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How much did that cost? #18

Today’s selection is from Scotland. Blair & Co, J & J Morison and Wm. Younger. You could get these three beers for a shilling. Seems like a bargain to me.

How much did that cost? #17

This one will attract a bit of interest. Two examples from the Leeds City Brewery. It would appear that the Nut Brown was a stronger beer than the Special. Unless they were from completely different times, which is unlikely. Thanks to Keith who kindly sent in the images and ensured that this post overtook others in the queue.

Site Update 2

We have had a couple of requests to add a link in to a few sections.

George Shaw labels are HERE

Pre-Prohibition labels are HERE

Post-Prohibition labels are HERE

Brewers in Lancashire are HERE


Site Update

Apologies for the lack of labels with prices, that will resume in a couple of days. We have been adding labels steadily over the last few months and it’s time to give you an update. Thanks to a number of members, Keith and Mike to name just two and John for some of the US additions.

Brewers in Scotland. The main addition has been modern labels. I think we need your views on this as it is a big change in focus for the website and it will take considerable work.

George Shaw and Co, Leigh. A set of images, many of which were captured on a phone. We would appreciate a set of clearer images.

Brewers in Lancashire. A number of previously unrepresented breweries.

Pre-Prohibition labels from the USA. Some really attractive labels here.

Post Prohibition labels from the US. A large number added here.

Plus there are one or two in lots of other breweries, Richdale, Lacon and Mason come to mind.

Following Edd’s comment on the similarity between the drinking man on the Mew Langton and Uncle Tom’s Cabin labels, Keith kindly sent in a label from H E Thornley of Leamington Spa, which appears to portray another member of the family. We thought you might like to see all three together.

How much did that cost? #16

A question for you today. Clearly the label from Joseph Johnson’s Westoe Brewery indicates the bottle contained Sixpenny Mild Ale. However is the Sixpence just a name, presumably a sign of quality, or is it the price of the quart, pint or half pint of Mild? Sixpence would seem a low price for a pint of Mild in the 1930s, which is our estimate of the date. What do you think?

How much did that cost? #15

Sadly the number of responses to the last post could easily be counted on the fingers of a person whose hands had been amputated. So I thought today needs to feature a label I have not seen before except on the cover of that wonderful publication ‘A Scrapbook of Greenall Whitley’. So I do know who issued it.. Here the penny is the deposit on the bottle. An early example of recycling. And my guess is that this label was issued before 1919.

It certainly cost 7d and I am guessing that would have got you a pint of Bitter Beer. But who brewed it? Surely someone recognises the design at the top and we know we have seen the motif at either side of 7d before, but where? It almost looks as though there should be a brewers name in a semi-circle round the top of the label that got missed off the printing.

How much did that cost? #13

A pair today from William Stones, Cannon Brewery in Sheffield. The Dinner Ale being the lower strength. What we would really like to know is; where there other labels in this series? There are labels with the same design without the 6d and 7d added, so is there a similar Nourishing Stout or Cannon Ale?

How much did that cost? #12

A trio of 6d beers today, all of which have a completely different design idea. There must have been a period when adding the cost of the beer became more common, although as far as I can tell it was a very small minority of brewers who adopted the practice. I am guessing that these three labels from different parts of the country were in use at around the same time.