This section of the "Bottle Typing/Diagnostic Shapes" page just covers liquor bottles where the contained product was high in alcohol (20% ) and the intended use was not primarily medicinal - or at least the acknowledged medicinal utility was of secondary importance.
For example, even though Hostetter's Stomach Bitters contained as much as 43% alcohol (86 proof!
To do a word/phrase search one must use the "Search SHA" boxes found on many of the main SHA web pages, including the Research Resources page (upper right side of that page) which links to this site.
The Historic Bottle Website (HBW) has no internal search mechanism so be aware that when running a search one will also get non-HBW response links to other portions of the SHA site.
Liquor of all types - bourbon, rye, gin, cognac, scotch, etc.
- was bottled in a wide variety of bottle shapes and sizes ranging from small flasks that held a few ounces to demijohns and carboys that held gallons.
Be aware however that for some years after 1964 liquor could still be found in bottles with this embossing since not all liquor producers switched immediately to new bottles due to the expense of new molds or to deplete an existing supply of bottles (Ferraro 1966).Bottles known to date as late as 1974 still had that inscription on them; click 1970s liquor bottle to see an example which is also covered later on this page.: Canada followed a similar trend as the U. in the gradual implementation of alcohol prohibition with the various Province's going "dry" between 19, though there was never a "national prohibition" passed in Canada.By time National Prohibition was fully implemented in the U. in January of 1920, the only area north of Mexico that was not totally "dry" was the Province of Quebec (Unitt 1972).) The push for individual State and eventually National Prohibition came right at the time (1910s) that bottle makers were making the transition from mouth-blown to fully machine-made bottles.Click -Squat spirits/utility cylinder bottles (earlier) -Tall, moderately slender bodied, bulged neck spirits/utility cylinder bottles -Tall, moderately slender bodied, straight neck "Patent" style spirits cylinders (mid-19th century) -Tall, moderately slender bodied, straight neck spirits cylinders (late 19th & 20th century) -Decorative shoulder spirits cylinders -Squat cylinder spirits bottles (later) -Malt whiskey cylinders -Tall, straight neck spirits cylinders (early 20th century) -Tall Modern Cylinder liquor (mid-20th century)These categories are shape based primarily with the exception of the first category - figured flasks - which are largely recognized by collectors/archaeologists as a separate category.Each of the pictured bottles has a relatively short description and explanation including estimated dates or date ranges for that type bottle and links to other view pictures of the bottle.