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Images Of The Past – King Black Label Blended Whiskey

Most people today will recognize the “King” brand as being a limited release Bourbon from Brown-Forman, but that is not the origin of the label. The brand dates back to the post-Prohibition era as a blended whiskey in Brown-Forman’s portfolio. ... Continue Reading →

Images Of The Past – 1947 Old Fitzgerald Advertising Picture

This advertising picture is from 1947. It is an Old Fitzgerald Bottled-in-Bond advertisement printed on a panel and made to be either hung on the wall or to stand on top of cases of Old Fitzgerald on display in a... Continue Reading →

Images Of The Past – Hiram Walker Distillery In Peoria Illinois

In the 21st century, people don’t remember that in the 1930s, Hiram Walker was a major player in the whiskey industry. The company was founded in Canada, just across the border from Detroit, in the 1850s. Hiram Walker created the... Continue Reading →

Images Of The Past – Early Map Of Louisville

When Heaven Hill’s Evan Williams Bourbon Heritage Center released their Square Six Bourbon, they included an old map of Louisville showing the “Square Six” area where Evan Williams had his distillery in the 18th century. I like old maps and... Continue Reading →

Images Of The Past – Ella Offut Pepper – A Love Story

When you visit the James E. Pepper Distillery in Lexington, Kentucky, you will see these two images hanging on the wall of their history room. Ella Offut Pepper was married to James E. Pepper and they were devoted to each... Continue Reading →

Images Of The Past – Ladies Of The Bottling Line At Labrot and Graham ca 1900

This image shows the women who worked on the bottling line at Labrot and Graham Distillery circa 1900. This is typical of bottling lines of the time. The distillers quickly learned that women made the best workers for bottling whiskey.... Continue Reading →

Images Of The Past – Ripy Bros. Distillery 1905

I recently visited Tom Ripy in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky. He is related to the Ripy family of distillers that are famous for their distilleries in Anderson County, Kentucky. He was kind enough to let me make a copy of this historic,... Continue Reading →

Images Of The Past – Whiskey Production In Kentucky

Before Prohibition, Louisville was the home to a very prestigious industry magazine, The Wine and Spirits Bulletin. The Louisville Free Public Library has a collection of these magazines and this image comes from one of the early editions in that... Continue Reading →

Images Of The Past – Old Joe Perkins Whiskey Advertising

At one time, the Kentucky Bourbon Affair had an event at the Filson Historical Society where Bill Thomas, Jared Hyman and I held an appraisal fair. It was a lot of fun and many interesting items came in for appraisal.... Continue Reading →

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