An interesting and very old tin beer sign was found in Dawson City’s Westminster Hotel.
I’m interested in old Yukon doors, which I use for frames, and while looking for one years ago I located an interesting old tin beer sign.
I painted a picture of the Westminster Hotel for Duncan Spriggs, the hotel’s owner, as a trade for it. Also, I had the beer sign restored, then later sent a photo of the sign to the National Post, which had a column called “trash or treasure” that “finds out what your bric-a-brac is worth.” The column was written by Gigi Suhanic.
The local O’Brien Klondike beer probably didn’t go on sale until around 1905. The A.B.C. (American Beer Company) of St. Louis, Missouri, sold suds in the Klondike during the gold rush.
The Post found out the tin sign dated from the 1890s and was manufactured by the Meek Beach Co. of Coshocton, Ohio, which figured out how to paint on tin and created some of Coca-Cola’s first signs.
The A.B.C. brewery was sold to a British firm at the turn of the century.
An appraiser called it a “fantastic piece” and it was appraised at more than (US)$3,000.
Anyone with information about this subject, please write Jim Robb: The Colourful Five Per Cent Scrapbook – Can You Identify? c/o the Yukon News, 211 Wood Street, Whitehorse, Yukon, Y1A 2E4, or email through the News website, www.yukon-news.com.