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Has anyone ever looked to see what Bowers related merchandise may be on eBay? I did recently and it was pretty interesting...

Recently, Tim Bowers from Kalamazoo, Michigan told me about his father John J Bowers the son of Earnest Bowers who invented the Bowers Cigarette Lighter. I asked him about the lighter and he told me about the fire which destroyed the Bowers Manufacturing in Comstock Michigan but that I could still find some on eBay. Old style WWII trench lighters.

So anyway, I went looking and put in a few bids on some just to have one for the novelty of it. While I was on eBay, I started to get curious about what other Bowers-related things may be for sale there.

It was amazing to see all sorts of things:

  • Bowers trench lighters
  • Bowers vintage mint tin (old fashioned creamy mints)
  • 1974 Bowers PA coin bank
  • Vintage postcards by the artist Walter Bowers of Atlanta GA
  • Autographed Star Wars cards by David Bowers who played Mas Amedda (Star Wars II and III)
  • Autographed print by Glenn Bowers of the Blacksheep Squadron which was immortalized by the book by Boyington, Baa Baa Blacksheep (and TV show)
  • Bowers Cashew Tin
  • Various Bowers books: Rare coin books, Autoharp techniques, Avalone Nurse, 1904 The Maid and the Mummy, Actuarial Mathematics, etc
  • Various music records and CDs by different Bowers

    Anyway, I just thought it was interesting to look around and see, especially some of the antique items...

    -Ray Bowers

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    I've been watching for some time!

    There's often:

    Loudspeaker systems by Bowers & Wilkins (VERY high spec and cost)

    19th century Derby Chinaware by G.F.Bowers

    Scott Antartica books and photos. - Lieutenant 'Birdie' Bowers accompanied and died with Scott on his fateful expedition.

    various singers and authors

    J.Bowers football memorabilia

    Modern day toolmaking equipment by the Bowers(UK) company

    - any more?

    :Alan

    My name is Stephen W. Bowers, i live in Kalamazoo. Jon H Bowers is my father, i am not sure who Jon J Bowers is, he could be my great uncle. My dad Jon still owns and opperates the Bowers MFG company. A fire did destroy the factory in Comstock in 95, but was rebuilt and expanded in Portage. The company hasnt produced lighters for about 30 years now. There is a common mistake with the trench lighters, they were NOT used in WWI, infact the factory was built in 1928. They were very common in WWII however. if anyone would like to know anything else about the company feel free to email me at Cdsbow1@hotmail.com

    I've found at yard sales some of those candy tins and have the green tin for the "creamy mint candies" which is the one you mentioned along with a red one that was for a "toasted coconut" candy.....way cool .....still trying to find relatives from the New York, New Jersey area....

    I've found at yard sales some of those candy tins and have the green tin for the "creamy mint candies" which is the one you mentioned along with a red one that was for a "toasted coconut" candy.....way cool .....still trying to find relatives from the New York, New Jersey area....

    I am in Rochester, NY and I have relatives in Pennsylvania. Is there any connection?

    Pete Bowers