2004 Digger Odell Publications

Here in the pages of the John M. Maris Company catalog are displayed the bottles available to the trade in the year 1915.  Clearly from the images shown, the Maris company was still advertising and selling hand finished bottles and not the automatic machine counterpart being produced in some parts of the Midwest. It was the beginning of the end for the hand blown bottle and the glass workers associated with them.  Owens's new compress air automatic  bottle machines would shortly revamp an entire industry.  Unionized Glass workers attempted to stall progress but their fate was inevitable.  They could not compete. Like the horse and carriage they quickly passed into obscurity.*

 This catalog is instructive in a simple lesson on form and function.  Most seasoned bottle collectors can identify the likely contents of a given bottle by this form. Study these pages carefully and you can too. These forms are what could be termed 'generic' bottles.  Users could either pay extra for a slug plate to put into the glass mold with a name, product and or address or simply slap a label on the bottle. (Note the pictures are large in size to provide clear details.  Use your back button to return to this page after viewing a picture.)

Enjoy, Digger


*"The Glass Bottle Blowers' Association of the United States and Canada (GBBA) was organized in 1868 as the Independent Druggist Ware Glass Blowers' League. It affiliated with the Knights of Labor in 1886 and withdrew from this affiliation in 1891 to become the United Green Glass Workers' Association of the United States and Canada, assuming its present name in 1895."  (From Glass Bottle Blowers' Association of the United States and Canada records, 1890-1940. #5142. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library. )