Hi all, my name is Mike. I have been kayaking the south shore bays of Long Island, NY, from the East Rockaway Inlet to the Robert Moses Bridge for decades, enjoying the beauty and getting some exercise. Years ago, while out for a kayak, I found an old bottle laying in the mud and from that moment, began the collection presented in this site.
Today activity associated with Long Island’s bays is pretty much limited to recreational boating and fishing, but years ago, in addition to recreation, they provided a way of life for many, including clammers, oysterman, fisherman, farmers and hotel operators to name a few. Taken as a collection these bottles provide some insight into their basic necessities; what they ate, drank and needed to live, work and relax on a daily basis. Just as importantly each bottle’s story provides some perspective on life in general during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
So now, retired, I thought I’d mix in a little research to try and answer basic questions about the people and businesses that produced the bottles. I began to track down who ran the businesses, when they operated and what became of them. Good stuff, but I also began to get a feel for the business owners; their backgrounds, what drove them, their approach to advertising, sometimes even their sense of humor.
The research also took me to a time when the people and places that made up the nation, and New York in particular, were very different. Brooklyn, Queens and even uptown Manhattan were open spaces that supported dairy farms and horse drawn carriages had not yet been replaced by the automobile. I got a little feel for World War I and the sense of unified national patriotism that existed back then and for the era of National Prohibition and the impact it had both socially and economically on New York and the nation.
So, I hope this web site does these bottles justice and narrates a little bit of history that might not otherwise have been preserved and remember…
our Long Island bays are a gift so please treat them with respect!
Enjoy the site!
And Pete…Thanks for the idea and all the help!
A list of the bottles written up on this site is presented below. The list is alphabetized based on the actual embossing on each bottle. Click on the link to get to their story.
At the end of the list is a place for comments. If you’ve got something to add or if I’ve got something wrong or if you just like the site feel free to let me know.
A. Busch Bottling Co., Brooklyn, N.Y. A. Busch Bottling Co.
A. J. Lamb & Son, Rockville Centre, L.I. A. J. Lamb
A. Liebler Bottling Co., 402 & 404 W 126th St., N.Y. A. Liebler Bottling Co.,
A. R. Winarick, New York AR Winarick
A. Wolff, Central Bottling Co., 55th St., bet 2nd & 3rd Ave. N.Y. A. Wolff, Central Bottling Co.
Alart & McGuire, OK Pickles Alart & McGuire
Albert Krumenaker, 512 & 514 West 166th St., N.Y. Albert Krumenaker
Alex Campbell Milk Company Alex Campbell Milk Company
Amityville Creamery, Inc./Evans-Amityville, Amityville, L.I. Amityville Creamery
Arnold Chemical Co., Chicago, Bromo Celery The Arnold Chemical Co.
Atlantic Dairy, Bedell Bros., Freeport, L.I. Atlantic Dairy, Bedell Bros
Ayer’s Sarsaparilla, J. C. Ayer Company, Lowell, Massachusettes J. C. Ayer Company
Bajorath, Long Island City Bajorath,
Balsams Dairy, 712 Hendrix St., Brooklyn, New York Balsams Dairy
Beadelston and Woerz, Empire Brewery, New York Beadleston and Woerz
Bell & Co., Inc., Orangeburg, New York, U.S.A., Bell-Ans Bell & Co., Inc.
Bernard Kommel, 143 & 145 Park Row, N.W. Cor 27th St. & 10th Ave., S.E. Cor 65th St. & Amsterdam Avenue Bernard Kommel
Bernard Monderer, Druggist, Audobon Ave., Cor 179th St. Bernard Monderer
Bolen & Byrne, New York Bolen & Byrne
Booth’s Distillery, London, England, High & Dry Gin Booth’s Distillery
Brock L. Carroll, Far Rockaway, L.I. Brock L Carroll
Bruckner Bros., 408 to 412 E 161st St., New York Bruckner Bros.
