In case you’re asking, “Who is this guy and where did he come up with this idea for a blog?”, let me introduce myself. My name is Steve Jackson and I have been collecting Warner’s Safe Cures for over 30 years. My interest in collecting Warner’s can be traced back to the first time I laid eyes on a book published by Mike Seeliger called “H. H. Warner: His Company & His Bottles” (1974). At the time, I was a member of the Richmond Area Bottle Collectors Association in Richmond, Virginia. I had just recently taken up bottle collecting and was trying to find an area of specialization.
At one of the RABCA meetings, I picked up a copy of Mike’s book and the rest was history. Although Mike’s book was not the first to include Warner’s Safe bottles, he was the first to devote an entire book to them. The book was simple with line drawings of the bottles, rather than photographs. If you have seen a copy of this book (which is now out of print), you know what I mean. I had seen the ubiquitous Warner’s Safe Kidney & Liver Cure, but had no idea that so many other variations existed including those from exotic places like Pressburg, Frankfurt, London, Melbourne and Dundein. Although funds were scarce (as I was a teenager at the time), I decided to collect as many of the variants in Mike’s book as possible and have been doing so ever since. Because there was no Internet or World Wide Web (Al Gore hadn’t invented it yet), I actually had to write to collectors who had foreign Warner’s for sale.
In the years since then, I have developed a pretty good base of knowledge about the various types of Warner’s, although I am always amazed that I learn something new all the time. I’d say I’m hooked for life.