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Raleigh Bottle Club
August 2000 Newsletter

Topics in this Newsletter Issue:
July Business Treasurer Report Next Meeting Location Next Meeting Agenda Joining/Dues Upcoming Shows/Events

July Business

18 people attended the July meeting, including some new faces. Good reports on the first bottle show in Winston-Salem. Talked about the upcoming Asheville show on Sept 8/9 - details on this show are at the bottom of this newsletter.

Agreed to continue meeting monthly on the first Tue of each month. Will probably skip the summer months when noone is digging and lots of people on vacation.

We added 15 new members in July. In addition, W.K. Richards gave $150 to our new club, which represents the money left in the treasury of the old Raleigh club. A nice boost - thanks W.K.

Jack Murdock was successful in locating our next meeting place - see location below. Jack and Reggie visited the site and it is perfect for our needs. Good news is that this place rents for just $5 (not that's within our budget!). Only problem is that this building is scheduled for renovation, so not sure how many more times we can use it before we have to find another place. So please keep checking for other locations we can use.

There was more discussion about organizing a Raleigh Bottle Show. Tentative date is Saturday April 21, 2001. Jack Murdock will form a committee to seek out the proper show site. The Kerr Scott building at the State Fairgrounds is booked until it undergoes renovations in 2001, so a different spot will have to be picked than originally planned. Maybe the Jim Graham building at the Fairgrounds?

General plans are to charge for admission ($2) and early buying ($25). Plan to sell 100 8 foot dealer tables at $25 each. Would be a one day show with dealer setup and early buying 6-9am, then open to public 9am-3pm. Still need someone to step forward as Show Chairman.

Jack Murdock did a fantastic presentation on his collection of Raleigh bottles, with many rare whiskies from Raleigh. Listeners were entertained by Jack's Raleigh digging stories. Some of the bottles Jack dug in Raleigh: teal pontiled Townsend's Sarsaparilla, Henry Hicks Pharmacy (founder of Hicks Capudine), script Coke with long neck and mid body embossing (very rare), Coke with Raleigh and Coca-Cola in script (possibly unique), Cristo Cola from Raleigh, Capital Bottling Works of Raleigh, and a complete set of Raleigh Dispensary whiskies, including a labeled example. Some of Jack's other labeled Raleigh whiskies included "Yarborough Hotel Bar", "Palace Saloon" (Jack had to trade a stuffed screech owl for this one), "Carry Me to the New York Saloon / Raleigh", "L.J. Walker" black jug, and "J.R. Ferrall & Co" mini jug. Jack's best piece of crying glass: embossed slug plate "2 Jim's Saloon / Raleigh NC". Jack also talked about digging 1915-19 Raleigh porcelain license tags, most for cars but some for "1 Horse Carriage".

Jack Freeman will present "Wilson Bottles" at the Sept meeting. David Tingen has agreed to do "Blob Beer Bottles" at the Oct meeting. Reggie Lynch can do one of "Ink Bottles", "NC Dispensaries", "Bitters", or "Bottles and their matching Victorian Trade Cards" whenever noone else is signed up. Looking for people to sign-up to present at future meetings.

Reggie told about a collection of rare NC Mineral Water bottles (all crown top slug plate bottles) currently on display at the NC Museum of History in downtown Raleigh.

Reggie warned that the mini-mag blacklight being sold on Ebay is not powerful enough to show epoxy repairs on bottles.

It was agreed that members could submit free ads to run in the newsletter. Each ad limited to 25 words and will run up to 2 months. Ads may then be renewed. Ads must be text only (no pictures). So submit your ads now for the next newsletter. Ads might be something like the types of bottles you want to buy or sale, organizing a carpool to a bottle show, bottles you have for sale in an area antique shop, etc. Anything goes as long as it is antique bottle related.

Agreed that a club directory would be mailed to members. Right now the directory is in a state of flux as the membership list is built, so look for this to be distributed early Spring.

The Raleigh Pepsi bottle was auctioned for $75, which added $55 to the club treasury for this bottle provided by Reggie Lynch. Meeting finished with Show & Tell and a swap meet. Lots of nice bottles were shown and offerred for sale/trade. Pem Woodlief showed a unique fruit jar with ribbed sides in ice blue color with a leaded Hemingray lid.

Treasurer Report

Previous Balance: $107.46
Income: $150 dues from Vernon Capps, Robby Delius, Frank Elske, Dean Haley, Jerry Higgins, Jody Knauf (need your address!), Rex McMillan, Dawn Medlin, Johnny Parks, Chuck Petersen, A. Whitt Stallings, Eugenia Wade, Joe Webb, Bill Wrenn, Burt Wrenn
$150 old club treasury funds from W.K.
$55 Raleigh Pepsi auction
Expenses: $25.74 postage to mail 78 copies of the July newsletter
$7.30 copies and envelopes
Current Balance: $429.42

Next Meeting Location

The next club meeting is Tuesday Sep 5, 2000 7-9pm at the Laurel Hills Club House (this is not the Laurel Hills Recreation Center where we had the last meeting, but only about 1 mile away). The club house is located at 4330 Galax Drive in Raleigh NC.

Directions from the 440 Beltline: take Crabtree Valley Mall exit and head west on Hwy 70 / Glenwood Ave. Will pass mall on your left. At end of mall past the Sears, turn left onto Creedmoor Rd. Go 1.2 miles and turn right onto Laurel Hills Road then an immediate right onto White Pine Drive. Follow road 0.5 miles along high power line and then road ends, where you turn right onto Galax Drive. Go 0.3 miles, club house is #4330 - the cinder block building on left at bottom of hill.

