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.
Our new favorite sign! We recently added this tin lithograph sign to our collection. It measures about 20 X 30 and advertises Tandem Whiskey from the Kelly-Steinmetz Liquor Co. of Minneapolis. The clever slogan reads, “One Drink Followed By Another.”
We recently purchased this tin type featuring a milk man holding his milk can and measuring cup. We are always in the market for great old photos depicting workers posing with the tools and devices used in their craft.
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.
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.”
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.
We were wowed by this pre-Prohibition pocket match safe when we found it in a local shop this year. Since it reads “Compliments of…” we believe it was a promotional giveaway from Herman Frech, a Minneapolis liquor dealer. It is among our favorite 2012 finds!