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  1. #931
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    Post Re: My Memories of Kinsey Distilling

    Well here are some pictures from the trip to Kinsey Sunday afternoon with Ethan & Gretchen & their friend Eric. Also a picture of Publickers Butadiene Plant.
    1. Publickers Butadiene Plant where they made butadiene during WWII. Neither I or Butch who worked for them in Phila even knew of this plant. I think most likely it was moth balled when the war ended. It was on State road in Cornwells heights,Pa.
    2. Elevator Shaft of what was Kinsey Warehouse D.
    3. Framed award given Continental Distilling for the quality of their Lord Sandwich British Gin Label given me by my friend in marketing at Publicker. It used to hang on the wall at Publickers headquarters at 1429 chestnut st in Phila.
    4. One of the things I remember we did used chauk and played Tic Tac Toe on the elevator walls at lunch and breaks. Here is some vintage tic tac toe, warehouse J.
    5.Old Kinsey Warehouse E racks hanging since the wall was knocked down.
    6.Walking around in warehouse R I looked in an old turned over whisky case and saw a dead spider turned white from the mold and plaster. I took this picture of it it looks weird!
    7. What was the elevator in old Kinsey Warehouse E.

    I just got a call from my friends that watch Kinsey and they told me the guy hired to tear down the buildings started today.

    This for me is like the death of an old long time friend! I just hope he doesn't get carried away and tears down what is left of the old Kinsey bottle house.
    Once the warehouses are gone the only early 1900's building will be the grain process building. Sure glad Rod got me the explosion proof fixture I made my second light with. Glad a couple of years ago I gotthe piece of the stair from the old #10 Rye Barn. I will have a very sad night when I go to bed thinking about what this rotten Person who owns Kinsey hs done to it. If someone said to me what do you think about him I would say he is an Evil Man.

    To think that in 1986 everything was working had power good roofs and he just is such a cheap person, he just walks away and lets it rot. I have come to a sad conclusion there is not one saveable building at kinsey anymore. Like my Electrian friend at work told me all he had to do was keep people out and keep the explosion proof heavy duty wiring untouched and you could fire it right up.

    Some times I wonder how someone like this man can make money when they are to cheap to take care of what they have. Anyone else would have sub divided it and it would still be used, but sadly Kinsey was doomed once this jerk bought it,he is a classic Slum Landlord! He bought it in great shape for 3 Million and wants 20 million for it in ruin what a brain dead person he is!
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    Post Re: My Memories of Kinsey Distilling

    I have a 1936 Sams Photo Facts Blue Print Book of US Distillerys given to me 2 yrs ago by my Friend who ran Publicker Marketing from the 1429 Chestnut St headquarters. I took these pictures back then and sealed it up with spray to kill all the silver fish in it from 20 years sitting on the floor in an old building. I expect to look at it in the fall when things cool down, and hopfully the silver fish from lack of air are dead.
    Here are 5 Pictures which I may have post 2 years ago but When I was with Ethan I was telling him about this book and could not remember what it was called. It is as big as a small table and weighs about 30 pounds.

    1. The Front of The Sams Photo facts Book 1936
    2. Page Two of the Sams Book of Blueprints
    3.The Kinsey Distillery in 1936 when Jake Kinsey reopened the plant and built Warehouse H which is in the picture
    4. The Kinsey Distillery after Continental Distilling bought it at auction
    with all 14 Explosion proof Warehouses finished in 1947, plus all purpose Warehouse U which later became the 1966 Continental Distilling bottling house. This photo Page would be end of 1951 as warehouse U was built in 1951.
    The Pictures in very small print tell the date of when the Explosion proof Warehouses at Kinsey were built and the 14 were built from 1946 to 1947 and as I said Warehouse U bottling house completed in 1951. Which lets me know the time line for the Explosion proof warehouses.
    5. And Here is one for everyone from KY - The Old Happy Hollow Distilling Company, Burks Spring KY.

