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WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HAVE IN STORE?

Growth and Expansion of The FOHBC Virtual Museum

The FOHBC Virtual Museum will be like any ‘bricks and mortar’ museum coupled with a backlog of images, research material, rotating exhibitions of historical significance and ever-expanding galleries, a gift shop, research library, and hall of honor etc.

As technology progresses, so will our endeavors; but the mission will remain the same. Museum functions cannot be maintained or expanded without your support. See how you can Give to the FOHBC Virtual Museum here.

The FOHBC Virtual Museum proudly opened at the beginning of 2020 with two unique Galleries, Bitters and Historical Flasks.

The category for Bitters, our first gallery, has seventy-one (71) wonderful examples on shelves for your viewing. Each bottle has support material and information. Many of the initial examples come from Sandor P. Fuss, Ferdinand Meyer V, Richard T. Siri and David Sidelinger. Ferdinand Meyer V is providing primary research using the Carlyn Ring and Bill Ham Bitters Bottles books. Ferdinand is also referencing the Peachridge Glass website.

Our second gallery is for Historical Flasks which was one of the first groups imaged. So far, we have eighty-one (81) exquisite flasks on shelves. Many of the images have been taken from the top collections in the country. Historical flask authority, Mark Vuono, and others are helping with research. We are referencing the George S. and Helen McKearin American Glass book, the Blaske Collection book and the archives of Norman C. Heckler & Company.

The following galleries are now open for viewing:

  • Spirits Gallery. Includes sixty (60) specimens.
  • Jars Gallery. Includes eighty-seven (87) jars.
  • Target Balls Gallery. Includes fifty-two (52) target balls.
  • Soda Water Gallery. Includes thirty-six (36) specimens.

We are also building out the other galleries and have many examples ready for public review. We will be continuously adding specimens to all galleries.

See plans for upcoming Galleries below.

Coming Soon

See the upcoming Galleries below

Gallery #3

Our spirits gallery which includes whiskies, bourbons, gins etc. is being researched by Eric McGuire. Many of our initial bottles come from the great Richard T. Siri collection. This is our third gallery. Eric is moving forward nicely and we are looking good here. Eric, as some of you know, is a first rate researcher who has written many articles for Bottles and Extras. We are also referring to Whiskey Bottles of the Old West by John L. Thomas.

Gallery #4

Our fourth gallery is jars. We are working with Jerry McCann and referring to his Fruit Jar Annual books, Greg Spurgeon and his web site North American Glass and Douglas M. Leybourne and his Red Book Guides. We have imaged many jars and will be working to complete the gallery.

Gallery #5

Target Balls and related information, our fifth gallery, is being furnished primarily by Ralph Finch and from the Target Ball auction catalogs by John Pastor with American Glass Gallery. The spinners are in deep development and we are confident with our resources for information.

Gallery #6

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Gallery #7

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Gallery #8

There is also a good book on Western blob sodas by the Markotas that has the history of the bottles that includes names, dates and places or origin. This has been a nice group to spin for our eighth gallery which also includes Eastern, Midwestern and Southern sodas.

Gallery #9

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Gallery #10

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Gallery #11

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Gallery #12

We will use the food bottle books by Betty Zumwalt and others for that category, our planned sixth gallery. One great book of hers is Ketchup-Pickles-Sauces, 19th Century Food in Glass

Gallery #13

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Gallery #14

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FOHBC Virtual Museum - Utilities Gallery

Gallery #15

Utilities

Coming soon! More information in the near future.

Gallery #16

Perfume, Scent & Cologne

Coming soon! More information in the near future.

FOHBC Virtual Museum - Smell Scent and Cologne Gallery
FOHBC Virtual Museum - Beer & Ales Gallery

Gallery #17

Beer & Ales

Coming soon! More information in the near future.

Gallery #18

Beverages

Coming soon! More information in the near future.

FOHBC Virtual Museum - Beverages Gallery
FOHBC Virtual Museum - Lightning Rod Ball Gallery

Gallery #19

Lightning Rod Balls

Coming soon! More information in the near future.

The FOHBC Virtual Museum of Historical Bottles and Glass

STAY TUNED

MANY MORE TO COME!

LET'S MAKE IT OFFICIAL

With an entry pass to the FOHBC Virtual Museum, you would be entitled to access The FOHBC Virtual Museum before it is completed. See the Bitters Gallery, the Historical Flasks Gallery, and sneak peek into the Spirits, Target Balls, and Jars Galleries. We have several other exciting plans for the future of the Virtual Museum. Stay tuned!

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