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    Pre-War label?

    Ok, this may be a silly question but I gotta ask - how can a
    bottle have a label that states "Pre-War"? Did they know a
    war was imminent and thought that putting "Pre-War" on the
    label may be a good selling point?...

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    Re: Pre-War label?

    December 7, 1941 and sooner would have been pre-war.
    12-8-41 the USA declared war on Japan.
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    Re: Pre-War label?

    Quote Originally Posted by OscarV View Post
    December 7, 1941 and sooner would have been pre-war.
    12-8-41 the USA declared war on Japan.
    OK, but how did they know to (and why
    did they) put "Pre-War" on the label?
    Last edited by silverfish; 11-21-2010 at 15:51.
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    Re: Pre-War label?

    The war started just as 1941 was ending, so at first sight, it doesn't make sense to associated the terms pre-war and 1942. However, the answer probably is that distillation for war purposes only was brought in sometime during 1942 and this beverage alcohol was made not long before the prohibition too effect. In this sense it could be viewed broadly as pre-war spirit.

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    Re: Pre-War label?

    Quote Originally Posted by OscarV View Post
    December 7, 1941 and sooner would have been pre-war.
    12-8-41 the USA declared war on Japan.
    Ah, but the label doesn't say which war.

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    Re: Pre-War label?

    I understand the dates related to the war but perhaps
    I'm not asking clearly enough. Did the bottlers say to
    themselves 'War is pending - let's label these bottles
    'Pre-War'"? How did they know to label it Pre-War?
    Would it be a selling point?
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    Re: Pre-War label?

    If it was an older whiskey, the war could have started, and ended, while the whiskey sat in a barrel. So when it was bottled, it would technically be "Pre-War".

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    Re: Pre-War label?

    Unless it was bottled very young, it would have been put in glass AFTER the war's end -- thus the bottlers would have known the start and end points of the conflict, relative to distilling date. (Although, I can't help but scratch my head, pace Gary G., associating 1942 with 'pre'-war.)

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    Re: Pre-War label?

    "The U.S. government banned the manufacture of whiskey during World War II"
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Daniel's

    I'm guessing that the label was put there in the LATE 40's. If you think about it, all the whiskey in the barrels would be okay to sell during the war, but no new barrels were being filled. The supply would be "normal" for a several years but there would be a squeeze sometime after the war when the lack of aged barrels became apparent. I'm guessing the "pre-war" label was put on there to say "hey this is well aged whiskey" as opposed to the young stuff that flooded the market.

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    Re: Pre-War label?

    So far I like the answer that soad provided.
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