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  1. #981
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    Post Re: My Memories of Kinsey Distilling

    Just got some More pictures of the Philadelphia Publicker Plant from back in the Day,from My Friend Butch who worked there!
    1. The Bigler Street Still House in 1939
    2. One Of 3 Bigler Street Chemical Plants in 1939. They made Butyl Acetete,Butyl Chloirides,Butyl Alcohol and much more.
    3. One of the Bigler Street Chemical Plants on April 11. 1992 after an Arsonist set the Abandoned Plant on fire.
    4. Here is another Picture of the Old Snyder Ave Still house in 1939.

    So sad to Know this once Great Company is no More, For Many Years 5,000 People worked for them Myself being one of them I learned my Work ethic working at Kinsey! A hard days work for a Good Fair Pay!
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    Post Re: My Memories of Kinsey Distilling

    Well here are some new Pictures I got from Butch of the Philadelphia Plant of Publicker Industries/Continental Distilling! Picture two is A news Paper article from the old Warren county news paper the Warren Times reporting the opening of the worlds Largest Distillery Continental Distilling in May of 1934 at Swanson and Snyder Avenue, in Philadelphia. Picture three is Publicker Paco Products and Chemical Plant #1 that produced there ingridients at the Bigler street Facility. Picture one is the Snyder Avenue Still in 1941 the steam is coming from the still house! Dave Z It Seems All The Nicest People Drink Old Hickory, America's Most Magnificent Bourbon. PS. had to change the numbers around as the pictures loaded different then I placed them.
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    Re: My Memories of Kinsey Distilling

    Winter is apon us and I mine goes back to the Good Old Days, driving My 167 Buick GS 400/425 HP 3/4 Race Cam to Kinsey every day. It was the Nicest Car I ever owned and It was because of the good Money I made there I was able to buy it!
    so Here is a Picture Of spOOky as I had written on it this way on the car and front Plate had eye balls in the center of the O's.
    1. The Buick GS 400 only 2,280 of these 4 speed Buicks were made in 167 in the Hard top model
    2. The Plate with Spooky done special for me by a friend who did grafic art. Got the Name from the Song Spooky by the Classics Four used to get some Gears when that song came on!
    3. A Old Time Picture of the Early Kinsey Plant in Color and even years later when I worked there those Old buildings l;oooked that way in the Sun in the Morning coming in.
    I would gert in early To Watch Charlie Sipler burn out with His Model A frame buggy with a 100 HP Falthead ford to Power it. He had a living room Chair bolted on it to sit and a cheap metal chair for a Passenger. Also a wooden bed in back. He told Dicky Pfiefer when He was getting it made I want plenty of Power, and He would come out of the Grain drying building Hit second gear slide around the silo and hit 3rd gear on the road into the plant every morning with his pipe in his mouth. For a 19 yr old Kid it was awesome watching him take off.
    Also Old Bonda Would be in the Old Warehouses Filling his 1/2 Pint whisky Bottles for that day. Bonda always got his whisky from the old Kinsey warehouse where the Real good old stuff was back then!
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    Re: My Memories of Kinsey Distilling

    I did not realize the train ran right through the middle of the plant.

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    Re: My Memories of Kinsey Distilling

    They had rail service from the Reading and the Pennsylvania (Later Penn Central) via opposite ends of the plant.
    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

    Thanks Ethan, the Reading came in on a bridge over the river and the Pennsylvania came in from the front of the plant the Pennsylvania lines are still used but the spur into the plant is long gone! Just got off the phone from talking to Joe Trish's daughter. Joe was the top engineer for Publicker Industries and designed 95 % of the things built at Philadelphia,Scotland and Lindfield Pa and also Lemont IL.
    I hope to take her to visit Ludy Sometime soon as he was a good friend of Joes. Dave Z It Seems All The Nicest People Drink Old Hickory America's Most Magnificent Bourbon

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    Re: My Memories of Kinsey Distilling

    Was there actual freight car loading at the facility or did the lines just run by and through it?

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    Post Re: My Memories of Kinsey Distilling

    Jono full Barrels came in from Phila and full cases of Whiskey left the Plant by box car also! During the months of Oct and Nov till mid Dec Whiskey for the Holidays was flowing out of the Plant by Truck and Box car. The Bottling house Docks could handle 3 box cars and at least 10 trucks at the same time as the Dock ran the full two Football fields length of the Building.
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    Re: My Memories of Kinsey Distilling

    Hi Dave,

    Just wanted to say - I've read this thread over twice, all 99 posts of it. Every single one. And some of your side-threads as well. This really is a great piece of history. I wish you didn't have to drive truck for so many years on a job you didn't love (by the way, I have a big respect for truckers and all that they do), but at least you had the Kinsey years. And I thank you for preserving the history none of us would know about otherwise. Everything you've preserved makes me appreciate what came before me. Take care, and God bless.

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    Post Re: My Memories of Kinsey Distilling

    Thank you Fangzilla for your Kind words have been not feeling great but better now and going to start posting again. I am glad for that first job at Kinsey and the one I have now as a company Mailman. Here are Pictures two which I posted years ago, and two new ones.

    1. Year was 1936 and this was the Snyder Ave Still, DSP-Pa 1 It was later replaced by the Bigler Street DSP-Pa 1-B still.
    2.This was the stair case in the Old Kinsey DSP-10 Rye Barn building which was torn down to get at the Fire started by Lightening in 2012. The part of the Stair that says Kinsey #10 Rye Building was cut off the stair a year before the fire for me by friends and it is safely in my Garage and did not burn up.
    3. This is a picture of the Glen Flager Distillery in Scotland the year was 1965. I got this from my friend Butch who worked in Phila at Publicker.
    4. An Old Match Pack Ad for Kinsey Whiskey.
    I hope to write in all 3 of my Threads today and post pictures in all of them.
    Dave Z
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