Blue bottle tree revisited







Exactly 30 months and 3 days ago, The Blount Countian featured a photo story on Stanley Moss’s blue bottle tree, on display at Memorial Museum. Turns out blue bottle trees have an interesting history as display items in the South. (See the paper’s website if you’re interested. Type “blue bottle tree” in the search box.) Blue bottle tree, mind you. Now, The Picket Fence, a gift shop in Oneonta, has introduced a new wrinkle on the old tradition: a red bottle tree, or a green bottle tree, or a whatever-color-suits-yourfancy bottle tree, because you collect the bottles for it yourself. We normally would not provide news coverage of an item for sale, but this one is novel enough to make an exception. The ‘tree’ shown here is made of rebar (Stanley’s was a real tree) welded and “bottled” by the husband and wife team of Mally and Randall Bugg of Straight Mountain. It’s $100 for the tree and $7 apiece for the bottles, if they’re red. (Different prices for different colors.) Or you can buy just the tree and collect your own bottles. Stanley’s bottles had a fascinating history all their own, collected from out-of-the-way places from all over the state (including one from an alley on Southside in Birmingham – wouldn’t you like to hear the rest of that story!). At any rate, it can give a whole new lease on life to the idea of an interesting conversation piece. Not to mention an offbeat hobby. – Ron Gholson

Exactly 30 months and 3 days ago, The Blount Countian featured a photo story on Stanley Moss’s blue bottle tree, on display at Memorial Museum. Turns out blue bottle trees have an interesting history as display items in the South. (See the paper’s website if you’re interested. Type “blue bottle tree” in the search box.) Blue bottle tree, mind you. Now, The Picket Fence, a gift shop in Oneonta, has introduced a new wrinkle on the old tradition: a red bottle tree, or a green bottle tree, or a whatever-color-suits-yourfancy bottle tree, because you collect the bottles for it yourself. We normally would not provide news coverage of an item for sale, but this one is novel enough to make an exception. The ‘tree’ shown here is made of rebar (Stanley’s was a real tree) welded and “bottled” by the husband and wife team of Mally and Randall Bugg of Straight Mountain. It’s $100 for the tree and $7 apiece for the bottles, if they’re red. (Different prices for different colors.) Or you can buy just the tree and collect your own bottles. Stanley’s bottles had a fascinating history all their own, collected from out-of-the-way places from all over the state (including one from an alley on Southside in Birmingham – wouldn’t you like to hear the rest of that story!). At any rate, it can give a whole new lease on life to the idea of an interesting conversation piece. Not to mention an offbeat hobby. – Ron Gholson