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Interesting find for northern Carova Beach

By: targadave
5/24/2013 8:08 PM

Found this just sitting by itself right at the surf line this Wed at the northern most section of Carova Beach (~200 yds from the fence)

Was once a fairly thick rectangular clear glass bottle. Etched on the bottom is a label that reads "krank's". Broken edges weren't that cooked so couldn't have been out there long (?)

All I come up with is a guy who once manufactured/sold various barber products under the label "krank's" back in the early 1900's:

"Krank's Hair Root Oil

This product was manaufactured by Alfred J. Krank of St. Paul, MN. Alfred Krank was born around 1866. Starting in 1880, he was listed in the census under various occupations including: Scissors Grinder (1880), Cutlers and Grinder (1890), Mfr of Cutlery (1900), Barber Supply (1910), Mfr / Merchant of Cutlery (1920). It would appear that his attempt at selling barber supplies was relatively short-lived. He died in 1928."

The bottle found doesn't match the bottle in the link below but perhaps it was just another one of his barber offerings. What do ya think? Either way, here's to you Alfred J Krank!


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By: StephVA
5/25/2013 2:39 PM

Great piece to find. At least a 100 year old piece I'd say.


By: schredhammer
5/27/2013 6:39 PM

That's pretty awesome that you were able to find any identifiable markings. Thumbs up


By: kurthi
7/8/2013 2:27 PM

Found two sites that have jars that have a similar writing on them. both date the jars to the 1950's.

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By: Sheller
7/28/2013 10:50 AM

That particular piece of a bottle you found shows enough of the bottom to Indicate it was made before 1910-1915. It appears to have been a "blown molded" bottle without the "Owens" mark. The "Owens" mark was an irregular oval wrinkle that was left from the previous bottle when a cut was made in the molten glass as the mold filled for the next bottle. Mr. Owens patented the first bottle making machine that could make a complete bottle in a one-step process. Before that, bottles were made by molding the body first and then adding a top in a second step.
Nice find.


By: targadave
7/28/2013 6:54 PM

Thanks for the help Sheller!