Buchanan’s Black & White Whiskey Buchanan’s Black & White Whiskey
C. H. Dahl & Sons, Sweet Clover Dairy, Roosevelt, L. I. C.H. Dahl & Sons, Sweet Clover Dairy
C. T. Hurlburt & Co. C.T. Hurlburt & Co.
Calder’s Dentine Calder’s Dentine
California Bottling Co., 142 King St., Brooklyn, N.Y. California Bottling Co.
Carbona Products Company, Carbona Carbona Products Company
Carl Schulz CPMS (Central Park Mineral Springs), New York Carl Schultz CPMS
Charles S. Erb, Pharmacist, 121 Amsterdam Avenue, Cor 65th St., N.Y. Charles S. Erb
Charrot & Henry, 118 Flatbush Avenue, 571 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, N.Y. Charrot & Henry
Chas F. Kropp, 524 Robbins Ave., N.Y. Chas F. Kropp
Christo Bottling Co., Washington D.C. Christo Bottling Co.
City Bottling Works of New York, Henry Downes, 1873 City Bottling Works of New York
Clover Farms Company, New York Clover Farms Company
CN Disinfectant, West Disinfecting Company, New York West Disinfecting Company
Clark Johnson (Dr. Clark Johnson’s Indian Blood Syrup) Clark Johnson
Clicquot Club Clicquot Club
Colgate & Company, New York Colgate & Company
Columbia Bottling Co., 105 & 107 Columbia Street, New York & 734 East 6th Street, New York Columbia Bottling Co.
Consumers Brewery, Bottling Dept., New York Consumers Brewery, Bottling Dept.
Corona Bottling Co., 109-111 53rd Ave., Corona, L.I., L. Aledort & Son, Props. Telephone: Newton 2399 Corona Bottling Co.
Cosmopolitan Pharmacy, Corner Rivington & Willet Streets, New York Cosmopolitan Pharmacy
Crab Orchard Springs Salts, J. B. Wilder & Co., Louisville Ky. J.B. Wilder & Co.
Curtice Brothers Co., Preserves, Rochester, N.Y. Curtice Brothers Co.
D. Cameron, New York D. Cameron
D. J. Walsh, Far Rockaway, N.Y. D. J. Walsh
D.D.D. Company, Chicago, Ill. D.D.D. Company
Dingwell Bros., 1017-25 Greene Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y. Dingwell Bros.
Dr. Peter Fahrney & Sons Co., Chicago, Ill., U.S.A. “The Old Reliable Home Preparation for Home Use” Dr. Peter Fahrney & Sons Co.
Drs. F. E. & J. A. Greene, New York, Chicago, Boston Drs. F. E. & J. A. Greene
Dryfoos, Blum & Co., New York Dryfoos, Blum & Co.
E. D. Seabury, Rockville Centre, L.I. E D Seabury
E. C. Dewitt & Co., Chicago, U.S.A., One Minute Cough Cure E. C. Dewitt & Co.
E.W. Hoyt & Co., Lowell, Mass., Hoyt’s German Cologne E. W. Hoyt & Co.
Empire Bottling Works, Rockaway Beach, New York Empire Bottling Works
Empire Hair Regenerator Co., New York Empire Hair Regenerator Co.
Everett & Barron Co., Shoe Polish, Providence, R.I. Everett & Barron Co.
Excelsior Brewing Co., 271 Pulaski Street, Brooklyn, N.Y. Excelsior Brewing Co.
F & M Schaefer Brewing Co., New York F & M Schaefer Brewing Co.
F. Brown’s Essence of Jamaica Ginger F. Brown”s Essence of Jamaica Ginger
Fellows & Co., Chemists, St. John, N.B. Fellows & Co.
Fidelio Brewery, New York Fidelio Brewery
Finkenstadt & Kaufmann, Long Island City, N.Y. Finkenstadt & Kaufmann
Forbes Diastase Company, Cincinnati, Ohio Forbes Diastase Company
Forman Bottling Co., Yonkers, N.Y. Forman Bottling Co.
Franklin Brewing Company, Brooklyn, N.Y. Franklin Brewing Company
Fred Beers, Inc., Ozone Park, L.I. Fred Beers, Inc.
