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"Give me a UB and a Whiskey"


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Shortly after coming ashore in Shanghai, Steve McQueen, as Machinist Mate Jake Holman, stops in a dingy bar and asks for a "UB and a Whiskey".....a UB being a beer brewed by Shanghai's Union Bewery. This Brewey dominated the Shanghai market, even though they had a number of competitors. Served at all the Marine Clubs within the city (at 40 cents MEX....20 cents US money) and popular with sailors of the Asiatic Fleet UB made a Pilsner, a larger and a dark beer. Well much to my surprise one of these popped up on eBay and I had to pick it up. I had several original labels from a Marine's scrap book, so I added one....anyway, can't be many of these to survive.....and I can use it to add to a China Marine display I am building.

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Interesting find, I have heard of it but never saw one for sale. Surprised it survived!

"It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts."

*Sherlock Holmes in "A Scandal in Bohemia"*

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Yes I was too...a guess some sailor or Marine thought it would make a great reminder of his oriental cruise!

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BTW here is a shot of the Fourth Marine Football team enjoying UB's Pilsner's at their end of season banquet.

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There's no end to what a collector can add to a specific collection!! Congrats, Dirk!

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"I have only two men out of my company and 20 out of some other company. We need support, but it is almost suicide to try to get it here as we are swept by machine gun fire and constant barrage is on us. I have no one on my left and only a few on my right. I will hold." (Message sent by 1st Lt. Clifton B. Cates. USMC, 96th Co., Soissons, 19 July 1918 - later 19th Commandant of the Marine Corps 1948-1952)

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