I feel like I start so many of my posts with “I was antique-shopping in Lebanon, IL and look what I found” that I could start a whole blog of just these posts. But this find – this find was spectacular – it was exciting – it left me researching the internet for hours.
Let me keep you in suspense and tell you the whole story. So I talked someone into going to Lebanon several weeks back. We went into some stores that I hadn’t yet been too. One store was in an old house and had a back garage that also was filled with stuff. I was poking around…not finding much. Then on the back of an old, dusty set of shelves I saw a glass milk bottle. I have a habit of looking for the Owen’s Illinois imprint and the Streator plant number whenever I’m out finding old stuff.
Side Note: For my non-Streator readers. Streator used to be a huge glass manufacturing town. Everyone from my home town has a relative who worked for the Owens glass factory. My father did, his father did…you get it.
Anyways…I notice the milk bottle says “Illinois Valley” on it. I got excited – that’s where I’m from afterall – and then I saw the whole thing:
Oh yes – It says Streator right on the bottle. I immediatly purchased it and called my father as he is my local Streator historian. He told me where the Illinois Valley Ice Cream Co. was located in Streator. I was even more excited.
This bottle was manufactured by Thatcher’s Glass (who also had a factory in Streator) and was probably manufactured between 1942 and 1944 from what I can find about the markings and because it has an ad for war bonds on the back.
I now have a thing for glass bottles. Because I need more stuff. But wait until later this weekend when I show you what my man brought home for me…it probably tops this (maybe)