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    Re: My Memories of Kinsey Distilling

    Well as promised here are the two exciting things my friends found and brought to me as I took pictures in the 1966 Bottling house!

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    Well here as promised are the pictures of the great things my friends found while I took pictures and gave me!
    Pictures 1 through 4. a bottle of Rittenhouse Rye 80 proof 3/4 full and an odd bottle as label says Rittenhouse Rye 10 years Old 80 Proof Bottled in Bond? Top of seal says export.
    I made sure that the seal was still fast on the one side then took it inside the house sealed the other side and opened it and Had a shot of some really smooth rich Rye
    Smells of fruit and Wood
    Taste of very sweet wood and fruitness to it and it is very sweet in taste and a delightful Whiskey wish there were more the only bottle of Whiskey that I have gotten there I had found a couple of Bottles of Scotch one time but never a bottle of rye. It was on a low shelf in Maintaince and laying on its side so I guess some of it just vented out. it is clear and clean and delious.
    5. This is another bottle I found in the bottle house years ago it was emplty but wanted you to get another look at the strange thing of BIB whiskey at 80 proof 10 yrs old!
    6.7. Old never opened in box Promotional Inver house Plastic Half bottle Pen set for desk they found it dumped in a old box.
    8. Explosion Proof Light housing for a very Big Light
    9. And Last some Alabama Tax stickers I found in an old office room.

    What an awesome day for me and I ended up having a shot and half of the Rittenhouse Rye 80 proof!
    Does anyone know anything about a BIB being only 80 proof could this be because it is for Export?
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    There is never a time that I don't have all kinds of Happy and sad thoughts when I go back into Kinsey, and for me it is fitting that I am friends with the fellows who keep the place locked up so people don't get hurt there!

    It opens the door for many Pictures I could never have gotten and sometimes some great surprises! Like the Bottle of Rittenhouse Rye they found and gave me, or the awesome Inver House Promotional Pen Set! Both posted earlier on this thread.

    But there is also great sadness in thinking of all the great people that worked there looking at the Old Calender posted in the Upstairs bottle House office with vacations marked out for the year 1985. And the Calender turned to Sept 1986. The end of the Operations at Kinsey after 94 years so quickly that the coffee Pot in the picture in the office on the Bottle House thread has supplies waiting to make the next work days coffee!

    Names Long gone come back quickly Like Walter Harrington, Bonda and always Mr Si Neuman the great man who kept it all going till he died in 1976.

    It took 10 yrs but the once he died it was all down hill very quickly. Mr Neuman was always the voice of reason and the driving force that kept things going and He was always wanting to make sure as he said to my friend who was a top officer in the company I have talked to that he wanted to keep his People as he called the workers to be at work and doing good!

    Mr Neuman was a very Good Person and a person who always looked for inovation. Back In the day Publicker Industries led everyone in the Industrial alcohol and Drinking Spirits Industry.

    I try with my pictures to piece together what it looked like back then and what it was like to be one of the Lucky people to work at Kinsey!

    Here are some of my Pictures from Sunday outside and stuff found and also I decided To Post the Old Time Clock area in the 1966 Bottle House here as with all the equipment pictures I have yet to post the Time clock area might not be noticed on the Bottle house thread. I have about 60 pictures yet to post on the bottle house thread this week yet! The Time card area was in Room B of the 3 big rooms.

    1.Walking into The Plant to meet my friends Sunday if you look to the Left side the bottle house is almost covered with trees and weeds to the point you can hardly see it.
    2. Here is a rack holder to keep the barrel in place there are few of these left as people took them for scrap metal
    3. Inventory Papers for Dec 31 1984 for Publicker Industries
    4.The Last Broshure ever put out by Publicker then called Publicker Packaging services and its matching Envelope
    5.6.7.7. Pictures in the 1966 Bottling house of the day shift Time card racks for In and Out then a shot of the time card racks for second shift and finally The Time clock that Hundreds of People ran in and out of for 20 years. As I took these 4 pictures I had great sorrow in my heart and thought about all those Happy people who lost their jobs and never came back to Kinsey!

    I posted the time card racks so you could see how many people worked in that building and as a tribute to them and their work all those years. And I posted them on this thread to make sure they were not lost in all the Bottle House Pictures I have yet to post.
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    Just looking at the Pictures of the time Clock in the thread before this one bring so much back to me the clock is exactly the same one matching the one that was in the Old DSP-PA-12 they used the same kind of card also. it makes me think back to standing at the clock feeding the fish in the Old Cyprus Wood Fermenter there.

