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Posted: May 28, 2014
"WEATHER" OR NOT TRUE, HERE'S AN INTERESTING BOTTLE THEORY
Today's mail brought the June, 2014 issue of Antique Bottle & Glass Collector magazine. Included in the Letters to the Editor is a note from Peter Jablonski in Buffalo, New York, accompanied by an image of beautiful example of DC0112 that Peter sold on GreedyBay last fall. Check out his letter and the photo. Unfortunately, there was no mention of HutchBook.com but at least it is nice to see a Hutchinson getting some media coverage.
NORTH AMERICAN GLASS AUCTION CLOSES TOMORROW!
The auction for the apple green OH0849 (see the May 23, 2014 posting below) closes tomorrow, May 29, 2014. It currently has five bids and is sitting at only $24.00. We expect it will see considerably more bidding activity before closing.
(Update 05-29-14: This auction drew no additional bids and closed at only $24.00 while a nice BIMAL Wyoming crown top attracted 10 bids and sold for $56.00. Goes to show what we know...)
GLASS WORKS AUCTION #102 JUNE 2-16, 2014
An EMail message arrived today announcing Glass Works Auction #102 will be starting on June 2nd and closing June 16, 2014.
The dozen soda listings include several very nice early sodas, and the beautiful amber PA2499.2 J. H. FETT & SON / READING / PA. Hutchinson featured here on the HutchBook.com Home page a couple of months ago. It will have a $300 minimum and is estimated to sell for $500-800. We won't be surprised to see it go even higher than that.
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
HutchBook.com's Steady Growth Continues
The cataloguing of new Hutchinsons finally seems to be slowing to a steady and much more manageable trickle. The flow will likely increase as 2014's digging season unfolds, but for now we are enjoying an opportunity to address numerous other HutchBook needs. The number of Hutchinsons catalogued has grown by 387 so far this year, boosting the grand total to 18,349.
Our highest HutchBook priority continues to be Phase III, the addition of bottle images. Last week we marked the posting of our 8,000th Hutchinson photo. We are once again tackling the thousands of images received via EMail during the past 10+ years.
During the past month we have also focused on the 250+ HutchBook EMail messages needing action or responses. We have now reduced that number to under 20 and are striving to keep up with new messages. The older messages that have yet to be processed will require many hours of time, but we will eventually get to them.
New Hutchinson Lists Posted!
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 take a moment to review the newly expanded Hutchinson Bottle Sales Guide and consider incorporating the suggested approach into your on-line bottle listings. Here's a link to the page:
Apple Green Hutchinson Listed At North American Glass On-Line Auction
Greg Spurgeon's latest North American Glass on-line auction starts today. The 474 items up for grabs primarily include fruit jars, medicines, bitters, advertising stoneware, and historical flasks, but there are also several mineral waters and sodas available. The sodas category includes BIMAL crown tops and only one Hutchinson, albeit what appears to be a very nice one, the illustrated apple green OH0849 - T. H. KELLY & CO / EAGLE / BOTTLING WORKS / STEUBENVILLE OH., a scarce bottle.
Here is a link to Greg's auction site:
OH0849 - Image courtesy of North American Glass
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:
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.
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 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:
Hutchinson Bottle Directory Overview (Updated: January 28, 2013)
HutchBook.com Announcement (January 4, 2006)
Hutchinson Bottle Directory Updates (July 17, 2004 thru September 30, 2008)
HutchBook.com Updates (October 31, 2008 thru October 2, 2009)
Project Status Reports (September 30, 2009 thru July 4, 2012)
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)
newest feature is the Hutchinson Bottle Directory, a fully
searchable, free access database cataloguing extensive data about over
18,500 different Hutchinson bottles. The powerful new
“Hutchinson Search” engine is a gateway to detailed data about the
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 8400 images are now posted on-line, with thousands more to be added in months to come.