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    Re: My Memories of Kinsey Distilling

    And here is a mock up without the base & close up of the light unit.






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    Re: My Memories of Kinsey Distilling

    Dude, awesome.

    If only I had rescued the lamps from the warehouses at Michter's............
    If you have anything Michter's or Pennco and would like to sell it or share it with me, please let me know.

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    Re: My Memories of Kinsey Distilling

    Quote Originally Posted by dave ziegler View Post
    Here are 6 Pictures of My future Lamp in the works, and the late 1930's Switch that will turn it on.
    1.thru 5. Different shots of my restored Explosion proof over head ceiling lamp. The big Bell part is from Warehouse L the shade is from Warehouse L and the works inside and big Globe are from the Old Kinsey Bottling House. I could not get the bell part from there to shine so I glued the spare name badge plate on the one from Warehouse L as it for some reason never had one on it just the holes for the rivits.

    The next thing will be to get Pipes and Rod and I have to figuer a base for it. The Last Picture
    6. This is the 1930's Explosion proof switch that will turn the light on and off. My Lamp is an exact copy of Rods.

    Then once we can get a base that a 3/4 steel pipe will screw into we have to find someone to wire them. The Switch will mount between two pieces of Pipe. Near the top. The Green shade will be inverted Up instead of down due to the fact it would be top heavy and you would have to have a giant base other wise. This way the weight will be going straight down screwed on the pipe.
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    Mr. Ziegler, I am a history buff and a bourbon enthusiast. I can't tell you how much I appreciate your posts. Just amazing!

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    Re: My Memories of Kinsey Distilling

    Thanks! I'm really looking forward to seeing the completed unit. I'll post more pics soon.

    Isn't part of it still standing? No lights hanging anywhere?

    Quote Originally Posted by ethangsmith View Post
    Dude, awesome.

    If only I had rescued the lamps from the warehouses at Michter's............

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    Re: My Memories of Kinsey Distilling

    Quote Originally Posted by weller_tex View Post
    Mr. Ziegler, I am a history buff and a bourbon enthusiast. I can't tell you how much I appreciate your posts. Just amazing!
    Weller_tex thanks for the Kind words you have made my day. As a Kid my favorite thing was History in School. When I grew up I dreamed of being a History book writer.

    The story of Kinsey is a long and interesting story and here is one of the Interesting things from back in the founding days of Publicker Ind who bought Kinsey Corp at silent auction in spring 1940.
    True Story which I checked with my friend who ran Marketing for Publicker Ind, I was told 100% true.

    Harry Publicker before founding Publicker Commercial Alcohol company in 1913 used to go to all the small distillers in Phila and get their used whiskey Barrels. he would then steam and sqeeze the barrel staves and get whiskey out of them.

    Someone reported him the the government for selling untaxed Whiskey.
    Harry went to court and said to the Judge, was not the said whiskey in the barrels at time of the taxing The Judge repliled yes. Therefore Your Honor if the said Whiskey was in the barrels at the time of taxing the taxes have already been paid Correct? The Judge said yes Case closed.


    Harry Publicker was a very wise man and after that happen he opened Publicker Comercial Alcohol Company in 1913 with about 8 to sixteen empoyees. In 1933 when Prohibition ended Publicker got into the making of drinking Spritis and He Put Si neuman his son inlaw in charge of the company. Mr Neuman grew Publicker IN / Continental Distilling and Kinsey Distilling corp into a company that had 5,000 Empoyee's in its great years.

    Harry Publickers Brother Philip Publicker Founded American Distilling corp from What I have learned as he wanted to distill Drinking Spirits in the early years Publicker began. Harry wanted to stick to Industrial Alcohol, so they split and went derferent ways many years later in the early 1970's Publicker would end up buying the popular brands of American Alcohol Corp. Ones such as Bourbon Supreme and many others. Those brands died when Contiental Distilling died.

    Jacob G Kinsey lived to be 94 years Old Kinsey Distillery was 94 years old when it closed forever and Continental Distilling ended being a comercial Chemical company and distiller at 94 years!

    Today the only remaining thing left of the Company is the abandon Kinsey Distillery and a few of the Old Buildings in Phila from the Continental / Publicker site. And the Inver House Distillery site
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    Kinsey Whiskey was so famous in the 1940's after Publicker bought it that it once proudly was advertisted on the Building in Manhattan Ny where the New Years Ball drops. I have an old Post card showing an ad for Kinsey there.
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    Here is a sad time in the History of Publicker Industries. A picture of the distillery strike in Phila on Sept of 1962. Strikers trapped Office People and supervisors inside the plant for four Hours at quiting time. It took 100 Phila Patrolman to get people out. There were very few of these kinds of things in Our History and it was a sad time.

