Hutchinson Bottle Directory
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Welcome to the Hutchinson Bottle Directory portal to the Hutchinson bottle database, the heart of HutchBook.com! Gathering data to build and open this huge database to the public was over 36 years in the making. In addition to acknowledging those of us who have worked on this initiative since its founding by Joe Nagy in 1976, we extend a major THANK YOU to the Hutchinson Specialists, Hutchinson Bottle Collectors' Association members, and all others who have contributed time, energy, and bottle data to bring this dream to fruition. The significant contributions of Tod von Mechow, founder of www.SodasAndBeers.com, are particularly appreciated. Besides providing a ton of bottle data, Tod designed and built the Hutchinson Search engine, and is our go-to guy for all computer-related issues. Thank you, Tod! Ron F.
Many conventional books are outdated before they complete the printing process and the ink has dried. By comparison, HutchBook.com is essentially a "live" book. Not only is site content constantly changing, the HutchBook database is updated daily! If you are seeking information about one or more of the over 18,000 Hutchinson bottles that have been catalogued thus far, the Hutchinson Search page is your doorway to accessing the database. Here are brief descriptions and links to each of the four user search options:
1. Hutchinson Search
Considerable time and energy has been devoted to designing and building the "Hutchinson Search" front-end to our very powerful search engine. Click the link directly below this paragraph to navigate to the Hutchinson Search page. Simply key data into one or more of the search fields and/or select from the numerous dialog boxes, click the "Find Hutchinsons" button, and the requested information will be returned:
We are continually refining the Hutchinson Bottle Directory data guidelines in order to constantly increase and improve the quantity and quality of information being catalogued. Here are detailed definitions of the substantial quantity of data we are gathering about each Hutchinson bottle:
The Hutchinson Search field labels are important clues to the highly-detailed information contained in the database. The labels were designed to be self-explanatory, but if you desire additional details, here is a link to a page designed to help you better understand how to use the "Hutchinson Search" page:
2. Hutchinson Lists
This page provides convenient access to numerous pre-defined, printable, .pdf lists of Hutchinsons. If you are seeking a listing of Hutchinson bottles from a specific country, state, territory, or province, this page is a quick route to that information (the Hutchinson Lists were updated April 11, 2014):
Hutchinson bottles that do not bear embossed city, state, province, or country names are referred to as "mavericks." While gathering data for the Hutchinson Bottle Directory we have confirmed the origin of over 500 maverick bottles. These identified mavericks have been assigned to their correct city/state/province/country in the master database. Keying a maverick bottle's embossing into the "Primary Name" field or the appropriate "Embossing" field on the "Hutchinson Search" page and clicking the "Find Hutchinsons" button will return information about that bottle if it has been catalogued. The "Mavericks" link posted below will return a list of those Hutchinson bottles whose origin we have yet to identify. The list includes the bottles previously displayed on the "Unknown Maverick Hutchinsons" page, plus several Mexican Hutchinsons from unknown cities. Please EMail us at HutchBook@yahoo.com if you can provide information about any of these yet-to-be-identified bottles:
4. New Listings
The Hutchinson Bottle Directory database is continually updated by adding newly identified bottles and additional information about existing listings, making corrections, etc. This page presents a dated list of all changes, plus a convenient way to download printable lists detailing those changes:
Before contacting us, be aware:
We do not do appraisals;
We are not tracking dollar values. They are too dependent on the condition of individual bottles and, frankly, cataloguing 18,000+ bottles is challenging enough;
We are not a source of historical information about specific bottlers. A good place to start your own research process is by contacting historical societies, public libraries, and/or collectors in the area where the bottler was located;
We do not have any bottles for sale or trade; and
We are no longer accepting telephone inquiries thanks to calls at oh-dark-thirty from people who don't comprehend the concept of time zones.
If you need to communicate with us, click this Contact Us link, or the Contact Us button in the navigation panel located in the left hand margin of all HutchBook pages.
The accompanying e-form is the initial step toward automating submission of new and/or corrected bottle data for the Hutchinson Bottle Directory. Clicking on the page link posted below opens a HutchBook Bottle Data Submittal Form in a separate window. While we are working on facilitating fully electronic submissions, please key data directly into the form (tab from field-to-field), print, and send the completed form to our snail mail address:
Our primary objective is to provide images that clearly communicate bottle details. An extensive survey of long-time Hutchinson collectors indicates many of us prefer line drawings to photographs, because accurate drawings often show far better bottle details, e.g. punctuation, plate mould shapes, pictures, monograms, etc. The Hutchinson Bottle Directory database accommodates photographs, scanned images, and computer-assisted drawings. As technology improves, we envision the implementation of 3-D and/or video bottle images, and expect to convert to such methodology as deemed practical and affordable. Initially, the Hutchinson Bottle Directory images include a combination of photographs, scanned images, and computer-assisted drawings.