Directions from I-40: take Wade Ave exit and head east on Wade Ave towards the State Fairgrounds. Take Blue Ridge Road exit and turn left on Blue Ridge (turning right would take you to the fairgrounds). Go past Rex Hospital then turn right onto Edwards Mill Rd (at Olde Raleigh Shopping Center). Go 1.0 miles (will pass Laurel Hills Recreation Center) and turn left onto White Pine Drive. Follow road 0.5 miles along high power line and then road ends, where you turn right onto Galax Drive. Go 0.3 miles, club house is #4330 - the cinder block building on left at bottom of hill.

You can also see directions on the Internet via MapQuest

Agenda for the August meeting

  1. Update membership list - add any new members
  2. Treasurer report - reminder to pay dues.
  3. Discuss format and distribution of the newsletter. Save money/time when we Email instead of mail.
  4. Ask people to volunteer articles for upcoming newsletters.
  5. Collect ads to run in next newsletter.
  6. Discuss location of next meeting.
  7. Distribute meeting flyers for members to post in area antique shops/malls.
  8. Discuss idea of manning a table at State Fairgrounds Flea Market to promote bottle club (e.g. hand out newsletter with membership application). Could also sell bottles to raise funds for club (e.g. club gets half the price of each bottle sold, contributor gets the other half). Would need bottle donations from club members.
  9. Have someone solicit News & Observer to do article on new club.
  10. Show report - found a place yet? We need a Show Chairman!
  11. Meeting presenters - sign-up people to do presentations of their collections at future meetings.
  12. Presentation by Jack Freeman on Wilson bottles.
  13. Auction any bottles being offerred. The seller can set a minimum bid with the amount above the minimum going to the club. So please bring any bottles you want to auction (limit 5 per seller).
  14. Open discussion, announcements, digging stories, show & tell, latest bottles aquired, ...
  15. Conclude with Swap Meet - each person is encouraged to bring bottles for sale/trade. Please limit yourself to a 2 box maximum. A table will be provided where bottles can be displayed for show or sale.


To join the Raleigh Bottle Club, please use this Membership Application form.

Upcoming Shows

Sep 1-4, 2000
Hillsville, VA
Labor Day Flea Market & Gun Show
This show has achieved such popularity that it now consumes much of the entire town of Hillsville. Antique dealers, gun dealers and traders of all kinds make this one of the largest shows in the southeast. Hillsville expects to draw 500,000 visitors this Labor Day weekend. See web page for more details.
Sep 8-9, 2000
Asheville, NC
"September in Asheville" show of Western North Carolina Antique Bottle & Collectibles Club annual club show (2nd weekend of every Sept) at Best Western (formerly the Holiday Inn West) at 275 Smokey Park Hwy (exit 44 on I-40), Asheville, NC. Fri noon-8pm, Sat 8am-2pm. Will have about 106 8ft tables, $25 each, limit 3 per dealer. No admission charge. Info: Larry Glenn, PO Box 1391, Candler, NC 28715, phone (828) 667-2049. or Tom Mattox, phone: (828) 298-8137.
Sep 10, 2000
Lewes, Delaware
Delmarva Antique Bottle Club 8th Annual Antique Bottle, Advertising, & Collectible Show & Sale at Cape Henlopen High School. Info: Alan Wesche, (410) 352-5975.
Sept 17, 2000
Winchester, VA
Apple Valley Bottle Collectors Club 27th Annual Show & Sale Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Early Entry available at 7am for $10. Show will be at the National Guard Armory, U.S. Rt. 50 West, Winchester, VA (I-81 to U.S. Rt. 50 West, Exit 313). INFO: FRANK KOWALSKI, 3015 Northwestern Pike, Winchester, VA 22603-3825. PH: (540) 877-1093 (after 5:00 p.m.), Email:
Sep 22-23, 2000
Jacksonville, FL
Antique Bottle Collector's of North Florida's 32nd Annual Show & Sale. Saturday 8am-3pm. Early admission Fri 6pm-9pm and Sat 7-8am. At the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge, 5530 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville, FL. Info: Wayne Harden, 3867 Winter Berry Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32210, phone (904) 781-2620, Email:
Sep 25, 2000 Pacific Glass Auction ends
Oct 7, 2000
Richmond, VA
RABCA's 29th annual bottle show Saturday 9am-3pm in Richmond, VA at the Show Place Annex, Rte 360 (3002 Mechanicsville Turnpike). Show chairman: Judy Foles, phone (804) 798-7502.
See some great pictures from the 1997 show.
Oct 15, 2000
Findley, OH
Findley Ohio 24rd annual Antique Bottle and Collectibles Show. Sunday 9am-3pm at "The Old Barn", Route 224, (1 mile west of I-75 exit 159), Findley, Ohio. Info: Fred Curtis, 1635 Washington Ave, Findley, OH 45840, phone (419) 424-0486.
Oct 20-21, 2000
Savannah, GA
3rd Annual Antique Bottle and Collectibles Show & Sale in historic Savannah, Sat 9am-3pm at the National Guard Armory on Eisenhower Drive in Savannah GA. Info: David Powell, 2617 Salcedo Ave, Savannah, GA 31406, phone: (912) 354-3576, Email:

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