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Spot the difference #13

An opportunity to feature both a spot the difference and a size matters using three labels from Frederick Robinson’s Unicorn Brewery in Stockport. These are the earlier and later versions of the Light Dinner Ale. I believe the earlier one was in use in the 1930s and the later in the 1950s. A small label just 63mm tall and probably used for both the half pint and pint bottles.Robinson 3

Size Really Matters #4

I am really pleased with this response.  So much so, that I will add another now instead of waiting until tomorrow. Here are two Nut Brown Ale labels from John Richdale of Sheffield. The half pint label is 68mm tall and the pint is 89mm tall. These are probably in the last series issued before the takeover by Hammonds United Breweries in 1956.Richdale

Size Really Matters #2

Three comments!!! Must be a record. So here are the pint and half pint labels for Chesters Extra Stout. The pint label is 84mm tall and the half pint 66mm. I believe these labels were in use in the 1950s.

I can remember waiting on in the Swan Hotel at Weaste some years ago. It was Threlfalls Bitter and Chesters ‘Fighting Mild’.Chesters

I am frequently asked why I am so obsessive about the exact size of the labels I buy and sell. Many collectors have decided to collect one example of a particular label. Others, myself included, like to obtain a number of variations in design, colour, shape and size. Following the positive feedback about the ‘spot the difference’ posts, where even experienced collectors have found variations they were previously unaware of, I am extending the idea to size differences. Many breweries produced identical designs to go on quart, pint and half pint bottles. Sometime the size difference is only a matter of a couple of millimeters, that’s one tenth of an inch in old money. The three Beasley Treble Star labels are 83mm, 74mm and 67mm tall. That’s why I like a fairly accurate size on a label description. What do you think??


Spot the Difference #12

You have to wait ages for a new spot the difference and then two come along on the same day. This time two Harman’s of Uxbridge XXXX Strong Ale labels.Harman

Spot the Difference #11

Been a while since we posted one of these. So three Fredk. Smith of the Aston Model Brewery, Nut Brown Ale.Fredk Smith

Web site & visits

Great to see we have now had over 81,000 visits/views, since June 2013. This confirms that the interest is out there and we will continue to add content to the site. It would be even better, if more of our members were willing to contribute, there are a small number of us who do, come on help us out guys! We are even receiving content from non-members, so feel free to feel embarrassed.

As we are likely to pass the 100K visits in the coming weeks, shall we run a ‘not for profit’ sweepstake for when we will break thru the 100K barrier? Entries to close on the day we pass 95K, just leave your ‘guesstimate’ as a reply to this post. Just a date will do, but if you want to add am or pm, that will be fine.

New images in Featured Brewery pages

If you have a look in our featured breweries section you will find sets of labels have been added for J G Swales & Co of the Naval Brewery, Hulme, Manchester, John J Hunt of the Ebor Brewery, York and Meiklejohn’s Bass Crest Brewery, Alloa.


Been a busy weekend, hope you enjoy these.

Images of labels from Wells Watford Brewery have been uploaded to the Featured Breweries Section of the site. I know there are a number of other labels out there. (BA I am thinking of you). So please send in scans of any you have.