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Updated: August 12, 2021

Updated Hutchinson Lists have been posted.  Visit the Bottle Directory for full details.

Updated: August 4, 2021

Bill Wilson has just published another fine addition to our hobby's steadily growing body of knowledge.  For details about this and other B.C. bottle books, click this link:

Collecting Bottle Books BC

Updated: June 5, 2021

KolaWars: Birmingham by Dennis I. Smith

Dennis Smith's latest book about Birmingham, Alabama bottlers is now available.  For details and ordering information, click this link:

KolaWars Birmingham

Updated: April 4, 2021

Coca-Cola in Alabama - The Bottlers: Albany to York by Dennis I. Smith

Dennis Smith's newly published book about the Alabama bottlers of Coca-Cola is hot off the press!  For details and ordering information, click this link:

Coca-Cola in Alabama - The Bottlers: Albany to York

Updated: December 31, 2020

Good riddance to 2020; bring on 2021!

What a year 2020 has been.  In spite of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, protests, hurricanes, and never-ending political tomfoolery, this has been a productive 17th year for maintaining HutchBook.com.  Here's a look at statistics covering the past six years:

                                                2015        2016        2017      2018       2019       2020

Once again a resounding THANK YOU to everyone submitting Hutchinson data and bottle images to the HutchBook initiative.  The quantity and quality of data continues to both increase and improve, and your unselfish contributions are truly appreciated.

This year’s hours pushed my total investment in the HutchBook.com project to just short of 20,000 hours.  Even after 43 years of supporting the Hutchinson Bottle Directory initiative, it continues to be a challenging and interesting endeavor.

Hires to You! The Illustrated History of Hires Root Beer was originally intended to be published as a paper book.  Placing all of the material on-line as HiresBook.com afforded an opportunity to turn the project into a “live” book similar to HutchBook.com.  This year I invested 588 more hours into expanding the text and adding over 300 more Hires images, boosting the total number of images posted to over 2,650.

Stay safe!

Ron F.

Updated: December 15, 2020

A History of North Dakota Bottling Operations 1879-1930 by Tom Askjem

Tom Askjem's new book about North Dakota sodas is hot off the press!  Order your copy now!  For additional details, click this link:

A History of North Dakota Bottling Operations

Updated January 7, 2017

Please Help Kill These Hutchinson Myths!

An index to the "Archived 2013 Hutchinson Highlights" articles has been added to 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.  These articles were re-posted because so many people repeat tired Hutchinson myths rather than sharing factual information with fellow collectors and the public.  Click this link to the Archived 2013 Hutchinson Highlights index to view/review the articles concerning Hutchinson myths:

Updated: April 24, 2016

Is Your Bottle A "True" Hutchinson?

Numerous on-line auction sellers do a poor job of describing the bottles they are listing and are likely 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.  Likewise, a broad array of bottle styles are often incorrectly described as Hutchinsons or "Hutch type" bottles.  We understand the challenge facing sellers with little or no bottle collecting knowledge, but wonder why so many experienced bottle collectors often fail to accurately describe their bottles.  Understanding the basic types of closures is not difficult, even for those styles often confused with bottles that utilized Hutchinson's Patent Spring Stopper.  If you are interested in improving your sales, review the "Hutchinson Bottle Sales Guide" in HutchBook.com's Collecting section 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 nearly 21,000 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 21,900 images are now posted on-line, with more being constantly added.