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Advertising Openers: A Guide to Beer Openers & More

Donald A. Bull & John R. Stanley

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This valuable and expansive guide to advertising openers of all sorts features over 1,500 images picturing more than 2,800 openers and corkscrews. It is the ultimate guide to bottle openers. Whether you are interested in flat figural, key shape, wire formed, souvenir, and multipurpose openers or lifters, piercers, can keys, and smokers tools, you will find them here. Part 1 groups beer advertising openers and corkscrews in an alphanumeric system. Part 2 has special chapters on manufacturers' openers, beverage openers, can keys, smoker's tools, souvenir openers, and World's Fair openers. Patent drawings and details are included with many of the photo captions. Value ranges are shown. A chronological index of American patents and a type index in Part 3 also make this book an invaluable reference. May this publication "open" the minds of new and experienced collectors to the expanse of this unique and fascinating hobby.

Size: 9" x 12" | 1554 color photos | 288 pp
ISBN13: 9780764346774

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Don Bull is a retired executive with an unquenchable thirst for corkscrews and corkscrew knowledge. In 1968, he was rummaging through a box in an antique store and found a bottle cap lifter embossed “Budweiser Means Moderation.” That was the beginning of a beer advertising opener collection that grew to over 4000 in the next 20 years. In 1978, Don published his first book on beer advertising openers and corkscrews. In 1979, he founded “Just for Openers.” By then he had developed a greater passion for corkscrews and, eventually, he sold the opener collection. In 1982, Don was invited to join the International Correspondence of Corkscrew Addicts (ICCA). This prestigious organization was founded in 1974 and is limited to 50 members worldwide. In 1986, he was appointed editor of the ICCA’s Bottle Scrue Times, a position he held for four years. In 1991, he was elected Chief Correspondent and in 1993, he became Right. The “Right” is the leader of the ICCA. He stepped down after three years and retired with the title of “Mirth Right.”Don is a member of the ICCA, the Canadian Corkscrew Collectors Club (CCCC), Just for Openers (JFO), the American Breweriana Association (ABA), and the National Association of Breweriana Advertising (NABA).John Stanley is a retired computer payroll programmer for UNC Chapel Hill and has collected bottle openers since 1977. His mother brought home a board of wire “E” type openers. Like most opener collectors, John thought he was the only person collecting these neat little advertising items. Over the next few years his collection grew slowly until a fateful day in 1982 at a flea market when he found out about Don Bull and “Just For Openers.” His informant only had a name and town but Don received his request about JFO and opened a whole new world about bottle openers. Hundreds of other collectors existed and he was hooked for sure now.John attended his first “Just for Openers” convention in 1986 and this further enhanced his desire to learn more about openers. He had never seen so many openers in one place. In 1994 he took over as “Editor” of the JFO newsletter and has held the position since. Also in that year he republished Don’s original JFO opener book and has continued to issue yearly updates since. With over 1,600 types and almost 19,000 listings, the “Handbook”, was the “bible” for bottle opener collectors.John is a member of Just for Openers (JFO), the Canadian Corkscrew Collectors Club (CCCC), Eastern Coast Breweriana Association (ECBA), the American Breweriana Association (ABA), the National Association of Breweriana Advertising (NABA) and the Breweriana Collectors Club of America (BCCA). Besides being the current editor of the JFO newsletter, John was former membership secretary for ECBA and executive secretary for NABA. His collection has grown to over 5,000 openers and corkscrews.