    We would throw loaves of bread into the tank and giant fish would jump up to get something to eat. There were carp,suckers and lots of other types the old timers caught them at the water inlet from the river near the rail bridge. They would birng them up to the still and put them in Number #1 Fermenter Tank next to the time clock and we would feed them while waiting to ring out. It could hardly believe it the first time I rang out!

    Another memory is Of my Old Friend William Haring his nickname was Bookie and just about every day he would go out at lunch to an old store about 1 1/2 miles from the plant that sold Hamburgers and sandwichs it was called Shers well Bookie would take bets we placed on Horses over at lunch and if we won the next day he would pickup our winnings. Who says we only drank at work!

    There were always the Christmas Cheer Basket tickets and of course the Kinsey Benifit Fund tickets year round the money made went into a fund to help people at work that were out sick or hurt! And the Old Linfield Fire House had tickets all the time to and we had our Union meetings there.

    The More I look back the more I love the old place. It was something special to get a job there in sept 1966 as I did and so many more people too with the bottle house opening up. Please check out the Pictures I posted on the Bottling House Thread I posted all the rest of the ones I took on Sunday today and yesterday there.



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    One thing I am always surprised about is how few empty or Full bottles of Our Products I find here in Pa where they were made. I have come to the conculsion that one we were so big people did not save our bottles for collections and two our Products were good enough that not many are still around sitting in dust in homes with Product in them.

    I never bought anything but Our Products when I worked there and afterwards either for the most part as I always thought Our Whiskey's were the best of the best!

    I was aways proud that I worked there and through the years offten thought about the place after My Mother died I heard that you could get in there and that is how I got back in 2004 fall!

    I wish I would have gotten in sooner as I could have gotten lots of Pictures inside the DSP-PA 12 had I known it would go by the wrecking machine.

    But now as Long as I can find interesting Historic stuff I will keep at it and I will as long as I can take my walks through, there is no nicer place to take a peacefull Walk!

    Working there was like going going into a National Park with the way the grounds were kept and all the flower Beds. Also things were kept clean and uncluttered. It is so sad to see her in the state she is now.

    I really loved working the Yard gang and there were all kinds of things to do every season, and I can't tell you how many times there would be cases of product that crashed and had to be taken down back to the dump in the old blue 1947 Ford Pickup. On one side of the dump sat many Old Cars and trucks from the 40's and early 1950's that had complety quite and were pulled down there, then the broken glass and dirt swept up from sweeping the floors of the buildings. In the winter we swept every warehouse out one by one each floor. Then we would do the Fire stair wells they were really dirty and sometimes had dead birds in them.

    I had free run of the whole plant and had been in every building at one time working there so that is why I know as much as I do of the makeup and workings of the Plant.

    When I worked there as I said before even though the still had shut down many years before they kept things except for the One fermenter tank with fish in it at the ready as far as Power and sprinklers and being Clean.
    I remember sweeping around the floor between the fermenters well and even sweeping the small wood walkways in the Old Wood & Brick warehouses.

    I was always amazed at how good we took care of the Plant and everything in it. About 4 years before the Plant closed they had just put a new roof on the Old House down by the river and a new slate one on the Barn. Investigating I found out why the Barn roof fell in on 2007, it was fine untill someone came in through the fields with a power saw and stole large sections of the large old solid Beam that held the Barn roof and winter 2007 It fell in from the weight of Snow. A very sad thing for me to see.

    So sadly things pass and Kinsey passed at 94 yrs but what is left will always be photo and talked about by me till my time comes to pass!
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    Re: My Memories of Kinsey Distilling

    Dave, your fondness for Kinsey reminds me of sailors who recall their ships..always with a gleam in the eye and proud to have served...especially ships involved in major actions. You need a cap with a Kinsey logo and the years it operated etc. like the U.S. Navy caps you see veterans wear.

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    I never thought about that but I would love to Have a Cap Or Jacket that said Kinsey Distillery Juno! Here is something My Friends found for me the other day the Only one of its Kind in the whole Plant I will have to Get Fricky to put the 2 Halfs together somehow. And Then Laqur It, A Yellow 1969 Inver House Distillers Barrel Head It had to be one that was made over there aged there and then shipped Here as the ones we sent to be refilled were always painted over with white then stenciled. I could not believe my eyes when they gave it to me! The ones we sent also said Continental Distilling this One only says Inver House Distillers LTD Airdrie. Also says Product of Scotland 1969 I had worked there 3 years by then.

    Also My friend from the beer distributer I get all my Beer from gave me this full Pint of Old Treasure 12 yr Old Whiskey from Belguim It was a blend of different 12 year Old Straight whiskeys and was shipped here and Bottled in Linfield at Kinsey.

