Bottles & Extras
is the official magazine of
The Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors
and is published BI-MONTHLY.

"Random Shots" is a quarterly column appearing in Bottles & Extras, the official magazine of The Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors. The column is reproduced here with the kind permission of the Federation and the publishers of the magazine.

Click on the links below to access the columns, or download a PDF file of the original.  You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to read PDF files: click here to get a free download. 

Jan/Feb 2008: Meet the Collector: Ken Schwartz,  by Robin Preston (PDF)
Jan/Feb 2007: Meet the Collector: Kevin Wade,  by Robin Preston (PDF)
Fall 2006: The pre-Pro Top Ten,  by Robin Preston (PDF)
Summer 2006: Shooting Shots, Part III,  by Robin Preston (PDF)
Spring 2006: Shooting Shots, Part II,  by Robin Preston (PDF)
Fall 2005: Shooting Shots, Part Iby Robin Preston (PDF)
Summer 2005: Fake pre-Pro shot glasses, by Robin Preston (PDF)
Spring 2005: Barbara Edmonson In Memorium, by Robin Preston (PDF)
Winter 2005: Metal shot "glasses", by Robin Preston (PDF)
Fall 2004: Shot-glass labels designed by George Truog of the Maryland Glass Etching Works, Cumberland MD, by Robin Preston   (PDF)

Summer 2004:

An interview with Ed Sipos, featuring his collection of shots and other pre-pro memorabilia, by Howard Currier   (PDF)
Winter 2004: An interview with Robin Preston, featuring glasses from his collection, by Howard Currier     (PDF)
Fall 2003: An interview with Paul Van Vactor, featuring glasses from his shot collection, by Howard Currier    (PDF)
Summer 2003: Mida's Register of Trademarks of Spiritous Liquors, by Howard Currier (PDF)
     Winter 2003: Impact of the web and eBay on pre-pro shot glass collectingby Howard Currier   (PDF)

Bottles and Extras is a 68-page, large format magazine that contains informative articles related to the collecting of all types of bottles, flasks, fruit jars, stoneware, advertising, and related collectibles. In addition, Bottles & Extras contains classified advertisements, listings of upcoming bottle and related auctions, as well as a calendar of upcoming shows, sales and events.   You can obtain a full year's subscription through membership in The Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors.  Annual dues are only $30 for an individual membership: for more details see below.  To receive a sample issue of Bottles & Extras, please send $5.00 (USD), along with your name and address, to:

Bottles and Extras - Sample Issue
c/o Business Manager, June Lowry 
401 Johnston Court
Raymore, MO 64083

More information on the many additional benefits of Federation membership can be obtained through their website at  If you're interested in joining the Federation, >> Click here <<  or write to:

The Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors
1021 W. Oakland Ave., #109
Johnson City, TN 37604
Tel: 423-913-1378



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