Unreal light puce Dr. Tebbitt’s dive find !

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Bottle : Dr. Tebbitt’s Physiological Hair Regenerator

 Year dug : 2014

 Type of dive site: Fresh water pond

 

Notes: I am the one who found this dive “site”, but I didn’t find this bottle. My diving buddy found it, and we just worked a deal on it. I had found a locomotive bell at the site, and lost it in the mud. He came to help me find it, and went to scour the area for other stuff, covering an area that I had already covered at the bottom of the pond. All I could find were 1950s jars and medicine bottles. But when my friend swam back to where I was looking for the bell, he held up this Dr. Tebbett’s! It is just about the best one I have ever seen. Tebbit’s are one of my favorite bottles, they are from Manchester NH, so I find shards of them from time to time, but I don’t have a whole one yet

Bottle : Dr. Tebbitt’s Physiological Hair Regenerator

Year dug : 2014

Type of dive site: Fresh water pond

Notes: I am the one who found this dive “site”, but I didn’t find this bottle. My diving buddy found it, and we just worked a deal on it. I had found a locomotive bell at the site, and lost it in the mud. He came to help me find it, and went to scour the area for other stuff, covering an area that I had already covered at the bottom of the pond. All I could find were 1950s jars and medicine bottles. But when my friend swam back to where I was looking for the bell, he held up this Dr. Tebbett’s! It is just about the best one I have ever seen. Tebbit’s are one of my favorite bottles, they are from Manchester NH, so I find shards of them from time to time, but I don’t have a whole one yet

Diving in Auburn, ME

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Was diving in a river up in Auburn Maine a few months back, and noticed a guy hiding in the tall grass, taking pictures of me with a telephoto lens.  Turned out he was from the Auburn newspaper, and I wound up on the front cover that night. Damn bottle paparazzi !

 

 

Civil War Letters Sold at Auction

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Over 26 letters were found in a home in York, ME, corresponding between a soldier in the Civil War and his family. Scanned copies of this letters will be posted soon for those who are interested!

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The letter on the right included a ticket to the Maine State Fair, 1880.

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Digging in Salt Marshes

One of my favorite places to find buried bottles are tidal salt marshes. Salt marshes are long flat tracts of land made of compacted silty dirt, usually covered in Salt Grass or Cord Grass. The salt marshes have naturally formed “canals” , and sometimes additionally man made canals, which fill and empty with water from the ocean at high and low tides. There are locations all up and down the North East Atlantic coast, where the ocean waves crash in to rocky or sandy shorelines, and then “breathe” daily in and out of salt marshes, which are often a mile or more wide, separating the “beach” from dry solid land, suitable for building homes.

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Evidently, some folks used the in and out of the tides, to throw away their trash, dumping it at the tip end of a canal that came up to their back property line, and let the tide eventually drag it out to sea. Not a terrible idea, if you think about it, if it is one person doing it. But once you have 100 people doing it, it is an ecological mess. Obviously and thankfully it’s quite illegal now. But if you can find spots where this is done, and you have some good high “mud boots”, you can walk these canals, and occasionally find old bottles.

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There are also dumps along the edge of salt marshes. These, in my opinion, have some of the greatest potential for finding new and “undug” dumps. If you find and get permission, from a nice big 1700s house built near the ocean side,with the back property line being a salt marsh, you may be lucky enough to find a real gold mine of a dump. I’ve only found a few over the years, “oceanside dump sites” as I call them. The two things I love about them, is one, the digging is relatively easy (if you have a probe), as the silty soil keeps the decades of gravity from pulling a pile of trash deep down into the ground, and under a root layer, like in the woods. The other thing is the type of soil in an oceanside dump, is a black silty type of soil which is of a consistency that preserves the glass, and leaves no stain. I’ve pulled bottles out of dumps like this, and he glass sparkles like the day it was made.
These oceanside dumps are located usually about 25 feet from the salt grass line, into the woods. If there is a rock wall headed down from the dwellings, it may help you pinpoint a dumps site.

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Lightning Fruit Jar

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Here is an example of a fairly common Lightning fruit jar, which in common aqua blueglass is worth about $5 on eBay. But in this vibrant cornflower blue color—with matching colored lid—it could possibly bring $100.