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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.

We are expecting to be able to update the whole of the website in the near future, but in the meantime we are going to continue to post as frequently as we can.

I have spent far too many hours in the hope of finding the missing label from this pair of Golden Ales from Burt’s Brewery in Ventnor. Now that I have managed to acquire it, I thought it worth adding to the blog.

Spot the Difference #164; Arthur Guinness

Not often that small variations of early Guinness labels get a mention on here. Thanks to Mat for sending in these images of Extra Stout bottled by Lacon of Great Yarmouth. And when you do see the difference, does it raise a question or two?

Our gallery of Lacon’s labels can be seen HERE

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