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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.

Biography on Ed and Kay Berg

Salty Comments:

       INDEX                        Issue #22                   Issue #45                    Issue #67

       Issue #1                     Issue #23                   Issue #46                    Issue #68

       Issue #1 Addendum   Issue #24                   Issue #47                    Issue #69

       Issue #2                     Issue #25                   Issue #48                    Issue #70

       Issue #3                     Issue #26                   Issue #49                    Issue #71

       Issue #4                     Issue #27                   Issue #50                    Issue #72

       Issue #5                     Issue #28                   Issue #51                    Issue #73

       Issue #6                     Issue #29                   Issue #52                    Issue #74

       Issue #7                     Issue #30                   Issue #53                    Issue #75

       Issue #8                     Issue #31                   Issue #54                    Issue #76

       Issue #9                     Issue #32                   Issue #55                    Issue #77

       Issue #10                   Issue #33                   Issue #56                    Issue #78

       Issue #11                   Issue #34                   Issue #57                    Issue #79

       Issue #12                   Issue #35                   Issue #58                    Issue #80

       Issue #13                   Issue #36                   Issue #59                    Issue #81

       Issue #14                   Issue #37                   Issue #60                    Issue #82

       Issue #15                   Issue #38                   Issue #61                    Issue #83

       Issue #16                   Issue #39                   Issue #62                    Issue #84

       Issue #17                   Issue #40                   Issue #63                    Issue #85

       Issue #18                   Issue #41                   Issue #64                    Issue #86

       Issue #19                   Issue #42                   Issue #65                    Issue #87

       Issue #20                   Issue #43                   Issue #66                    Issue #88                     Issue #21                   Issue #44                   Issue #67

 

Salty Observations:                                    

       Issue #1                                                                  

       Issue #2                                                                               

         Issue #3                                                                          

 

MOSSY Comments: 

       Issue #1                       Issue #7                    Issue #13

       Issue #2                       Issue #8                    Issue #14                                                       Issue #3                       Issue #9                    Issue #15

       Issue #4                       Issue #10                  Issue #16

       Issue #5                       Issue #11

       Issue #6                       Issue #12

 

View from the Salt Box:

        Issue #1                      Issue #18                  Issue #35                                                      Issue #2                      Issue #19                  Issue #36                                            

        Issue #3                      Issue #20                  Issue #37                                   

        Issue #4                      Issue #21                  Issue #38

        Issue #5                      Issue #22                  Issue #39

        Issue #6                      Issue #23                  Issue #40

          Issue #7                              Issue #24                        Issue #41

        Issue #8                      Issue #25                  Issue #42

        Issue #9                      Issue #26                  Issue #43

        Issue #10                    Issue #27                   Issue #44

        Issue #11                    Issue #28                   Issue #45

        Issue #12                    Issue #29                   Issue #46

        Issue #13                    Issue #30                   Issue #47

        Issue #14                    Issue #31                   Issue #48

        Issue #15                    Issue #32                   Issue #49

        Issue #16                    Issue #33                   Issue #50

        Issue #17                    Issue #34

 

​​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!

Introduction to OLD SALTS by Mr. & Mrs. Coddington

Introduction by Ed & Kay Berg to reissue of OLD SALTS

OLD SALTS by Mr. & Mrs. Addison E. Coddington--reprint created by Ed & Kay Berg

OLD SALTS Cross Reference 

OLD SALTS Cross Reference: Additions and Corrections

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.

Final Report--The Color-Induction Effects of Gamma Radiation on 19th and 20th Century American Glass

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.

Biography of Ed Bowman

Acorn Boat Salts

18th & 19th Century Open Salt Patterns

Boyd's Crystal Art Glass Open Salts

Cambridge Glass Open Salts

Central Glass Company Open Salts

Degenhart Crystal Art Glass Open Salts

Gibson Glass Company Open Salts

Guernsey Glass Company Open Salts

Heisey Glass Company Open Salts

L.G. Wright Glass Company Open Salts

Mini Hen-on-Nest Salts by E & E Collectibles

Mosser Glass Company Open Salts

Open Salts From Ed Bowman Collectibles

Open Salts From Helen & Phil Rosso Wholesale Glass Dealers

Other Molds for Open Salts

R. Wetzel Glass Company Open Salts

Search For Open Salt Colors

Summit Art Glass Open Salts

Wilkerson Glass Company Open Salts

Archive of National Open Salt Collector's 
(NOSC) Convention Salts


















Shared here with the kind permission of Mike Tomlin

Russian Enamel Salts by John Atzbach

Russian Enamel Salts by John Atzbach--as presented at the 2009 National Open Salt Convention, recorded at that time by Joan Wrenn and published in the 2009 Convention Report  included in the Open Salt Seekers Gazette

Part 1

Part 2

Errata--errors, corrections and additions to open salt publications