A wonderful sign that is probably from the late 1940’s. I have never seen another one so perhaps it was a prototype that was never approved by the government.
Another rodeo belt buckle, this one much newer and probably from an amateur rodeo. It mentions milliliters along with ounces so it was awarded after 1978, but I do not have any other information on this item.
Here is a growler from Oldman River brewing, which is in Lundbreck. It is great that so many small centers in Alberta are now featuring a brewery, probably worth a road trip in the future.
An employee ring from the late 1940’s that was for 25 years of service, probably rare as how many people worked that long for one company even in those days. A nice item still owned by the family.
Don’t know who owns it now, but Hermann Linder won it in 1933. It is a belt buckle and definitely one of a kind. A E Cross was one of the four founders of the Stampede and the brewery gave out many awards in the early years, I have seen saddles, spurs and trophies but this may be the nicest of them all.
A new brewery opened in Lethbridge on August 13, 2019 and a few of us rode our cycles there on the first Sunday to check the place out. The brewmaster is also a rider and he appreciated us showing up. It is a small place with no plans to bottle or can, so you will have to visit to taste their beer and it is worth the visit.
With all new breweries canning their products today, will the hobby of beer can collecting start expanding again? There are a lot of beautiful cans coming out and these examples are newly released from Alaskan Brewing. Most breweries in Alberta are canning today, but still using stick on labels, I predict a number of them will switch to lithographed cans in the next few years.
When prohibition ended in 1924, Alberta had a few years before the government banned beer advertising in 1928. This item must be from 1924 until January 1927 when Lethbridge brewery changed the name of the beer from Alberta’s Pride to Lethbridge Beer. This cardboard sign was used on public transit at that time and is a very rare item.