Bottle Typing/Diagnostic Shapes

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1926 Illinois Glass Co. Bottle Catalog
HOME: Bottle Typing/Diagnostic Shapes: 1926 I.G.Co. Bottle Catalog

IGCo. 1926 catalog cover; click to enlarge.One of the best sources for determining bottle types based on the shape are old glass/bottle makers catalogs.  An assortment of catalogs have been used in the preparation of this website to assist with bottle dating, and in particular, bottle typing - i.e., what a bottle likely contained or was used for.  A very few bottle makers catalog were reproduced in the 1960s and 1970s, but all are long out of print and variably difficult to obtain.  However, there is no better source for determining potential use and period shape names than these old catalogs. 

Because of this utility I have reproduced the entire 1926 Illinois Glass Company (IGCo.) "General Catalog B" on this website - a catalog never reproduced to the authors knowledge.  The IGCo. was one of the largest producers of bottles during the late 19th and early 20th centuries (and still is in its current manifestation as the Owens-Illinois, Inc.)  having almost certainly the most comprehensive array of offerings of any bottle maker at the time within all important bottle type categories.  Given this dominance, the bottle styles listed in their catalogs - and to a large degree the style names used - are typical of the offerings of most bottle makers of that time making the IGCo. catalogs one of the more important catalogs of the era to researchers.

As with the 1920 IGCo. catalog also reproduced on this website, this one features largely machine-made utilitarian bottles but does include (after page 205) an assortment of "specialty bottles" (primarily perfume/cologne and shop furniture/shelf ware bottles) that were still noted as being "hand blown." Although there are a lot of similarities, the major differences between the 1920 and 1926 catalogs are as follows: much less emphasis on liquor bottles (1926 was the middle of National Prohibition), many styles that had cork finishes are now also being offered with both cork and screw thread finishes (and others), a greatly expanded offering of food related bottles, and a good assortment of "art deco" type soda bottles which began their popularity with the domination of automatic bottles machines in the late 1910s and greatly expanded in variety in the 1920s and later.

This catalog is copied in its entirety and includes many pages of related non-bottle items, e.g., packing materials, corks and corking machines, bottle filling machines and much more.  Fascinating information all!  For a complete history of the Illinois Glass Company consult the following reference; a pdf copy of this article is included on this website:

Lockhart, Bill, Bill Lindsey, David Whitten, and Carol Serr.  2005a.  The Dating Game: The Illinois Glass Company. Bottles and Extras 16(1):54-60 (Winter 2005).  This article available on this site at:  http://www.sha.org/bottle/pdffiles/IGCo_BLockhart.pdf

For more information on the products of the Illinois Glass Company, see the other two catalogs reproduced fully on this website - the 1906 IGCo. catalog and the 1920 IGCo. catalog.
 


All of the pages in the 1926 IGCo. catalog are hyperlinked below in the order they appear in the catalog.  Click on each link to view an enlarged and of relatively high quality (around 500-700 KB each) scan of each individual page (jpeg files).  The link consists of the catalog page number and the general subject matter of that page - as appropriate or useful. 

If a user wishes to search for a particular bottle type  (or other catalog listing) in the catalogs "General Classified Index," these pages are linked immediately below.  Determine the page number of the item you are interested in then find that page link further down this page and click on it.  Just be aware that some of the proprietary names that the company (and all bottle making companies) used are not always intuitively clear as to what type of bottle it is referring to:

Page 307 - Acid Bottles to Cold Creams
Page 308 - College Ovals to Glass Stoppers
Page 309 - Globes to Narrow Mouth French Squares
Page 310 - Narrow Mouth Round Prescriptions to Prescription Ware Packages
Page 311 - Preserve Jars to Sterilizers and Washers
Page 312 - Stock Packages to Wrappers for Bottles

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INTRODUCTORY INFORMATION
Bottle catalog cover
Page 1 - Title page
Page 2 - Company office & factory locations
Page 3 - Introductory information
Page 4 - Forward to the catalog
Page 5 - More introductory information, images of two Owens bottle machines
Page 6 - Images of various company factories
Page 7 - Images of various company factories
Page 8 - "Diamond I" mark promotional information & illustration of mark
Page 9 - Beginning page of "Diamond I" Automatic Machine Made Bottles w/illustration of machine

