North East Pennsylvania
In the Sixties, the many Small Breweries in their Anthracite (Hard Coal) region of NE Penna. faced a double whammy trying to stay profitable as National competition moved in and just as devastating demand for Anthracite dropped tenfold. Oil and Natural Gas were cleaner and more economical. Industries and home owners were converting to the new fuels. Only Yuengling (Pottsville) and Lion (Wilkes-Barre) survived the fallout.
Top Row: Kaiers (Mahanoy City) closed 1968
Senators Club and Whitman & Lord (Columbia Brewing, Shenandoah) closed 1967
Bavarian (Mount Carbon) closed 1977
Yuengling (Pottsville) America's oldest brewery with their first Zip Top on the left.
"The Professor" (earlier Flat Tops) in the yellow can.
Stegmaier (Wilkes-Barre) products Gold Medal and Stallion XII closed 1974. Gibbons (Lion) negotiated ownership of their labels.
Stegmaier "Clean Taste, Clear Thru"
Bottom Row: F&S (Fuhrmann and Schmidt, Shamokin) purchased by Ortliebs (Philadelphia) 1966. The local firm, with the same management still in place, continued to operate the brewery until 1976, when all operations ceased. A fire gutted the building soon after. The Thrifty and the White Muhlheim on the right in the third row also came from Shamokin's F&S Brewery. A group calling themselves Brewmasters International had these two labels produced but never managed to commence brewing operations. Two White Muhlheims were found in the brewery shortly before the fire but I believe this is the only one that made it into the hobby - probably unique!
I have my own story to tell about the White State Fair. I was going through a difficult time: in the middle of a divorce, basically homeless and started a new job as the Maintenance Supervisor in a steel mill, working 26 days straight. Two off, and repeating this rotation over and over again. Every evening, I went straight from the steel mill to a vacant building I owned. Nights were filled with carpentry, plumbing and electrical work, converting it to my present home. Although I stopped collecting beer cans 17 years prior to the divorce, my ex-wife wanted me to take the cans with me, getting them out of my old house.