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  • 10-11-2010, 12:22 AM

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    DATES of single frauen aus greifswald Owens-Illinois Glass Company BOTTLES

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    tamela mann new single 2016 Last fall, I began digging a garden in the far back yard of my house just off West Cliff Drive and Woodrow Ave in Santa Cruz, CA. I was about three feet down digging some roots out and came across about 20 bottles in various shapes/sizes (I also found old food cans that were so rusted out they fell apart when I picked them up). Some were totally in-tact, others were just pieces I found and taped together. I’ve spent a lot of time attempting to date them and looking up the history of this area of Santa Cruz. I even found a photo that shows part of our lot in 1927. At that time, there was nothing on this lot. So, I’m assuming that most of these bottles are from after that time. I was told that back in the day before garbage pick-up, people would designate various holes in the furthest part of the yard from their house and put their garbage in them. Please, if anyone knows anything about the history of the west side of Santa Cruz, let me know.
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    heiden prestige single watch winder instructions /> The largest medicine bottle I have is7" in tall by 2.75" wide. On one side at the top, it says "3viii". On the same side, there are measurements going down each side, the right in cc's the left in oz? The bottom says "OWENS" with the "O" in a sqaure. Thanks!

    The next five responses to this thread are pictures/descriptions of the other five Owens-Illinois Glass Company Bottles

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  • 10-11-2010, 12:27 AM

    RE: DATES of Owens-Illinois Glass Company BOTTLES

    the next largest is 5.5" by 2" wide. On one side, it says "3iv". on the same side, there are measurements going down both sides. the bottom has a slightly curved "OWENS", and below that it has a "3 followed by the oval/diamond insignia then a 4". Looking for a date. Thanks!

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  • 10-11-2010, 12:31 AM

    RE: DATES of Owens-Illinois Glass Company BOTTLES

    The next one is 5" tall by 1.75" wide. One side of the bottle has a 3 circled on it. The same side has measurement numbers on both sides all the way up the bottle. The bottom has "Illinois" curved and below that a "2 followed by the oval/diamond insignia, and a 0". Looking for date. Thanks!

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  • 10-11-2010, 12:32 AM

    RE: DATES of Owens-Illinois Glass Company BOTTLES

    They sound like sometime after 1929. The Roman numerals were a common mark of size. I remember them in the 70's for cough medicines I was prescribed also. Cork type might be earlier


  • 10-11-2010, 12:39 AM

    RE: DATES of Owens-Illinois Glass Company BOTTLES

    The next one is 4.5" tall by 1.25" wide. On one side it says "3ii", with measurement numbers going up both sides. the bottom says Owens "6 Insignia 9".

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  • 10-11-2010, 12:40 AM

    RE: DATES of Owens-Illinois Glass Company BOTTLES

    Jillian,...Welcome to the forum...Perhaps you could access Sanborn fire maps that show your neighborhood,...sometime you can do this through your local library and figure out just when things took place on your property....they tend to be very detailed and were updated every few years, starting usually before the turn of the century, so it's easy to understand when buildings were constructed, removed, etc....


  • 10-11-2010, 12:41 AM

    RE: DATES of Owens-Illinois Glass Company BOTTLES

    Thanks for the info. In fact all of the medicine bottles are cork not screw caps. Thanks for reminding me to mention that.


  • 10-17-2010, 08:10 PM

    RE: DATES of Owens-Illinois Glass Company BOTTLES

    With the stopper finish, I would date the bottles to the 1920's. There was a super piece in one of the hobby magazines awhile back, on dating Owens bottles, I suspect it was the Federation publication Bottles and Extras as they have had many well researched pieces on dating.


  • 10-17-2010, 08:29 PM

    RE: DATES of Owens-Illinois Glass Company BOTTLES

    OWENS................. Owens Bottle Company, Toledo, OH (1903-1929) and it's successor [after the merger with Illinois Glass Company], Owens-Illinois Glass Company (1929-to date). Mark is confirmed on a clear druggist bottle with date code of 1947. Sometimes just the "O" of "Owens" is enclosed within a square. I don't know when this mark was first used during the OBC years, so will have to go with "1903-1929" until further info is uncovered. I believe the mark was used up into the 1950s or '60s by Owens-Illinois, but have no definite info on ending date. See "O in a square".


