The breweries in Quincy left behind many artifacts. Amongst those who collect brewery artifacts they are referred to as breweriana. The earliest breweries left behind minimal, if any advertising. The first artifacts that you see are primarily advertisements in the Quincy, IL city directories.
As early as the 1860s there are examples of letterhead for Dick & Bros. Quincy Brewery Co. (or as known until 1869, The City Brewery). From the 1870s aqua and amber beer bottles can be found. They are embossed with the name of the brewery. In the late 1870s beer labels can be found in newspaper advertisements and there are a few surviving examples.
From the 1890s on, advertising becomes an important part of how the brewery interacts with the public. Tip trays, bottlecaps, and signs all become important ways to market the brand. Beyond the traditional advertising they also used trinkets to bond consumers to their brands.
Artifacts exist for the Bluff Brewery, Dick and Bros. Quincy Brewery Co., Ruff Brewing Co., the Schanz Brewery, and the Schanz-Wahl Brewery Co.
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