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Then you’ve never been to Michigan and drank some of it. Of course, if you had, you wouldn’t have remembered it anyway.
Furthermore, this is a not the original label. The original read as follows: Good Old Black Panther Piss, manufactured by Ed Downs, Kalamazoo, Michigan. He started his “business” during Prohibition, hence the aged look of the above label. Ed Downs’ logo was of a black panther urinating on a tree in the moonlight. Ed Downs is my grandfather.
Jane, do you have any original bottles of this stuff around? thought it a neat item to display in our bar.
Sadly KIm, no we don’t have any of the original labels. Sure would be a conversation starter, though!
Glad you like it, however, this is a not the original label. The original read as follows: Good Old Black Panther Piss, manufactured by Ed Downs, Kalamazoo, Michigan. He started his “business” during Prohibition, hence the aged look of the above label. Ed Downs’ logo was of a black panther urinating on a tree in the moonlight. Ed Downs is my grandfather.
I have two bottles with the original lable… described exactly as you say here except it doesn’t say “black panther piss” Just “Pure Old Panther Piss” with the black pather pissing in to a jug in the moonlight. They were given to me by mt grandfather who passed away two years ago and both bottles are in a black leather case with two crystal shot glasses and a long spoon and some type of bottle opener. One has a blue cover and one has a white. Same person possbily?
Karen! What a great thing to wake up to! (Not heavy drinking, your email). I would love to see a photo, and then I would love to purchase them if they are for sale (please God). My father, who is now 80 and not in good physical health although still sharp as a tack mentally, would go into raptures of joy. He described to me how Ed Downs would make the kids (Dad and siblings) go collect wildflowers and berries to be taken to the “cider press”. Your description of the urinating panther in the moonlight authenticates it. I cannot express how much this means to me, and I thank you for taking the time to follow up on it. Regards, Jane
Any chance getting an original label or a reproduction of the original black panther piss label ?
Let me know if you find one.
Will do. My only hope is my cousin Jill in Michigan, who is, to say the least, not all there. My sister is closer to her; I will ask her to inquire.
Hey Robert! Thank you for your interest in my Granddad’s coveted product label. Sadly, no, not even Dad has an original label as you described. And my Aunt Ruthie, who would have been the one to keep up with stuff like that, passed away several years ago. I will, however, keep your email/post, and if I find anything will definitely let you know.
Hi Jane, spoke to my Grandfather today for the first time in a while as i took over some old early 1930/40′s war pictures his Suffolk regiment had taken, and he told me a story about some of his american friends that were being shipped out again the next day bringing a bottle of panther-piss to him outside of his old local pub, there was more to the story and its very interesting, but my point is, i was wondering is there still any un-opened bottles even with said label on them, or if there is any opened bottles anywhere with the original logo kicking about and if so how much are they? im dying to get hold of one to take round and sit with him so i can hear more of his amazing war time tales, he cant remember as much lately according to my mum who see’s him often, but those times seem to hep him remember,
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