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    RE: John Graf

    Cool! Thanks for posting that! It is a very nice stopper with a neat little sunburst and sharp clean writing. I think it is reasonably good one.

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    RE: John Graf

    ORIGINAL: blobbottlebob

    Ever find a bottle embossed with the phrase "THE BEST WHAT GIVES"? You are not alone (if you have). John Graf was one of the most prolific bottlers of sodas and weiss beers from Milwaukee. One thing¬*that was amazing about the company (besides their command of the english language) was the vast number and types of bottles they used. I am convinced that John Graf was a marketing genius. He changed bottle types often to reflect¬*changing¬*bottle styles and used an amazing array of closure mechanisms.¬*He also advertised, made stoppers, glasses, seltzers, openers, ash trays, . . you name it, trying to get the name out there at every opportunity. I thought that it might be neat to begin a post showing some of the various bottles that he made. It will certainly be easy to add new pics on a regular basis because of the many variants out there.

    One great thing about Graf bottles is that anyone trying hard enough can get their hands on one. Common examples can easily be purchased. They turn¬*up on the bay often enough.¬*On the other hand, some Graf bottles are so rare that stacks of hundreds wouldn't help (because none are out there for sale).

    Many people nowadys still remember Grandpa Graf's root beer. It may even be still available. Last I heard, an Illinois company called Canfields was still selling it. Graf's was, however, a prolific brewer of weiss beer at the turn of the century. There are some great examples to come that will show that better.

    Graf began his bottling career in 1873 in a partnership with Phillip Madlener. (date is credited to Roger Peters - Thanks Roger!) About ten years later, Graf bottles no longer had the Madlener embossing. It seems appropriate to start with a few pics of those early bottles.
    Many people nowadys still remember Grandpa Graf's root beer. It may even be still available. Last I heard, an Illinois company called Canfields was still selling it. Graf's was, however, a prolific brewer of weiss beer at the turn of the century. There are some great examples to come that will show that better.
    Here is an extremely rare version of the Gran'pa Graf's Root Beer.

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    RE: John Graf

    Hey thanks for showing us your acl. Nice texture on the bottle too. I am hoping that a friend will send me some pics of a few spectacular examples that he has. I will post them when they come through.

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    RE: John Graf

    Here is an old sign for diet Graf"s sodas It's up on the bay right now.

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    RE: John Graf

    I've always liked those mug base bottles. Sometimes I wish I collected more than fruit jars. [:(]

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    RE: John Graf

    I just changed some of the bottles in my window sill and went for Graf weiss beers. Love the shading on these. Sruck me as neat so I snapped a shot.

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    RE: John Graf

    Also. A real beauty of a stoneware beer just sold on the bay as a buy-it-now for $185. It has gorgeous cobalt petals on it (which I had never seen before).

    Here's a link. I need to downsize the pic.
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/RARE-John-Graf-Pottery-Stoneware-Beer-Bottle-Blue-Peddles-Milwaukee-WI-1883-1920-/160914086899?_trksid=p2047675.l2557&ssPageName=STR K:MEWAX:IT&nma=true&si=%2FoFH3yWmjExlxjopURqDB28ij 9Q%3D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc

    I destroyed the attachment. Don't click on it.[:)]
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    RE: John Graf

    Okay. The pic.

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    RE: John Graf

    Very nice window shot Bob, I've always liked these, the Stonie is killer!

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    RE: John Graf

    Thanks E. I tried to buy the stoner. I was high bidder at $75 (but reserve was not met). It would have been hard to spend more on a bottle that I am not supposed to be collecting.

    Those weiss beers are neat. The orangish amber one at right is in the normal color range of what you find here. The dark one at left is more unusual (it is actually dark red under strong light). The yellowish bottle is quite rare. I have only seen one other example.



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