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Images Of The Past – Peter Cooper Rye Bar Decanter

This bar decanter dates from the first decade of the twentieth century. Peter Cooper Rye was a product of the rectifying company of Dreyfuss, Weil & Co. of Paducah, Kentucky. Paducah, Kentucky has a rich heritage in the spirits industry.... Continue Reading →

Images of the Past – 1850s Labels

The Filson Historical Society in Louisville, Ky. has a “scrapbook” from a lithographer named Miller from the 1850s. It is really a sample book of his work. There are labels of all types. Miller printed labels for perfumes, jellies and... Continue Reading →

Images of the Past – A. Ph. Stitzel Distillery Print

The original of this print is part of the United Distillers archive. They had a collection of prints of the distilleries and buildings that came before the Stitzel-Weller Distillery. This included the original Stitzel Bros. Distillery at 26th and Broadway,... Continue Reading →

Images of the Past – Yellowstone Distillery Bottling Ladies

You can see a blown-up version of this photograph at the Oscar Getz Museum in Bardstown, Ky. It is on the wall of one of the rooms with some other old photographs of bottling whiskey at Kentucky distilleries. The original... Continue Reading →

Images Of The Past – Winter 1994 Odd Bins Catalog

In the summer of 1994, I was working as the archivist at United Distillers and was asked to take the artist, Ralph Steadman to the Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark distilleries. Steadman was doing the illustrations for the annual winter... Continue Reading →

The Tom And Jerry Cocktail

The Tom and Jerry was a very popular cocktail before Prohibition, but seems to have faded out of existence after the repeal of Prohibition. It is a cocktail that was served either hot or cold that contained eggs. It was... Continue Reading →

Images Of The Past – Seagram Distillery, Louisville, Kentucky Postcard

After the repeal of Prohibition, Seagram built a distillery in Louisville. This distillery was on the southern boundary of the city on Seventh Street Road. The city limits ended not far from where they built this distillery at the time.... Continue Reading →

Images of the Past – Prohibition Prescription

Alcohol was considered an important part of every medicine cabinet in the 19th century. Even teetotalers usually kept a bottle of brandy for colds and fevers. Hot toddies with brandy, lemon juice and honey mixed into hot water was a... Continue Reading →

Images Of The Past – K. Taylor Distillery Postcard

The K. Taylor Distillery was a short-lived company founded at the end of Prohibition. When Prohibition ended, Kenner Taylor, the son of Edmund Haynes Taylor, Jr., became involved with some partners to create a new distilling company – K. Taylor... Continue Reading →

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