DRUGGIST BOTTLES & RELATED
Page 10 - "Diamond " Prescription Ware Services introduction
Page 11 -  (continuation of page 10 introduction)
Page 12 - Prescription Ware Washed, Sterilized & Capped Service (screw-thread bottles)
Page 13 - Prescription Ware Washed, Sterilized & Corked Service (cork closure bottles)
Page 14 - Prescription Ware Plain Carton Service (packing boxes, no bottles)
Page 15 - Lyric Oval prescription style - graduation marks, cork & screw caps
Page 16 - Illini Oval prescription style - non-graduated, cork & screw caps
Page 17 - Capsule vials with slip-over metal caps

NURSERS
Page 18 - Nursing bottles (narrow neck) with graduation marks
Page 19 - Faultless "Diamond I" Nurser, wide mouth

DRUGGIST, EXTRACT & MEDICINE BOTTLES
Page 20 - Citrate of Magnesia (Priof Finish)
Page 21 - Citrate of Magnesia (blue metal cap & other finishes)
Page 22 - Iodine bottles
Page 23 - Dropper bottles
Page 24 - Round narrow mouth prescriptions, cork & screw caps
Page 25 - French squares, narrow mouth
Page 26 - French squares, various types
Page 27 - Round wide mouth prescription bottles
Page 28 - Blakes
Page 29 - Standard Blakes
Page 30 - Various round oils & vials
Page 31 - Castor Oil Flasks and Rounds
Page 32 - Castor Oil Flasks and Ovals
Page 33 - Castor Oil Panels
Page 34 - Milk of Magnesia
Page 35 - Effervescent Salts
Page 36 - Types of Our Regular Stock Packages (packaging only, no bottles)
Page 37 - Illini and Hub Ovals
Page 38 - Ovals
Page 39 - Ovals
Page 40 - Ovals
Page 41 - Polish Ovals
Page 42 - Ovals
Page 43 - Acid Bottles
Page 44 - Fluid Extracts
Page 45 - Round Packers
Page 46 - Round Packers
Page 47 - Peroxides (and their packaging)
Page 48 - Peroxides (and their packaging)
Page 49 - Serum Bottles
Page 50 - Serum Bottles, Essential Oils and Nitrous Ether
Page 51 - Round Wide Mouths
Page 52 - Round Wide Mouths and Battery Jars
Page 53 - Corn Cures, Typewriter Oils, Etc.
Page 54 - Suppositories (yes, bottles for such)
Page 55 - Embalming Fluid Bottles
Page 56 - Various types (paneled square, malt extract or tonic, round tonic, and others)
Page 57 - Blakes
Page 58 - Blakes
Page 59 - Tablets
Page 60 - Tablets
Page 61 - Tablets
Page 62 - Argyle Panels
Page 63 - Ball Neck Panels
Page 64 - Ball Neck Panels
Page 65 - Panels
Page 66 - Panels
Page 67 - Panels
Page 68 - Panels
Page 69 - Oval Panels
Page 70 - Oval Panels
Page 71 - Extract Cruets and Bottles

TOILET WATER  & PERFUME BOTTLES
Page 72 - The All Glass Sprinkler Top Finish (a new finish type discussion)
Page 73 - Round and French Toilets
Page 74 - Toilet Water Bottles
Page 75 - Toilet Water Bottles
Page 76 - Toilet Water Bottles
Page 77 - Paris Squares
Page 78 - Toilet Water Bottles
Page 79 - Toilet Water Bottles
Page 80 - Toilet Water Bottles
Page 81 - Gothic Toilet Creams and Velva Toilets
Page 82 - Toilet Cream Panels
Page 83 - Toilet Water Bottles
Page 84 - Toilet Water Bottles
Page 85 - Toilet Water Bottles
Page 86 - Toilet Water Bottles
Page 87 - Toilet Water Bottles
Page 88 - Perfume Bottles
Page 89 - Perfume Bottles
Page 90 - Perfume Bottles
Page 91 - Perfume Bottles
Page 92 - Brilliantines, Sachet, Bandolines and Atomizers

CREAM & OINTMENT BOTTLES & JARS
Page 93 - Toilet Cream Jars
Page 94 - Toilet Cream Jars
Page 95 - Toilet Cream Jars
Page 96 - Pomades, Toilet Creams, and Bath Salts
Page 97 - Opal Ointment Jars
Page 98 - Opal Ointment Jars

