Early 60s Lucite Tap Marker
Olympia Tap and Ball Knobs
1930s Ball knob version#1
1930s Version#2 note letter difference
1930's Version#3 Blue Bakelite
Gear Shift Knob Extremely Rare

These are four different Olympia Beer ball knobs shown above The first is by far the most comman and used from repeal to the early to mid 50s The second is a variation I have not seen many of probably a different manufacture and maybe a small batch? Notice the letters are different and the famous is a small font. The third is my favorite a light blue bakelite no doubt a WWII era tap. I have seen a 1/2 dozen or so of these so I can be certain they are legit. The last version is a specifically designed shift knob used for hot rodders of the 50s there is a twin to this for Rainier as well no doubt made by a novelty company, I have seen about a dozen of these too adding to their legitimacy

1st post ball knob tap marker circa 1955
This is the first post ball knob tap marker from about 1955 or 56 not seen very often as it was replaced about 59 or 60 by the marker below which somehow seem to be not to hard to find due to a few distrbutor finds

A unusual tap in the repect that it is porcelin enamel these come up every once in a while but are somewhat uncomman and seem to command decent prices on ebay

Shown above another very popular late 60s tap similar in design to one from Kochs beer. These were hot in the early days of ebay but seem to have bottemd out in value probably a 2 star sign
Two variations of mid to late 60s tap knob. Dark Olympia was introduced in 1965 and only in draft form.  Oly Dark was usually found in pizza parlors throughout the northwest like it's Puget Sound neighbor Rainier Dark. In the late 80s Olympia brewed Oly dark in attractive Green striped cans and available only at the brewery. In my mind one of the best beers they made
Great looking early 60s large tap markers hard to find in good condition but non the less a very attractive marker. Seen below the many variations of another series of mid 60s tap markers the golden age of Olympia
1960s Picnic Keg Taps most thrown away
Olympia "picnic taps" This is what you would have got on the end of your pump tap when you went to get your keg at the distributer tavern etc.. these are made of cheep plastic and are about the size of a matchbook. Most were either lost stolen or broke not seen much today. Note the lack of the word light on the center tap
One of the most recognizable tap handles of the last 30years many a Northwest tavern bowling alley or pizza house had one of these behind the bar. Seen below is it's 80s replacement
1969 Tap Marker
Hard to believe but once upon a time Olympia Gold was the leader of light beers with only 70 calories. I never saw a tavern that had it on tap yet there must have been since there are at least three variations of Oly Gold taps

Shown above 70s and 80s lucite taps "the end is near :( "

Shown below a oddball (homemade??) Oly dark knob aquired from craigslist in Spokane could it have graced one of the many pizza housed of the Inland Empire

The early 90s saw many a beer fad "original draft style" and "Dry" Japanese style beer a few of these have got out but I never remeber seeing these in taverns

Below a ill fated attempt to compete with the Michelobs of the world Medallion beer was a flop and there is a glut of Medallion breweriana too

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