    I hope to get the book out this fall and take many Good pictures of the Distillerys in it. But to save it I had to seal it for long time to rid it of the bugs which would be impossible to get rid of any other way.
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    Re: My Memories of Kinsey Distilling

    That's really cool. Is Michter's (Bomberger's Distillery) in there??????
    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

    Dave, you have a fantastic resource for anyone trying to locate old distillery locations.

    Dave, is the property currently for sale?
    Last edited by Jono; 08-20-2012 at 09:50.

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    Re: My Memories of Kinsey Distilling

    Im not sure about for sale, I cant remember the signs out front at the moment, but I know the owner wants an extreme amount of money to lease it

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    Re: My Memories of Kinsey Distilling

    Hey Mike good to hear from you. Jono The place has no wiring that is usable in any of the buildings, and yet 3 weeks before the fire He had my friends that watch the place show a reality guy around the Guy was amazed that he would think anything there could be used for bussiness. In 1987 he had a guy watching the place and living in the old brick house out front but He got to the point he did not pay him and he left and once he was gone so was all the wiring and everything you need to use the buildings. Not one of the buildings are saveable anymore. A couple of years ago he had agents come up there telling them there was rail service and plenty of power. When they got there their eyes rolled. He is just plain nuts.

    He bought the Plant in 1982 and leased parts back to Publicker and rented some of the buildings but he always did things the cheapest way he could, like cutting out the brick wall partly on warehouse Q then wiring a wooden wall in the hole which has fallen out now.

    When he bought it lots of the buildings could have been changed to frozen food storeage like they did in Phila with a couple of the old Publicker warehouses still standing on Columbus Ave.

    He bought it for 3 Million and destroyed it and now wants 20 Million for in in ruin!


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    Re: My Memories of Kinsey Distilling

    Dave have you been back there since they have knocked down the buildings to see what it looks like? I hope to come up there this fall when the weather cools and leaves start changing colors.

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    Re: My Memories of Kinsey Distilling

    Just how close is the property to any other commercial and/or residential area? I get the impression it is located in a fairly rural area and not very
    close to an urban area. Is the relative remoteness a negative for developing the property?

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    Post Re: My Memories of Kinsey Distilling

    Jono Kinsey is on a back road in the little town of Linfield part of Limerick township, PA. It is only about 38 miles from Phila and 26 miles from Reading pa.
    1.Just got two pictures of the original PACO tankers Publicker Owned. This
    was built in 1943 by Sun Ship in Chester Pa. They were used to bring everything from Molasses from Cuba to barrels of whisky to the Phila and LA Chemical plants and to take and bring things from Scotland.
    This ships name was The S.S. Fredericksburg

    2. Just got this PACO Tanker Picture, is is the S.S. Hagen In this picture the ship had just been Loaded with Molasses in Cuba and was on its way to to a Port in New Orleans La. when it was torpedoed by a German U - Boat and sank on Nov 6th 1942 two Officers and 4 men died the rest of the crew jumped into two Life boats and lived.


    Thanks to Butch for these rare Photos.
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    Post Re: My Memories of Kinsey Distilling

    Finally here is are 2 rare Pictures from Publicker Industries Phila given me by Butch.
    1. Young woman in Quality Control inspecting Full Bottles at the Old Synder Ave Bottling house in Phila before The Linfield Bottle House.
    2. Publicker Industries CO'2 dry ice Plant Thermice. N. Side of The Walt Witman Bridge Dry ice Produsts were made from the Carbon Dioxide coming off The Dsp Pa 1 still. Picture taken in 1975.

    It has been wonderful Posting on all 3 threads rare Pictures from Butch and thinking about those wonderful years gone by when I worked at Kinsey. On a Pleasant day like today in Late Sept the Kinsey Plant would be very Busy getting ready for the Coming Holidays in Nov and Dec and New Years. The bottling house would be running wide open and we would be dumping lots of Whisky Barrels.
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