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Three million visits.

To celebrate this achievement here are three labels we hope you are pleased to see.

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?

A big thank you to Geoff for sending in the two images of Meux’s London Pale Ale. Until now we had both thought that the main difference between the two labels was in the text to the right of the label. Neither of us had noticed the change in the shield and crest. It would be good if this post sent you scurrying to look at your collection.

Scottish label sales

The Society has taken possession of a large quantity of labels which were the spares accumulated over 40 years by a member who has decided they were better offered to members than stored in his garage. Proceeds from sales will be split between the society and his chosen charity. There are just short of 100 labels featured today and it is just a start. Others will appear on the website in the future and also in our regular postal auctions. Membership does have its benefits. Orders to Peter Dickinson. Payments to the Society Paypal address, or the Society’s bank account, with note Scottish label sales.

There is a new top level menu item, click on this link’ Scottish Labels Sales

Great idea of Martin’s. Here are the ones we know about, with rough dates. These are not necessarily the dates in the previous post. They are what I think is right. The only ones I am not completely sure about are the first two. Thanks to Keith and John for their contributions.

1920s and 30s
Mid to late 1930s
In the Reign of King George VI, excluding the wartime paper shortage years
Wartime issue
1952 53
1953 to mid 1950s
Late 1950s early 1960s
Mid 1960s
Mid 1960s
1966 1967
1967 to 1970s

A brewery historian and breweriana collector has emailed me to ask for a few points of clarification on M&B beer bottle labels. I have replied to say that asking questions on this site does not have a history of success, but we will try. He is not primarily a label collector, but a small collection has recently come into his possession and he believes these are the dates but would like confirmation. Oval labels with the measure disclaimer 1920s and 1930s. One is shown below. Oval labels with appointment to the King are George V., late 1930s. Oval labels with George VI are 1940s, oval labels with appointment to the late king are 1952/3. The comes rectangular labels. Mitchells & Butlers curved across the top followed immediately after the last ovals, then very quickly a small M&B. In the 1960s the M&B was enlarged and around 1964/5 the deer’s leap was dropped leaving a small deer above the name of the beer, although there was no room for it above the Sam Brown.

And one last thing. All the oval labels in the collection were the same size except two which are a little bit smaller. Both these two were beers bottled by A. Probyn of London. Are there smaller labels in existence with no named bottler? And where do they fit into the timeline.

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