For months now I have had empty decorative bourbon decanters sitting on my office desk. One's a mid-twentieth century Old Fitzgerald, the others: Michter's King Tut, and Harper Bicentennial Whiskey Barrel are from the 1970s. The contents have been decanted into screw top bottles. I'm not the type to collect empties for display--my place isn't big enough anyway--and as they're not worth much as far as I would guess.
At any rate, I decided to email the Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History and see if they were interested in taking these decanters as a donation. Without extensive correspondence (I emailed a photo of them to Mary Ellyn Hamilton), they told me they'd love to have the bottles.
She didn't say much else, but I was left wondering. How big is their collection? I know most is not on public display, but do they have a large storage area for memorabilia? Finally, and I suppose this is a question for the museum, but does anyone know if their collection goes up to present-day, albeit limited, releases?
As is obvious, I've never been there. Hopefully, one day soon. Nevertheless, I'm glad to clear away some, ahem, useless clutter and see it go to a very worthy cause.