Fred Helmke, 114 Hudson St., Hoboken, N.J. Fred Helmke
Fred vonDohln & Son, 348 West 36th St., N.Y. Fred vonDohln & Son
Fred’k S. Steinmann, Apothecary, 92nd St. & Lexington Ave., New York Fred’k S. Steinmann, Apothecary
G.B. Seely’s Son, Inc., 319-331 E 15th St., New York G. B. Seely’s Son, Inc.
G. W. Cole Co., “Three In One” G. W. Cole Co.
Gaelic Old Smuggler Gaelic Old Smuggler
Garrett &Co., Inc., Virginia Dare, New York Garrett & Co., Inc.
Geis-Jackier Co., Far Rockaway, N.Y. Geis-Jackier Co.
Geo. Schneider & Co.,181-183 Stockholm St., Brooklyn Geo. Schneider & Co.
George Hendrickson, Willow Dairy, Wantagh, L.I. George Hendrickson, Willow Dairy
George Sessler, Glenwood Landing, N.Y. George Sessler
Glyco-Thymoline (Kress & Owen Co.) Kress & Owen Co.
Gordon’s Dry Gin, London, England, Reg’d 610617 Gordons Dry Gin
Griffen Manufacturing Co., New York Griffin Manufacturing Co.
Gude’s Peptone-Mangan Gude’s Pepto-Mangan
H. Harkavy, 510 – 512 E 85th St., N. Y. H. Harkavy
H. B. Kirk & Co., New York H. B. Kirk & Co.
H. C. Muller, Far Rockaway, L.I. H. C. Muller
H. C. Schmidt, Apothecary, S.W. Cor. 91st St. & Park Ave., New York H. C. Schmidt, Apothecary
H. M. Eilenberg, Phillipsburg, N.J. H. M. Eilenberg
H. Ressmeyer, 516 E 85th St., N.Y. H. Ressmeyer
Haas Pharmacy Haas Pharmacy
Hardscrabble Farm Dairy, East Hampton, N.Y. Hardscrabble Farm Dairy
Hay’s Hair Health Hay’s Hair Health
Hegeman & Co., New York Hegeman & Co.
Hennessy & Nolan, Albany, 1879 Hennessy & Nolan
Henry Brenwasser, Pharmacist, 226 Ninth Avenue, Cor. 24th St. Henry Brenwasser, Pharmacist
Henry C. Botjer Co., Long Island City, N.Y. Henry C. Botjer Co.
Henry Landgrebe, Valley Stream, L.I. Henry Landgrebe
Henry Muller, 7 Cross St., Paterson, N.J. Henry Mueller
High-Ground Dairy Co., Brooklyn, N.Y. High-Ground Dairy Co.
Hood’s Tooth Powder, C. I. Hood & Co., Lowell, Mass. C.I. Hood & Co.
Horlick’s Malted Milk, Racine, Wis., U.S.A., London, Eng. Horlick’s Malted Milk
Hurley Bottling Co., Far Rockaway, N.Y. Hurley Bottling Co.
Husband’s Calcined Magnesia, Philadelphia Husband’s Calcined Magnesia
Huyler’s, New York Huyler’s
I. Ledermann, 750 5th St., N.Y. I. Ledermann
Ideal Dairy Co., 203 20th St. Ideal Dairy Co.
Imperial Chemical Mfg. Co., New York Imperial Chemical Mfg. Co.
J. H. Van Brunt, Far Rockaway, L.I. J. H. VanBrunt
J. R. Stafford’s Olive Tar J. R. Stafford’s Olive Tar
J. S. Seabury E D Seabury
J. Walker’s V. B. J. Walker’s V.B.
J. Wittmann, Woodhaven, New York J. Wittmann
Jacob Ruppert Brewer, N.Y. Jacob Ruppert
Jas. T. Weeks, Rockville Centre, L.I. Jas. T. Weeks
John Kessler, Woodmere, Long Island John Kessler
John Mullin, Far Rockaway, L.I. John Mullin
John Wyeth & Bro., Philadelphia John Wyeth & Bro.
