My Days at Kinsey Distillery

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Re: My Days at Kinsey Distillery

Unread postby Kinsey Worker » Sun Aug 15, 2010 4:45 pm

Today I am posting a picture of something I have dreamed of having, my friend that was a High up person with Publicker gave me today an original Brass Barrel Head stencil from 1945 for Rye Whiskey. You would use it first then after the word Filled use a small cardboard stencil to put in the day and month, then with anoother small cardboard stencil put the Ser. number after the word Ser A. The A was the Lot. This one has been repaired with a piece of steel but looks to be in great shap for 65 years old. I was not born till two years later then that.

Last Monday I took my friend to meet Ludy who worked at Kinsey 42 years and Al Landis who's father was Jacob G Kinsey's great Uncle. Boy did they talk about Kinsey I just sat and Listened. It was a Joy for me to take him to meet them.
Well Here is the Barrel Stencile.
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Re: My Days at Kinsey Distillery

Unread postby Kinsey Worker » Mon Aug 23, 2010 9:40 pm

Well today I recieved 5 rare oringinal Publicker pictures mounted on Poster board from my friend who was a top person with Publicker. I took pictures of them and here they are
1. Aerial Picture says Publicker Commercial Alcolhol on the far right. Quick note researching this picture with my Friend from Phila Butch that worked at Publicker this picture is not in phila but was a Butidiean plant on State Road about 5 or 6 miles from The big Plant. In the small writting on the picture it says so. This was in the Bensalem area on State road known as Cornwells Heights pa.
2. A artist conception of What Inver House Distillery would look like when done late 1950's
3. Rare Poster board artist photo of DSP-Pa -1 late 1930's
4.Picture of Publicker Rail tanker
I removed the last picture to take a better one tonight as for some reason it looked fuzzy.
I will in the next month have many more rare Pictures I will take of the original pictures to post here.
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Re: My Days at Kinsey Distillery

Unread postby Kinsey Worker » Wed Sep 01, 2010 11:52 am

Yesterday I recieved some more rare Pictures from my friend who was a top Person at Publicker during the good days of the company working wit hSi Neuman at the Walnut Street Offices.
First here are 4 pictures that are one of a Kind. During the End of WWII People were starving in Europe and once again Publicker stepped forward in the effort to save those starving.
They Took part of the Plant and instead of drying grains for Alcohol they bought millions of Potato's from Maine, and washed them processed them and dryed them and made them into Potato Flour to save Lifes. Here are 4 pictures of that happening back in the late 1940's, these 4 are all that are left of the original 8 showing the whole process.
1. Only exsisting Picture of The Steers being raised at Kinsey Distillery early 1940's at the Old Steer Pens at the back of the Plant. I remember well the old troughs they are eating out of.
When I worked there they and the Pens were still there in good repair. I did not crop this picture to make sure all of it showed as It is still in a frame and hung down at the Companies Walnut street Headquarters till the take over in 1979 when these Historic Pictures where to be tossed into trash bins thankfully my Friend who worked there saved many at his home near me. Time and dampness has taken its toll but by taking Photos of these rare pictures others can see this history! The steer's went to feed the troops during WWII. I put this Picture in My Office to keep it extra safe and dry. There again Publicker was doing all it could for Freedom and the way we Live back then.


2. Potato's from Maine coming into the Plant
3. Potato's being washed
4. Potato' flour being Bagged
5. Potato Flour being shipped out to save lifes after WWII when people were starving. This is something I know from having worked for Publicker there are not many Companies that loved our Country and cared about people like Publicker / Continental /and Kinsey. Also the Local Historic society once showed me a picture they have of the same thing being done with grain at Kinsey and Now I know what that Potato Project Blueprints I found at Kinsey were for they were the drawings that lead up to this Historic Moment at Publicker! As always Joe trish Si Neumans top Enginner had drawn the blueprints.
Quick note my Friend Butch who worked many years at Publicker has told me the picture where they are Loading the Flour was at the Old Synder Ave Plant.
As soon as I can crop and put them on I will Have many more pictures here to post.
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Re: My Days at Kinsey Distillery

