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    Post-Prohibition NYC Whiskey Window Shopping

    ChapG posted this in the Malt Maniacs group today and it's worth repeating here...

    http://www.shorpy.com/node/15779

    Washington, D.C., circa 1934. "Leon's Delicatessen, 1131 14th Street NW. Window display of whiskey." Courtesy of Leon Slavin (1893-1975), who, according to his obituary, "obtained the first off-sale retail liquor license in Washington after the repeal of Prohibition." 8x10 negative by Theodor Horydczak.
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    http://www.shorpy.com/files/images/SHORPY_5a49026u.jpg

    Notable highlights include the Ryes (Four Roses, Globetrotters, Paul Jones) on the far-left of the picture & the sheer number of Seagrams on display.
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    Re: Post-Prohibition NYC Whiskey Window Shopping

    Apologies for the error in the thread title, but it should say Washington DC & not NYC.
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    Re: Post-Prohibition NYC Whiskey Window Shopping

    Awesome picture!! I can only imagine what that stuff tasted like
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    Re: Post-Prohibition NYC Whiskey Window Shopping

    I'd like to see Four Roses resurrect that rye! =]b
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    Re: Post-Prohibition NYC Whiskey Window Shopping

    What's more interesting to me is Paul Jones (a real Person) owned the Four Roses distillery in 1934 and the Rye whisky in those bottles was made by the A. P. Stitzel distillery which was owned by Pappy Van Winkle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by squire View Post
    What's more interesting to me is Paul Jones (a real Person) owned the Four Roses distillery in 1934 and the Rye whisky in those bottles was made by the A. P. Stitzel distillery which was owned by Pappy Van Winkle.
    I thought somebody said Stitzel never made rye? Could be totally mistaken though - fascinating info Squire!
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    Re: Post-Prohibition NYC Whiskey Window Shopping

    Quote Originally Posted by ChainWhip View Post
    I thought somebody said Stitzel never made rye? Could be totally mistaken though - fascinating info Squire!
    Squire, or someone here, should be able to elaborate more, but I'm pretty sure they did either in small quantanties or for a short period of time (or both.)

    Neat picture Johnny.
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    Re: Post-Prohibition NYC Whiskey Window Shopping

    Wow. That is cool. Thanks for sharing.

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    Re: Post-Prohibition NYC Whiskey Window Shopping

    Further on the night of August 6, 1903, at an old absinthe bar in New Orleans:

    "Good evening bartender, can a man get a drink in these parts pronto?".

    "Sure son, especially as it's mighty quiet here tonight. Are you from this state?".

    "Nope, I'm from far away, very far … but someone told me your bar is worth a visit".

    "And sure 'nuff it is son, we got every liquor you ever heard tell of and many's you never dreamed of neither".

    "Is that a fact?".

    "Sure is. That's an odd suit you're wearing son, above the belt it looks like thin underwear with short sleeves. Is that what they wear in your parts? What's that lettering in the center? 'SB'? What's that mean?".

    "Ah, it's a long story, one I can tell after a stiff one pops. [Gestures toward the back bar]. Is that any good here, that Old Crow? Where I come from it ain't as good as it used to be".

    "It ain't? Well it can't be no gen-u-ine Old Crow I tell ya! It's the best we have!".

    "Well gimme some then".

    [Barkeep reaches for the bottle and pours a large shot. Stranger lays a dollar on the bartop].

    "That greenback is plenty son, they must be printing new money in Washington these days, never seen these bills." [Turns and marvels at the currency].

    "Yes, it's real Uncle Sam though, don't fret on it".

    "Where'd you say you're from"?

    "I didn't say… but what else you got to drink here?".

    "Well, our Kirk Pure Rye has no equal in these U-nited States".

    "Well gimme some of that pops, I could drink that Crow 24/7, but I want to try a different whiskey".

    "'pon my word, can't go wrong sonny. What does '24/7' mean, you talk funny sometimes. What kind of weird white shoes you wearin', what's 'Nike' mean anyway?".

    "Pops, you got a great place here, but it's time to go, I have to tell some friends about it, friends from far away … very far… but it's been great talking to you, New Orleans was a great town, still is".

    "Son, wait a minute don't go, we got to talk more!".

    "Bye old man, see you another time I hope, not sure when, it's been real tough to get this far, but 'SB' that you asked about helped me, can't thank them enough".

    "Wait, don't go just yet!".

    [Customer departs padding softly on his white rubber shoes. Saloon-keeper stares at him with mouth open].

    Gary
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    Re: Post-Prohibition NYC Whiskey Window Shopping

    Let's ponder at the bar of circa-1900.

    "Why, I think I fancy some of that absinthe in the triangle bottle, with a skosh of sugar and cold water from the marble tower please. Or mebbe some of that fawncy French brandee. Too rich for my blood? Well the Old Crow won't be no different. Gimme some straight rye fella and make it snappy. Steam beer on the side or whatever you Louisiana loafers like.

    Why is the bar strangely empty? Call them SB boys over!".

    http://www.shorpy.com/node/10027?size=_original#caption

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