Jones Pharmacy, Ninth Avenue, Cor. 53rd St., New York Jones Pharmacy
Jos. Triner, Chicago Jos. Triner
Joseph Eppig Brewery, Brooklyn, N.Y. Joseph Eppig
Joseph Fallert Brewing Co., Ltd., Brooklyn, N.Y. Joseph Fallert Brewing Co.
Joshua Longfield, North of England Sauce Joshua Longfield
Kandel & Gordon, 42-50 N. Beach 86th St., Rockaway Beach, N.Y. Kandel & Gordon
Keystone Dairy Co., Hoboken, N.J. Keystone Dairy Co.
Kirsch & Herfel Co., Inc., Brooklyn N.Y. Kirsch & Herfel Co., Inc.
Knapp’s Root Beer Extract Knapp’s Root Beer Extract
L. Steinberger, 496 to 502 Pavonia Ave., Jersey City, N.J. L. Steinberger
Lash’s Bitters Co., New York – Chicago – San Francisco Lash’s Bitters Co.
Louis Bergdoll Brewing Co., Phila., Pa. Louis Bergdoll Brewing Co.
Louis C. Ott, Rockaway Beach, L.I. Louis C. Ott
Lynbrook Bottling Co., Lynbrook, N.Y. Lynbrook Bottling Co.
M. Bacci, Italian-American Bottling Co., 451-55 Pearl St., N.Y. M. Bacci, Italian-American Bottling Co.
M.H. Renken Dairy Co., 131 Emerson Pl., Brooklyn M H Renken Dairy Co.
M. O. Fuller, 1861, Brooklyn, E. D. M. O. Fuller
Major Manufacturing Company, New York Major Manufacturing Company
McKesson & Robbins, New York McKesson & Robbins
Milliken’s Parlor Pride Stove Enamel, Milliken & Co., Boston & N.Y. Milliken & Co.
Minck Bro’s & Co., 45 to 53 Beaver St., Brooklyn, E.D. Minck Bro’s & Co.
Montauk Wine & Liquor Co., 2043 Fulton St., Brooklyn N.Y. & 96 Village Avenue, Rockville Centre, L.I. Montauk Wine & Liquor Co.
Muller Dairies, Inc., 470 West 128th St., New York Muller Dairies, Inc.
Muller’s Leading Drug Store, Merrick Road, Valley Stream, N.Y. Muller’s Leading Drug Store
Murray & Lanman, Druggists, New York, Florida Water Murray & Lanman Florida Water
Munch Brewery Bottling Dept., Brooklyn, N.Y. Munch Brewery Bottling Dept.
Mutual Bottling Co., 127-129 Boerum Place, Brooklyn N.Y., Diamond Sparkle Beverages Mutual Bottling Co.
New York Bottling Co., Inc. New York Bottling Co., Inc.
Obermeyer & Liebmann Bot’g Dept., New York City Obermeyer & Liebmann
Old Parr Old Parr
Omega Chemical Company, New York, Omega Oil Omega Chemical Company
Otto Huber Brewery, Brooklyn, N.Y. Otto Huber Brewery
P. B. Knapp, Druggist, 362 Hudson Street, New York P. B. Knapp
Perfumerie Monte Christo, Beaume Mamma Dura (L. Shaw) Parfumerie Monte Christo
Peter Dawson Ltd., Distillers Peter Dawson
Peter Doelger, Brewer, New York Peter Doelger
Peter Hauck & Co., Harrison, N.J. Peter Hauck & Co.
Pflug & Ackley, Hempstead, L.I. Pflug & Ackley
Pichel & Schwab, 174 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y. Pichel & Schwab
Piel Brothers, East New york Brewery Piel Brothers
Pinus Medicine Co., Monticello, Ill., U.S.A., Fruitola Pinus Medicine Co.
Plant & Ahrens, Inc., 212 Evergreen Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y. Plant & Ahrens, Inc.