GLASS JUGS
Page 99 - Glass Jugs for Every Purpose
Page 100 - Wide Mouth and Semi-Wide Mouth Glass Jugs
Page 101 - Glass Jug Packages

FOOD BOTTLES
Page 102 - Catsup Bottles
Page 103 - Catsup Bottles
Page 104 - Catsup Bottles
Page 105 - Catsup Bottles (packaging; no bottles)
Page 106 - Chile Sauce and Salad Dressing Bottles
Page 107 - Sauce Bottles: Club Sauce, Pepper Sauce, Tabasco Sauce
Page 108 - Grape Juice Bottles
Page 109 - Vinegar Bottles
Page 110 - Vinegar Bottles and Jugs
Page 111 - Jug Packers

Page 112 - Vinegar Jugs
Page 113 - Vinegar Jugs
Page 114 - The Variable Ledge Priof Finish (a new food jar closure)
Page 115 - Mayonnaise Jars
Page 116 - Masons, Preserves, Pickles and Mustards (introductory page; no bottles)
Page 117 - Packer Jars
Page 118 - Packer Jars
Page 119 - Fruit Jars
Page 120 - Packer Jars
Page 121 - Packer and Malted Milk Jars
Page 122 - Candy Jars
Page 123 - Candy Jars
Page 124 - Honey Jars
Page 124 - Preserve Jars
Page 125 - Preserve Jars
Page 126 - Preserve Jars
Page 127 - Preserve Jars
Page 128 - Pickle Bottles
Page 129 - Pickle Bottles
Page 130 - Pickle and Olive Jars
Page 130 - Horse Radish Bottles
Page 131 - Horse Radish Bottles
Page 132 - Horse Radish Bottles
Page 133 - Horse Radish Bottles
Page 134 - Horse Radish Bottles
Page 135 - Mustard Jars
Page 136 - Mustard Jars
Page 137 - Mustard Jars
Page 138 - Mustard Jars
Page 139 - Mustard Jars
Page 140 - Chows and Relishes
Page 141 - Celery Salts and Spices

HOUSEHOLD BOTTLES (Non-food)
Page 142 - Quart Oil Dispensing Jars and Gallon Oil Containers
Page 143 - Paint and Shellac Jars
Page 144 - Polish Bottles
Page 145 - Polish Bottles
Page 146 - Polish Bottles
Page 147 - Inks and Pastes
Page 148 - Inks and Pastes
Page 149 - Bluing Bottles
Page 150 - Ammonia Ovals

LIQUOR, LIQUEUR & WINE BOTTLES (made even during the depths of Prohibition!)
Page 151 - Liquor bottles (cylinders, flasks and miniature/samples)
Page 152 - Liquor bottles (decanter-like, champagnes, scotch, others)
Page 153 - Liquor & wine bottles (cognac, Kimmel, hock wine, others)

SODA, BEER & WATER BOTTLES
Page 154 - The Priof Finish (a new - crown cap accepting - finish)
Page 155 - Plain Sodas and Ginger Ales
Page 156 - Ginger Ales, Emerald Green Ginger Ales
Page 157 - Beers
Page 158 - Special Patented Design Soda Bottles
Page 159 - Special Patented Design Soda Bottles
Page 160 - Special Patented Design Soda Bottles
Page 161 - Private Mold Soda Bottles
Page 162 - Private Mold Soda Bottles
Page 163 - Private Mold Soda Bottles
Page 164 - Quart Sodas
Page 165 - Actual Capacity Water Packer

SODA PACKING CASES & MATERIALS (no bottles in this section)
Page 166 - City Delivery Cases
Page 167 - Shipping Cases

