One of Buffalos popular breweries. In 1948 they were producing a half a million barrels of beer , leading the way in Buffalo. They were the first to can beer in Buffalo with thier Indian Head Beer and Ale in the late 30's. These were conetops that came in a low profile and also hi profiles. Prior to WW II, Iroquois was ready to introduce their half and half porter/ale in a low profile conetop. Rumor has it that with the shortage of metal these cans were never filled and were used as scrap metal. Another rumor has these pallets of desirable conetops sitting in the warehouse and then just dumped, but as of now not even a dumper exists. There was a find of 1 can sheet of the half and half that has been rolled into a cone. Although, there was a time in the early 80's when one of Buffalos' premier collectors alledgedly was about to get his hands on 2 more half and halfs', but his life ended, and those 2 cans are still out there, maybe?
A newspaper ad in 1939, Indian Head Beer, Ale, and the half & half in Low Profile cones
After the War, Iroquois came to its customers in the crowntainer. While they had canned their ale earlier, first only the beer came in the all silver crowntainer bearing the irtp stamp. No reason why there is not a matching ale. Well , post 1950 up to about March of 1955 Iroquois produced 5 cans. There was a matching ale and beer crowntainer, in the "mosaic" design. Consider yourself lucky if you own an Ale, not many are out there.
The Beer changed label designs after about 1952 and back to a hi profile conetop , to the "eerie deerie" label, with the 2 little indians on the side of the can. About a year later another label change to the Arrowhed conetop. This cone may have only been out for about a year or so, as it was followed by a matching flattop which would be the final can that the Iroquois Beverage Corporation would produce.
In May of '55 a group of businessmen from Detroit bought the existing Iroquois plant and other breweries to form the International Brewing Inc. ( IBI )