Rudzinski has a souvenir — a small clear glass bottle embossed with the words “Ettinger’s Celebrated Rheumatic Remedy.” More information is etched into the side of the bottle: “V.I. Ettinger chemist Schenectady N.Y.” The bottle from another era is one of about 500 that Rudzinski owns in a collection stored inside his Schenectady home. The 71-year-old Rudzinski, a retired pipe fitter and president of the Capital Region Antique Bottle and Insulator Club, collects bottles for their beauty — some of his favorites are amber, green and cobalt blue. Green bottles are favorites because green glass was rare during the early 1900s.
Bottle collector John Rudzinski shows off part of his antique bottle collection at his home in Schenectady. On the right are bottles from Schenectady and on the left, Saratoga, Troy and surrounding areas.
Atwoods Jaundice Bitters bottle from the collection of John Rudzinski at his home in Schenectady.
Whiskey flasks with paper labels from Schenectady in the early 1910s to 1920s are part of Rudzinski’s collection.
These stoneware beer bottles from 1830-40 are part of Rudzinski’s collection.
Antique stoneware jugs from around 1840-1850 could have held anything from beer to vinegar. With the vendor name on the jug, it was also a form of advertising.