During our second walk-through before purchasing the home, I noticed some rusty old bottle openers hanging from one of the eaves in the basement (are they eaves in a basement? I’m not an architect). I wanted to take them, but thought I should see if we got the home first!
As soon as we closed, I took the bottle openers off the nail and looked closely at them. One is just a plain rusty one, but two have brewery names on them. We’re so lucky to live in the age of Google; I was able to determine the approximate ages of the openers!
One says “Put Eastside Inside”. According to a Los Angeles Magazine article, “[Los] Angelenos began guzzling Eastside in 1907… survived Prohibition as near-beer… [then] Pabst Company purchased the brewery in 1948.”
The other says “Acme beer” in a strange font. This illustrated history places the opener from 1907-1954.
The location I found the openers in could indicate that the basement was a speakeasy, which is not terribly surprising considering most California homes (even other craftsman-style bungalows) don’t have basements!
For now, the openers are sitting on the built-in china cabinet in the dining room, but I’d love to have some ideas about what to do with them to display them more prominently!