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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.
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.
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.
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