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Posted: October 8, 2014

10,000th Hutchinson Image Posted!

It has taken us just over 14 months to accurately identify, catalog, prepare, and add over 10,000 different Hutchinson images to the HutchBook.com database.  And we do mean "us," as well over 1,000 individuals have contributed images to the Hutchinson Bottle Directory initiative.  Reaching the 10,000 milestone so quickly wouldn't have been possible, of course, without the dedicated assistance of several major contributors who have each submitted hundreds of images.  A sincere THANK YOU to each of you! 

As the grand total has steadily climbed, we were hoping that image #10,000 would turn out to be somewhat of a special bottle.  Sure enough, that is exactly what happened, evidence the accompanying image of PA1598.5, a KELLY & WARD / PARSONS, PA.  This is the fifth variant for these bottlers who were located in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. 

The illustrated bottle is currently offered as GreedyBay 271627603787 by the BottleWizard, Ed Kuskie.  Ed's typically very well done listing specifies:

"Up for sale here is a rather crude and earlier Hutchinson soda bottle from the small Luzerne County coal mining town of Parsons, Pennsylvania.  It is just east of Wilkes-Barre, PA and is very old.  This example is very nice despite the minor small shallow clam shell ping on the upper front side of the shoulder.  The blue aqua glass has some whittling to it with the applied drippy top.  It crudely reads within a round slug plate "KELLY & WARD / PARSONS, PA." and is quite bold.  This bottle has no other embossing.  There are some light scratches on the bottle that do not detract.  The original and complete Hutch stopper is on the inside of bottle.  This early example measures an even 7" tall and 2 1/2" across the base.  You will be well pleased with this scarce to very rare mid 1880's example from Parsons."

The opening price is $25.00 and the auction closes 10-10-14 at 1754.  Check it out.

So, onward to HutchBook.com image #11,000. 

HutchBook Database Growth Is Finally Slowing

We are steadily cataloging new Hutchinsons, but likewise pleased the pace of identifying them has slowed enough that we have been able to catch our breath.  Whew!  The number of Hutchinsons catalogued has grown by an astounding 741 so far during 2014, boosting the grand total to 18,703.  We are clearly headed for at least 19,000 listings.

 North American Glass On-line Auction Features PA1774

Greg Spurgeon has just opened another one of his major North American Glass on-line auctions.  In addition to an outstanding assortment of almost 400 fruit jars, there are listings for foods and sauces, advertising stoneware, bitters, flasks, medicines, spirits, inks, poisons, and yes, sodas.  Only two sodas are offered, but one of them is a J. ESPOSITO / 812 & 814 / KOCA NOLA / WASHINGTON AVE. / PHILADA. Hutchinson.  The accompanying illustration is the aforementioned beautiful, rare, yellow bottle.  You will find it listed as item #8570 at GregSpurgeon.com.  This auction closes 10-16-14.

More details about this bottle can be found in the HutchBook.com database (bottle #PA1774).  You can also find additional information about the bottle and James Esposito at www.KocaNola.com and in Charles David Head's new book, A Head's Up On Koca Nola.  By the way, if you've been procrastinating about obtaining a copy of Charles' book, you better get moving, as the first edition has almost sold out. 

On The Road Again...

Although the HutchBook to-do list continues to be far too long, this fall we have intentionally been treating ourselves to short breaks from being planted here in front of the PC day after day.  During the past two weeks we have managed to break away to attend two bottle shows down in Oregon.

The Oregon Bottle Collectors Association's annual fall show in historic Aurora, Oregon was once again well worth the trip.  In addition to acquiring several very nice Washington and Oregon crown tops, the best find of the day was a WA0040 - STAR BOTTLING / WORKS / PULLMAN, / WASH. Hutchinson.  After chasing this bottle for over 40 years, it is hard to believe there is finally an example sitting on my bottle room shelf.  

This past weekend we beat feet to Southwestern Oregon to attend the 2014 Jefferson State Antique Bottle, Insulator, & Collectible Show & Sale in Canyonville, Oregon.  Dealers from Washington, Oregon, and California had many nice bottles for sale, including a large supply of Hutchinsons, particularly from California.  A painstaking search of each sales table produced pay dirt in the form of a mint example of OR0003.8 - CITY BOTTLING CO. / ALBANY / ORE.  After 54 years of collecting Oregon and Washington sodas, adding even one Hutchinson from either state in a calendar year is a major accomplishment. 

