MAFJ&BC Show January 2012

Annual Show

Muncie, Indiana

January 6 – 8, 2012

These are pictures of the exhibition floor Sunday, January 8, 2012 at the Annual Show of the Midwest Antique Fruit Jar and Bottle Club at the Horizon Convention Center in Muncie, Indiana. More pictures and a report were published in the January issue of Glass Chatter by the Midwest Antique Fruit Jar and Bottle Club.

The Signature Inn hosted many activities Wednesday through Saturday and made us feel very welcome.

There were people waiting to get in when the doors opened Sunday morning at 9:00 AM.

Shoppers and collectors alike flooded the floor.

Anne Szopa and her sister take in the sights of the show.

Fruit Jar Get-Together

The following pictures were taken Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012, at the Fruit Jar Get Together and Auction at the Signature Inn, Muncie.

Greg Spurgeon shows a jar at the “Show and Tell.”

Wanda Yoder tells about a modern Ball half-pint jar, filled with pumpkin butter.

Tom Caniff with a stoneware butter jar with an unusual closure.

Russ and Heidi Crupe show a printer’s lithograph stone. This is how “lithographs” were originally made.

Tom Sproat with a cast iron porcelain lined jar.

Jeff Klingler tells about some jars.

Bill Burgess holds an advertising poster in mint condition for the auction.

Joe Coulson showing “Hoosier Poet” brand product cans.


Awards were presented to the exhibitors whose displays were voted the best in several categories.

Bruce Schank won both the “People’s Choice” and “Dealer’s Choice” Awards for his display of Ball Jars.
Congratulations to Bruce for winning two awards.

After winning both the “Most Educational” Award and the “Dealer’s Choice” Award last year, Tom Sproat returned to again take the “Most Educational” Award for his display “Tools of the Trade” featuring many hand tools from the early days of jar making.
Congratulations to Tom for winning this award.


Bruce Schank won the People’s Choice and Dealer’s Choice awards with his display of Ball Jars.

Wanda Yoder and Jean Harbron showed the ultimate purpose of fruit jars with their display WE CAN.

Tom Sproat won the Most Educational Award by showing many interesting Tools of the Trade used in early glass making.

Joe Coulson showed the product that got Ball started with his display of Kerosene Oil Cans.

Jeff Harper had a fine display of Special Run Ball Jars from El Monte.

Mike Jordan showed many Atlas Jars.

Gary Moore’s display showed many kinds of Small Mouth Pint Jars.

Dick Cole showed many items from the defunct Penley Product Line that never reached market.

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