Privy digging in the yards of historic homes…….a favorite past time

Image of person ready to dig for bottlesI was a bit surprised. We had lived in our 1860s historic home in Kalamazoo for about 6 months when the UPS delivery man rang our doorbell, handed me a package and said, “Is this your home? Can I dig your privy?”

Say what??

“Can my partner and I come and dig your privys? There are a group of us who love digging out outhouses where we find all kinds of old bottles, dolls, toys, pottery, dishes, etc. Remember that outhouses are the places where things were thrown away…..”

Wow….the things that happen when you live in a historic house…..

For those of you who might like to join in the privy digging fun and the sharing of old bottles, you might want to check out the Kalamazoo Antique Bottle Club.

Here is the information about their club as found in the Local Organization Guide maintained by the Kalamazoo Public Library.

ATTN: Charles Parker
607 Crocket Ave
Portage, MI 49024
Personnel: Charles Parker, Contact, 269-329-0853.
Election: October
Goal: To increase interest and knowledge in antique bottles.
Services: April bottle show; monthly meetings (except June-August); information programs.
Area Served: Southwest Michigan.
Eligibility: Anyone interested in antique (historically significant) bottles.
Sources of support: Membership dues; annual show and raffle.
Affiliation: Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors.
Nonprofit Status: MI Nonprofit Corporation
Source of Info: Phone 01/2012 per Charles Parker.

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