Rudzinski has a souvenir — a small clear glass bottle embossed with the words “Ettinger’s Celebrated Rheumatic Remedy.” More information is etched into the side of the bottle: “V.I. Ettinger chemist Schenectady N.Y.”
The bottle from another era is one of about 500 that Rudzinski owns in a collection stored inside his Schenectady home.
The 71-year-old Rudzinski, a retired pipe fitter and president of the Capital Region Antique Bottle and Insulator Club, collects bottles for their beauty — some of his favorites are amber, green and cobalt blue. Green bottles are favorites because green glass was rare during the early 1900s.