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If you collect beer advertising openers or corkscrews, this is the web site you have been looking for. Through Just for Openers (JFO), you "open" new resources of information and access to other collectors. Continue reading for information on Club membership, Newsletters, the Annual Convention and Publications.

Just for Openers was founded in 1979 by Don Bull of Wirtz, Virginia. Members in the United States and Canada mainly collect beer advertising openers and corkscrews, but may also collect soda advertising openers, figural cast iron bottle openers, can openers and non-advertising corkscrews.

Openers By State
with JFO Type & Listing Number

NOTE: Many older bottle openers have a small square hole called a "Prest-O-Lite Key".
It was used to turn the valve on automobile gas headlights
from about 1910 through the early 1930's before electric headlights were widely used.
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Washington DC Dr Pepper Fake Openers Blank Blank

Definition of the Term Church Key ???

World's Largest Collection
of Bottle Openers
Guinness Book of World Records
(32,411 Different Openers & Corkscrews)
Art Santen of St Louis MO

2017 Handbook

"The Handbook of United States
Beer Advertising
Openers and Corkscrews"

Picturing over 2,000 types and
listing over 22,000 openers

Often referred to as "The Handbook",
it is a great way for opener & corkscrew
collectors to inventory their collections

How to Use The Handbook ???

Handbook Pictures Handbook Pictures 2014 Handbook Pictures 2015 Handbook Listings Prices & Number of Listings
Handbook Pictures
are by Type or Style
Handbook Listings
are of all known
U. S. Beer & Malt
Openers & Corkscrews
for each Type or Style
Prices (1981-Current)
Since 1978
for each Type or Style
the Last Number Listing
used for that Year

JFO Membership: Membership (over 200 members) is free via this web site or if you wanted a printed copy (30 pages) of the newsletter mailed, you may pay $20 per year. Join today by filling out the membership card: JFO Membership Card, and sending the card in (for the printed newsletter also send a check payable to John Stanley), PO Box 51008, Durham, NC 27717. Your paid annual membership starts with the month of the latest JFO Newsletter, so your dues would cover January-December, April-March, July-June or October-September.

JFO Newsletter: Each quarterly newsletter includes a designated feature plus many articles on openers (and/or corkscrews). The January newsletter includes new additions to the Handbook (see Publications below); the April issue includes the membership list (a wonderful resource); the July issue includes the Annual JFO Convention highlights and the October issue includes New Discoveries to the Handbook. All members are encouraged to send in articles and members are allowed a free ad in each issue.

Annual JFO Convention: Members volunteer to host the annual convention held in April each year, so JFO members visit places all over the United States. Conventions are something you don't want to miss as you see openers and corkscrews you have never seen before and have a chance to add them to your collection. Members spend time room-to-room trading, attend an auction and participate in the Saturday show (8-1) open to the public. Members and non-members are welcome. Details for this annual event are found in the October and January newsletters. Members have their calendars marked for the 2013 JFO Convention in Nashville, Tennessee (April 10th-April 14th).

JFO Conventions (1979-2022)

