Champagne Velvet beer signs by artist Hy Hintermeister

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  • Item Category: Alcohol & Smoking
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Jan 16, 2007
  • Channel: Auction House
Offered are FOUR Champagne Velvet beer signs (TOC, or tin-over-cardboard) from the series by artist Hy Hintermeister for the Terre Haute Brewing Company in Terre Haute , Indiana . The series contained approximately 12 different signs including these four.

These signs are guaranteed to be original. These signs belonged to my father since approximately 1950. They first hung in his barbershop in Muskegon, Michigan and later in his home game room.

The four signs depict (1) a game warden observing the humorous fisherman's small catch, (2) the humorous fisherman being cheered on by his buddies while hiding his small catch, (3) the humorous fisherman dancing away to avoid a couple of curious skunks, and (4) the humorous fisherman rocking the boat in an attempt to catch "the big one". All signs include either CV bottles or cone-top beer cans, and various Champagne Velvet packaging.

All signs measure approximately 14 x 19.5 inches. The conditions of these signs are excellent. Unlike others that appear on ebay from time-to-time, these do not have any dings, hanging holes, major scratches, or rust. T are minor scratches and t, but they do not detract from their appearance. The yellow edges are also straight and have very few scuffs. These signs have never been repainted or modified in anyway. I am sure that they can shine up even more with a little TLC. The color and overall condition of these signs is accurately reflected in the provided photos. However, please let me know if I can answer any additional questions.

These signs would make an excellent addition to someone's collection of Terre Haute Brewing Company or C.V. memorabilia, Indiana breweriana, Hy Hintermeister collection, or would look great in a cabin or lake house.

Hy Hintermeister

Henry (Hy) Hintermeister American, 1897-1972 John Henry "Hy" Hintermeister was born in 1869 in Winterthur, Switzerland. After studying art at the University of Zurich , John turned down a teaching position in favor of immigrating to the United States w he found work as a courtroom artist for a local New York paper. His successful courtroom works soon shifted focus to illustration and magazine cover art. He worked with several calendar art companies including Brown and Bigelow, The Osborne Co. , Louis F. Kemper Thomas and American Art Works. Referred to as John by his friends and family, he signed his art "Hy Hintermeister." From the 1890s-1940s John, along with his son, Henry, worked together producing over 1,050 illustrations that were reproduced as prints and as jigsaw puzzles. Both artists used identical signatures making distinction of their work nearly impossible. Both Hintermeister's works display a renowned sense of humor, whether depicting setter pups or friends' fishing antics. They were a prolific and well-respected team. Bio courtesy of .

Terre Haute Brewing Co

Chauncey Warren and Demas Deming, Sr. started the Terre Haute Brewing Company in 1837 at 8th and Poplar Street . Later this site was used by Earnest Bleemel's brewery until Mathias Mogger bought the business in 1848. A. Kaufmann and Anton Mayer bought it in 1868 and it became Kaufmann & Mayer later that same year. Mayer bought out the Kaufmann family's interest in 1869 when he died. Meanwhile, the Terre Haute Brewing Company, owned by Fred Feyh, Coelstein Kinzle and Theodore Kriescher in the 1870s and early 1880s, was at the southwest corner of First and Ohio streets. Mayer sold his company in 1889 to Crawford Fairbanks (of the Indiana Distilling Co.), John H. Beggs, and Deming. It was then merged into the Terre Haute Brewing Company. At this time it occupied 2 blocks at 9th and Poplar and produced 30,000bbl annually. By the turn of the century, THBC was the 7th largest brewery in the US . Stables were a block away with 50 Clydesdales and Belgians delivering beer to the immediate area. They had expanded to 901-935 Poplar St. by 1910. In 1910, Crawford Fairbanks sold some of his interest in the brewery and instituted a financial r...