Michigan Variations : Pfeiffers's North Star
by Chris Taylor (October, 1997)
This month I thought I would touch on a rather scarce variation of what is
generally a Minnesota brand. During the 1950's, Pfeiffer Brewing Co. of
Detroit packaged NORTH STAR
(USBC 103-30) for a short period of time. This can was not pictured in the three
major books prior to the USBC. NORTH STAR cans B1951 and BCU 98/07 from
St. Paul have metallic gold or silver bands and stars, while the Michigan
variation has enamel gold. To date, I know of no one in Michigan
who has ever dumped one. Curiously, the examples I have seen are all
indoor cans and have State of Ohio tax stamps on the lids. Why dumpers
are not found is a mystery.
I reason that the cans I have seen (approximately a half dozen, ranging from grade 1 to solid grade 2) in recent years came from a single find since they are in much the same condition. If you are trying to find one of these Michigan cans at a show, good luck! Please let me know if you have a dumper of the Michigan variation.
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