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Guide to Withdrawn Free and Olive Drab (Camo) Beer Cans
One of my specialties in the beer can hobby is Withdrawn Free and Olive Drab cans. If you have any cans like the ones pictured below, please contact me at jefflebo@aol.com. I am always looking to purchase these kinds of cans for my collection.

The first beer cans were produced in 1935. By the middle of 1942, beer can production stopped because the steel was greatly needed for the war effort. But in 1944 the US military contracted with over 40 of the largest breweries in the country to produce beer in olive drab (OD) cans to be sent to troops all over the world. They were also available at US military bases. The military would, for instance, contract with Schmidt's of Philadelphia and send the Schmidt's OD cans to units where Philadelphia men were stationed. In this way, having a recognizable hometown brand was good for morale and created a psychological comfort for the men who were risking their lives in a foreign land. OD cans were produced until around 1947 in flat tops, cone tops and crowntainers. After the war some brands were produced for export overseas for use on cruise ships etc. These do not have the olive drab color but do say "Withdrawn Free of Internal Revenue Tax For Exportation" or some similar statement. IRTP cans were produced until March 30, 1950. Below is a photo gallery of all the Olive Drab and Withdrawn Free beer cans that I know about. So far I have documented over 120 different designs.

Brands are listed with brewery information and value. Values were derived from the book "United States Beer Cans" by the Beer Can Collectors of America. Values are based on cans in Grade A1+ condition (no dents, scratches, humidity spotting or rust).

ABOVE:

Acme - San Francisco, CA $600.

Ballantine-Newark, NJ $60.

Beer (Jacob Ruppert) - New York, NY $550.

Beer (Seattle Brewing) - Seattle, WA $175.

Beer (Schlitz) - Milwaukee, WI $400

Beer (Schlitz) - Milwaukee, WI $400.

Blatz - Milwaukee, WI $100.

Budweiser - St. Louis, MO $750.

Budweiser - St. Louis, MO $100.

Burgemeister - San Francisco, CA $500.

Esslinger - Philadelphia, PA $600.

Esslinger - Philadelphia, PA $125.

Falls City - Louisville, KY $400

Falls City - Louisville, KY $40.

Fox Deluxe - Chicago, IL $750.

Fox Deluxe - Grand Rapids, MI $550.

Genesee - Rochester, NY $500.

Goebel - Detroit, MI $750.

Grand Prize - Houston, TX $750.

Grand Prize - Houston, TX $150.

Hamm's - St. Paul, MN $600.

Hapsburg - Chicago, IL $200.

Hornung - Philadelphia, PA $225,

India - Philadelphia, PA $1000+

Krueger Ale - Newark, NJ $300.

Krueger Beer - Newark, NJ $200.

Krueger Beer - Newark, NJ $750.

Krueger Beer - Newark, NJ $300.

Krueger Beer - Newark, NJ $35.

Rheingold - New York, NY $700.

Ruppert - New York, NY $65.

Ruppert - New York, NY $60.

Schaefer - New York, NY $40.

Schaefer - New York, NY $100.

Schlitz - Milwaukee, WI $600.

Schlitz - Milwaukee, WI $375.

Schlitz - Milwaukee, WI $250.

Schlitz - Milwaukee, WI $65.

Schlitz - Milwaukee, WI $65.

Schmidt's - St. Paul, MN $750.

Sick's Select - Salem, OR $45.

Sick's Select - Seattle, WA $600.

Sick's Select - Seattle, WA $250.

Sick's Select - Seattle, WA $250.

Sick's Select - Seattle, WA $110.

Silver Fox - Chicago, IL $900.

Trommer's - Orange, NJ $110.

Tru Blu - Northampton, PA $500.

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F&S - Shamokin, PA $600.

Gold Age - San Francisco, CA $1000+

Gold Medal - Wilkes Barre, PA $600.

Golden Age - Spokane, WA $900.

Golden Age - Spokane, WA $1000+

Horton - New York, NY $500.

Iroquois - Buffalo, NY $350.

Maier - Los Angeles, CA $1000+

Rainier - San Francisco, CA $900.

Rainier - San Francisco, CA $90.

Red Fox - Waterbury, CT $600.

Red Fox - Waterbury, CT $450.

Regal - New Orleans, LA $250.

Schlitz - Milwaukee, WI $135.

Schlitz - Milwaukee, WI $250.

Schlitz - Milwaukee, WI $325.

Schmidt's - Philadelphia, PA $350.

Schmidt's - Philadelphia, PA $350.

Tally Ho - New York, NY $1000+

Tornberg's - San Francisco, CA $1000+

Utica Club - Utica, NY $900.

 

ABOVE:

Lucky - San Francisco, CA $200.

Lucky - San Francisco, CA $30.

Meister Brau - Chicago, IL $800.

Miller -Milwaukee, WI $100.

Miller - Milwaukee, WI $100.

Miller - Milwaukee, WI $50.

Narragansett - Cranston, RI $800.

Old Dutch - Brooklyn, NY $800.

Pabst - Peoria Heights, IL $250.

Pabst - Peoria Heights, IL $550.

Pabst - Peoria Heights, IL $400.

Pabst - Milwaukee, WI $17.

Pabst - Milwaukee, WI $17.

Pabst - Milwaukee, WI $17.

Pabst - Milwaukee, WI $550.

Pabst - Milwaukee, WI $400.

Peter Doelger - Harrison, NJ $400.

Pfeiffer - Detroit, MI $225.

Prior - Norristown, PA $75.

Rainier - San Francisco, CA $250.

Rainier - San Francisco, CA $45.

Rainier - San Francisco, CA $45.Regal Pale - San Francisco, CA $300.

Regal Pale - San Francisco, CA $100.

Rheingold - New York, NY $225.

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ABOVE:

Valley Forge - Norristown, PA $200.

Valley Forge - Norristown, PA $400.

Valley Forge - Norristown, PA $400.

CONE TOPS:

Barbarossa - Cincinnatti, OH $125.

Beer (Largay) - Waterbury, CT $900.

Beer (American) - New Orleans, LA $900.

Beer (Schlitz) - Milwaukee, WI $900.

Beer (Schlitz) - Milwaukee, WI $900.

Berghoff - Ft. Wayne, IN $750.

Beverwyck - Albany, NY $700.

Beverwyck - Albany, NY $375.

Blatz - Milwaukee, WI $100.

Blatz - Milwaukee, WI $250.

Blatz - Milwaukee, WI $250.

Breidt's - Elizabeth, NJ $800.

Burger Brau - Cincinnatti, OH $950.

Carlings Red Cap - Cleveland, OH $375.

Carlings Red Cap - Cleveland, OH $375.

Carlings Red Cap - Cleveland, OH $175.

Champagne Velvet - Terre Haute, IN $600.

Duquesne - Stowe Twp., PA $125.

Beer (Tivoli) - Detroit, MI $1000+

Fitzgerald - Troy, NY $500.

Fort Pitt - Pittsburgh, PA $300.

Fort Pitt - Pittsburgh, PA $300

Hudepohl - Cincinnatti, OH $700.

Old Topper - Rochester, NY $750.

Trenton - Trenton, NJ $375.

Tru Blu - Northampton, PA $225.

Thanks for visiting the Guide to Withdrawn Free and Olive Drab Beer Cans. If you have anything that I don't have listed here, or if you have any of these for sale, please email me at jefflebo@aol.com.

Thanks!