National Newsletters have been published by Open Salt Collectors since Fall 2001 and are linked below EXCEPT those published in the past 5 years. The more current issues are available to subscribers only. If you would like to receive any or all of the National Newsletters issued in the past 5 years, or, even better, a subscription to the National Newsletter, click on the following link for a subscription form!
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Indices to National Newsletters:
Alphabetical Listing of Articles
Chronological Listing of Articles
Listing of Articles by Author
Listing of Articles by Subject
ISSUE #1--FALL 2001
ISSUE #2--SPRING 2002
ISSUE #3--FALL 2002
ISSUE #4--SPRING 2003
ISSUE #5--FALL 2003
ISSUE #6--SPRING 2004
ISSUE #7--FALL 2004
ISSUE #8--SPRING 2005
ISSUE #9--FALL 2005
ISSUE #10--SPRING 2006
ISSUE #11--FALL 2006
ISSUE #12--SPRING 2007
ISSUE #13--FALL 2007
ISSUE #14--SPRING 2008
ISSUE #15--FALL 2008
ISSUE #16--SPRING 2009
ISSUE #17--FALL 2009
ISSUE #18--SPRING 2010
ISSUE #19--FALL 2010
ISSUE #20--SPRING 2011
ISSUE #21--FALL 2011
ISSUE #22--SPRING 2012
ISSUE #23--SUMMER 2012
ISSUE #24--FALL 2012
ISSUE #25--SPRING 2013
ISSUE #26--SUMMER 2013
ISSUE #27--WINTER 2013
ISSUE #28--SPRING 2014
ISSUE #29--FALL 2014
ISSUE #30--WINTER 2014
ISSUE #31--SPRING 2015
ISSUE #32--FALL 2015
ISSUE #33--SPRING 2016
ISSUE #34--SUMMER 2016
ISSUE #35--FALL 2016
Articles by Ed & Kay Berg
As you will see below, Mr. Ed Berg, aided by his wife Kay, was by far the most prolific author of articles related to open salts and open salt collecting. We are greatly indebted to Ed and Kay for giving us permission to include all their many articles here for all to enjoy and learn from. For more information about Ed and Kay Berg, please read the following Biography.
View from the Salt Box:
On November 12, 2002 Ed Berg was a guest on the Martha Stewart Living television program. With their kind permission, we are able to include a copy of that program here:
OLD SALTS by Mr. & Mrs. Addison E. Coddington
This is one of the earliest references created specifically for open salt collectors, focusing on table salts (more commonly known as "master salts"). It was the work of Mr. & Mrs. Addison E. Coddington of Indianapolis, Indiana and "published" in 1940. Only 100 copies were made so finding an original is almost impossible. Ed and Kay Berg found one of these rare originals in 1984 in the Toledo Public Library and recognizing its importance to open salt collectors, made the effort to contact descendants of Mr. & Mrs. Coddington and receive their permission to republish the book. Ed and Kay did just that, expanding the book by adding descriptions of the salts pictured as well as cross references with other open salt reference books; and they have given their kind permission for us to include their reprint and related documents here, using the links below. Note: Also below are links to the original 'intro' to "OLD SALTS" as well as to the 'intro' and 'Notes' written by Ed and Kay Berg to their reprint. Each of these are included in the reprint itself but are worth reading separately as they show the dedication and commitment shown by both the Coddingtons and the Bergs!
Color-Induction Effects of Gamma Radiation on Salts
This project was initially conceived in 2004 as a combined effort of the New England Society of Open Salt Collectors (NESOSC) and the Open Salt Collectors of the Atlantic Region (OSCAR). It was presented to the Board of the national Open Salt Collectors at their 9th Convention in 2005 where it was authorized and funded. The results of this project were first presented on June 9, 2007 at the 10th National Open Salt Collectors Convention which was held in Indianapolis, IN. The final report from this timely and interesting project is available using the link below.
Articles Authored by Ed Bowman
Ed Bowman has been one of the more dedicated researchers and prolific authors in the past few decades and he has kindly given us his permission to incorporate the articles he has written on the OSC Website. We are very appreciative of Ed’s generosity and his willingness to share his passion and hard work with us and we would encourage all readers to start their exploration of Ed’s writings with his biography by following the link below.
Archive of National Open Salt Collector's
(NOSC) Convention Salts
Errata--errors, corrections and additions to open salt publications
5,000 OPEN SALTS: A Collectors' Guide By William Heacock & Patricia Johnson--more coming soon!
- H&J #151 Mt. Washington--Denise Lonergan
H&J #2536 is Riverside Glassworks' AMERICA Pattern; circa 1898--Lynda Lalonde
H&J #2538--Not the HARVARD Pattern but instead the COLUMBIA Pattern by Tarentum Glass Co.--Lynda LaLonde
H&J #2622--Not identified in book, but it is the HERMITAGE Pattern by Fostoria--Lynda LaLonde
H&J #2626--FINE DIAMOND Pattern; what is pictured is an ashtray and not a jelly bowl as identified in the book--Lynda LaLonde
H&J #2887--FLAWLESS Pattern by Duncan & Miller; pattern also called TOP NOTCH--Lynda LaLonde
H&J #3679--Fostoria's #112 Pattern; this piece is really a sponge cup, not an open salt--Lynda LaLonde
H&J #3737--"Novelty Log"; made by Campbell, Jones & Co. (not Portland Glass) and named RUSTIC Pattern--Lynda LaLonde
PRESSED GLASS SALT DISHES OF THE LACY PERIOD 1825-1850 By L. W. and D. B. NEAL--coming soon!
The OPEN SALT Compendium by Sandra Jzyk & Nina Robertson--coming soon!