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Thanks to Pete for providing us with the images for this pair of Golden Hop Pale Dinner Ale labels from Alton Court Brewery in Ross-on-Wye. There can’t be many beers from the 1930s which had a 5 word name. I guess there will be several collectors on the lookout for the missing label for their collections.

Today brought home the importance of this website and especially this theme, particularly for those collectors with an interest in the history of the beers and breweries. I guess it is over 35 years since I acquired the beginnings of my label collection. There was a number of post war Greenall’s labels in that box. It is a brewery that I have built up a decent collection of labels. Today I discovered a variation I had not seen before. I was inspired to look through one of my duplicates boxes by an email from agm. Not a sought after label, but I get great pleasure in finding things like this.

So, you need to sort the difference and this will enable you to accurately date at least one the of labels. Let us know.

It is entirely coincidental that the majority of recent additions to this series have been Stout labels. This pair from Hodgson’s Brewery are an identical design, but there are slight differences. Our impression is that the label on the left is the earlier version. K. Stout? Is that Kingston Stout and if it is why not call it that?

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.

One of the labels auctioned at the Sheffield meeting was a Trent Stout label. It was pointed out at the meeting that it was the variation with horizontal ‘bottled by’ rather than the more common curved version. Happily the pair are now side by side.

Thanks to Nick, who was the only member of the society to notice that there had been no additions to the labels on the site since June. This has been waiting to be posted for a while; is there a chance that anybody will have an explanation of the differences between these Dinner Stout labels, all from the 1920s I guess.

Thanks to Geoff who sent in all four images of the Magnet Pale Ale. I had to work quite hard to sort out the differences and I will be looking very closely at future sales. I know several collectors who will be looking to add to their collection for only a pound or two.

We have just added a number of labels to the Magee, Marshall & Co Ltd page of our Featured Brewery section. And to whet your appetite here is one of the additions, an early Oatmeal Stout label together with the more common later example. Magee’s labels can be found HERE.

At the weekend, I was offered a Chester Northgate Old Chester Strong Ale label. Luckily, labels from that brewery are in our Featured Brewery section. Close examination revealed small differences in the ‘Brewed and Bottled’ section. I couldn’t resist it. How pleased do you think I was when I got home to find a size difference as well.


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