Appalachia

My Newest Old Bottle

old one gallon bottle

The Deer Hunter brought me a dandy old bottle the other day. He found it on a recent turkey hunting trip.

The only writing, other than numbers on the bottom, is One Gallon. I’m guessing either vinegar or some type of wine came in it.

I love the large size, its rare to find large bottles that aren’t broken or at least cracked.

If you know what kind of bottle it is please tell me!

Tipper

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23 Comments

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    William J. Boone
    April 5, 2021 at 11:33 am

    I agree with most that this gallon jug held vinegar when new. In the forties and fifties, country people used a lot more vinegar, mostly the apple cider kind, than folks do today; and, it was cheaper when bought in quantity. My grandmother always kept a glass cruet of vinegar on the kitchen table and she used these leftover gallon jugs when she made root beer every Christmas. I can still see five or ten of them lined up behind the cook stove while fermenting before being transferred to the un-heated stairwell to join the cookies and cakes as they piled up before the holidays.

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      Tipper
      April 5, 2021 at 12:43 pm

      William-I would have loved to taste that root beer!

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    Yecedrah Beth Higman
    March 25, 2021 at 5:07 pm

    I am praying for Randy’s wife’s surgery, that all will go well and for a speedy recovery. The bottle looks like a coca cola syrup jug to me. The syrup was used in fountain drinks many years ago.

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    Cynthia
    March 25, 2021 at 4:47 pm

    Maybe it’s a vinegar jug. To think it is all in one piece and no cracks!

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    Mary Anne Johnson
    March 25, 2021 at 4:22 pm

    I had the same experience as Randy’s wife.
    Thankfully I saw a great cardiologist at the Mayo Clinic who, after tests, found that I had had a heart attack sometime previously. She put me on the meds that I needed to help my heart to grow stronger and today I am doing great. I take my meds religiously and go back for checkups that Mayo schedules. I am hopeful that Randy’s wife will have a great, long life

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    Colleen Holmes
    March 25, 2021 at 3:46 pm

    It’s a vinegar bottle. I have two with metal lids
    In the spring I put pussy willows in them and in the fall cat tails. A great find. One of mine had DTDT in it from the 60s. It was my Grandfather’s.

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    Randy
    March 25, 2021 at 2:29 pm

    I’m sorry for leaving everybody wondering, it is not cancer, but a problem with her heart that will require open heart surgery. Her doctor thinks everything will go good since it was caught early and there has been no damage to her heart. He said the problem comes from her genes or I guess you could say it was inherited from her daddy’s family. I don’t think I should feel this way but 3 weeks ago her family doctor told her the EKG looked good and they didn’t see anything wrong even though she was having chest pains and short of breath.. She told them she wanted to see a heart specialist and he picked right up on something being wrong and a heart catheterzation confirmed it. This sorta makes me mad, because if she hadn’t ask to be sent to another doctor nothing would have been done until she had a heart attack or worse.

    I truly appreciate everyone’s prayers. A date has not been set yet , we meet next Tuesday with the doctor to set a date. Ray, I do feel a closeness to everyone on the blog, I just hope I don’t become a nuisance on Tipper’s blog but I do appreciate each of you.

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      Cynthia
      March 25, 2021 at 4:46 pm

      I will pray for you and your wife. Sometimes you have to take your care into your own hands. The doctors don’t know everything and it’s frustrating when you know something is wrong and you have to get pushy with the doctor.

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    Pjelliott
    March 25, 2021 at 1:26 pm

    Prayers sent up for Rnady’s wife and family! God be with you!

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    Annie
    March 25, 2021 at 1:13 pm

    Seeing that jug recalls childhood memories of A & W Root Beer. Thursday was $1.00 a car load at the local Drive in Theater. We’d pile in the car with a big grocery bag of homemade pop corn. Then go get a jug of root beer for 79 cents, and head to the movies. Us kids would take off to the play ground with the little train we could ride around the entire play grounds. Highlight of the week.

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    Ray Presley
    March 25, 2021 at 12:19 pm

    Family is family, Randy, and we care. And please know that there are many of us who can relate to what you’re going through

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    Gigi
    March 25, 2021 at 10:02 am

    Tipper, that’s a vinegar bottle. I remember them when I was home as a child. Momma had these. You bought them at the store and they had vinegar in them.

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    Rooney Floyd
    March 25, 2021 at 9:32 am

    Vinegar

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    Ron Stephens
    March 25, 2021 at 8:53 am

    I learned something. Do not recall ever having seen vinegar in that kind of bottle. But when it was being sold that way I was not paying attention to groceries so I nay have missed it.

    I could see that jug coming in handy about the place. I think it is great that you save and re-use glass items. In my opinion doing so shows a looking for, and an appreciation of, “small” blessings. And I’ll bet your girls have learned it to. I can’t say just what I mean well.

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    Margie G and the glass collectors
    March 25, 2021 at 8:43 am

    Vinegar jugs that make dandy tomato juice jugs cause that’s what daddy put in them. Jars that are octagonal or unusual in shape, seamless, blue colored ( drip ware is cheap) are the best choices. Electric insulators are also a highly valued collectible bringing 50$ to a blue one or more.

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    Ed Ammons
    March 25, 2021 at 8:28 am

    Looks like it threads for a screw on lid so it’s probably not really old. Old ones had cork or wooden stopper. Being old don’t make something worth more though. I’m old and I ain’t worth a hoot.

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    Kenley Redditt
    March 25, 2021 at 8:05 am

    If it has a twist cap it is probably vinegar. We used to carry water in them when we were away from home. A piece of history.

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    Miss Cindy
    March 25, 2021 at 7:18 am

    The Deer Hunter did good finding that one. I think it was vinegar in the bottle and there were some brown of that shape that had bleach in them. Don’t you just love those bottle.
    Wonder if they ever put fresh stilled liquor in them, after their original use, maybe a corn cob stopper.

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    Joanne
    March 25, 2021 at 6:18 am

    Tipper,

    We have several of these old jugs here. They are old vinegar jugs. There were several companies that bottled vinegar in these jugs. There would be a paper label with the brand name attached to the jug. Also moonshiners used these jugs to put their product in after a run. They can still be bought in quanity on Amazon and Ebay. I believe the one pictured here is from the 1950s-1960s. We have sold some of ours on Ebay over the years that were made in the 1940s-1960s. Maybe the Deerhunter came close to an old still site or home place. Tell him, great find!!

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      Randy
      March 25, 2021 at 8:10 am

      I have at least one like that now. My daddy would store kerosene in it and had put a corncob stopper in it after losing the metal cap. Like the others, I remember vinegar in these jars, maybe White Mountain, I’m not sure of the name. The brown jugs like this had Clorox in them and I think the older ones had the word Clorox wrote or made into the glass.

      I don’t want to turn this blog into something like Facebook , but if Tipper don’t mind , I would like for the ones that post and believe in prayer to pray for my family. My wife received news this week that will require her to have serious surgery. Please pray for her and the rest of the family.

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        Tipper
        March 25, 2021 at 10:19 am

        Randy-sorry to hear about the bad news. I’ll be praying for your wife!!

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        Ann Applegarth
        March 25, 2021 at 11:53 am

        She’s on my prayer list, Randy! The rest of your family and you, too!

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        Randy
        March 25, 2021 at 5:36 pm

        I must have been thinking of ice cream churns when I said White Mountain. The name I was trying to think of was White House.

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