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Updated: January 4, 2019


January 4, 2019, Littlerock, Washington. The Seattle History Company, founder of, today announced publication of Hires to You! The Illustrated History of Hires Root Beer.  This extensive, factual history of Hires Root Beer has been published as, a web site with free public access.  In addition to text based on primary resources, the site contains over 2,000 high resolution images.  Click this link to open a separate window displaying the new site!

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Updated: December 31, 2018

Bring on 2019!

2018 has been a long and challenging year and it seems good to have it in the rear view mirror.  That said, 2018 has also been an unusually productive 15th year of work on maintaining  Here's a look at statistics for the past five years:

                                               2014          2015           2016           2017         2018   

The numbers speak for themselves, but in case you missed some important points:

Updated: January 9, 2018

New Hutchinson Lists Posted: January 9, 2018

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 database as of a specific date and only updated periodically.  To view the most current data available. always 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: 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  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 " 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's Collecting section and incorporate the suggestions into your on-line bottle listings.  Here's a link to the page:

Hutchinson Bottle Sales Guide Development 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  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: Implementation

Phase I: Hutchinson History (launched September 30, 2009) 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)’s newest feature is the Hutchinson Bottle Directory, a fully searchable, free access database cataloguing extensive data on over 20,000 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 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 20,000 images are now posted on-line, with more being constantly added.