    Thankfully it ended and people went back to work. I was told by my friend in marketing that Mr. Neuman was very grieved seeing the people not working and on strike, and stated these are My People, the people handling this contract under me have got to work with them so they can get back to work and make a good Living and take care of their family's. He did not want them to suffer. And I fully Believe this as Mr. Neuman always looked for the working man to handle different things. He always said who knows how to do it the best but the men who do it not people just out of school with books and Pictures! He was never afraid to walk up to you and ask you how you were doing!


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    Re: My Memories of Kinsey Distilling

    Quote Originally Posted by spiderblues View Post
    Thanks! I'm really looking forward to seeing the completed unit. I'll post more pics soon.

    Isn't part of it still standing? No lights hanging anywhere?
    The warehouses are all demolished now and what is left is fully gutted by the new owners of the site that care nothing for its historical value.
    If you have anything Michter's or Pennco and would like to sell it or share it with me, please let me know.

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    Today my Memories take me back to storys of the old days. There was a man by the name of Clair Von Alt who worked in the warehouses. His nick name was Sport! Sport could not read or write. He signed his check with an X and someone would cash it for him. Sport drank way too much and had a sweet tooth. It was known He would sneak candy out of peoples lunch bags.

    One week he was missing all week and when he came back I asked him where he had been. He told me he spent the whole week on the toilet sick. Well I was told by someone in the know under the pledge of not saying anything that because He could not read he had gone in someones lunch bag and taken a large bar of chocolate X -lacks and that was why he was so sick, as he must have eaten the whole bar.

    He never went in anyones lunch ever again!

    My Friend John was another story,as he drank way to much himself and I would get him Neutrol spirits of whiskey early in the morning, then Whiskey later, and have him yell at me all day and beg me to help him out at days end which I did as He was my Friend. He always had gormet sandwichs packed by his wife for lunch and would not eat them and gave them to me suppling me with some great lunchs!

    I will never forget John's first day he told me, I swore to Mr Harold Rienart plant manager no whiskey would touch my mouth but I had my fingers crossed.
    That days end as Mr Reinart stood as he always did nodding to us going to ring out he saw John crawling he shook his head and went into the office. He was a very good man, and a kind man and later said he could not bring himself to fire him as he did his job well and had a family and a couple of Kids.



    These are just a few of many stories I remember well from those days gone by.

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    Post Re: My Memories of Kinsey Distilling

    Went for a walk around Kinsey today with keys just looking around and remembering the old days.
    Took a couple of pictures and just looked around and found some switches and lights for future projects.

    As always the vandels are always at work sealing and destroying. Here are a couple of cool pictures taken in one of the warehouses.

    1. An old lift waits to lift barrels it will never lift!
    2. A Pile of old charred floaters, behind the 2 barrels forground.
    3. A barrel filled with one side only charred unfinished charred Floaters.
    4. Piles of Old Barrels staves
    5. Old Empty barrels that never made the first floor when the plant closed. They sit on the barrel elevator 26 years later,never to go to be bundled to ship!

    I am never amazed at how when Kinsey closed over night every thing just was left at the place it was anything from lunches in fridges to peoples jackets. It is always a sad thing for me seeing the abandonment but it is a joy talking about the old days and the people that worked at Kinsey.
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    I went to Kinsey Monday and Tuesday after work to get some parts and to get and restore a 1930's Minneapolis-Honeywell HEAT regulator from one of the Old Explosion Proof warehouses. I got one for myself and one for My Friend Paul who built most of my Explosion Proof Light sets. And I got the housings to put them in.

    The Housing is Crouse - Hinds and the Thermostat is a rare Early Honeywell Product with their Old Original Name " Minneapolis - Honeywell" the top being made of Bakilite and metal casting, 90 % of the units are trashed but I found two that are only missing the Dust covers which would most likely have been missing many years before the Plant closed. Unlike the two switches I talked about on one of my two other threads the Things were sealed so tight it took two days and breaking the heads off the bolts in the wall to get them. Then a large Pipe wrench the remove the fixture with Chico sealent in it.
    1. This is the one I restored for my friend without its housing.
    2.Here is a side view of my restored Explosion Proof Thermostat complete
    3. Here is an above view of my Clean Polished, marked where it came from and restored Explosion proof Thermostat from Old Explosion Proof warehouse P the same building I got my Explosion Proof Phone from. The heating range was 74 to 46.

    It was never warmer then the low 40's in the winter in them and in the 40's and 50's in the summer. Monday when it was 87 degrees outside it was awesome cool in warehouse I.

    Once again I am glad I thought this out aand got an example to save for History and for My Electric Maintaince friend he was thrilled with his one I got and restored for him.
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