    O in a square..........Owens Bottle Company, Toledo OH (1903-1929), also Fairmont, WV; Clarksburg, WV, and other plant locations. Owens Bottle Co. merged with the Illinois Glass Company of Alton, IL in 1929 to form the Owens-Illinois Glass Company. (Julian Toulouse stated this mark was first used in 1911, but according to U.S. Patent & Trademark Office data, Owens claimed first use was not until 1919! Take your pick on which date you will accept :-). See "OWENS


  • 10-17-2010, 08:49 PM

    RE: DATES of Owens-Illinois Glass Company BOTTLES


Bottle Typing/Diagnostic Shapes

Bottle group showing a variety of bottle shapes; click to enlarge.

1926 Illinois Glass Co. Bottle Catalog
: : 1926 I.G.Co. Bottle Catalog

IGCo. 1926 catalog cover; click to enlarge.One of the best sources for determining bottle types based on the shape are old glass/bottle makers catalogs.  An assortment of catalogs have been used in the preparation of this website to assist with bottle dating, and in particular, bottle typing - i.e., what a bottle likely contained or was used for.  A very few bottle makers catalog were reproduced in the 1960s and 1970s, but all are long out of print and variably difficult to obtain.  However, there is no better source for determining potential use and period shape names than these old catalogs. 

Because of this utility I have reproduced the entire 1926 Illinois Glass Company (IGCo.) "General Catalog B" on this website - a catalog never reproduced to the authors knowledge.  The IGCo. was one of the largest producers of bottles during the late 19th and early 20th centuries (and still is in its current manifestation as the Owens-Illinois, Inc.©)  having almost certainly the most comprehensive array of offerings of any bottle maker at the time within all important bottle type categories.  Given this dominance, the bottle styles listed in their catalogs - and to a large degree the style names used - are typical of the offerings of most bottle makers of that time making the IGCo. catalogs one of the more important catalogs of the era to researchers.

As with the 1920 IGCo. catalog also reproduced on this website, this one features largely machine-made utilitarian bottles but does include (after page 205) an assortment of "specialty bottles" (primarily perfume/cologne and shop furniture/shelf ware bottles) that were still noted as being "hand blown." Although there are a lot of similarities, the major differences between the 1920 and 1926 catalogs are as follows: much less emphasis on liquor bottles (1926 was the middle of National Prohibition), many styles that had cork finishes are now also being offered with both cork and screw thread finishes (and others), a greatly expanded offering of food related bottles, and a good assortment of "art deco" type soda bottles which began their popularity with the domination of automatic bottles machines in the late 1910s and greatly expanded in variety in the 1920s and later.

This catalog is copied in its entirety and includes many pages of related non-bottle items, e.g., packing materials, corks and corking machines, bottle filling machines and much more.  Fascinating information all!  For a complete history of the Illinois Glass Company consult the following reference; a pdf copy of this article is included on this website:

Lockhart, Bill, Bill Lindsey, David Whitten, and Carol Serr.  2005a.  The Dating Game: The Illinois Glass Company. Bottles and Extras 16(1):54-60 (Winter 2005).  This article available on this site at:  http://www.sha.org/bottle/pdffiles/IGCo_BLockhart.pdf

For more information on the products of the Illinois Glass Company, see the other two catalogs reproduced fully on this website - the 1906 IGCo. catalog and the .
 


All of the pages in the 1926 IGCo. catalog are hyperlinked below in the order they appear in the catalog.  Click on each link to view an enlarged and of relatively high quality (around 500-700 KB each) scan of each individual page (jpeg files).  The link consists of the catalog page number and the general subject matter of that page - as appropriate or useful. 

If a user wishes to search for a particular bottle type  (or other catalog listing) in the catalogs "General Classified Index," these pages are linked immediately below.  Determine the page number of the item you are interested in then find that page link further down this page and click on it.  Just be aware that some of the proprietary names that the company (and all bottle making companies) used are not always intuitively clear as to what type of bottle it is referring to:

After viewing an enlarged scan, use the back arrow on your browser to return to this page.  Unfortunately, a user can not move from one page scan to the next without returning to this page.


