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Tour The Mason Bright Ball Jar Collection ~ Rare Fruit Jars on Display

Jeff Klingler and Mason Bright

Findlay Antique Bottle Club member Jeff Klingler has written a great article -- with many pix -- about his visit to see long-time fruit jar collector Mason Bright's amazing collection.

[Note: this was originally posted in 2009. The collection has since been sold and is no longer on display.]

Richard Elwood

Read Jeff's article here.

Here's an exerpt: I Had a BALL at Mason's

" One of the great things about any hobby, is sharing your chosen passion with others. I have been an avid fruit jar collector for a long time now and hanging out with fellow collectors is one great way to learn things about these jars that date back to the 1850's.

Usually the most common ground for such a gathering would be at local bottle club meetings or the various bottle shows held all over the country. But one of the best ways to see examples of jars not usually found "in the wild" is to make a visit to another long time collector's home.

Findlay Antique Bottle Club members Richard Elwood, Marianne Dow and myself did just that a couple of weeks ago. Mason Bright had extended an invitation to come and see his jar collection a year of so ago, and finally we found a weekend to make the trip up to Michigan and see his fabulous Ball Jar Collection. "

Read the entire article here. You'll be wowed by all the photos. Good job, Jeff!

Virtual Collecting ~ Using Collectors Weekly to Take a ''Knowledge Staycation''

I've written about Collector's Weekly several times before. It is a wonderful site, with articles and interviews about zillions of different collecting categories. The site has a nice clean look (no ads-- yay!) and is very user-friendly. See the sample screen shots above.

I love their ebay search widget "Super-Browse" which shows you completed items that actually SOLD (not reserve-not-met, or no bids).

I just got their latest email/newsletter, announcing the addition of lots of new categories, and many new articles.

In this time of economic uncertainty, I think it's a good time to gain some antiquing knowledge, and with Collector's Weekly, it's free!

Sign up for their free newsletters here.

Here's some of what they wrote:

We've recently added several dozen new categories, including: Arts and Crafts Movement, Fashion, Vintage Advertising, Victorian Era, Model Trains, Cards, Marbles, Watch Fobs, Jukeboxes, Slot Machines, Fountain Pens and Seth Thomas clocks. We now have over 500 category pages and counting (see the complete list).

Check out the recent in-depth interviews we've done with experienced and passionate collectors... there's a lot of great stuff here!

Antique Hatpin Collector Jodi Lenocker
Pharmacy Antiques Collector Bill Soderlund
Ford Car and Porcelain Sign Collector Sam Baker
Petroliana Collector Jim Potts
Arts and Crafts Silver Collector Paul Somerson
Comic Character Advertising Pinback Collector Mark Lansdown
Advertising Collector Alex Renshaw
19th Century Wood Camera Collector Rob Niederman
Victorian Furniture Collector John Werry
Television Set Collector Steve McVoy
Beer Stein Collector Frank Loevi
Roycroft Metalwork Collector David Kornacki
Rare Cookbook Expert Peter Berg
Jigsaw Puzzle Collector Bob Armstrong
Glass Insulator Collector Ian Macky
Beatles Record Collector Jesse Barron
Marilyn Monroe Memorabilia Collector Scott Fortner
1950s TV Lamp Collector Mark Stevens
Victorian Trade Card Collector Ben Crane
Early American Pattern Glass Collector Elaine Henderson
Oil Lamp Collector Dan Edminster
Pocket Watch Collector Barry S. Goldberg
Alarm Clock Collector Bill Stoddard
Typewriter collector Richard Polt
Antique Telephone Collector Gary Goff
Vintage Microphone Expert Stan Coutant
Bottle Opener Collector John Stanley
Model Car Collector Ron Sturgeon

Cube Head ~ House For Men Inc ~ HIS After Shave ~ Vintage Perfume Bottle

Rare Figural Commercial Perfume ~ HIS After Shave ~ Cubist Art Deco Man Shaped Bottle

I sold this bottle on eBay in 2009 for a final bid of $132.50

  • Deep burgundy painted glass torso, with off-white plastic (bakelite???) winking cube-head.
  • Approx. 6-1/2" tall x 3-3/8" wide
  • The scent was called Northwoods (How manly!)
I tried to dig up some info on the House For Men company, with minimal results. I think they started in the mid 1940's, and ran into the 1960's.


