Saturdays usually mean a bit of the grounds maintenance and I got a little carried away this morning, attacking a particularly prolific stand of weeds that had been left alone too long and taken over a corner of the backyard. During the course of de-earthing the greenware I unearthed some old glassware in the form of two intact screw-top bottles ó the clear one embossed at the bottom with SCHENLEY (a brand of Canadian whiskey I learned was first sold in 1945), and the brown one embossed only with HALF PINT. But both were stamped at the base of their necks with something I’d never seen before: FEDERAL LAW FORBIDS THE SALE OR RE-USE OF THIS BOTTLE.
Googling the phrase verbatim I found out that between 1932 and 1964 it was the law of the land that all liqour containers had to state the above, which means these bottles have been buried in our Silver Lake backyard for a minimum of 41 years. Probably longer. So maybe it’s not a plesiosaur tooth, but I really dig stuff like this… literally and figuratively. [Click the image to biggify]