After digging a rare H.I. Hough Pharmacists Olneyville, RI medicine a few posts back, it appears that someone saw my post! A variant (an even nicer version with the address embossed) surfaced on ebay. I prepared for some fierce bidding, but winning was easy :-)
A trip back to the city dump was planned as a simple souting run, but when I saw that a 20 ft. long by 4 ft. deep trench had been dug in a dumpy area, that changed quickly! Right on the surface was a Puritan Bottling Co. Providence, RI crown top soda. This example lacks any punctuation whatsoever.
At the Little Rhody Bottle Club's summer tailgate show, I was excited to pick up a Joseph Demers Pawtuchet, RI error blob. Since Pawtucket is misspelled Pawtuchet, I call it the “sneeze error” version. It was previously undocumented!
Also in June was the summer Brimfield show. Usually hot and unbearable, attendees were spared with temperatures in the high 70s/low 80s. The finds were about average until I chanced upon a Milwaukee Lager by Joseph Bush Pawtucket, RI blob. This is one of the rarest beer bottles from RI, and it was an unlisted split size! A “split” soda or beer is usually about 8” compared to a normal size beer (9-91/2”) or a squat soda (ca. 7-1/2”). They are one of my favorite sizes because RI ones are quite rare and on the early side (1870s-80s).
I couldn't pass up a clear McManus & Meade Western Hotel Nasonville, RI crown top at Brimfield. While these are common bottles, variants about, including this one. With no periods in RI, it was a new variant!