Premier Bottling Works, 301 E 107th St., N.Y. Premier Bottling Works
Puritan Dairy, Perth Amboy, N.J. Puritan Dairy
R. W. Robinson & Son, New York R. W. Robinson & Son
R. Sprenger, 203 E. 92nd St., N.Y. R. Sprenger
Reader’s Reliable Pharmacy, Cedarhurst, L.I. Reader’s Reliable Pharmacy
Reiss-Premier Pipe Company Reiss-Premier Pipe Company
Renault Winery (L. N. Renault & Sons), Egg Harbor, N.J. Renault Winery
Richard Hudnut, New York Richard Hudnut
Roberts & Co., Chemists, Florence & Rome Roberts & Co.
Robinson Brothers, New York, Buffalo Ammonia Robinson Brothers
Roller’s Pharmacy, Amsterdam Ave. & 86th St. Roller’s Pharmacy
Rubsam & Horrmann Brewing Co., Staten Island, New York Rubsam & Hormann Brewing Co.
S. Casella & Sons, 84 Huyler St., Hackensack, N.J. S. Casella & Sons
S. E. Johnson, 180 Bedell St., Freeport, L.I. S. E. Johnson
S. Liebmann’s Sons Brewing Co., N.Y. S. Liebmann’s Sons Brewing Co.
S. M. Bixby S. M. Bixby
S. S. Stafford S. S. Stafford, Inc.
Sallade & Co., Magic Mosquito Bite Cure & Insect Destroyer, N.Y. Sallade & Co.
Santal deMidy, Paris Santal deMidy
Schnaderbeck & Runge, Farmingdale, Long Island, N.Y. Schnaderbeck & Runge
Schwartz’s Dairy, Woodhaven, L.I. Schwartz’s Dairy
Scotch Oats Essence Co., N.Y. The Scotch Oats Essence Co.
Scott’s Emulsion of Cod Liver Oil with Lime & Soda Scott’s Emulsion of Cod Liver Oil
Sharp & Dohme, Baltimore Sharp & Dohme
Sheide Bottling Co., Lindenhurst, L.I. Sheide Bottling Co.
Sloan’s Liniment, Kills Pain Sloan’s Liniment
Steinhardt Brothers & Co., The Kintore Steinhardt Brothers & Co.
Stewart Distilling Company Stewart Distilling Company
Suffolk County Bottling Works, Amityville, L.I. Suffolk County Bottling Works
Suydam Bottling Co., 136 Suydam St., Brooklyn N.Y. Suydam Bottling Co.
T. Ebeling, 2774 Third Ave., New York T. Ebeling
Tournades Kitchen Bouquet Tournades Kitchen Bouquet
Trommer’s Evergreen Brewery, Brooklyn, N.Y. Trommer’s Evergreen Brewery
Union Hill B. B. Co., 6 – 8 Monitor St., Brooklyn N. Y. Union Hill B. B. Co.
United Bottling Co., P. F. O’Neill, 508 Greenwich St., New York United Bottling Co.
United Wine & Trading Company – Pearl Wedding Rye United Wine & Trading Company
V. Loewer’s Gambrinus Brewery Co., New York V. Loewer’s Gambrinus Brewery Co.
Van Horn & Ellison, Chemists, New York Van Horn & Ellison
W & T, 57 Downing Street., N.Y. (Wilson & Taylor) W & T
W. H. Gardner, 176 State Street, Bridgeport, Conn. W. H. Gardner
W. H. Miner, Chazy, N.Y. W. H. Miner
W. M. Evans Dairy Co., Inc. 3480 Fulton St., Brooklyn, N.Y.W. M. Evans Dairy Co., Inc.
W. Z. Ketcham, Hempstead, L.I. W. Z. Ketcham
Welz & Zerweck High Ground Brewery, Brooklyn N.Y. Welz & Zerweck High Ground Brewery
Westchester County Brewing Co., Mount Vernon and Pelham, New York Westchester County Brewing Co.
Winsor & Newton, London Winsor & Newton