Unread postby Kinsey Worker » Thu Sep 02, 2010 8:56 am

Here are some more Rare one of their Kind pictures, Including a Areial shot of Publicker from 19 25 given me by my friend Butch who worked at Publicker when I worked at Kinsey.
1.Picture of Publickers Bigler Street plant pre 1955 in may of 1955 One of the Buildings exploded killing 3 people see next picture of this with Butch's highlights
2. Picture with Highlights of what the builds were in the first picture which i got from my Friend who was a top Person with Publicker
3. Picture of a Colume at the Plant from the pictures given me from Publickers Headquarters on walnut Street back in the day.
4. Aerial Picture Of Both the Bigler St and Snyder Av Publicker Plants the year 1925 highlighting Buildings given to me by My Friend Butch who worked for Publicker When i worked for Kinsey
5. Publickers Westwego La Chemical plant
6. Plant shot from the 1940's building on the far left is The Old AA Building built by the
Government at the start of WWII it made Rubber back then was sold to Publicker for $1.00 at wars end Fould this out from Butch. Picture came from my friend who was a high up
person for Publicker.
I hope to post many more pictures here from both my Friends for History, as I consider Publicker to have been the most profound Distiller in the World back in the day. Publicker made and supplied 33% of all the medical Alcohol in the world back then during the war they made fuel raised Steers to feed service men, made Rubber and many other things during the war in Phila and at Kinsey. They were on the Fortune 500 from 1955 thru 1957 ending at 439 on the 500.
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Second picture of one I got from my Corparate friend Highligghted by my Friend Butch to explain the buildings
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Picture of a Colume at Publicker given to me by my High up Person from the company this and all his pictures once hung at the companies headquarters on Walnut Street in Phila
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Re: My Days at Kinsey Distillery

Unread postby Kinsey Worker » Fri Sep 10, 2010 3:35 pm

Today I am posting two more pictures of the Publicker/Continental Distilling plant in Phila.
These two are aerial shots of the Bigler Srteet Plant and before I posted I sent them to my Friend Butch who did highlights of the buildings and what they were so I will post side by Side one regular and one Highlighted of it. My Friend who was a high up person with Publicker gave me these about a week ago and I took digital pictures of them to post.
Both of these pictures are in their original frames and once Hung at Publickers world wide Headquarters on Walnut Street in Phila on one of its 16 floors! They now hang in my Work office. Butch Worked at both Bigler & Snyder Plants the same time I worked at Kinsey.
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Re: My Days at Kinsey Distillery

Unread postby Kinsey Worker » Tue Sep 14, 2010 1:52 pm

Well yesterday I filled my truck with many omre Historic Publicker Pictures and I am going to post some more now.
1. 1943 Picture of The Bigler Street Grain process area without its matting
2. 1943 Oil painting of The Bigler street Plant grain process area with graphic by Butch to explain it with what is left of its Matting
3. Bigler street plant note the late 1930's early 140's cars
4. Bigler Street Plant dated 1972 next to the walt Whitman bridge note the AA building and the Old Hickory sign I remember so well from my first vacation trip having a good Job in 1967. I was so proud when I saw the Old Hickory sign on the bridge going to Atlantic city.
Old Hickory always stood for best Quality.

I have many more pictures to post soon and hope these are enjoyable, I have hung 5 of them in my Offcie at work.
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Old Oil painting with what is left of its Matting Publicker Comercial Alcohol on it date on right corner 1943 with a graph put on by my friend Butch who worked there many years explaining it. The grain processing plant
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Snyder Ave Plant note the 1940's late 1930's cars
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Bigler Street Plant AA Building with the Famous Old Hickory Sign
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Re: My Days at Kinsey Distillery

