Posted 4 years ago
This sign once began my collecting of Pabst's products...all snake oil. I once had a very impressive collection, including a marked shipping box made of wood, unopened sealed bottle...sadly, these are all gone, but this piece will never go away.
When my dad was alive he worked for certain cement companies around here, before the one in 1970 sold out to another, he was manager. This sign was on his office door for as long as he could recall. Once they sold out, the new owners rebuilt the office, and dad got the door, with this sign. Dad died due to an accidental work injury while on the job, at the age of 72. This piece is literally priceless to me due to that fact.
Pabst's Okay Specific had caused Pabst Chemical to be sued by the government for misleading the public. Pabst's Okay Specific didn't survive much past 1919.
The frame is original, and the advert is on cardboard. It needs restoration and serious cleaning, but I don't trust anyone with this, plus the cost.
I don't mind so much losing the other parts of this amazing history. I'm just glad I can share part of my dad's meaning to me in this one item.
March 5, 2016, I had watched epuke and FB groups for anything OKAY related, and today I found a great little shipping box in one of the FB groups for sale. The gentleman and I messaged back and forth because I didn't feel I could afford it, and he had some of the info wrong so to help him better represent it and himself I gave information. He, seriously kindly, gave me a great deal that I could afford, and sometime late next week the box shown will join its sister advertisement. The beginning of a damaged life has begun.