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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

Spot the Difference #163; The Crystal Brewery

No-one could possibly describe me as a cynic, except possibly when discussing the promises of government politicians for the last ten years, but I do have suspicions about the Crystal Brewery. Surely a bottler wouldn’t make up a brewery as a marketing ploy, that’s a 21st century action, isn’t it?

Spot the Difference #162; W.J.Rogers Ltd

Two labels from Rogers of Bristol that may be new to many of you. A substantial selection is now available to view HERE A big thank you to Keith for providing many of the images

However, viewing this page comes with a warning, it may provoke feelings of despondency or even despair.