International Society of Label Collectors & British Brewery Research

Geoff was so fired up by the meeting yesterday and his adventures afterward in the Four Quarters, Peckham,  he sent in this stunning pair of Guinness labels, for Extra Stout bottled by Cooper & Co of Southampton. I was so impressed I published immediately.

Cooper Guinness

Too much work and not enough play has left me exhausted, but definitely not dull. Just to let you know I am still around, here are a pair from Robert Younger. I had not seen the example on the right before; another one of those devices to identify a printer?

Robert Younger

Thank you to Dale who spotted the differences in design in Spot the difference #79 and sent in this pair as #80. A good addition as we head towards our second birthday. I am guessing there were the same variations for the Friary Ale and IPA. That is an invitation!!!

Friary 2

We have just added labels from the Scarborough & Whitby Breweries Ltd to our featured brewery section.

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Thank you to our Chairman, Dale, who suggested this set after seeing the IPA label on Stan’s Desert Island beer labels and to whet your appetite, here is a pair of Allbright Ale labels. We are not sure of the dates of these two, although the one on the left may be from the 1930s. Was the one on the right not brewed at Scarborough? Can you help?

Scarborough & Whitby


At the end of an enjoyable and fruitful decision making meeting at the Craven Arms, I had a glance through a couple of albums that had been donated to the Society. I have probably seen both these labels many times on their own, but it is only when someone mounts them side by side in an album that the difference was so obvious. And it not one of those small differences either.  I much prefer the design on the left and I suspect that the one on the right was issued first and quickly replaced by the one on the left.

Phipps 2


All the information from the ABBC indicated that there were two variations of Holts 1953 Coronation label. I have heard discussions at some time as to whether one of them was from 1937. Finally, after about 30 years, I now know there are two different colours, but are they both from 1953 or is one earlier?

Holt Brothers 23jpg

Thank you to Alan once again for providing more images to feature in this section; two Home Brewed labels from the brewery in Northgate, Newark. This is not a variation I have seen before, at least not both together. It looks to me like the one on the left is the earlier and the one on the right issued after the design of the trade mark was tidied up. Both from the 1930s I guess.


Warwick 4

Many thanks to Dale for sending in these images of Vallance’s Oatmeal Stout. Unlike most of the labels in this series, these two appear to be a colour variation rather than a different printing plate. Of course I may be wrong. And its a chance to plug the addition of Vallance’s labels to our featured brewery section.