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  1. #961
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    Re: My Memories of Kinsey Distilling

    I love the first winter street scene. By the movie playing..Possessed..these are from 1947.

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    Post Re: My Memories of Kinsey Distilling

    Here are some more Vintage Pictures from the Publicker Plant in Philadelphia!
    1. The Docks at Publickers Bigler Street Plant looking toward NY City.
    2. Another shot of the Abandoned Bigler Street Plant, The debris is what is left of the Guard House where Butch Clocked in.
    3. The Synder Ave Distillery in 1936 At Swanson Street. This is where Butch started at Publicker in 1967!

    Butch started there in 1967 and I started at Kinsey in 1966 sept. Small world. I never thought I would see the day both plants would be abandoned and gone. When I left Kinsey it was the Hub of lots of work. about 600 people. Publicker was the worlds bigest Maker of industrial and Drinking spirits. But in fall of 1986 the end came swiftly.
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    I most likely will not get back to Kinsey till cold weather as I have not seen so many Ticks as I have this year so far. I still love the place and always look to find things to save from there. It is destroyed and I am getting Old! I will be 66 in Sept and It is getting harder for me all the time. I am very glad I have saved the stuff I have, and shared stuff with others to keep the Kinsey Memory going. When I do go there I still in my mind can see my old friends there working. I can see Old Bonda driving his 1952 Plymouth directing traffic the whole time drinking again and again. It was a place I will never forget and a wonderful job for a 19 year old Kid out of High school. My Memories will go on as long as I can write. Dave Z -- Kinsey The Unhurried Whisky For Unhurried Moments

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    Post Re: My Memories of Kinsey Distilling

    Here are some more Pictures I got from my friend Butch who worked at the publicker Plant in Phila for better then ten years.
    1. A Dixie Belle Gin Tray
    2. A picture of the Publicker Plant from 1972 with notes done by butch of what everything was in a chart.
    3. An artical about Publickers Famous Chemist Dr Carl Haner who stated he could age whiskey in months instead of years!

    I will always have alot of Pride in having worked for Publicker which to Me was the greatest Distiller for its size in History!
    Dave Z
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    Re: My Memories of Kinsey Distilling

    Hi Dave, that second picture triggered a memory ...

    Wasn't there a fire somewhere around there that closed the WW bridge maybe 20 or 25 years ago? Did it occur on that sight?
    Mark

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    Re: My Memories of Kinsey Distilling

    Dave,

    Thank you for sharing your memories. This a really cool thread.

    mbroo
    Last edited by mbroo5880i; 07-12-2013 at 18:59.

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    Post Re: My Memories of Kinsey Distilling

    Yes Sutton there was a big fire in 1986 after the plant was abandoned. Started by the wrecking company that Publicker sold it to for next to nothing with a promise they would clean it up right enviromentaly.

    Mbroo 5880i thanks for the kind words this is a work of love for my old employer!
    Here are a couple more pictures gotten from my Friend Butch who worked at the Publicker Plant for 10 years.

    1.The Publicker/ Continental Distilling Barrel Warehouses as seen in 1968 from Delaware Avenue and Dilworth Street. One warehouse says Old Hickory, the other says Hallers SRS Whiskey.
    2. In this Picture you can see Publickers Continental Distillery at Snyder Avenue on the back side of the elevated I - 95 Highway in Phila, in 1968.
    Thanks to Butch for these new shots I will continue to search for pictures of Publickers Plants, when I look at these Phila pictures I think about all the great People who worked for Publicker, Including our wonderful Engineer Joe Trish!
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    Last edited by dave ziegler; 07-15-2013 at 13:14.

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    Re: My Memories of Kinsey Distilling

    As always, great photos Dave. Keep 'em coming and best wishes to you this summer. I think Ballantine Ale will do the trick and get you through the dog days of August when they come. By the way, you often mention people you worked with when posting pictures, like engineer Joe Trish. Do you have pictures of those folks too? They would go nicely with your stories about Publicker/Continental/Kinsey.
    "I distrust a man who says 'when.' He's got to be careful not to drink too much, because he's not to be trusted when he does." Sydney Greenstreet

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    Re: My Memories of Kinsey Distilling

    Dave, thanks, your recall is amazing - and thanks for the pictures. They bring back some nice memories for me of Philly at that time.
    Mark

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    Post Re: My Memories of Kinsey Distilling

    Here are two more Pictures from my Friend Butch
    1. Another Continental Brand I never heard of from 1934 Pocono Straight Rye Whiskey we had Hundreds of brands and I seem to find more everyday
    2. A Picture of an Old Publicker Industries Securtity Badge that Butch got one night when security in Phila was half loaded and asleep for memories.
    It fits in with what I saw back on Christmas Eve 1969 when Nellie leaned out the security shack when I was leaving and smiled and said See you in sort of different voice then normal as the whole plant in Linfield including the Government Men were Loaded.
    I saw Bob dancing and people were walking very funny as I pretented to drink and watched them for the History of seeing it from a sober point of view!
    But as I always Say There was NO Better Place to work then For any division of Publicker. The Water Towers back then said Continental Distilling Linfield Plant a Division of Publicker Industries! PS I have posted Pictures on all 3 threads today. And thanks for the Kind words Unclebunk
    Dave Z
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    Last edited by dave ziegler; 07-16-2013 at 12:29.

 

 

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