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Well, you have had a couple of weeks without me posting anything to stimulate the old grey cells. So I thought I would start off with this pair, to get the ball rolling once again.Matthews comparative

Not giving too much away this time, just two differences to spot (I think)

Spot The Difference #4 – Phipps & Co.

As both Phipps & Northampton Brewery joined forces, I thought this would be a good follow up to #3.

Phipps comparative

Very little difference between these two, except for the dreaded apostrophe. I have no wish to start a major debate on the rights & wrongs of its use, so enough said!

As it has been some time since #2 and now that holidays are over & work under control for the present. I thought I would provide another pair of similar labels for you to compare.

NBC comparative

 Once again the labels both appear to be from a similar time period. However one bears the words “Trade Mark”, whilst the other does not. The label without the “Trade Mark” also has the addition of “Ltd” and very correct punctuation. You would imagine that the label bearing just “Co.” to be the earlier. However the the very correct punctuation on the other label, might indicate this is earlier. What do you think?

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Although I have received very few (one) comments in response to my first Spot the Difference, as I threatened here comes #2

Sometimes you notice very slight differences, that had previously escaped your attention. The label on the left arrived recently, an eBay purchase.

 

Brutton Mitchell Toms comparative

The inclusion of the comma after Mitchell and Toms, or the lack of them, both round the top and in the black box led me to wonder, if there were similar pairs of their other labels.

It seems the version with both commas is much more usual. Could it be that the brewery used the different styles to identify the printer responsible??

The labels would appear to be of the same period.

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Despite having collected labels on and off for over thirty years there is always a surprise waiting round the corner.

 

This is particularly true if you are deeply interested (or should that be really sad?) in finding the minute differences between different issues of  a particular label.

Gartsides comparative

 

The Old Tom on the left I have had in my collection for a number of years and until recently I assumed it was the only version around. Until that is I came across the one on the right, which I believe to be an earlier design of the label. At first sight it appears that it is just heavier ink deposition, but look closer & you will see the area of ‘grass’ the dog is standing on is definitely different. What other differences can you find?

 

If there is positive feedback (or any at all) on this post, I shall do my best to provide more examples of labels with small, but clearly discernible differences.