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Seeking information about specific Hutchinson bottles? Click this Bottle Directory link to the HutchBook database cataloguing over 18,600 different Hutchinsons!

Do you want to contact knowledgeable individuals concerning specific Hutchinson bottles?  Click this Collector Specialists link to access the listings.

Unsure if your bottle is a true Hutchinson?  Click this Hutchinson Bottle Sales Guide link to review the illustrations and descriptive information. 

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Posted: August 1, 2014

HutchBook's 2014 Growth Continues

It appears many Hutchinson collectors are enjoying summer digging, visiting antiques shops and malls, seeking treasures at flea markets, etc., as the number of Hutchinson listings posted at on-line auction sites slowed considerably during June and July.  We have been taking advantage of this lull in auction activity to devote increased time to continuing to plow thru 10+ years of archived EMail messages.  This has been a very challenging yet productive task, resulting in the addition of hundreds of Hutchinson images.  Some states/territories/provinces/countries were easy to review, while others required many hours (the Pennsylvania review took 30+ hours!).  Only a few areas remain to be checked and then we will move on to combing thru 35+ years of paper files.  

The number of Hutchinsons catalogued has grown by 662 so far this year, boosting the grand total to over 18,600.  Clearly we are ultimately headed for (at least) 19,000 listings. 

Our highest HutchBook priority continues to be Phase III, the addition of Hutchinson bottle images.  Today marks the start of our second year for adding images, and this week we posted our 9,000th Hutchinson photo.  Only 9,600 to go!

Today's HutchBook database update pushed the number of 2014 hours invested into the project past the 1,000 hours mark (down slightly from last year's record total), and increased the grand total to over 14,000 hours. 

HUTCHINSON BOTTLE COLLECTORS' ASSOCIATION (HBCA) COMMENTS: WHAT ARE WE MISSING?

The May 23, 2014 announcement (still posted below) announced several major HBCA changes.  Comments:

Feel free to EMail your comments to HutchBook@yahoo.com.

THE HUTCHBOOK.COM DATABASE HITS THE ROAD!

The latest Hutchinson collector added to the Collector Specialists page is Jay Kasper in Texas.  Jay did very well at the recent Houston bottle show, as illustrated by this photo showing a portion of a Texas Hutchinson collection he acquired:

Jay's acquisition resulted in the cataloguing of at least six new Texas variants.  Individual photos will be added to HutchBook.com once Jay returns from the FOHBC show.   

One of Jay's recent EMail messages included a comment that caught our eyes: "This week at one antiques mall my wife and I were both looking up Hutchinsons on our smart phones at the same time - IN and WI, thought that was kinda funny."  This is exactly how we envisioned the HutchBook.com database would ultimately be used!  Fantastic!

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:

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:

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 18,600 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 9,000 images are now posted on-line, with thousands more to be added in months to come. 

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