Tools in Bottles

Full Pictures and Close-ups: Patriotic WPA Tools

Size Bottle Markings
10 7/8" round liquor bottle; "Federal law forbids the sale or reuse of this bottle"
Description, including signature and date
This bottle contains a collection of crudely carved tools. The notable feature of this bottle is not the fineness of the carving but the labels written on the tools. The hammer is inscribed in pencil "WPA Hammer", and other tools are similarly identified. The square stopper, which has lost its cross piece to anchor it, is inscribed on the shaft: "Not made in Russia" on one side, "God Bless America" on another, and "Wm Anderson Faribault" on another. Another bottle by William Anderson, in another private collection, is almost identical except that it says "Not made in Germany", and he adds "Minn" after Faribault. Faribault is a city in Minnesota. The bottle is not dated, but it must have been made in the 1930's or 1940's. He made several bottles like this. An anti-Nazi bottle is on this website.

The WPA was a depression-era agency of the federal government that gave jobs to the unemployed. It started as Works Progress Administration but was later changed to Work Projects Administration.


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