    I had never drank any and knew nothing of it till Ludy gave me an empty Bottle last year and Now I have had a shot I found it to be a Very Good Straight Whiskey and very Flavorfull. It was my friends Dads and he did not drink straight whiskey so it sat in his bar cabinet for many years the bottom says 67 for yr 1967 and the Label says Linfield Lemont IL.
    I would have been working there one year when it was bottled and turned 20 that year!

    I am very Lucky to Have friends that get me things from the Old days and I still love to walk around Kinsey just for the memories!
    Here are the two Pictures
    1. My Barrel Head
    2.,3.,4. My Pint Bottle of Old Treasure
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    Well Today I took a 2 1/2 hr Fall walk through Kinsey and took a whole roll of 35 MM film and 50 some shots which I will post some of. But right now I want to post the other 3 Barrel Heads gotten for me because I have never seen any like them there and also a closeup of the bourbon Head from 1963 I got 2 weeks ago in warehouse M it was the only one there in the end of a broken barrel which I posted a picture of last week.
    1. This Head is going to my Friend Don it is lettered like the yellow one I am keeping and Fricky is going to put back together except that one is a 48 Gal and this one and the other two Scotch Barrels heads are 120 Gal.

    I am giving Don this one for all the times I did not have a cell phone and he went with me so I would not fall down and get hurt or something. And after I had been sick and almost died and I was determin to go there He went with me!

    2.,3. These are the two 120 gal Scotch Heads I am giving Fricky a choice of one as He fixes things for me and I could never fix things made of wood without His help. I am figuering He will take the unsual yellow one with a bung in it but he has the choice I will keep the other as I do not have anything like these either. Even in my years working there I do not remember these type.
    4. This is the 1963 Bourbon Head I took out of a broken Barrel Laying on the second floor of Warehouse M, two weeks ago I posted the Picture of it in the barrel the last week and the Yellow 48 gal Scotch Head Fricky is fixing for me is on the post Yesterday just before this post.

    I will post some of my Fall colorfull pictures in Kinsey later this week, I also took 24 35MM Film pictures there today walking around for over 2 hours in the nice clean air with no one to bother me I totaly enjoyed myself just being there.
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    This past Sunday was a very Nice day and I am now going to post some of my Pictures of Kinsey I took on Sunday. Well Here are 8 of the Pictures I took on Sunday I will have a couple more to post later!
    1.Back Side Of Warehouse O Government Building fire escape it was totaly different in Looks from the other 13 of them because this warehouse had windows and offices in it and also the break room.
    2. Sign on warehouse K one of only about 3 left there.
    3. This was the Outgoing Spirits Pipe from the tank area in Warehouse O the Government Building. This pipe traveled down to the 1966 Bottling house.
    4. In the trees here are two uprights that held the out going Spirits Pipe these uprights held the pipes going down to the 1966 Bottling House
    5. Metering Tank Room the two tanks one of each side held almost 1/2 million Gals each.
    6. Inside the little Scale Room
    7. Sticker on Scale
    8. Quickly Fading sign on one of tanks says 49,922 gal just short of Half a million gal there are two of them.
    9.,10.,11. Pictures inside the Water Distilling room in O Building

    In many ways Explosion Proof Warehouse O was different then all the other 13. Not only did it house the Government Men, have windows and tankage and pipes going by uprights to the Bottle house after doing Blending there, it also housed The Water Distilling Units and the Lunch and break room and bathroom for the plant. It also had its both stair wells look different then all the others. And Housed Barrels of aging Whiskey on all 3 floors too!

    In closing Thngs are slowly going completly to pot at Kinsey and it is very Hard for me to see it happen. I wish I could time travel Back To The Day.

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    Well here are the last of the Pictures I took on Sunday afternoon walking around Kinsey from the front to down back there is allot of room 192+ acres.
    Shot 1.Roof of Old 1966 Bottling House had this shot marked wrong this was a roof cooling unit of some sort correcting my writting here, along the back side of the 1966 Bottling house.

    2. Here is a shot of one of the Cement Pads where there used to be one of the 11 steer Pens.
    3. This is where the road went down to the Kinsey Plant dump, back in the day dozens of old Cars and trucks made their home there once they quit.
    4. One of the last of the 3 signs left on warehouses after the vandals have hit the place for many years on Q building that has the fire tower on top.
    5. One of the Explosion Proof warehouses with colored weeds taking over
    6. The Old 1958 Ford Continental Distilling truck disapearing in the weeds at one of the Old back side of the bottle House small docks.

    For me it is always interesting walking around the plant and taking pictures at different seasons. It always it brings memories to my mind.
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