Last night was a Very Good Night for me as I got a unexpected phone call from my friend in Ca. that was back in the day a very important person at Continental Distilling.
He informed me unless something not expected happens he will be coming to pa in July to stay at his home somewhere near where I work now. We are going to be talking about Contiental from his perspective and he has hundreds of Photos of the Publicker owned Plants so I am very excited. I also want to show him the stuff I have donated to the local Historic society and the Barrel I donated in Mr Neumans memory.
If This can happen this is going to be a great summer I have not met him personally but have talked to him many times on the phone and He knows more then I ever even dreamed of about Continental Distilling and Publicker and that information will come to this site.
I also hope to sometime soon go back in the 1966 Bottle house for final photo's. And again if you live within 50 miles of Limerick please come to the open house at the Historic society home on Old ridge pike. There is a large parking lot 1/2 a block from them that the Chiropracter has told them can be used and I think there will be some refreshments. It starts at 1:00 PM and goes till 4:00 PM. I would love to talk Kinsey with any of you that can come as far as I know Fricky will be stopping by and I hope to see some SB People that day. I will have some of my collection there to show and it will be a fun time.
The other week I saw to my Horror that Vandels had removed a man hole cover and crawled down to cut power line wires. I wish that someone would have had the forethought back in 1986 to have bought the Old Buildings and made a living Distillery History Park. The Buildings were in great shape and you could have easily made them into the Condo's at Kinsey Distillery. Warehouses could have had condo names such as The Si Neuman Warehouse R Condo, The Bottle house could have been made into a large Meeting and events place and could have been called the Harry Publicker Building.
Why is it that someone like me with no money has these Idea's and people that could have done this did nothing. Now we have a place falling in ruin owed by a slum Lord left to be destroyed.
To me it is very cruel for this to have happen to Kinsey. The Whole place could have been called Jacob G Kinsey Square!
Well enough of dreaming what can't be I will continue to talk of the great days at Kinsey when I worked there and today would have been a day that the old 1951 Ford Pickup would have been running all day droping us off at different points in the plant to mow grass. Also it would be spring sweeping time and I would have been sweeping the floors of the Old DSP-Pa. 12 still, How I loved doing that building!
I would sweep and look at the old equipment the mash tanks, cyprus fermenters and Honeywell chart disc machine with disc's still in them for the next distilling day which never came in 1951!
I wish I would have thought back then to have an old camera and got some shots but it would have been hard. I spend every day looking for anything new I can find on Kinsey/Publicker/Continental Distilling. Plus I search my mind every day for things I remember, so I am still on a mission To keep the memory of Publicker alive into the future when I am gone!
Dave Z ------------The saying below I have used today was one from an old Kinsey Ad I Found
The Best Old Fashioneds
Are, You'll Find
The Mellow, made With