INTRODUCTORY INFORMATION





Page 5 - More introductory information, images of two Owens bottle machines


Page 8 - "Diamond I" mark promotional information & illustration of mark
Page 9 - Beginning page of "Diamond I" Automatic Machine Made Bottles w/illustration of machine

DRUGGIST BOTTLES & RELATED
Page 10 - "Diamond " Prescription Ware Services introduction
Page 11 -  (continuation of page 10 introduction)
Page 12 - Prescription Ware Washed, Sterilized & Capped Service (screw-thread bottles)
Page 13 - Prescription Ware Washed, Sterilized & Corked Service (cork closure bottles)
Page 14 - Prescription Ware Plain Carton Service (packing boxes, no bottles)
Page 15 - Lyric Oval prescription style - graduation marks, cork & screw caps
Page 16 - Illini Oval prescription style - non-graduated, cork & screw caps
Page 17 - Capsule vials with slip-over metal caps

NURSERS
Page 18 - Nursing bottles (narrow neck) with graduation marks
Page 19 - Faultless "Diamond I" Nurser, wide mouth

DRUGGIST, EXTRACT & MEDICINE BOTTLES
Page 20 - Citrate of Magnesia (Priof Finish)
Page 21 - Citrate of Magnesia (blue metal cap & other finishes)


Page 24 - Round narrow mouth prescriptions, cork & screw caps











Page 36 - Types of Our Regular Stock Packages (packaging only, no bottles)













Page 50 - Serum Bottles, Essential Oils and Nitrous Ether

Page 52 - Round Wide Mouths and Battery Jars

Page 54 - Suppositories (yes, bottles for such)

Page 56 - Various types (paneled square, malt extract or tonic, round tonic, and others)
















TOILET WATER  & PERFUME BOTTLES
Page 72 - The All Glass Sprinkler Top Finish (a new finish type discussion)








Page 81 - Gothic Toilet Creams and Velva Toilets










Page 92 - Brilliantines, Sachet, Bandolines and Atomizers

CREAM & OINTMENT BOTTLES & JARS



Page 96 - Pomades, Toilet Creams, and Bath Salts



GLASS JUGS

Page 100 - Wide Mouth and Semi-Wide Mouth Glass Jugs


FOOD BOTTLES



Page 105 - Catsup Bottles (packaging; no bottles)
Page 106 - Chile Sauce and Salad Dressing Bottles
Page 107 - Sauce Bottles: Club Sauce, Pepper Sauce, Tabasco Sauce




Page 112 - Vinegar Jugs

Page 114 - The Variable Ledge Priof Finish (a new food jar closure)

Page 116 - Masons, Preserves, Pickles and Mustards (introductory page; no bottles)


























HOUSEHOLD BOTTLES (Non-food)
Page 142 - Quart Oil Dispensing Jars and Gallon Oil Containers









LIQUOR, LIQUEUR & WINE BOTTLES (made even during the depths of Prohibition!)
Page 151 - Liquor bottles (cylinders, flasks and miniature/samples)
Page 152 - Liquor bottles (decanter-like, champagnes, scotch, others)
Page 153 - Liquor & wine bottles (cognac, Kimmel, hock wine, others)

SODA, BEER & WATER BOTTLES
Page 154 - The Priof Finish (a new - crown cap accepting - finish)

Page 156 - Ginger Ales, Emerald Green Ginger Ales

Page 158 - Special Patented Design Soda Bottles
Page 159 - Special Patented Design Soda Bottles
Page 160 - Special Patented Design Soda Bottles




Page 165 - Actual Capacity Water Packer

SODA PACKING CASES & MATERIALS (no bottles in this section)



BIG BOTTLES & THEIR PACKAGES (carboys; some pages have no bottles, just packing)

















WOOD/CORRUGATED BOXES & RESHIPPING CASES (no bottles in this section)
Page 184 - Wood Boxes & Reshipping Cases (introduction)

Page 186 - Wood Box Division discussion (continued)
Page 187 - Wood Box Division discussion (continued)
Page 188 - Lock Corner, Nailed & Cleated Cases


