Balto Beer Bottle Label Unused Siberian Husky Seppala For Sale
Balto Beer Unused bottle LABEL
Brand New/Mint/PRISTINE Condition.
This brew has been discontinued and the labels will increase in value & collectors items
This label is full of interesting history - that many(outside of the sleddog community)probably do not even know...read on!
~THIS WOULD LOOK GREAT FRAMED ~
Balto Beer is made by the Thirsty Dog Brewing Company. The picture of famous dog driver Leonard Seppala with his belovedTOGO on his shoulder. Yes, the beer is named Balto Beer, but Togo is the dog they used for advertising!
Thelabel reads: Balto was a heroic sled dog who braved the fierce weather conditions of the Iditarod Trail to bring life saving serum to the village of Nome, Alaska. This beer is a tribute to everyone's heroic dog.
The beer was named after Balto, the famous Siberian Husky dog, that is known for bringing life saving serum to Nome, Alaska. The Iditarod Sled Dog Race follows the same trail used by the dog drivers that delivered the serum from Anchorage, Alaska to Nome, Alaska.
Balto, lived out his final days in the Cleveland Zoo after leaders in Cleveland heard that the team was used as a circus side-show and over the years - public lost interest, the dogs were in poor health, they took up a collection, my own father at the time of this listing, is 86 years old now was a school boy back then and remembers saving his pennies to save the dogs so they can live out their remaining years at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. On March 19, 1927, Balto and six companions were brought to Cleveland and given a hero's welcome in a triumphant parade.
Balto is now stuffed andis part of the Cleveland Natural Historys collection. There is a bronze statue of this famous Siberian Husky in New Yorks, central park.
For more historical information on Balto click: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balto
Togo, after his death, Seppala had him custom mounted, and today the mounted skin is on display in a glass case at the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race Museum Headquarters in Wasilla, Alaska. The Peabody Museum of Natural History at Yale University has his skeleton in their collection.
The first batch of 300,000 units of serum was delivered by train from Anchorage to Nenana, Alaska, where it was picked up by the first of twenty mushers and more than 100 dogs who relayed the serum a total of 674 miles (1,085km) to Nome.
Togo and Seppala traveled 170 miles (274km) from Nome in three days, and picked up the serum from Henry Ivanoff just outside of Shaktoolik on January 31. The temperature was estimated at −30 °F (−34 °C), and the gale force winds causing a wind chill of −85 °F (−65 °C).
The return trip crossed the exposed open ice of the Norton Sound. The night and a ground blizzard prevented Seppala from being able to see the path but Togo navigated to the roadhouse at Isaac's Point on the shore by 8 AM preventing certain death to his team. After traveling 84 miles (134km) in one day, the team slept for six hours before continuing at 2 AM.
Before the night the temperature dropped to −40 °F (−40 °C), and the wind increased to 65 mi/h (105km/h). The team ran across the ice, which was breaking up, while following the shoreline. They returned to shore to cross Little McKinley Mountain, climbing 5,000 feet (1,500 m). After descending to the next roadhouse in Golovin, Seppala passed the serum to Charlie Olsen, who in turn would pass it to Gunnar Kaasen and Balto.
Again, please note, that the dog on Leonard Seppala's shoulders, on the bottles label,is Togo not Balto.Togo is another one of the lead dogs, on the sled dog team, that brought the life saving serum to the village of Nome, Alaska. This fact makes the labeleven more collectable! Togo was Seppala's favorite dog and the leader of the team that Seppala droveand he was always bitter that Balto, used by another musherand team during theserum relay ran the final leg andgot all the glory when the team pulled into Nome-now even after all these years, Balto is still stealing Togo's tunder! But those in the world of Siberian Huskies and Sled Dogs know that Togo was the one that logged the most mileage of the famous serum run. But in all reality, both dogs are true and deserving Heroes!
Here is an informative link about the history of Togo:
Here is another:
This item is so unusual, that the Cleveland Museum of Natural History even has a bottle in its Balto display.
GREAT GIFT for the Siberian Husky Collector!
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