News on the Members Only site.


Welcome to the “Members Only” portion of the web site.  This is where you will access all of the Society business. A new option that will be available in the very near future is the Discussion Forum.  The Discussion Forum will have four main categories: Recent Finds, Auctions, Society News and Newsletter Article Discussions.  The Discussion Forum is the venue for members to talk with other members. It will also offer information and at the same time solicit information and feedback from the members.

The goal for this web site is to offer RWCS members a valuable service.  Please offer any feedback regarding any changes and additions that you would find to be beneficial. All suggestions will be considered. Thank you.   

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Ask the Experts

The “Ask the Experts” service is now available. Your Red Wing questions will be answered and the information will be made available for everyone to view.  Please follow the instructions located on the site for submitting your questions and photos. The RWCS is pleased{mospagebreak} to offer this service to the public. 

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Attention RWCS Members:  You can now access the “Members Only” portion of the web site.

you sign up for the first time you will need to enter your member
number, last name only, email address and password that you choose.  If
for any reason the last name and membership number don’t match an email
will be sent to the business office. This is often due to a technical
issue that can be remedied manually very quickly.  After a
successful sign up you will then just use your membership number and
password to log in to the site.

Members will need to go to this site to sign up: https://redwingcollectors.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=98

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Applications for Business Manager


The RWCS Board of Directors is accepting letters of interest and resumes for the position of Business/Convention Manager.  Applications will be accepted until December 31st, 2006.  The Business/Convention Manager is a full time position located in Red Wing, Minnesota. The Business/Convention Manager is responsible for managing the day to day operations of the Society and has responsibility for all RWCS events.  You may contact the Business Office for a copy of the job specifications and job description.  Please send all letters of interest and resumes to Sue Jones Tagliapietra, Interim President at 2219 Lakeland Ave, Madison, WI 53704. 

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Newsletter Delivery Delayed

The August Newsletter delivery has been delayed for two reasons. First, the Board voted to delay the deadline of the August Newsletter to accommodate more time for people to get Convention information submitted. Second, the delivery time is further compromised by Hurricane Katrina. The Newsletter editors contacted the post office and found that due to the hurricane disaster the USPS is holding some mail and taking the maximum delivery time for others  The Post Office confirmed that all mail will probably back up across the country for some time.  The October issue will be on the regular schedule. If you do not have your copy by October 1st, please contact the Business Office.

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Does it look different?

You are viewing the new "Look and Feel" of the RWCS web site. Check out the new face and the new features we are able to offer. For example, you will notice there are "Public" and "Members Only" features.  While we love to educate others about the wonderful products made by Red Wing and even answer questions to help people find out if it really is Red Wing; at the same time there are some times when to coin the phrase "membership has its privileges".  In order to access some features, you do have to be a member in good standing and give us your email address and membership number to gain access.

Do check out the other new features such as the search function, latest news and continue to watch for new articles and pictures.  Ask the Experts will soon be a new feature on the public site.  We will have three well-known and very knowledgeable RWCS members who will answer your questions regarding Red Wing products.

Again, this is a good start but it is a work in progress.  We really do stress that this is a work in progress and you will continue to find new features and information so come back. 

Stay tuned and please, tell us what you think.  Just "contact us".

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RWCS Pursues Newsletter Contract

Wendy Callicoat, Vice President of the RWCS, was
authorized by the Board of Directors to pursue a contract with Rick
Natyiniski, to publish the RWCS Newsletter for 2006-08. 

bid was selected by the Board of Directors at its meeting. The
selection was based on the voting from the membership, the style of the
Newsletter and on cost.

Rick is very excited about having this opportunity and has vowed to put his heart and soul into this venture.

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2005 RWCS Commemorative

The 2005 Red Wing Collectors Society Commemorative is a
replica of a Red Wing Perfection Syrup Jar produced in the 1920’s and
1930’s.  These jars came in three distinctive models: Self
Draining Jar with straight sides and concave bottom; Self draining jar
in the shape of a water cooler in 5 and 10 gallon sizes only; and the
most common type being a standard jar with a flat bottom with a 1 ¼
inch opening in the front.

These self draining jars
can be commonly found with wings, logos, advertising and stamped
markings that included the phrases; "Perfection Sanitary Self Draining
Jar", “Red Wing Self Draining Jar", and "Perfection Self Draining
Jar”.  Most jars included the size of the jar stamped on the
outside. An example with birch leaves has also been found.

bottom jars could be ordered with special size openings to allow
connections for pipe, hose and faucet.  All the jars were
advertised as being of extra strength, vitrified stoneware body, with a
heavy acid-proof, nom-absorbent glaze.  The self draining jars
were used for practically any mixture or preparation and would not foul
or taint the product.  The jars were used in home, farm,
industrial and business applications. Jars have been found that were
used in cheese plants, service stations, bakeries and maple syrup
operations. Jars as large as 100 gallons were reported to have been
used in ammunition productions.

According to the
February 15, 1928 revised Price List; jars were available in the three
types in 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30,40, 50 and 60 gallon sizes.  A
standard bottom syrup jar was listed as having two 1 ¼ inch openings.
They could be ordered with fixtures to allow introduction of a water
line connected to float through the top opening to continuously feed
water to the jar.  Standard lids fit all the jars except the 5 and
10 gallon sizes which used a water cooler lid.

2005 Commemorative is a model of the self draining jar which came with
bailed handles, in the shape of a water cooler with an opening in the
bottom.  These jars generally included bailed handles and
decorated with a wing, logo, blue bands and the size indicated on the
outside.  The 2005 Special Commemorative is a larger version of
the regular Commemorative. Both Commemoratives were produced by Western
Stoneware in Monmouth, Illinois.

(Reprinted from the insert placed in each Commemorative)


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