Date Location Host
1979 August 18 Trumbull Connecticut Don Bull
1980 April 19 Hazelwood Missouri Ollie Hibbeler
1981 April 24-25 Hazelwood Missouri Bob Chapman
1982 April 22-24 Indianapolis Indiana Joe Balaban
1983 April 21-23 Indianapolis Indiana Joe Balaban
1984 April 26-28 Denver Colorado Gary Deachman
Bill McKienzie
1985 April 25-27 Denver Colorado Gary Deachman
Bill McKienzie
1986 April 24-26 Fort Myers Florida Ed Kaye
1987 April 23-25 Chicago (Alsip) Illinois Larry Biehl
Fil Graff
1988 April 21-23 Saint Louis Missouri Vic Keown
1989 April 20-23 Frankenmuth Michigan Herb Danziger
Lehr Roe
1990 April 26-28 Durham North Carolina John Stanley
1991 April 25-27 Research Triangle Park (RTP) North Carolina Roger Jarrell
John Stanley
1992 April 23-25 Fort Mitchell Kentucky Tom Zruno
1993 April 29-May 1 Fort Mitchell Kentucky Herb Haydock
1994 April 28-30 Reading Pennsylvania Ben Hoffman
1995 April 20-22 Saint Joseph Missouri Don Whelan
1996 April 24-28 Chicago (Lisle) Illinois Norm Jay
Bob Stahly
1997 April 23-27 Buffalo New York Mark Barren
1998 April 22-26 San Francisco California John Cartwright
1999 April 21-25 Naples Florida Bob McNary
Art Johnson
2000 April 26-30 Chicago (Lisle) Illinois Norm Jay
2001 April 18-22 Saint Joseph Missouri Don Whelan
2002 April 24-28 Fredericksburg Virginia Larry Moter
2003 April 9-13 Saint Louis Missouri Art Santen
John Stanley
2004 April 14-17 San Francisco California John Cartwright
John Stanley
2005 April 13-16 Omaha Nebraska John Mlady
2006 April 19-23 Nashville Tennessee John Stanley
2007 April 25-29 Harrisburg Pennsylvania Ben Hoffman
David Hoffman
Harold Queen
2008 April 16-20 Saint Louis Missouri Ollie Hibbeler
Art Santen
John Stanley
2009 April 22-26 Troy Michigan Stan Summers
Kurt Bachmann
2010 April 14-18 San Antonio Texas Jeb Burruss
2011 April 27-May 1 Cedar Rapids Iowa Scott Williams
2012 April 18-22 Las Vegas Nevada John Cartwright
2013 April 10-14 Nashville Tennessee John Stanley
2014 April 9-13 Chapel Hill North Carolina John Stanley
2015 April 22-26 Phoenix Arizona Todd Barnes & Brian Cooley
2016 April 20-24 Baltimore Maryland John Stanley
2017 April 19-23 Chapel Hill North Carolina John Stanley
2018 April 18-22 Sacramento California John Stanley
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2019 April ??? Buffalo New York ??? John Stanley
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2020 April ??? ????? John Stanley
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2021 April ??? ????? John Stanley
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2022 April ??? ????? John Stanley
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Publications: Now eight books with color pictures are available, Advertising Openers; Starr Bottle Openers Since 1925; Boxes Full of Corkscrews; The Ultimate Corkscrew Book; Bull's Pocket Guide to Corkscrews; Just for Openers, A Guide to Beer, Soda & Other Openers; Soda Advertising Openers; and Beer Advertising: Knives, Letter Openers, Ice Picks, Cigar Cutters and More.

Advertising Openers: This valuable and expansive guide to advertising openers of all sorts features over 1,500 images picturing more than 2,800 openers and corkscrews. It is the ultimate guide to bottle openers. Whether you are interested in flat figural, key shape, wire formed, souvenir, and multipurpose openers or lifters, piercers, can keys, and smokers tools, you will find them here. Part 1 groups beer advertising openers and corkscrews in an alphanumeric system. Part 2 has special chapters on manufacturers’ openers, beverage openers, can keys, smoker’s tools, souvenir openers, and World’s Fair openers. Patent drawings and details are included with many of the photo captions. Value ranges are shown. A chronological index of American patents and a type index in Part 3 also make this book an invaluable reference. May this publication “open” the minds of new and experienced collectors to the expanse of this unique and fascinating hobby. 288 pages. 9" x 12". Hard Cover.

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Starr Bottle Openers Since 1925 Guide To Collecting Brown Manufacturing Company: Brown Mfg. Company has been making the iconic stationary wall mounted bottle opener since 1925. This guide provides a complete inventory, with photographs, of known embossed bottle openers made by Brown and provides a way to approximately date their production. This will allow collectors to identify which openers could expand their collection. Also included is a brief history and rarity guide for each.

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Corkscrew and Opener Books For Sale

Just For Openers A Guide to Beer, Soda & Other Openers: The softcover book by Donald A. Bull and John R. Stanley contains 160 pages and 380 color photographs that include over 850 openers and corkscrews. A price guide is included. For details click on Bull's Book Store.

Soda Advertising Openers: The softcover book by Donald A. Bull and John R. Stanley contains 160 pages and 275 color photographs that include over 300 openers and corkscrews. Over 2500 listings for the 300 types is included with prices. For details click on Bull's Book Store.

Beer Advertising: Knives, Letter Openers, Ice Picks, Cigar Cutters and More: The softcover book by Donald A. Bull contains 176 pages and 520 color photographs for sharp beer advertising items including prices. A Brewery/Brand index and a Manufacturers index are included for easy reference. For details click on Bull's Book Store.

Additional Opener/Corkscrew Resources

Don Bull's Virtual Corkscrew Museum Joe Paradi's Corkscrew Net NABA Breweriana Web Site
Harry Voos Can Openers Paul Widdup Cast Iron Openers Openers in The Collectors Weekly

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