BIG BOTTLES & THEIR PACKAGES (carboys; some pages have no bottles, just packing)
Page 168 - Big Bottles and Their packages (introduction)
Page 169 - The Big Bottle Line
Page 170 - 5 Gallon Water Bottles
Page 171 - 5 Gallon Semi-Wide Mouth; A Wide Mouth, Cork Finish Line
Page 172 - The Glass Bucket Line
Page 173 - Wicker Covered Bottles
Page 174 - Shipment packing
Page 175 - M. T. Bottle Carton & Crate
Page 176 - Diamond "I" Crate; Rubber Bumper Crate
Page 177 - "Diamond I" Tilter Top Crate; Full Height Crate
Page 178 - "Alton" Box; "One Trip Box"
Page 179 - Packages for Acids and Other Dangerous Liquids
Page 180 - Regular Carboy Boxes
Page 181 - Illinois Tilter Top Box
Page 182 - Illinois Carboy Boxes
Page 183 - Safety Carrier; Ideal Box

WOOD/CORRUGATED BOXES & RESHIPPING CASES (no bottles in this section)
Page 184 - Wood Boxes & Reshipping Cases (introduction)
Page 185 - Wood Box Division discussion
Page 186 - Wood Box Division discussion (continued)
Page 187 - Wood Box Division discussion (continued)
Page 188 - Lock Corner, Nailed & Cleated Cases
Page 189 - Wood Reshipping Cases
Page 190 - Wood Reshipping Cases
Page 191 - Corrugated Boxes and Reshipping Cases (introduction)
Page 192 - Corrugated Division discussion
Page 193 - Corrugated Division discussion (continued)
Page 194 - Corrugated Division discussion (continued)
Page 195 - Single Faced Corrugated Rolls
Page 196 - Single Faced Corrugated Sheets; Double Faced Corrugated Fibreboard
Page 197 - Single Strength Slotted Box
Page 198 - Double Strength Slotted Box; Double Strength Slotted Box with Partitions
Page 199 - Corrugated Fibreboard Reshipping Cases
Page 200- Corrugated Partition Packing
Page 201 - Two-Piece Slide Box
Page 202 - Three-Piece Slide Box
Page 203 - Single Face Tubes; Single Face Square/Octagon Cartons; Single Face Scored Sheets
Page 204 - Champion Bottle Wrapper

PERFUME BOTTLE SECTION (all hand blown bottles, not machine-made)
Page 205 - Perfume Bottle Section (introduction)
Page 206 - Perfume bottles
Page 207 - Perfume bottles
Page 208 - Perfume bottles
Page 209 - Perfume bottles
Page 210 - Perfume bottles
Page 211 - Perfume bottles
Page 212 - Perfume bottles
Page 213 - Perfume bottles
Page 214 - Perfume bottles
Page 215 - Perfumes and Toilet Water
Page 216 - Perfumes and Toilet Water
Page 217 - Perfumes and Toilet Water
Page 218 - Perfumes and Toilet Water
Page 219 - Perfumes and Toilet Water
Page 220 - Perfumes, Toilet Waters and Toilet Creams
Page 221 - Bulk Perfumes
Page 222 - Bulk Perfumes
Page 223 - Bulk Perfumes
Page 224 - Barber Stand Bottles
Page 225 - Sachet Powders
Page 226 - Bandolines and Tooth Powders
Page 227 - Cold Creams
Page 228 - Cold Creams and Smelling Salts
Page 229 - Talcum Powders
Page 230 - Talcum Powders

SHELF WARE/ SHOP FURNITURE & MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS (also probably hand blown)
Page 231 - Shelf Ware - Shop Furniture
Page 232 - Shelf Ware - Shop Furniture
Page 233 - Candy Jars
Page 234 - Fire Extinguisher bottles
Page 235 - Glass Parts of Equipment (vending globes, oilers)
Page 236 - Glass Parts of Equipment (soap venders)
Page 237 - Plain Sample Oils; Lettered Sample Oils

PEG STOPPERS (shell cork type glass stoppers)
Page 238 - Peg Stoppers (introduction)
Page 239 - Peg Stoppers
Page 240 - Peg Stoppers
Page 241 - Peg Stoppers
Page 242 - Peg Stoppers
Page 243 - Peg Stoppers
Page 244 - Peg Stoppers
Page 245 - Peg Stoppers
Page 246 - Peg Stoppers
Page 247 - Peg Stoppers

CORKS (no bottles in this section)
Page 248 - Corks (section beginning illustration)
Page 249 - Cork Division discussion
Page 250 - Cork Division discussion (continued)
Page 251 - Cork Division discussion (continued)
Page 252 - "Corks That Cork" discussion
Page 253 - Shell Corks and cork Specialties; Miscellaneous (cork) Items

