Sunday morning in walked McClanahan.  Ordering a drink or two, he made the offer of the $100 bill.  To his consternation, Bisso took the bill and reached in the safe for the bag of nickels.  These he dumped loose on top of the bar.  He then counted out the dollar or two that McClanahan owed him, and said,   "You gotta your change," and he refused to give up the sack, so McClanahan had to fill his pockets and hat with his huge store of nickels.

Two USGenWeb Project sites are the sources for the quotations posted above and other information about Pete Bisso:

    http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txnavarr/biographies/b/bisso_pietro.htm

    http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txnavarr/stories/under_the_electric_light_tower.htm

Check out both sites; you won't be disappointed.

Updated: March 13, 2015

New Hutchinson Lists Posted: March 10, 2015

The Hutchinson Lists page provides quick access to pre-defined, printable, .pdf lists of Hutchinson bottles from each country, state, territory, and province.  Users are finding the Hutchinson Lists a convenient way to inventory their collection, and a handy accessory when attending bottles shows and sales, and visiting antiques shops.

Reminder: the Hutchinson Lists are "snapshots" of the HutchBook.com database as of a specific date and only updated periodically.  To view the most current data available(updated daily), always navigate to the Hutchinson Search page and search on the country, state, territory, or province of interest.

Navigate to the Bottle Directory pages to access the Hutchinson Lists menu. 

Updated: January 5, 2016

Is Your Bottle A "True" Hutchinson?

Numerous on-line auction sellers routinely do a very poor job of describing the bottles they are listing and likely are left wondering why their bottles didn't sell.  We routinely see Hutchinsons incorrectly listed as beers (they were NOT used for beer!), whiskeys, milks, medicines, and various other categories.  An even broader array of bottle styles are often incorrectly described as Hutchinsons or "Hutch type" bottles.  While we understand the challenge facing sellers who have little or no bottle collecting knowledge, we wonder why so many experienced bottle collectors often fail to accurately describe their bottles.  Understanding the basic types of closures is not that difficult, even for those styles that are often confused with bottles that utilized Hutchinson's Patent Spring Stopper.  Several years ago we posted an informational page on GreedyBay in an attempt to help novice sellers better describe their bottles and improve their sales success.  Few sellers bothered to read, comprehend, and use the material, so the page was moved to HutchBook.com's Collecting section.  If you want to improve your sales, we encourage you to review the expanded Hutchinson Bottle Sales Guide and incorporate the suggestions into your on-line bottle listings.  Here's a link to the page:

Hutchinson Bottle Sales Guide

HutchBook.com Development

HutchBook.com is designed to serve as a widely used reference source that will benefit collectors, historians, archaeologists, and other interested users.  The Hutchinson Bottle Collectors' Association (HBCA) sponsors free public access to HutchBook.com.  HBCA members support and promote historical research by collecting, preserving, studying, documenting, displaying, communicating, and sharing information about the antique bottles that utilized Charles G. Hutchinson's Patent Spring Stopper. 

Since the Hutchinson Bottle Directory initiative's founding in 1976, over 1,000 people have contributed bottle data and related information for this project.  The following portions of the site document the project's historical development:

HutchBook.com Implementation

Phase I: Hutchinson History (launched September 30, 2009)

HutchBook.com Phase I focuses on historical development of the North American soft drink industry during the 1879 to World War I Hutchinson Era.  Site content includes extensively researched, factual documentation concerning: the origin of the term "soda pop;" the evolution of bottle closures, including 30+ stopper patents often confused with Hutchinson’s Patent Spring Stoppers; a history of the W. H. Hutchinson and Son company; Hutchinson's lawsuits; the American bottling system; pre-Hutchinson Era bottling; Hutchinson bottles; the Hutchinson bottling process; and much more.  Printed out, the content is 300+ pages in length! 

Phase II: Bottle Directory (launched August 1, 2012)

HutchBook.com’s newest feature is the Hutchinson Bottle Directory, a fully searchable, free access database cataloguing extensive data on 19,275 different Hutchinson bottles.  The powerful new “Hutchinson Search” engine is a gateway to detailed data about the Hutchinson bottles utilized in all U.S. states and territories, Canadian provinces, and several foreign countries.  Users have access to numerous pre-defined, printable lists of Hutchinson bottles, plus lists of bottles in popular collecting categories, such as colored and picture Hutchinsons.  The database is continually updated to ensure users have access to the most current and accurate Hutchinson information available.

To access the database and its related features, click on the Bottle Directory link located in the left side navigation bar on any HutchBook.com page.

Phase III: Bottle Illustrations (commenced August 1, 2012)

Phase III is the addition of photographs, scans, and computer-assisted drawings to accompany individual Hutchinson bottle listings.   Over 15,400 images are now posted on-line, with thousands more to be added in months to come.