Wisconsin antique bottle and advertising

About Us

Our Mission: Our purpose is to encourage and promote the hobby of bottle and advertising collecting, encourage the ethical sale & trade, create displays of bottles, establish values for collectable bottles and advertising, promote safe and ethical bottle digging & diving, demonstrate respect for the property of others, and adhere to all state and federal laws. We strive to educate members and the public at large of the rich history associated with the bottles, jars, stoneware, ephemera and advertising go-withs. We welcome new members of all ages and currently have over 50 members. We are the one and only original Milwaukee club and one of the oldest continuously operating antique bottle clubs in the United States.

Our History: Our club was founded in 1972 by a group of dedicated diggers, divers, pickers, and collectors passionate about old bottles….. a hobby that exploded in popularity during the 1960’s and continues to have strong interest today. Several of these founding members are still with the club and have helped make the club a vital, thriving organization through its many annual shows, picnics, digs, and holiday banquets. A few members are no longer with us but fond memories of their friendship, great finds, contributions to our historical knowledge, and collecting passion remain.

Our Leadership:

President:  Sid Hatch

Vice President:  Scott Rizer

Editor & Treasurer:  Barna Bencs - who publishes a Great Monthly Newsletter!

Secretary:   Peter Maas 

Show Chairman:   David Kapsos & Board of Directors


Monthly meetings

Where? Held at McGinns (5901 W. Bluemound Rd. Milwaukee, WI 53213), members’ homes, and continuing in 2015 at local historical venues including historical societies in the area.

When? The second Tuesday of every month except August (in lieu of the picnic) and December (in lieu of a holiday banquet.)

What happens at the meetings?   
- Show and Tell!    
- Presentations by Members & Special Speakers  
- Tentative 2015 Events (TBD)
- Meeting at the Pabst Mansion
- Presentation by descendent of the”Miller Girl in the Moon” model
- Tour of the Beer Barons: Forest Home Cemetery
- Possible tour of one of the preeminent collectors in Wisconsin
- Presentation on Wisconsin Sodas (Roger Peters et al)

Short Business Meetings!!!!!!!!!

Other Events

•MABAC Annual Show: February of Every Year (since 1972) At Country Springs Hotel, Pewaukee Wisconsin

•Annual Picnic (With a member auction!)

•Bottle Digs (2 per summer)

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