I rarely find anything I like anymore at antique and collectible shows, but I still go hoping for something good. On the third weekend in October, Terry and I headed to the Lethbridge bottle club show. At the first table I stopped at, I found the Lethbridge blotter I pictured above. It has to be made between 1924 and 26 and it is a very colorful item.
Hells Basement recently released a limited edition mug from the newest version of Medalta. Medalta is a Medicine Hat company that started in 1914 and has been closed at least 4 times over the years. It is once again making limited amounts of items for sale and they made 50 mugs for the Hells Basement Octoberfest party, 2019. I photographed it with an older Medalta beer mug from the 1930’s for comparison. The slogan on the old mug is certainly worth considering.
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.