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A pair of labels here from the Coldstream Brewery in Border country. A difference I was unaware of until I received the images from one of our members (thanks Nick). We usually associate thinner or smaller labels with wartime restrictions on the amount of paper used, but this seems rather minimal.

For those who have not picked up on it yet, labels from the Kingsdown Brewery in Swindon have been added to our featured brewery section and are now corporate members. Here are a pair of Stout labels from soon after they established a bottling line in 1938. This is a slight change of emphasis from our usual posts of relatively common labels which may otherwise go unnoticed; I suspect both of these are quite scarce.

Last blog post before I set off for Swindon. Not only two completely different versions of the Nut Brown but both the pint, 82mm tall and half pint 68mm tall, labels for just one of the variations. You know what the question is: does anyone know if there is a half pint version of the label on the left?


The scan does accentuate the colour differences here, but it was not that that alerted me to the existence of the two Extra Stout labels from Campbell Praed of Wellingborough. My guess is that the label on the left is the earlier of the two, but I could be wrong. It will be added to the gallery of labels from Campbell Praed which can be found HERE

A thank you to another of our contributors for this pair of Sobright, which I believe to be a Pale Ale, labels from Border breweries of Wrexham. There are some quite subtle differences here and we think there will be a few people out there looking through both their collection and their spares box.


On Saturday in the Brunswick, Derby, while looking through an album of Hampshire labels which one of our members had brought along, amongst the magnificent labels which many of us will never have in our collections I saw a pair of Imperial Pale Ale labels from the Victory Brewery. Now they are much more accessible and after a quick search through my spares, I found the example on the left. Another label added to the collection for over a thousand pounds less than a Flint of Canterbury label.

A slight change of direction today. The Stouts will be back tomorrow. A big thank you to one of our members for providing this pair of images of the James Hole label from the 1953 Coronation. Many of us have not seen this both of these labels before, the one on the left is certainly more familiar. The name Golden Age was continued for some years after 1953; perhaps their were slight changes made from the original.

No prizes for noticing the dozen or so differences between these two Nourishing Stout labels from James Deuchar of the Duddingston Brewery in Edinburgh. However, there are a ton of brownie points if you can provide approximate dates for the two labels.

A trio today. Not our usual, here is a design difference you may not have noticed before, which has helped many a collector find labels to add to their collection at little cost. No-one is going to pick up one of these three for next to nothing. However, I guess many of you will be happy to gaze and hope. It is also an opportunity to point out that Fullers are one of our Corporate members and as well as having a prominent position on our website, a wonderful display of their labels can be found in our gallery HERE

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