It was fun to break away to attend these two shows, visit with collectors we have known for what seems like forever, and meet several new collectors.  The only negative aspect of both shows was the ongoing realization that far too many collectors don't know about and/or utilize HutchBook.com.  We are continuing to advertise HutchBook.com every possible way we can think of, but it appears that many of the long-in-the-tooth collectors either aren't paying attention or think they know it all and are unwilling to learn and/or try something new.  We can lead 'em to water, but we can't make 'em drink. 

Idaho Territory Hutchinson Hits GreedyBay

Given the sheer quantity of Pennsylvania Hutchinsons, it wasn't all that surprising that the bottle which happened to be the 10,000th image we have posted thus far originated in Pennsylvania.  After all, it is but one of the 3,460 different Pennsylvania Hutchinsons we have catalogued for the HutchBook.com database.  Even after all these years of cataloguing Hutchinsons, we continue to be staggered by the sheer quantity of Pennsylvania Hutchinsons.

At the other end of the spectrum, both Idaho Territory and Wyoming Territory have only one identified Hutchinson bottle each, and examples of those very rare bottles seldom hit the open marketplace.  Consequently we definitely want to mention the illustrated example of an IdT0001 that is currently up for bids as GreedyBay 321545558200.  The seller, "NorthIdahoTradingCo" in Wallace, Idaho, describes the bottle as:

"This bottle comes from the North Idaho Mining town of Wardner, near Kellogg Idaho. Overall condition is great. There is a very small nick on the top and on the neck (see photos). There is some reflection on the picture and a manufacture flaws that makes the neck look cracked in the picture but this is not the case.  The bottle is marked, "BEEBE TAFT & CO / WARDNER, IDAHO TER.". The bottom of the bottle has "33".  This bottle still has most of its original stopper too."

As of this writing, this auction listing has drawn eight bids from five different bidders and is already at $428.00 with six days to go.  We won't be surprised to see this one close well north of $1,500.00 on 10-14-14 at 1241.

Posted: May 23, 2014

HUTCHINSON BOTTLE COLLECTORS' ASSOCIATION (HBCA) CHARTING A NEW COURSE

A detailed evaluation revealed minimal active support for the expansion and delivery of additional Hutchinson Bottle Collectors' Association membership benefits at this time.  While it is possible the HBCA will ultimately mature and provide additional member-only benefits such as e-newsletters, wanted/for sale advertising, and an on-line Hutchinson discussion forum, at this point it appears the best course of action is to scale back to a more manageable level of activity.  The HBCA information posted at HutchBook.com has been revised to reflect the following changes that are effective immediately:

  • HBCA membership is free;

  • All previously paid membership fees will be refunded;

  • A new "HBCA Collector Specialists" list has been posted with listings sorted alphabetically by the members' collecting specialty/specialties.  Also included are the collector specialists' names and EMail contact information (strictly at the discretion of individual members who must grant approval in order to have their EMail address listed).

  • A link has been added to the top of this Home page directing HutchBook.com users to the HBCA Collector Specialists listings if they are seeking contact information concerning specific Hutchinson bottles.

Please review and respond to the revised HBCA material in the Collecting section ASAP.  

Posted: May 19, 2014

New Hutchinson Lists Posted April 11, 2014!

Hopefully, regular HutchBook.com users are aware that new Hutchinson Lists for each state, territory, and province were created and posted April 11, 2014.  These are the printable .pdf files developed specifically for those collectors who desire to print their own pages that are convenient for taking to bottle shows, when out visiting antiques stores, etc.  The link to the Hutchinson Lists is posted on the Bottle Directory page. 

Reminder: the Hutchinson Lists are only updated periodically.  Unlike the "live" HutchBook.com database, they are basically "snapshots" in time.  If you are searching for a specific bottle, always use the Hutchinson Search engine to obtain information from the database which is updated on a daily basis.

Is Your Bottle A "True" Hutchinson?

