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Posted 08/31/2022   3:48 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add Capthickey to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I recently acquired this neat Pabst Brewing advertising cover from 1900. It has a Barry machine cancel with an oval date stamp and horizontal killer bars. The stamp is probably US Scott #279b.

Pabst brewed its last keg of beer in Milwaukee in 1996, but for a good part of the 20th century, it was the largest beer brewer in the nation. The brewery complex as depicted on the back of the envelope covered several square blocks on the near north side of Milwaukee.

The recipient of this cover was William Langson, the secretary of the Milwaukee Chamber of Commerce. At the time, the Chamber was not an organization that promoted the city and local businesses, as chambers of commerce do today. Rather, the Chamber operated one of the oldest - and at one time, among the largest - commodity exchanges in the Midwest.

There was an enclosure in this envelope, but I doubt it was the original enclosure. Nevertheless, it is quite fascinating. It is a 16-page invitation to visit Milwaukee and the Pabst Brewery that Pabst distributed at the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago. Be forewarned: The prose is over the top and one illustration depicts racial stereotypes.

One final factoid: Pabst Blue Ribbon has been Pabst's flagship beer for over a century, but contrary to widespread belief, it did not receive a blue ribbon at the Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893. Pabst Select Beer, which was its best-selling brand, had won numerous awards before 1893, and Pabst had begun tying blue silk ribbons around the neck of each bottle as early as 1882. Pabst did receive a medal and certificate at the Columbian Exposition, but so did other beers. Captain Frederick Pabst, the company's namesake, unilaterally decided to deem his beer the "grand prize winner" and changed the name of its flagship brew from Pabst Select Beer to Pabst Blue Ribbon.





















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One of my first jobs was at a auto parts distributor in Portland, ME. It was in a two story old brick building. The owner had a refrigerator on the 2nd floor and it was always full of Blue Ribbon beer. Never saw it getting restocked but never heard a complaint or admonition from the owner about how much disappeared.
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Posted 11/26/2022   11:02 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add jmeverden to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Very nice cover and enclosure. Even though Pabst does not exist in the same form today, here is one thing their name is being used for:


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I may still have a bottle or two. Let me check the beer fridge.
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Posted 11/26/2022   1:23 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add electroprecancels to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer actually made it onto a stamp:

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While I don't know for certain the following neck label was on a bottle of Blue Ribbon in Utah in April 1937, PBR was sold there. I wasn't able to see any other Pabst products sold in Utah in 1937.

This neck label is for Pabst beer in Utah and is includes a private die beer tax stamp as the central portion of the design.



This is cataloged as BP-1 in the 2003 Matesen catalog, and BT-110 in the 2nd Edition SRS catalog (Wrisley).

Many folks are surprised at how many breweries there were in Utah.

The SRS catalog lists 141 different major private die paper beer labels and there are many additional varieties listed as well. These are just the labels with the private die tax stamp as part of the design. There are many more labels without the tax stamp as part of the design. Most private die designs can also be found as a version without the tax stamp.
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Quote:
Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer actually made it onto a stamp:




Depending on the beer, $350 for an entire train car of beer doesn't sound like too bad of a deal?



In case anyone cares, $350 Guyanese is $1.66 US.
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Edited by StateRevs - 11/28/2022 11:48 pm
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