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Lost and Found

While E. and I were hiking on Watchung Reservation this afternoon, we found the foundations of an abandoned building, and lying nearby in plain sight this souvenir.

There is an oval embossing near the neck, not really visible here, that says:

Curlice Brothers Co.
Rochester, NY

A little Googling tells us this was a bottle of ketchup produced by that company (a forerunner of today’s Birds Eye foods) sometime after 1896 but not later than 1925.

On the way from the car to the hike we watched a couple of teenage kids down by Seeley’s Pond amusing themselves by throwing rocks at a couple of the ducks swimming nearby. Somehow, this bottle remained intact for over 80 years with them, and their fathers before them, in the neighborhood.

A small miracle!

Tom McGee has been building web sites since 1995, and blogging here since 2006. Currently a senior developer at Seton Hall University, he's also a freelance web programmer and musician. Contact him if you have the need for a blog, web site, redesign or custom programming!

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