Page 191 - Corrugated Boxes and Reshipping Cases (introduction)

Page 193 - Corrugated Division discussion (continued)
Page 194 - Corrugated Division discussion (continued)

Page 196 - Single Faced Corrugated Sheets; Double Faced Corrugated Fibreboard

Page 198 - Double Strength Slotted Box; Double Strength Slotted Box with Partitions
Page 199 - Corrugated Fibreboard Reshipping Cases



Page 203 - Single Face Tubes; Single Face Square/Octagon Cartons; Single Face Scored Sheets


PERFUME BOTTLE SECTION (all hand blown bottles, not machine-made)
Page 205 - Perfume Bottle Section (introduction)














Page 220 - Perfumes, Toilet Waters and Toilet Creams











SHELF WARE/ SHOP FURNITURE & MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS (also probably hand blown)




Page 235 - Glass Parts of Equipment (vending globes, oilers)
Page 236 - Glass Parts of Equipment (soap venders)
Page 237 - Plain Sample Oils; Lettered Sample Oils

PEG STOPPERS (shell cork type glass stoppers)











CORKS (no bottles in this section)
Page 248 - Corks (section beginning illustration)

Page 250 - Cork Division discussion (continued)
Page 251 - Cork Division discussion (continued)

Page 253 - Shell Corks and cork Specialties; Miscellaneous (cork) Items

"DIAMOND I" CARTONS (also Counter and Window Display Devices)
Page 254 - "Diamond I" Cartons (introduction illustration)

Page 256 - Carton and Label Division discussion
Page 257 - Carton and Label Division discussion (continued)
Page 258 - Carton and Label Division discussion (continued)
Page 259 - Carton and Label Division discussion (continued)


MACHINERY DIVISION (various bottling & related machines)
Page 261 - Machinery Division (Introduction)
Page 262 - Machinery Division (Introduction continued)
Page 263 - Machinery Division (Introduction continued)
Page 264 - Machinery Division (Introduction continued)
Page 265 - Machinery Division (Introduction continued)
Page 266 - U. S. Revolving Washer, Rinser and Sterilizer
Page 267 - U. S. Paragon Bottle Washer with Single Line Discharge
Page 268 - U. S. Paragon Multiple Bottle Washer and Dryer
Page 269 - U. S. Cascade Jar and Tumbler Washer and Dryer
Page 270 - U. S. Outside Bottle Washing and Drying Units
Page 271 - U. S. Combination Bottle Soaking, Rinsing and Draining Outfits
Page 272 - U. S. Five Gallon Washer, Rinser and Sterilizer
Page 273 - U. S. Five Gallon Bottle Filler (Siphon Principle)


Page 276 - U. S. Special Santo Outfit For All-Glass Sprinkler-Top Bottles

Page 278 - U. S. Power Agitating and Hand Filling Outfits
Page 279 - U. S. Siphon Principle Filling Machines (Standard Construction)
Page 280 - U. S. Siphon Principle Filling Machine (Special Style for Acetic Products)
Page 281 - U. S. Acme Filler (Accurate Measure Principle)
Page 282 - U. S. Ointment and Face Cream Filling and Cooling Outfit
Page 283 - U. S. Ideal Straight-Line Vacuum Filler For All-Glass Sprinkler-Top Bottles
Page 284 - U. S. Ideal Vacuum Principle Filling Outfit
Page 285 - U. S. Ideal Rotary Filler (Vacuum Siphon Principle)
Page 286 - U. S. Ideal Rotary Catsup Filler (Vacuum Principle)


Page 289 - U. S. Majestic Corker Conveyor (Single Wheel for Tapered Corks)
Page 290 - U. S. Capper Conveyor (Spinning Type)
Page 291 - U. S. Rotary "Atlas" Capper, Chuck Type with Automatic Feed and Discharge
Page 292 - U. S. "Atlas" Capper Single Head, Automatic Chuck Type
Page 293 - U. S. Ideal Vacuum Filler and "Atlas" Capper for Mustard
Page 294 - U. S. Single Head "Atlas" Capper, Chuck Style; "Atlas" Hand Capper
Page 295 - U. S. Pumps for Every Requirement

