Hutchinson Collector Profile - Josh Guisinger
Posted April 1, 2013:
A January EMail message
provided our introduction to Josh Guisinger, an enthusiastic collector
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I limit my collection to my
home county in
We responded by asking Josh if he would consider being the subject of a Hutchinson Collector Profile and he graciously consented to be interviewed. Here are his responses to the questions we posed:
I started collecting at 12
with the only permanent resident in my collection that isn't local – an
I have discovered a lot of things since that bottle, but about 15 years ago, the fire was rekindled by a desire to study and learn all I could about my local history here in Perry County Ohio. That included local advertising and wares, such as pottery, insulators, and bottles. Trying to find lost information about our community led to grabbing a shovel and unearthing it myself. I collect the local finds to preserve them for the future, as development doesn't always have our history in its best interest. Any other finds, I trade or sell for local stuff that I may find along the way. Finding bottles from my area is a rare occasion in itself, and most of the time when it happens, they are the same handful that everyone has. The good ones rarely go cheap, and the really good ones, are still in the ground.
I have in my primary collection milk, medicine, soda, and whiskey bottles, as well as some salt glaze pottery, and porcelain insulators. All are geographically specific to my county, and will never be for sale. One day they will go to the local historical group to be put on display, sometime after I'm gone. I do display them on occasion at local events, for educational purposes.
A quick story, since it's
on topic and recent. Yesterday, my local digging friend and main
competitor on local bottles and I, had a rare opportunity. A local
business had changed hands, and the new owner had plans on moving some
dirt to make way for more parking. My friend and I had kept a
close eye on the property since it went up for sale, as we knew this
property had a lot of local history that was right up our alley.
Other than some pieces of old foundation in the corner of the parking
lot, there aren't many signs showing that back around the turn of the
century this old Laundromat was the site of J.G. Stallsmith's soda water
and ice cream factory in New Lexington, Ohio. The new owner was
welcome to our effort, and gave us full go on any digging we wanted to
do, as well as stopping work to rescue any bottles he saw while working
the machine. So far it has been heartbreaking, as we’ve dug
through hundreds of broken
The two different J. G.
STALLSMITH / NEW LEXINGTON, O. variants are my favorite
The ROBERT HILL / NEW LEXINGTON, O. Hutchinson (OH0689) is my current must have, but any of the ones listed in the Perry County Ohio search on HutchBook have space reserved for them in my display! My display is a built-in, acrylic, under-lit display, and was overbuilt for future additions.
If you happen to have a