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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.

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,.

Slight change of tack today, necessary before I mount a newly acquired label in its album. Two Guinness Extra Stout labels from the 1920s and 1930s bottled by the Chester Northgate Brewery and not only do you get design differences, but two different coloured papers as well. The label on the left is the earlier.

Once again a spot the difference is being used to advertise another set of labels uploaded to the site. There are many small differences in the labels from the Walmer Brewery as visitors to the page will find, and I haven’t included all of them. Quite often the small differences mean additional labels can be obtained cheaply. However, this is not really the case with this pair. The Thompson labels can be found HERE

There seemed to be a few surprised faces at the Society meeting in the Royal Oak on Saturday when it was suggested during the auction that the Tenpenny label on the right was not particularly common. This should re-assure people that I still have full control of my faculties.

Nice to see the interest in the Brickwood labels. I have a theory as to the origin of the range of colours, which I will come to later this week. In the meantime, I was really pleased to find these two Double Thatch labels from Ramsgate. Larger size, 93mm tall and lovely.

Yes. There are another two. Does anybody have an idea why? Test runs? Different design for different distribution areas? Drunk designer? Interesting that one contributor thought the label on #168 right was the best, now there is another option.

Spot the Difference #167; Brickwoods Ltd

Most of the labels we have featured in this section have illustrated small differences in very similar labels. Today and possibly again later this week, we are featuring labels which appear to be exactly the same design, but some of you might possibly detect a slight colour change. To show you what we mean, here are two Original Malt Stout labels from Brickwoods Ltd, issued after the change of name from Brickwood and Co Ltd.

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