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Updated: November 30, 2017

New Book Available In Time For Christmas!

We are currently enjoying reading The Coca-Cola Trail, People and Places in the History of Coca-Cola, an excellent newly published book by Larry Jorgensen.  Click on the title link for full details and then order your copy at Larry's web site.  Shipping is FREE and on-line electronic payment is available.  

Updated: January 7, 2017

New Hutchinson Lists Posted: January 7, 2017

The Hutchinson Lists page provides quick access to pre-defined, printable, .pdf lists of Hutchinson bottles from each country, state, territory, and province.  The Hutchinson Lists are a convenient way to inventory a collection, and a handy reference when attending bottle 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 (the database is updated daily), 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: December 31, 2016

Goodbye 2016, Hello 2017!

Today marks the end of 13 consecutive years of non-stop effort on HutchBook.com.  2016 has been another year devoted to maintaining, growing, and steadily improving the quality of the Hutchinson data we are capturing.  Here's a brief overview of 2014 - 2015 - 2016 statistics for comparison purposes:

                                                                      2014               2015             2016      

Continued decreases in the numbers of individual listings updated and images added is as predicted last year.  The number of images added is simply the grand total and does not include the 1,500+ existing images that were replaced with better quality photos.

The 409 new Hutchinsons catalogued this year were considerably more than expected, further convincing us it is only a matter of time until we pass the 20,000 total mark.

The substantial drop in the number of hours invested into HutchBook activities this year is a direct effect of focusing on authoring and publishing the soft drink industry-related history book that continues to be our highest writing priority.  We have gathered, inventoried, and dated over 2,600 images, the pool from which we are selecting book illustrations, and are currently elbow deep into drafting the text.  The book has grown substantially bigger than our initial estimates, causing us to slide the target publication date into 2017.  Even so, it is business-as-usual for HutchBook.com as we march into our 14th consecutive year of non-stop activity, and the 42nd year since the initiative began.

Updated: November 24, 2016

2016 HBCA Honor Roll Award Recipients Announced  

Thanksgiving Day affords a perfect opportunity to announce the 2016 recipients of the Hutchinson Bottle Collectors' Association's Honor Roll Award.  This prestigious award recognizes those individuals whose significant contributions encourage the growth of collecting Hutchinson bottles.  All of this year's recipients have demonstrated strong support for the Hutchinson Bottle Directory initiative and HutchBook.com.  Several of them have also contributed to our hobby’s steadily growing body of knowledge via their research by authoring and publishing books, plus magazine, newsletter, and Internet articles.  Without exception, each of the recipients routinely magnifies their own enjoyment of Hutchinson collecting by investing considerable time and energy into sharing their expertise with others.  They have all earned their Honor Roll Award recognition many times over and their support for our hobby is greatly appreciated.  Congratulations and THANK YOU to the 2016 HBCA Honor Roll Award recipients:

  • Ken Badgley Brooksville, FL: author of the Collector's Guide to Tampa Embossed Soda Bottles 1880 to 1939; avid collector of West Central Florida Hutchinsons
  • Brandon DeWolfe The Woodlands, TX: avid collector of New Hampshire and Galveston,Texas Hutchinsons
  • Jim Eifler – Woodland Park, NJ: avid collector of Paterson, New Jersey Hutchinsons
  • David Gilson Gibsonia, PA: avid collector of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and fifty state Hutchinsons
  • Sam GreenbergerSonora, CA: avid collector of Hutchinsons
  • Leon HamptonWarren, MI: avid collector of Michigan Hutchinsons
  • Chris Jordan – Valparaiso, IN: avid collector of Chicagoland Hutchinsons
  • Jay Kasper – Shiner, TX: avid collector of Texas Hutchinsons
  • Pete MehalcoJohnstown, PA: avid collector of Pennsylvania, picture, and fifty state Hutchinsons
  • Philip PfeifferPensacola, FL: author of Pensacola's Soda Water Legacy 1837 - 1938; avid collector of Pensacola, Florida Hutchinsons

Each 2016 inductee will be receiving an HBCA Honor Roll Award certificate.

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 over 19,800 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 18,100 images are now posted on-line, with thousands more to be added in months to come.