Unread postby Kinsey Worker » Wed Sep 22, 2010 12:39 pm

Well today i am going to post 4 of the rarest pictures I have been given.
First many thanks to my friend who was in a high position at Publicker for saving these pictures I have been posting and for giving them to me. Second to my Friend Butch who worked at Publicker for his help with naming places at the plant.
Here they are
1.This picture was taken in the early 1930's of the board of directors of Publicker Commercial Alcohol Company. In the front row from the right 4th person over in the light suit is a very Young Si Neuman.
2.This is a picture of Harry Publickers Private sitting room next to his son inlaw Si Neuman's office. The picture hanging on the wall is of Harry Publicker
3. Here is a picture of the Publicker Commercial Alcohol Cmpany's 1930 Christmas Party held at the Belevue Straford Hotel in Phila. on the far right back side sitting next to a lady at the table on her right is Harry Publicker
4. This is a complete painting of the Art part of a 1943 Kinsey Blended Whisky Ad all that is missing is the product write up and a picture of a bottle of Kinsey if you look online at old ads you will see this ad complete on paper. The person in the top Hat in the area at top is supposed to be the spirit of J G Kinsey telling them to enjoy thier Kinsey Whiskey.
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Early 1930's board of Directors of Publicker Commercial Alcohol Company third from the right in Light Suit front row is A very Young Si S. Neuman
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This is an original picture taken at the Belevue Stratford Hotel of the Publicker Commercial Alcohol Company Christmas Party Dec 23 1930.
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Re: My Days at Kinsey Distillery

Unread postby EllenJ » Thu Sep 23, 2010 5:10 pm

Kinsey Worker wrote:...Here is a picture of the Publicker Commercial Alcohol Cmpany's 1930 Christmas Party held at the Belevue Straford Hotel in Phila. on the far right back side sitting next to a lady at the table on her right is Harry Publicker

Cool.
But what I want to know is, What happened to the folks at the table on the left? Did they get into a fight? Did they all go the bathroom together just before the photo was taken? Inquiring minds wan... well, actually maybe we DON'T want to know :roll:

Heh-heh, and Old J. G. sure dressed pretty dapper for a good ol' country distiller-boy! For those of us who are too new at this hobby to remember, in those days blended whiskey didn't carry the "cheap, rotgut" stigma by which we think of it today. In fact, in the forty-seven states that weren't Kentucky, it was BOURBON that was considered America's "blue-collar, working-class hillbilly stuff", the sort of thing Fast Eddie the Hustler would drink, while "gentlemen of position" enjoyed "more sophisticated" blended whiskey! Of course, what the sort of men shown in the picture would REALLY be drinking was Scotch, but even THAT would have been blended scotch. Single malt was virtually unheard of in America before the early '70s.

Again, thanks so much, Dave, for posting these wonderful pieces of Kinsey/Continental/Publicker history. So little knowledge is available to us about America's important non-Kentucky whiskeys, and your obsession (a word which I bestow with great honor) with the company you worked for is a vivid tribute to all the others as well. Perhaps that fellow in the top hat and ascot isn't just the honorable Mr. Kinsey -- maybe he's the Ghost of Whiskey Merchants Past, who proudly offered their tastefully-blended products in those simpler days before the qualities of uncut barrel strength and strong character replaced those of subtlety and genteel refinement.
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Re: My Days at Kinsey Distillery

Unread postby dennfitz » Fri Oct 29, 2010 12:01 pm

I have an unopened bottle of Rittenhouse Square Straight Rye Whiskey. It has a mostly intact Ohio State tax seal. I think it was bottled the year after Pohibition ended. Do you have any suggestions on how to sell it or put it up for auction?
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Re: My Days at Kinsey Distillery

Unread postby Kinsey Worker » Wed Nov 10, 2010 1:16 pm

Early this week I scaned a picture given to me by my Friend who was a high up person with Publicker. And a large scrap book filled with information about every USA Distillery in 1936 and on.
It is a picture taken in the 1960's of Si Neuman on the company Hotline Phone from his Home in Palm Beach
1. Front page of Whiskey Survey book 1936

.2. Second page of Book which weighs about 30 Pounds

3. Si Neuman on his Company Hot Line Phone at his Palm beach FL Home 1960's


The Distillery Book has Hundreds of Pages, and I have to Kill Silver Fish every time I take pictures of the Pages so it will take awhile.
The book is done with colored blueprints of the buildings at each Distillery.
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Re: My Days at Kinsey Distillery

Unread postby delaware_phoenix » Wed Nov 10, 2010 6:53 pm

Well Dave, that whiskey survey looks like quite a treasure! I bet bourbonv is making prayers to the Whiskey Gods right now that it ends up at the Filson. And I hope you're able to get it scanned and into PDF format to share with the rest of us.