Page 297 - U. S. Drum Multiple Disc Filter Combination Outfit No. 6




CHEMICAL GLASSWARE
Page 301 - Chemical Glassware Division (introduction)
Page 302 - Homeopathic Vials (introduction)

Page 304 - Machine Made Homeopathic Vials (cork closure)



GENERAL CLASSIFIED INDEX

Page 307 - Acid Bottles to Cold Creams
Page 308 - College Ovals to Glass Stoppers
Page 309 - Globes to Narrow Mouth French Squares
Page 310 - Narrow Mouth Round Prescriptions to Prescription Ware Packages
Page 311 - Preserve Jars to Sterilizers and Washers
Page 312 - Stock Packages to Wrappers for Bottles

End of the catalog.


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Bottle Typing/Diagnostic Shapes

Bottle group showing a variety of bottle shapes; click to enlarge.

1933(-1936*) Owens-Illinois Glass Co. (*note below)
Bottle Catalog

: : 1933 Owens-Illinois Glass Co. Bottle Catalog

One of the best sources for determining bottle types based on the shape are old glass/bottle makers catalogs.  An assortment of catalogs have been used in the preparation of this website to assist with bottle dating, and in particular, bottle typing - i.e., what a bottle likely contained or was used for.  (These catalogs can also be useful at times for the dating of bottles.)  A very few bottle makers catalog were reproduced in the 1960s and 1970s, but all are long out of print and variably difficult to obtain.  However, there is no better source for determining potential use and period shape names than these old catalogs.

Because of this utility I have reproduced the entire 1933 (*see note below) Owens-Illinois Glass Company (O-I) catalog on this website - a catalog that has never been reproduced to this authors knowledge.  O-I was one of the largest producers of bottles from its formation in 1929 (a combination of many glass companies including the Illinois Glass Company and Owens Bottle Company) to its current manifestation as Owens-Illinois, Inc.©.  This catalog includes what has to be the most comprehensive array of offerings within all important bottle type categories of any bottle maker at that time.  It is simply staggering in scope...and many hundreds of pages long.  Given the manufacturing dominance of this company at that time the bottle styles listed in this catalog - and to a large degree the style names used - are typical of the offerings of most period bottle makers making this one of the most important catalogs to researchers from that era.

Of interest regarding the noted 1933* date of this catalog is that it apparently was not officially dated.  This was not uncommon as indicated by the "1920" and "1926" Illinois Glass Company catalogs also posted on this website.  Neither was formally dated as they were to be used and in effect quite a few years, the 1926 catalog being the update to the 1920 version which was an update of the prior version printed about 1915.

As to this "1933"* catalog, the copy used here (source noted below) had printing on a separate page noting that the catalog was "...the first Owens-Illinois Catalogue."  Since the company was formed under that name in 1929 one would think that the catalog would date from that year?  Also handwritten along the side of that same "cover" page is the notation "Catalog finished Dec. 1930" although that could have been added to this O-I archival copy by someone in later years estimating when the catalog was completed. 

In any event, I have gone through this entire catalog several times and have never found any printed dating within it.  There are fortunately some good clues to the year it was actually completed and issued.  First off there is an extensive array of liquor bottles offered in a section called "Liquor Ware Division" -  something that would have be highly unlikely to exist prior to 1933*.  The first page of the liquor section notes the following:

With the return of legal "Spiritus Frumenti," many of the well known old styles bottles have been revived.  Old familiar shapes again become popular along with newly designed containers more in keeping with modern packaging trends.  Dark green glass, light green, amber and flint, as illustrated above, are standard colors.

The first part of that sentence is certainly a (somewhat humorous) reference to the repeal of National Prohibition which occurred in 1933.  The illustration accompanying this passage (image to the above right) shows what is noted in the second sentence - an array of traditional wine and liquor shapes from the pre-prohibition era along with a few "art deco" types reflecting the "modern packaging trends" common to the late 1920s and 1930s.  It also shows some of the "old familiar shapes" with the relative new style closure that was somewhat common prior to Prohibition - external metal screw caps and accompanying finishes.  Additional confirmation of 1933 is indicated a few times on the following page (not pictured) with a reference to "The selection of containers for the new products of distillers and vintners...", "Naturally, distillers and vintners' first thoughts were of bottles familiar in the pre-prohibition era" and finally a reference to "...marketing conditions have changed greatly since 1920."  On other piece of information supporting 1933* is the presence of Applied Color Label () glassware towards the back of the catalog.  The ACL process was almost certainly not used by O-I until at least 1933, possibly 1934 (Lockhart & Hoenig 2015).

