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I was wondering if you would be able to help me identify this tray. It shows
"home brewed ale" in the base of the keg the one man is holding and "home
brewed" on the cans or kegs the eagle is holding. This tray has Chas. W. Shonk
Co. Litho Chicago No. B449 on it. I am not quite sure about the number but
that is what it looks like. Do you know what brewery this represents?
From Beer Dave: The Shonk Tray is a stock item from the Chas. W. Shonk Co. of Chicago.
This tray was used by many pre-Prohibiton breweries. The Breweries were
able to add their text and logo to a designated area of the green rim,
face and back of the tray. In most cases this was not used as a serving
tray. It was usually an advertising piece to hang on the wall.
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