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A few things; H&G Simonds of Reading

Thanks to Nick for prompting this post. He sent an image of a Simonds label and asked about the apostrophe. Rather than just post that image and the question, I decided to combine it into Spot The Difference #175 and Size Really Matters #27. So when did Simonds drop the apostrophe? IN the smaller label, it is clear it has just been erased and no attempt made to adjust the position of the name. I think the Ld abbreviation dates it to the 1930s or earlier. The 1947 Royal Tour labels have no apostrophe. So anyone with any more information? Nick’s original image, which prompted the question is here as well, because I like it.

There are many things to like about this label which I can date fairly accurately to 1933/4. It is a cask label for a naturally carbonated dark beer. It does say fully aged, but I suspect not cask conditioned, that would have attracted the “Keep cool, not pasteurised warning”. Cremo Brewing Co, unusual name, some would have used a less complimentary adjective, but the brewery operated under this name from 1905 until prohibition in 1920, so was well established. And finally the city of New Britain, however I should tell you that it is also known as New Britski, because of the large Polish migrant population.

I also think it is very attractive.

The Alton Court Brewery in Ross lasted until 1956 when it was taken over by the Stroud Brewery. There are two versions of this label, 220mm wide and 195mm wide. This image is of the larger label. There are slight differences other than size, it is not just an upscale.

Mystery Label #33

No matter how hard you try to put us off posting more mystery labels, here is another one. Now I know it is almost certain that someone will know who bottled the beer, and may even know the address, but my guess is that a Burton brewer will have provided the beer, but which one? Maybe we could beat the total number of replies to Mystery label #32

This is really unexpected. There must be several hundred John Fox Special labels filling up drawers, envelopes and shoe boxes in collectors houses all over the world. I am not going to argue that there is a different die in existence to enable a print of an arctic fox as well as the quick brown variety, but I am going to be searching for the Arctic fox version from now on. Thanks to Nick for spotting and sending the images,.

Mystery Label #32

Sadly the history of ‘Mystery labels’ would suggest they remain a mystery for the rest of eternity. But we persevere. This image was sent to me from the United States along with two others, which I am sure are not from the UK. Any thoughts would be very much appreciated. It is not a large label, between 3 and 4 inches diameter, I would think and early.

Very grateful to Eric who sent in the image of this Extra Stout cask label from Robert Knox of the Forth Brewery. I foolishly expected to be inundated with label images as so many of us are spending so much more time at home. This attractive little number must be the start of something. It would appear to date from before registration in 1951, when Cambus appeared in parenthesis. The company was taken over by Blair of Alloa in 1954 and closed within a year.

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