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Spot the Difference #188; Wm. Murray & CO

Following on from the pair of different sized Wee Murray labels, an online conversation with interested collectors has tempted me to post this pair of Pale Ale labels. I believe these are fairly early examples, before WW2, but the question they raise is: are these different labels, or is there just a bit more ink used on one of them? Not revealing which one though. Sadly comments are still invisible on the website, but I can still read them and I would like to know your thoughts.

A big thank you to Steve for sending in these two images from Bateman’s Salem Bridge Brewery. I have almost certainly seen both labels before, but one of them is not represented in my collection. That’s another search through my spares that will have to happen.

The Redruth Brewery Co. was taken over by J.A. Devenish of Weymouth in 1934 and officially the name was changed to Devenish Redruth Brewery Co. Ltd. However, on many of their labels, both the Devenish name and the Redruth Brewery Co., was used. I believe that Green Top was originally brewed at Redruth and after 1934, brewed at both sites. It must have been a popular brew, because it was continued after the 1960 merger with Groves & Sons, which was next door to the Devenish Brewery.

James Calder of Alloa; more of the herd

So you’ve asked to see more of the Calder herd of cows; so here are three more, including one of the bulls, which of course, is used to illustrate the Scotch Stout. Maybe because it couldn’t produce the necessary ingredient for Milk Stout. Many thanks to Nick who sent in images and may have spawned a series.

The Milk Stout design trade mark was registered in 1933, when Calder’s beers were brewed by Archibald Arrol & Sons, who brewed close by. A number of different cows were used as models, here are three of them.

These two have appeared on a popular online auction site in the last couple of weeks. The first to appear attracted a number of views and several bidders. There was no interest in the second one. What does this tell you?

I thought that 3 million visits to the site ought to be worth three posts to the blog. Another difference I only spotted this week because a well known label seller listed both variants. The additional label arrived in the post today and I though if it is new to me there may be others. Only about 450 to go.

As we move towards the 3 million mark of visits to the site, an excellent contribution to this theme. Thanks to Eric for sending this in, it is something I had not spotted before. I had to look closely to realise it is not just a case of more ink on the label on the right.

Today I was packing up yet another set of labels purchased from the Scottish Label selection on this website. I try to check each order before sealing the envelope and was amazed when I noticed I had packed the wrong 90/- Pale Ale. I have probably seen this bottler before, but this time I really saw it for the first time. I thought you might like it.

Spot the Difference #176; Meux’s Brewery Co

As a follow-up to Eric’s informative response to #175, referring to other printing differences in Meux’s London Pale Ale, I thought that collectors might not just want to know, but would want to see as well. So here are the two further variations. Could there be others?

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