*March 2017 note on the date of this catalog: A user of this website (Bob Brown, San Diego County, CA.) whom is familiar with some of the non-bottle glassware listed in this Owens-Illinois Glass Co. catalog provides the following information which almost certainly dates the catalog to no earlier than 1934 and probably 1935, possibly even 1936.  The information from his emails follows (slightly edited):

Bill 

Thank you for the speedy reply. Its great to hear from you. I have been enjoying your site for years and continue to learn something new each time I tap into it. I was especially excited to see the inclusion of what I originally thought was the 1933 Owens-Illinois catalog. I am particularly interested in anything related to ACL soda bottles and it was when I opened files #23 and #24 to take a look at the Libby Safedge tumblers that I noticed the Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse examples. It was the Donald Duck tumbler in particular that got me to wondering about the catalog's date. I used to collect some Disney stuff and knew that Donald Duck's debut was in 1934 in "The Wise Little Hen" which didn't seem to jive with the 1933 catalog date. Anyway, one thing led to another and I started researching various things I was seeing in the catalog and eventually came up with the following:


1. The Donald Duck June 9th, 1934 debut in "The Wise Little Hen."

2. As near as I can determine, the Owens-Illinois term Onized/Onized Club was introduced in 1934.

3. As near as I can determine, Owens-Illinois purchased Libbey Glass in 1935. (*See authors note below.) 


When I searched through numerous newspaper articles (the newspaper site I subscribe to currently has 264,839,795 pages) I discovered the absolute earliest advertisement I could find for the Disney tumblers was from 1936. (The Altoona Tribune, Altoona, PA., December 21, 1936.) 

Of course this doesn't necessarily date the catalog to 1936 but it does lead me to suspect the production of the Disney tumblers started soon after they were made available by Owens-Illinois. Hence, my reasoning is that the tumblers might have started being produced in 1935 and began hitting the marketplace in 1936. I checked and I have not been able to find a single Disney tumbler advertisement earlier than the one noted above. 
Based on the above, and compiled with your own observations, my somewhat educated guess is that the catalog was published in 1935 at the earliest or 1936 at the latest. 


*Authors Note:  According to Toulouse (1971) "Owens-Illinois became the sales agent for Libbey in the 1930s, and in 1935 absorbed the company into its own organization."  This implies that O-I was selling Libbey products prior to being "absorbed" into O-I sometime in 1935. 

Given this, the company (O-I) could have been producing/selling ACL glassware (and bottle) products as early as 1933 and certainly by 1934...and when Donald Duck was introduced to the public in June of that year.  This information, in hand with the Prohibition related information described earlier, points to the catalog being most likely being published sometime in 1935 and possibly 1936.  Thanks Bob!

Another of the great features of this catalog is that it includes scores of art deco type bottles scattered throughout the various bottle types.  I've used this catalog many times for the conclusive identification of bottles produced during that era by O-I.  It also also helped generally date the similar products of other glass companies that emulated the O-I offerings (or vice versa).

A bit of thanks is in order.  The photocopy of this catalog reproduced here was kindly provided by a couple long-time (but now retired) Owens-Illinois Glass Company glass manufacturing engineers interested in the history, legend and lore of their employers.  Much thanks must be given to both Phil Perry and Russ Hoenig, the latter a co-author of the recently [2015] updated OI article with Bill Lockhart linked below.   Thanks to both Phil, Russ and O-I for making this catalog available for inclusion on this website! 

