The FOHBC Virtual Museum has been a project in the making for over a decade. We thank all of our supporters for bringing life to this monumental project.
See below for a simple historical timeline of the origins and formation of the FOHBC Virtual Museum.
Ferdinand Meyer V presented Virtual Museum concepts and a budget to board members at the March 2011 Baltimore, Md. semi-annual FOHBC board meeting. The concept was approved for further development.March 2011
A logo for the FOHBC Virtual Museum of Historical Bottles and Glass was developed by Ferdinand Meyer V and approved by the FOHBC board in December 2012. “American” was dropped from the original working name meaning that the museum is truly a global effort from an American perspective.December 2012
Steven Libbey, from Wisconsin, assisted the Virtual Museum team in 2013 with state-of-the-art video imaging research and development.2013
Ferdinand Meyer V and Steven Libbey presented museum design development during a seminar at the FOHBC 2014 Lexington National Antique Bottle Show. Steven also developed a virtual museum promotional video and imaged examples during the show with his photography crew.August 2014
A FOHBC Virtual Museum Policy and Procedures document was developed along with a Mission and Goals statement. Both were approved by the FOHBC Board of Directors.September 2014
Alan DeMaison, working as museum treasurer, adds lead museum photographer and imaging specialist to his role for the Virtual Museum. He received board approval to purchase the first imaging equipment on 31 December 2015.December 2015
Alan DeMaison and Terry Crislip were able to capture 75 images from the renowned jar collection of Jerry McCann and Patricia Sprang in the Chicago area.November 2018
Terry Crislip and Alan DeMaison recently made their first imaging house call in over a year to meet with John Fifer to photograph Kent, Ravenna, Zanesville and Mantua, Ohio historical flasks, pattern molded flasks, decanters, and tableware. This amazing collection is the late Darl Fifer collection. Darl being the father of John and grandfather of Louis Fifer. These pieces were blown in ribbed, swirled, diamond, and other designs and made in a wide range of colors.June 2021
Alan DeMaison and Terry Crislip returned home from a 1,467-mile museum imaging trip to the New England states. This was after being locked in for well over a year with the Pandemic. Their first stop was to meet with Rick Ciralli in Connecticut to image great specimens from his collection including medicines, utilities, historical flasks, inks, blown three molds, and free-blown and pattern molded flasks and decanters. Alan and Terry went to New Hampshire the following day to visit with Michael George to focus primarily on very rare medicines and utility bottles like snuff, boot polish, and blacking bottles. They finished with a total for the two days at 92 new items for the museum.07-08 August 2021
Miguel Ruiz, museum website architect, recently updated the museum floor plan to include a new Utilities Gallery and an expanded and relocated Early American Glass and Medicines Gallery that include a Blown Three Mold Gallery. We also developed a shell gallery for Beverages such as colas and pop. The museum now has 20 Galleries on three levels plus a Reception Lobby, Rotunda, Donor Recognition Hall and a planned Gift Shop and Research Library. A rotation Exhibition Gallery is planned for the Lower Level.01 September 2021
Alan DeMaison conducted a one-day trip to image 11 fine jars from the Ron Hands collection in Ohio.15 September 2021
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 Fruit Jars Galleries. We have several other exciting plans for the future of the Virtual Museum. Stay tuned!