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Images Of The Past: Glass Bottle Production In The Mid-19th Century

When we think of whiskey today, we think of bottles of whiskey. This was not always the case. For most of the 19th century, glass bottles were a luxury item, often costing the customer three or four times the cost... Continue Reading →

Images Of The Past – 1950 Old Forester Christmas Advertisement 

In the year 1950, the whiskey industry in America was just recovering from the hard times of the past. Prohibition ended in 1933, but it was in the middle of the Great Depression and the distillers needed to build their... Continue Reading →

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 →

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