Forks of the Delaware Bottle Collectors 42nd Annual Show

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Forks of the Delaware Bottle Collectors 42nd Annual Show

ForksOfTheDelawareBCLogoThis past weekend I was able to attend the Forks of the Delaware Bottle Collectors 42nd Annual Show, commonly known as the Bethlehem Show. The show is held in the same great location since 1978 which is The Catholic High School located on Madison and Dewberry Avenue. It is easy to find and there is plenty of parking once you get there. I had not been to this show for about 7 or 8 years because something always came up, so this year I planned ahead and had Jim and Val Berry as company to make the four hour ride. As always, we had a great time traveling and joking around. This was Jim and Val’s first time to Bethlehem.

Dick Tucker has been show chairman for over 30 years and now has Bill Hegedus on board as a co-chairman. These guys are doing a super job. The show had not changed much since my last visit. There were 120 plus sales tables with dealers from 12 States on the floor. What is nice about a show in this location is that you get a great group of bottles from both the Northeast and the South. You can see everything from historical flasks to paint labeled sodas. The show runs from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm with a $20 early admission at 7:30 am. When I asked what the attendance was at just after noon they said they were at 460 people paid admission. This is a fantastic turnout for any bottle show. Great job guys!

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Jonathan Siedt and Shelly Lorenzo were going table to table selling raffle tickets for a nice pint Congress and Empire Water bottle. I gave it a shot but left before the drawing. I, like many other collectors, buy raffle tickets to support the cause and not just to win.

I was so pleased to see how well the Bethlehem Show was being run and how many people were there to enjoy the clubs hard work. I learned that Brain Shield was becoming the new club president on January 1st. It is nice to see collectors step up and take on the tasks that a club requires. I am sure Brian will keep the ball rolling. The club currently has over 70 members and puts out a newsletter every month. Dues are just $10 a year. Next November, remember to attend the Forks of the Delaware Show held the first Sunday after Thanksgiving. See you there.

Once again at the show, I was asked by many people when they could get their 2017 contracts for the FOHBC 2017 National Antique Bottle Convention to be held in Springfield, Mass. Bob Strickhart and I, are co-chairing the show together and are very pleased with how many people are telling us they will be there. People are really getting excited about the show. We have a lot of good things coming for the antique bottle hobby. I am getting a little worried that our 400 table hall may be too small. Our goal is to have a FOHBC National Convention bigger and better than there has been in years. We look forward to seeing you all there. Don’t miss this one!

Jim Bender
FOHBC Historian
2017 National Convention Co-Chairman

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The high school had a great bunch of snacks and food.

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A nice table of stoneware for sale.

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Nice labeled Perrine’s Apple Ginger bottle from Philadelphia for sale.

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Bernie Baldwin watches the sales table while Rick shops.

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Dick Tucker has chaired the Bethlehem show for 33 years.

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Nice group of historical flasks for sale.

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Great table of miscellaneous bottles for sale.

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Nice group of painted labeled sodas for sale.

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90% of the tables at the show are antique bottles but I had to include these cool clocks that were for sale. All were running.

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Jim Berry, FOHBC Secretary and Val Berry, FOHBC Merchandise Director, Bob Strickhart Co-Chair (right) for the FOHBC 2017 Springfield National Antique Bottle Convention. All are my good friends!

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Ed Kuskie (seated). Past FOHBC Northeast Director.

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Jonathan Siedt and Shelly Lorenzo selling raffle tickets.