• Old brewery foundation discovered in Cobourg, Ontario. MacPherson, Downs & Company was destroyed by fire in 1899.
You may have heard that a chap from Quebec is working on a book on Canadian Beer Trays. It’s me. I started almost 12 years ago but now am close to the end. In a last attempt to find pictures for a dozen or so trays that I have the description (from Larry Sherk and Wray Martin 1989 inventory + Addendum) and some for which I would like better pictures, I call on all collectors of Canadian breweriana for assistance. If you can send me a high definition picture of the trays on the list that you may have, it will be very much appreciated. In return, your name will appear in the credit section of the book. Thank you in advance. I anxiously await your response. Regards,
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TouchWood Editions Presents
What’s more Canadian than beer? Craft brewing has exploded across Canada, reinvigorating the country’s love and appreciation for its favourite beverage. But Canadians have always treasured beer—a fact evidenced by these vintage labels that showcase both stunning skills in typography and a true passion for the brew.
In addition to the earliest vintage labels from iconic breweries like Dow and Labatt, discover an eye-opening cross-section of the country’s beer-brewing history through the artwork of ales, porters, lagers, and malts from brewers east to west, many of which are long forgotten.
Lawrence C. Sherk is one of the country’s foremost collectors of Canadian beer memorabilia, with the second-largest collection of beer labels in Canada. In 2011, he donated nearly 3000 of his labels, most of them dating from before 1945, to the Thomas Fisher Rare Books Library at the University of Toronto, where they can be viewed as part of the library’s paper-ephemera collection. Before retiring in 2001, Sherk was a renowned horticulturist, though history is his first love.
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