For a complete history of the Owens-Illinois Glass Co. (and its predecessors) consult the following reference; a PDF copy of which is included on this website (reference from the References Sources/Bibliography page of this website):

Lockhart, Bill and Russ Hoenig.  2015.  A Bewildering Array of Owens-Illinois Glass Co. Logos and Codes.  Historic Glass Bottle Identification & Information Website, E-published March 2015.  This is an important and substantive update to the now long-in-the-tooth article (Lockhart 2004d) on the Owens-Illinois Glass Company and its markers markings co-authored with Russ Hoenig, a now retired senior engineer for the Owens-Illinois Glass Co.  This is another exclusive article published only on the Historic Bottle Website, but which is destined to also be included in a pending SHA book on historic bottles.  This article is available at the following link: 
Updated Owens-Illinois Glass Company article.



All of the pages of the 1933 O-I bottle catalog are hyperlinked below in the order they appear in the catalog (an exception noted for File #11).  Each of the 25 separately linked PDF files contains anywhere from 10 to 28 original catalog pages combined.  Click on each link to view an enlarged and of relatively high quality (a bit over 2 MB's per file) scan of group of catalog pages.  The file numbered hot links below also has a brief description of the general subject matter of that grouping of catalog pages.


File #1: Introductory Information (27 catalog pages) - This includes company history, glass making science, processes and machines, factory locations and lots of other company information.

File #2: Introductory Information and beginning of bottle styles (24 catalog pages) - Additional introductory information including a mold number index and "classified index" of bottle styles.  Beginning of the specific bottle style listings starting with the "Proprietary and Pharmaceutical Division" products, various druggist/medicinal bottles.

File #3: Continuation of the "Pharmaceutical and Proprietary Division" products (18 catalog pages) - Continuation of  various styles of druggist and medicinal bottles.

File #4: Continuation of the "Pharmaceutical and Proprietary Division" products (17 catalog pages) - Includes more styles of druggist and medicinal bottles, ammonia & bluing, polish, embalming fluid and miscellaneous styles.

File #5: Continuation of the "Pharmaceutical and Proprietary Division" products (20 catalog pages) - Cylindrical "rounds" of various sizes, handled jugs, peroxides, serums, bluing and washing fluids, tablets and other wide mouth rounds.

File #6 Continuation of the "Pharmaceutical and Proprietary Division" products (19 catalog pages) - Square and oval tablets, paint jars, castor oil flasks and rounds, citrate of magnesia, and various paneled medicines.

File #7 Continuation of the "Pharmaceutical and Proprietary Division" products (17 catalog pages) - Includes a continuation of various paneled medicines, machine oils, various extract shapes, and a wide array of toilet shapes.

File #8:  Continuation of the "Pharmaceutical and Proprietary Division" products (18 catalog pages) - Includes a few more toilet styles and a myriad of perfume shapes.

File #9:  Continuation of the "Pharmaceutical and Proprietary Division" products (10 catalog pages) - Includes more toilets, perfumes, and bath salts.

File #10:  End of the "Pharmaceutical and Proprietary Division" products and the beginning of the "Liquor Ware Division" products (25 catalog pages) - Includes more toilets, perfume shapes and bath salts, round, square and paneled polish bottles, inks, pastes, cream and ointment jars, pomades, and oil containers.  Introduction to the liquor and wine bottles section.

File #11:  Continuation and completion of the "Liquor Ware Division" products and beginning of the "Prescription Ware Division" products (28 catalog pages) - Includes an array of traditional and new styles of liquor, liqueur, bitters and wine bottles.  (NOTE: The liquor section of this file was scanned backwards with one of the pages on liquor bottle finishes at the end of File #10 above.) Beginning of the "Prescription Ware Division" products.  (A different array of bottles than found in the somewhat similarly named "Pharmaceutical and Proprietary Division" products.)

File #12:  Continuation of the "Prescription Ware Division" products (24 catalog pages) - Includes more druggist/prescription bottle styles, nursing bottles, citrates, dropper and iodine bottles, bathroom bottles, various specialty bottles including salt & pepper shakers, show globes (for druggists), powder jars and a few other oddities.

File #13:  End of the "Prescription Ware Division" products and beginning of the very large "Food Container Division" products (27 catalog pages) - Includes some more unusual bottles like refrigerator bottles, various toilet & perfume types, pantry jar sets, more salt & pepper shakers, and others.  Beginning of the "Food Container Division" wares including and introductory section, water bottles, jug packers, olive oils, cruets, vinegars, preserves, honey, mayonnaise, candy, mason packer jars, and other packer jar styles.

