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    Duraglas GUM Turpentine glass bottle. 1939?

    Hey all.

    Was checking out a new junk hole spot the other day and seen this sticking somewhat from the ground. I recovered it and seen it is an old turpentine bottle. The bottom says duraglas. Someone said they believed it to be from 1939. Any idea's? thanks!
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    Jul 2011
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    Re: Duraglas GUM Turpentine glass bottle. 1939?


    I just posted a duraglas bottle on here an learned a bunch about them. That symbol indicates it was made by the Owens-Illinois Glass Company.

    The 7 to the left of the symbol means it was made in Alton, Ill.

    I don't think it can be 1939 because Duraglas was not put on bottles until 1940. The diamond with the o and i and Duraglas together puts the bottle inbetween 1940 and about 1958.

    The 1 to the right of the symbols indicates the year it was made ended in a 1. So either 1941 or 1951. And those numbers were marked with a dot from 40 to 46. I didn't really see a distinct dot after that so it makes me think 1951.

    But a smarter bottle person will come in here to corroborate.

  3. #3
    Sep 2009
    Southern California
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    Re: Duraglas GUM Turpentine glass bottle. 1939?

    dapperandy ~

    Good job! You almost got it! (1941).

    ( By 1951 they were solidly into the double-digit codes ).

    The following will help for future references regarding ...

    Single digit date ~ vs ~ Double digit date

    Owens-Illinois/Duraglas continued the single-digit numeral/period system until 1946, although the company began integrating a two-digit system as early as 1943.

    ~ * ~

    [ Other clues also help - and not just on bottles - but other products as well ]

    The first installment of the "Approved" list appeared in the December 1909 issue and featured the inauguration of the "Good Housekeeping Tested and Approved Seal by the Good Housekeeping Institute conducted by Good Housekeeping Magazine." Twenty-one consumer products were listed in the issue and included various household appliances, such as a washing machine, refrigerator, gas range, and an electric iron. By the end of 1910, almost 200 products were qualified to carry the "Seal of Approval."


    [ One of the first ads for Owens-Illinois/Duraglas - Dated 1940 ]
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