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I would like to invite everyone to the 12 Horse Brewery Collectible Club’s first annual breweriana show this Saturday May 2 from 9am-3pm. Admission is FREE! It’s at the Knights of Columbus Hall at 70 Barrett Drive, Webster, NY 14580.

We have put a lot of work into planning this show and are very happy that all of our dealer tables have sold out. There will be a large amount of interesting brewery memorabilia on display and for sale. There is also a cash bar for refreshments. There will also be raffle giveaways.

I have always been a collector from the toys I coveted as a child to the baseball and comic books of my youth. I think breweriana was a natural progression for me. Obviously I love beer and being a graphic designer I’ve always had a great appreciation/love for vintage advertising. The problem for me was that great examples of vintage advertisng/signs etc. are very expensive and it always frustrated me that the examples I liked were out of my price range. Then one day my wife brought me home a beer tray she got in box lot at an local auction and something just clicked. A lot of beer collectibles are fairly affordable depending on scarcity, pre-prohibition being the rarest and more expensive items. I am quite amusing how each collector I meet has specific love for a certain category or type brewery items. Some people primarily just collect old cans, some just cork lined bottle caps, some love the beer serving trays or coasters. Some will just collect items from a certian city or region.

Beer + Vintage Adversting + a love for Rochester History = Breweriana!

So I  began scowering flea markets and ebay and to my delight these neat items were always right under my nose. I still wonder why I hadn’t noticed them earlier. So now I have modest collection of stuff mostly centering around Rochester Breweries, in particular I  love Tam O’shanter Brewery items and Genesee items, particulary 12 Horse stuff  from the thirties is a favorite. When we moved into our mid-century house I was delighted to see 1950’s style bar in the basement just begging to display my stuff which I quickly coined Tamo’s Speakeasy. So if you have love for beer and an appreciation for vintage advertising I say come check out our show I think you’d enjoy it and maybe you’ll get the collecting bug. Perhaps I will post some my items in the future if there any interest in seeing them?


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