File #14 Continuation of the "Food Container Division" products (23 catalog pages) - Includes a wide array of packer jars, "Lightning" canning jars, barrel jars, mustards, horseradish, pickles, "Presto" canning jars, preserves and jams.

File #15 Continuation of the "Food Container Division" products (23 catalog pages) - Includes more packer jars, cheese and honey jars, olive and cherry bottles, coffee and candy jars, more "Lightning" style jars, mayonnaise, pickles and relish, horseradish, and mustard.

File #16:  Continuation of the "Food Container Division" products (24 catalog pages) - Includes more olive jars, clam juice, meat jars, various cruets and jugs, jug packers, catsup bottles, chili sauces, salad dressing, cocktail sauce, club sauces, olive oils, vinegars, grape juice, syrup, and tomato juice.

File #17 Continuation of the "Food Container Division" products (20 catalog pages) - Includes pepper sauces, various specialty ware like shelf jars, glass buckets and pails, barrel jars, "modernistic" jars, more juice and sauce bottles, fancy vinegars and cruets, more packer and coffee jars, mustard, jellies, preserves, pickles, peanut butter, candy, relish, and a few others.  (Yes, this is a fairly messy catalog with similar items scattered around within and between sections.)

File #18:  End of the "Food Container Division" products and the beginning of the "Large Ware Division" products (24 catalog pages) - Includes more packers, coffee jars, display jars, mustards, the "Washington Flask" (a figured flask reproduction of sorts), decanter types, and catsups. Beginning of the "Large Ware Division" of the catalog which includes large water and fuel oil bottles, large grape juice and other liquid bulk bottles/jars.  Also includes large boxes and crates to store and protect such items

File #19: End of the "Large Ware Division" products and the beginning of the "Beverage Division" products (26 catalog pages) - Includes wicker covered bottles (still doing this in the 1930s!).  The beginning of the "Beverage Division" products includes an introductory section followed by water bottles, a variety of sodas and ginger beers, export, champagne and select style beers, malt tonics, then a large array of "art deco" style "licensed patented" soda bottles.

File #20:  Beginning of the "Milk Bottle Division" products (23 catalog pages) - Includes an introduction followed by milk bottles of various types, cottage cheese and sour cream jars, store bottles, milk bottle finishes, and illustrations and descriptions of various molded decorative elements and embossing available for milks.

File #21:  End of the "Milk Bottle Division" products, the entire "Package Division" section and the "Closure Division" section begins (26 catalog pages) - Includes milk bottle finish information and various bits of information about milk bottles.  Beginning and end of the "Package Division" section covering an array of box types and packing materials. The "Closure Division" section starts noting it produces "Metal and Molded Caps for Glass Containers."

File #22: Continuation of the "Closure Division" section (17 catalog pages) - Contains a lot of illustrations and information on a myriad of metal and molded closures for the O-I products.

File #23 End of the "Closure Division" section and beginning of the "Tumbler Division" section (16 catalog pages) - More information on closures followed by the "Tumbler Division" section covering an array of non-bottle glassware, including Mickey Mouse/Disney glassware with labeling.  (Since O-I didn't use the ACL process until about 1933, this pretty much dates the catalog to 1933.)

File #24:  End of the "Tumbler Division" section (19 catalog pages) - Includes more glassware including beer glasses with ACL.  This section also includes information on production tolerances, specifications and a large section on their various finish and closure types available (nicely illustrated). Ends with the beginning of an index of mold numbers.

File #25:  Continuation of the index of mold numbers as well as a large "Classified Index" to products contained within the catalog with page numbers by section.  Note: This index is useful but a bit hard to use.  It takes one a bit to figure out the page numbers in the catalog since they are alphanumeric and not particularly intuitive or in order.  Also, many of the catalog page numbers are often missing in whole or part largely due to the photocopying.  However, with a bit of time one can figure it out...I even could. For instance "L" followed by a number is a page in the liquor bottle section; "F" for Food, and so forth, although the letters are not in alphabetical order in the catalog.)

End of the catalog.


3/24/2017

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