Gluek Brewing Company Brewery Sign


We let this wonderful old sign slip through our hands 20+ years ago, and we are happy to have it back in the collection.  It is believed to have hung on the front of the Gluek Brewing Company main brewery building in Northeast Minneapolis.  The brewery was sold in 1964, and the building was razed in 1966.  This one is a real survivor.  43 X 18 inches.

Pre-Prohibition New England Brewing Company Photo

While browsing a New England antique shop last fall we found this gem hanging on the wall during our second pass around the shop.  According to a penciled notation on the reverse, this jolly group is made up of the employees of the New England Brewing Co. of Hartford, Connecticut (1897 – Prohibition).  This image could easily be confused with some we have seen of circa 1970 frat parties.



Original Pawn Star Photo?

The Original Pawn Star?  We are excited to add this photo to our collection! According to the signs on the building facade, C.N. Rice could lend you money, sell you a horse and carriage, sharpen your saw, fix your clock and smith your locks.  A stamp on the reverse indicates this photo was taken by a photographer named Warrens who was located on the Post Office Block in Lowell, Massachusetts.  Bottle collectors take note:  Mr. Rice was located next to a liquor dealer.   The awning next door shows just enough in the photo to spell out the word “wines.”

2012 Favorite Finds

Early this year we visited Florida and attended the Sarasota Bottle Show.  We also roamed the countryside searching for items.  In a shop in Arcadia we found this Red Wing canteen decorated with two flags and the words “Our National Pride.”  We are proud to have this one in our collection!  Click on photo to enlarge.

2012 Favorite Finds

Schafer-Vater German porcelain whiskey nips are among our favorites.  We found this one in Tennessee this fall and it fits well with our other nippers.  Judging from the look on his face, the fellow is clearly anticipating a good drink once he pulls that cork!   A few other Schafer-Vater examples from our collection are pictured under “Bottles” on our web site.  Click on the photos for a closer look.