In 1946 they had an interesting sales gimmick -- a solid gold shaving bowl - soap not included, only $1875.00!
One manufacturer, named The House 
for Men, Inc., has gone completely hay- 
wire with His — a solid gold shaving bowl 
selling retail for $1875.00 (soap not in- 
cluded). You can see this "strictly mascu- 
line" nugget on display at 609 North 
LaSalle Street, Chicago, presumably by 
appointment only. [Source]
 It must have gone along with their shiny gold HIS bottle...

Of course, they also sold an affordable burgundy bakelite soap bowl...

An advertising booklet was copyrighted in 1948.

I found many 1960's advertorials in the Chicago Tribune archives. This one was from 1963.

In 1967, House For Men Inc. was acquired by Del Laboratories, a big cosmetics company. (Coty bought Del Labs in 2007.)
By the end of 1966, the year the company was renamed Del Laboratories, Maradel had regained its momentum. Net sales reached $12.1 million that year, and net income was $739,000.
In 1967 a third stock offering, at $11 a share, enabled Del to buy Rejuvia, Inc., which made eye makeup, nail polish, and lipstick retailed under the Flame-Glo (later Flame Glow) name. The company also acquired Blanchard Parfums Corporation, producer of popular priced fragrances; House for Men, Inc. (men's toiletries), and LaSalle Laboratories, Inc. (also men's toiletries) in 1967. [Source]

Fun For Fruit Jar Collectors ~ The Curious Tale of Jeff's Jar

Here's an interesting story told by Findlay Bottle Club member Jeff Klingler in his recent post on The Ball Jar Collectors Community site. He tells of finding a treasure he didn't even realize he had, just by going through his own stuff.

He writes " It was like the JAR FAIRY had just put it there!! ... I about fell off my chair! I ran downstairs (with the jar) and ... "

Be sure to read his story to get, as Paul Harvey says, "The rest of the story. " And it's a story that will interest everyone, not just fruit jar collectors.

Spoiler Alert -- I can't resist posting this photo:


The Great BALL Wall of Montana

Larry Munson sent some pix for show'n'tell.

He writes " I'm sending pictures of the wall in my jar house that I am working on--it is a little over 11' high.
Just finished putting up the big BALL cutout of the BALL MASON jar and the 5 pictures on the left side of it."

Online Selling ~ Auction VS Fixed Price ~ Do or Don't

Read Craig Stark's BOOKTHINK article titled "Reviving Your Business".

He talks about how he had drifted away from eBay selling, and had been focusing on fixed price selling venues. He said he found he has been pricing higher, and waiting however long it would take to find a buyer at his price.

Finding his sales in a bit of a slump (the economy, don'tcha know), he turned back to eBay auctions, and was pleasantly surprised at the results.

The part I related to was that in his watching the bids, and then realizing higher-than-expected prices, it got him excited about selling again.

That's why I am always saying, 'I loves me my auctions'.

Here's an excerpt, but treat yourself and read the whole article...

" Two things happened almost immediately. The first was that two of this group of books sold quickly at my BIN prices. And the second (and more important) thing that happened: For the first time since I could remember I actually watched my auctions, daily - and it was fun! I'd forgotten how much fun it was to watch things get bid up.

This had the additional effect of inspiring me to put even more auctions up, and before I knew it, I had more active eBay auctions running than I'd had in years. I not only felt revived but fully engaged in my business again, and stuff that had been collecting dust on my shelves because I'd sort of written it off as not quite worth bothering with was now, once again, starting to look as though it had value.

Something else. A few of my items did close out at mildly disappointing prices, but the majority of them exceeded my expectations. One particular auction closed at over $500 more than I thought it would! 

It's always difficult to explain these things, but in tough economic times buyers do look for bargains, and auctions with low starting bids very much are bargains - until they get bid up, that is. But even when they get bid up, the bidder's sense of getting a bargain often remains because it's the bidders who are setting the price, dictating the outcome, not the seller. "

[This was posted 2/3/09, and ebay has changed alot, but can still be viable.  Lots of people are still having this discussion - link.]

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