Numerous on-line auction sellers often do a so-so job of describing the bottles they are listing and are left wondering why their bottles didn't sell.  We routinely see Hutchinsons incorrectly listed as whiskeys, milks, medicines, beers, and other categories, and an even broader array of bottle styles incorrectly described as Hutchinsons or "Hutch type" bottles.  We understand the challenge facing sellers who have little or no bottle collecting knowledge, but continue to wonder why so many experienced bottle collectors often fail to accurately describe their bottles.  Understanding the different types of closures is not rocket science, 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 effort to help novice sellers better describe their bottles and hopefully improve their sales success.  So few sellers were finding, reading, comprehending, and using the material that the page was removed and added to HutchBook.com's Collecting section.  Please review the expanded Hutchinson Bottle Sales Guide and consider incorporating the suggestions into your on-line bottle listings.  Here's a link to the page:

Hutchinson Bottle Sales Guide

Posted: January 1, 2014

2004-2013: A Look In The Rearview Mirror

Although it seems like only yesterday, a decade has passed since new life was breathed into this initiative.  Publishing a hard copy Hutchinson Bottle Directory within five years was deemed impossible when we quickly exceeded the original estimate that there were 7,000-10,000 different Hutchinsons.  After serious re-evaluation, HutchBook.com was developed and launched and today users now have free access to what has essentially become a "live book" that is updated daily.  I won't rehash the various twists and turns we have experienced; those tracking progress are well aware of the path we have taken, and those who aren't aware probably don't care anyway. 

I never imagined that a decade after restarting the project I would still be working on it full time.  Although the HutchBook has required far more effort than I originally estimated, I also misjudged how much pleasure would be derived from tackling a challenge of this magnitude and seeing it thru to fruition.  While helping Joe Nagy while he steered the project in the 1970s and 1980s, I contributed 2,000+ hours into gathering data, preparing bottle drawings, etc.  I have always considered those hours a major contribution to a hobby I have now enjoyed for over 53 years.  Hindsight suggests those hours weren't a big deal, considering I have invested over 2,000 hours in 2013, boosting my total HutchBook hours in the past ten years to over 13,000.  You can do the math. 

Here are the numbers for 2013:

  • Daily updates: 364

  • Individual listings updated: 6,164

  • New Hutchinsons catalogued: 695

  • Total Hutchinsons catalogued: 17,962

2014: Looking Forward

During 2013, new editions of "Hutchinson Highlights" were posted on the first of each month.  We believed the addition of this "magazine style" feature would increase interest in HutchBook.com and boost HBCA membership.  We were wrong.  Mid-year we added the page hit counter that you may have noticed at the bottom of most HutchBook pages.  The counter allows us to track site usage and the numbers clearly document that the primary reason users visit HutchBook.com is to access the database.  That is terrific, of course, but it is also disappointing to see how infrequently anyone accesses the other Hutchinson material posted on the site.  HutchBook usage accelerated rapidly once the Phase II database was launched, and has continued to grow steadily since we started posting images last August.  While I still think the "Hutchinson Highlights" was a sound idea, posting such material may have been premature, or simply not what users are seeking.  The Highlights required an average of 20 hours per month preparation time, so I have pulled the plug on them and will devote those hours to two major areas during 2014:

  1. Our highest priority continues to be the addition of Hutchinson bottle photos.  As of year end 2013, we had posted 5,500 images.  A big THANK YOU to everyone who has contributed images to the project, whether it was one or hundreds.  You folks are the cornerstones of Phase III and your efforts are truly appreciated.  Depending on the source and quality of the images, some can be processed and ready for uploading in a couple of minutes, while others have required over half an hour of effort.  We have worked thru our supply of straight digital images and are now plowing thru those received via EMail.  Once those are completed, we will attack the paper files, scanning hard copy photos and rubbings.  

  2. The other 2014 HutchBook priority is tackling HBCA membership benefit features that have yet to be fleshed out.  The first will be to build and post the membership want lists designed to facilitate communication.  HBCA members will hear more about this in weeks to come as we gather current contact information.   

Although I am ceasing production of the monthly Hutchinson Highlights, we will continue to post Hutchinson-related news items here on the Home page.  Instead of holding items for monthly posting, they will be added as they develop.  A side effect of dropping the Hutchinson Highlights is ceasing posting of archived articles.  We are maintaining an off-line archive, so if you need a copy of something we once posted, EMail us at HutchBook@yahoo.com.

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 about over 18,700 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 10,000 images are now posted on-line, with thousands more to be added in months to come. 

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