Oregon might not have the variety of bottles as some other states like New York or Pennsylvania, but it claims fame for a certain few. Statehood was achieved in 1859, and the only known embossed bottle that might predate this seems to be for the Smith & Davis drug firm which first opened in 1850. Early pontilled bottles from the U.S. Territorial and Gold Rush periods have been found around the state but are now very difficult to find. Bottles from the days of early statehood through the 1880's can sometimes be found, and many of Oregon's most interesting and desirable bottles date from this period. Bottles from the mid-1890's to the time of WWI are the most plentiful. The types of bottles from Oregon are similar to most western states and include: bitters, sodas, beers, whiskies, medicines, foods, pharmaceutical, and milks.

There are a handful of Oregon bitters bottles.

Soda and Beer
There are soda bottles from all over the state. Most of them are probably the newer crown-cap type, and there are also numerous Hutchinson-type bottles. There are only blob-top soda bottles from Portland and Albany. There are not many embossed beers from the state.

There are numerous Oregon whiskey bottles, almost all are from Portland, and the majority are relatively newer. The older glop-tops are quite rare. There are a variety of appealing flasks, as well as fifths, and numerous other styles and sizes.

Most of Oregon's embossed medicines are from Portland and Salem. There are pretty rare examples from Pendleton, Dufur, and elsewhere. Oregon's best known medicines seem to be the Oregon Blood Purifier, and the very rare Oregon Unk-Weed cure. As with other medicine bottles, Oregon's are beautifully colorful and appealing.

There are a handful of Oregon food bottles that are embossed, including some very rare jars.

Druggist and Pharmaceutical
Of all the Oregon bottles, those from druggists and pharmaceutical companies have the largest variety. Many towns have unique local examples. Portland was the second largest city on the west coast around 1900, and has well over 100 different types of bottles with great variation. Some are very common, and some are inaccessibly rare. Oregon's first drug store opened in 1850, and embossed examples are known into the 1920's. The majority of these date from 1880-1916 and are clear-colored, although colored examples do exist. Some of these are very desirable. Portland had Owl Drug Stores well established in 1910. These are common, popular to collect, and include a lot of colorful go-withs.

There are numerous Oregon milk bottles from all over the state, including the older (usually embossed) ones as well as the newer painted label types. Interestingly enough, the popularity of milks seems to be increasing.