No other show in Minnesota offers the unique blend of antique bottles, advertising, and stoneware featured at this event. For 43 years, dealers from across the Midwest have traveled to the Twin City area to sell at this show. We are pleased to announce our new location, the KC building on American Boulevard, just .2 miles west of Lyndale Avenue South in Bloomington. The 6000 square foot show room will be filled with artifacts from the saloons, breweries, drug stores, country stores, barber shops, soda works, and potteries of the past. Click on flyer below for more information.
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 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!
We came across a lot of 6 Billy F. O’Hern calling cards at a local antiques show this year. Shown here are the 4 varieties found within the 6 cards. O’Hern was a Minneapolis liquor dealer. He started business in 1903 and stayed open even after Prohibition was enacted, serving soft drinks. Below are two other O’Hern items: a Merry Christmas stein and a flask.
This recent acquisition measures a whopping 44 X 36 inches. The image of an old cabin-style mountain distillery is in relief, the sign being made of a plaster-like substance (but much stronger and lighter) with a wooden frame. George Benz a was major St. Paul and Minneapolis liquor dealer prior to Prohibition. His many brands included Appetine Bitters, Uncle Sam’s Monogram Whiskey, Pickwick Rye, and Jack Silver Bourbon. Bottles and jugs bearing these brand names are available and highly sought by collectors. This item will eventually be for sale.
We recently added a second display case at Country Side Antique Mall in Cannon Falls, Minnesota. This case will focus primarily on advertising and country store items, including signs, trays, tobacco tins, spice tins, and cocoa tins. We also placed four vintage games in this case, all dating to circa 1900 and published by the Singer Co. of New York. The games are: The Donkey Game, The Game of Golf, Nellie Bly, and Shovel Board.