Vol. 3, No. 2, Sunday May 7, 2006

by dick bales


In the latest edition of The Common Stuff, Dick continues his look at George Truog glasses and compares Truog sketches with the final product.


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Commercial Side of
George Truog,
Part II

The Altschul Distilling Company glass from Springfield, Ohio, is a known Truog glass.

How do we know this?

A drawing of this "barrel on A" label (albeit with a misspelled word) appears in Truog’s scrapbook of designs and is shown on page 136 in Dale’s book. (Note that the pre-pro database indicates that there are several variations of this glass.)

The Fairland Rye glass from the Frederick Siemer Company of Cincinnati, Ohio, is a Truog glass; its label is shown on page 141 of Dale’s book.

Drawings of the DC New Hope glass and the Old Fashion Belle of Anderson glass appear next to each other on page 94 of the book.

Page 95 features drawings of the Jed Clayton glass and the L. Hellman & Co. Belmont glass.




All four of these glasses are found in Robin’s database and are shown here.

It is clear that the drawings in Truog’s sketchbook do not always represent the finished product. Pages 130 and 131 feature respectively the "Roxbury Rye" and "Moccasin Club" labels. The glasses shown here are similar to but still decidedly different from the Truog drawings. A drawing of the "Old Tennessee Club" label is on page 132. It too differs from the actual glass.

There is a drawing of Stag Whiskey "Try a Horn" on page 137. The actual glass differs a bit from this sketch, but in a different manner than noted above. Truog’s preliminary sketch of the stag is actually quite realistic. The stag on the glass, though, is an awful picture. It looks like a dog wearing antlers and is reminiscent of Max, the dog in the Dr. Seuss tale of how the Grinch stole Christmas. (Could Dr. Seuss have been a shot collector? Did Truog inspire him to write his epic Christmas story?)

It is obvious that George Truog had a hand in designing many of our favorite shot glasses. Unfortunately, we will probably never know exactly how many. It is clear that glasses with Truog traits are abundant. As mentioned earlier, Truog was known for incorporating leaves and flowers within his designs. This Adam Dillman glass shown at left below is one more example of this Truog characteristic. But note how a ribbon of text runs diagonally across the glass, from the lower left to the upper right.

Doesn’t this seem similar to the design of the rare Brassy & Co. Sunny Brook glass shown at right?

Hmmm. . . .


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