In a little searching on the web, it's suggested that you store a book like this in a plastic bag (zip loc) with a desiccant and maybe diatomaceous earth to reduce moisture, which will protect the book, and I hear that insects get punctured by it.
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Re: My Days at Kinsey Distillery

Unread postby Kinsey Worker » Mon Nov 15, 2010 9:36 am

Over the weekend I got 4 nice pictures of The Inver House Distillery when it was owned by the Continental Distilling Division of Publicker Industries, from my Friend Butch who worked in the Publicker Plant in Phila. The first 2 pictures are of the plant and the second 2 are walking into the Still and the Big Still back in those glory days.

Sunday afternoon i took my Friend who worked for Publicker in a high postion in Spirits Sales for a walk through Kinsey we spent 3 Hours and He could hardly believe his eyes. He was very Sad as He had only seen it back when it was in perfect shape and not after the Company was taken over after Si Neuman died.

I was able to take him into the 1966 Bottling House he could not understand how the man who owns the Plant could do that to it!

I was glad to take a walk at Kinsey as it is to dark when I get home from work during the week and hope to get back soon. I also saved another Little Sign for History from the first Floor in J warehouse. I will post a picture soon. It says DSP-Pa-12 on it room J and I will get it made to hang up like a picture.

My beautiful Old Hickory Bourbon Lighting Clock died over the weekend and i am going to get the moter fixed no matter what though I can't really aford to I love looking at it lighting My Collection.
1. Inver House Distillery when Continental Distilling Owned
2. Inver House Plant near the Shipping area
3. Going into the Big Still building
4. The Big Inver House Still
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Re: My Days at Kinsey Distillery

Unread postby Kinsey Worker » Fri Nov 19, 2010 4:13 pm

The Story of the end Of Old Hickory Bourbon was around the very early 1980's when Mr Charles Medley Bought the Brand and all of the Old Hickory Whiskey Left at Kinsey. I spoke to him on the Phone around a 1 1/2 years ago about it. He came up to Linfield and bought Full bottles new empty bottles and Labels and tankers full and barreled Whiskey for Old Hickory. Then when He Marketed it He over stamped all the labels with Medley Ownensboro and KY.

He also said he had a very good relationship with Publicker through all the years they made great Whiskeys.
He finally sold the Old Hickory brand I think to Lerox and it is sadly lost somewhere in History!
Also in speaking to my friend who was in a high position in Liquor sales Jock Lerox formulated all our Liqours back at the begining, and we sure had some good ones. Especialy My Favorite one Peanut Lolita!


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Re: My Days at Kinsey Distillery

Unread postby mike22487 » Sun Nov 21, 2010 1:28 am

I found a Kinsey advertisement in an 1964 newspaper online,

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Re: My Days at Kinsey Distillery

Unread postby Kinsey Worker » Thu Dec 02, 2010 10:05 am

First Nice ad mike, today I am going to post 3 pictures taken inside the 1936 Sams distillery blue print book I have bear with me in that it is very hard getting the kind of Picture you want but the pictures are as follows!
1. Kinsey Distillery 1940 right after Publicker bough it at silent auction only the Old Kinsey Buildings


2. Kinsey Distillery 1947 fall finished 14 Explosion Proof Warehouses

3. Happy Hollow Distillery Originaly Burks Spring Distillery 10 miles west of Lebanon KY in marion County KY.

Looking closely at each explosion proof warehouse blue print they have the yr built. 12 of them in 1946 warehouses I & R 1947 total 14 and Warehouse U all Purpose warehouse made into the state of art 1966 Bottling House built in 1951. If you blow these up they should be readable, The Sams has all the Distileries in Pa, MD and Ky and was given me by my friend who was a high up person with Publicker in Whiskey Sales. The book used to sit on a special table to look through it at company headquarters 1429 Walnut Street Phila pa.
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Kinsey Distillery 1940 just the old Kinsey Buildings just after Publicker bought it
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Kinsey Distillery 1947 Explosion Proof Warehouses complete
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Happy Hollow Distillery # 44 10 miles west of Lebanon KY - AKA- The Burks Spring Distillery originally
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