The Anheuser-Busch Eagle is perched atop the front door of the brick building on the southwest corner of 12th and Myrtle Street in Erie, PA. A. B. Knoll distributed the brand locally. Beer was shipped from St. Louis to Erie on refrigerated box cars, as shown in the illustration above, which was published in 1887. Check out the two-digit telephone number.
I tried to get a photo of the Eagle, but it didn't turn out as well as I had hoped, despite making several attempts to take a great shot while dodging cars and trucks as I stood in the middle of Twelfth Street. Gregador has a much better picture of the Eagle on his blog, and you can see it here: http://tmblr.co/Z3LhtxlNEvL-
Anthony B. Knoll was born in Erie around 1854 and died of pneumonia on April 18, 1934 in his daughter's home at 924 Peach St. According to his obituary in the Erie Daily Times, "Mr. Knoll retired from active business about twenty years ago, after being Erie's exclusive agent for a quarter of a century of the Anheuser-Busch products. Since that time he has lived a quiet life at his old home, 450 East 6th St., until taking up residence with his daughter a year ago."
The Perry Centennial Parade will pass by old A. B. Knoll building on May 25, 2013.
Enjoy more historical facts and photos of Erie, PA at: Old Time Erie