"DIAMOND I" CARTONS (also Counter and Window Display Devices)
Page 254 - "Diamond I" Cartons (introduction illustration)
Page 255 - Cartons - Labels
Page 256 - Carton and Label Division discussion
Page 257 - Carton and Label Division discussion (continued)
Page 258 - Carton and Label Division discussion (continued)
Page 259 - Carton and Label Division discussion (continued)
Page 260 - "Diamond I" Mailers

MACHINERY DIVISION (various bottling & related machines)
Page 261 - Machinery Division (Introduction)
Page 262 - Machinery Division (Introduction continued)
Page 263 - Machinery Division (Introduction continued)
Page 264 - Machinery Division (Introduction continued)
Page 265 - Machinery Division (Introduction continued)
Page 266 - U. S. Revolving Washer, Rinser and Sterilizer
Page 267 - U. S. Paragon Bottle Washer with Single Line Discharge
Page 268 - U. S. Paragon Multiple Bottle Washer and Dryer
Page 269 - U. S. Cascade Jar and Tumbler Washer and Dryer
Page 270 - U. S. Outside Bottle Washing and Drying Units
Page 271 - U. S. Combination Bottle Soaking, Rinsing and Draining Outfits
Page 272 - U. S. Five Gallon Washer, Rinser and Sterilizer
Page 273 - U. S. Five Gallon Bottle Filler (Siphon Principle)
Page 274 - U. S. Hand Filters
Page 275 - U. S. Santo Bottling Outfit
Page 276 - U. S. Special Santo Outfit For All-Glass Sprinkler-Top Bottles
Page 277 - U. S. Stone jar Filling Outfit
Page 278 - U. S. Power Agitating and Hand Filling Outfits
Page 279 - U. S. Siphon Principle Filling Machines (Standard Construction)
Page 280 - U. S. Siphon Principle Filling Machine (Special Style for Acetic Products)
Page 281 - U. S. Acme Filler (Accurate Measure Principle)
Page 282 - U. S. Ointment and Face Cream Filling and Cooling Outfit
Page 283 - U. S. Ideal Straight-Line Vacuum Filler For All-Glass Sprinkler-Top Bottles
Page 284 - U. S. Ideal Vacuum Principle Filling Outfit
Page 285 - U. S. Ideal Rotary Filler (Vacuum Siphon Principle)
Page 286 - U. S. Ideal Rotary Catsup Filler (Vacuum Principle)
Page 287 - U. S. Revolving Conveyor Table
Page 288 - Belt Conveyor Tables
Page 289 - U. S. Majestic Corker Conveyor (Single Wheel for Tapered Corks)
Page 290 - U. S. Capper Conveyor (Spinning Type)
Page 291 - U. S. Rotary "Atlas" Capper, Chuck Type with Automatic Feed and Discharge
Page 292 - U. S. "Atlas" Capper Single Head, Automatic Chuck Type
Page 293 - U. S. Ideal Vacuum Filler and "Atlas" Capper for Mustard
Page 294 - U. S. Single Head "Atlas" Capper, Chuck Style; "Atlas" Hand Capper
Page 295 - U. S. Pumps for Every Requirement
Page 296 - U. S. Drum Multiple Disc Filter
Page 297 - U. S. Drum Multiple Disc Filter Combination Outfit No. 6
Page 298 - U. S. Combination Outfits
Page 299 - U. S. Combination Outfits
Page 300 - U. S. Pasteurizer and Cooler

CHEMICAL GLASSWARE
Page 301 - Chemical Glassware Division (introduction)
Page 302 - Homeopathic Vials (introduction)
Page 303 - Homeopathic Vials (machines)
Page 304 - Machine Made Homeopathic Vials (cork closure)
Page 305 - Machine Made Screw Cap Vials
Page 306 - Machine Made Shell Vials

GENERAL CLASSIFIED INDEX

Page 307 - Acid Bottles to Cold Creams
Page 308 - College Ovals to Glass Stoppers
Page 309 - Globes to Narrow Mouth French Squares
Page 310 - Narrow Mouth Round Prescriptions to Prescription Ware Packages
Page 311 - Preserve Jars to Sterilizers and Washers
Page 312 - Stock Packages to Wrappers for Bottles

End of the catalog.


1/1/2014

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