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  1. #841

    Re: My Memories of Kinsey Distilling

    Pretty cool thermostat Dave. I knew you would fine one! Just a matter of time.

    Quote Originally Posted by dave ziegler View Post
    I went to Kinsey Monday and Tuesday after work to get some parts and to get and restore a 1930's Minneapolis-Honeywell HEAT regulator from one of the Old Explosion Proof warehouses. I got one for myself and one for My Friend Paul who built most of my Explosion Proof Light sets. And I got the housings to put them in.

    The Housing is Crouse - Hinds and the Thermostat is a rare Early Honeywell Product with their Old Original Name " Minneapolis - Honeywell" the top being made of Bakilite and metal casting, 90 % of the units are trashed but I found two that are only missing the Dust covers which would most likely have been missing many years before the Plant closed. Unlike the two switches I talked about on one of my two other threads the Things were sealed so tight it took two days and breaking the heads off the bolts in the wall to get them. Then a large Pipe wrench the remove the fixture with Chico sealent in it.
    1. This is the one I restored for my friend without its housing.
    2.Here is a side view of my restored Explosion Proof Thermostat complete
    3. Here is an above view of my Clean Polished, marked where it came from and restored Explosion proof Thermostat from Old Explosion Proof warehouse P the same building I got my Explosion Proof Phone from. The heating range was 74 to 46.

    It was never warmer then the low 40's in the winter in them and in the 40's and 50's in the summer. Monday when it was 87 degrees outside it was awesome cool in warehouse I.

    Once again I am glad I thought this out aand got an example to save for History and for My Electric Maintaince friend he was thrilled with his one I got and restored for him.
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  2. #842

    Re: My Memories of Kinsey Distilling

    Here's an update to the lamp I am building. I went to a fabricator & had them make me a base. It was just easier. It came out great & is 18x18 with a nipple welded in the center. The base alone is 30 Lbs. More than enough to support these, even with the heavy globe on.

    I am hoping to wire this tomorrow or Friday. I'll update then.




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    I will be getting mine together soon also, Kinsey lives on at Rods House and at Kinsey Dsp-Pa.-12 east my house! Getting my pipes tonight mine may take a bit till I get it wired but looking forward to adding it to go with my Whiskey Barrel table and awesome pilot lights.

    Anyway to preserve the History of Kinsey distillery is great, because there was never a neater place to work.

    Everybody check out my restored Explosion Proof Thermstat regulator from the plant back on page 84 post 840 I just posted it today.
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    Re: My Memories of Kinsey Distilling

    Dave,

    Doesn't look like I will be able to make it down this weekend. I forgot I have a wedding to attend Saturday and it's supposed to rain heavily Sunday. Go figure. One of these days I will get down there again!
    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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    Post Re: My Memories of Kinsey Distilling

    Here is a old Billboard for Hallers County Fair BIB Bourbon Whiskey. I still have a couple of old 1940'/ 1950's 4/5 bottles of it, and I'll tell you what it is a great Bourbon. I still love the old Bourbons from back in the day. And Hallers after Old Hickory was a very Big seller for us.

    I just perfer anything made in the 1940's/50's and 60's to anything made today!
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    Well I am getting there, here is my Explosion Proof light setup with out the Shade and base which has been ordered. I am going to have a professional Electrician that does contracting here where I work wire it next week. Just went out and bought 18 feet of 16 gauge wire and a heavy duty Plug.

    I will put a 100 watt Fluorecent Bulb in it so it does not get red hot which would not be safe.

    1. My Light in my work office. The type of switch was my Idea for our Lamps it is a late 1930's Crouse - Hinds Explosion Proof switch and mine is from Warehouse K. The internal parts our from the Old Kinsey Bottle House and the shade and bell are from Warehouse K.

    These are the rarest switch in the plant and had to do with the electric door locks on the warehouses. Most of them had one, right beside the big roll door at the front dock.

    This and My Whiskey Barrel table are something awesome to me. This however is costly as the base was alot of money and the two pipes and wiring ran high but it will be one of two from Kinsey.

    However Rod and I can say we have floor lamps from Kinsey!
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    Re: My Memories of Kinsey Distilling

    You'll be glad to know I finally started restoration of my barrel! I found an oil preservative that soaks into dried woods that does not change the color of the wood much and leaves no shine or shell on the wood. It's only $25 a gallon and will last years and years. Since it penetrates deep into the wood, it even re-expands the wood a little, which will tighten the barrel back up slightly. Once I've got the barrel fully coated, I am going to get a piece of glass or plexiglass and fit it into the head so it won't be exposed to the weather anymore. This barrel is going to be an excellent display piece! I'll post pictures once it's done!
    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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    Post Re: My Memories of Kinsey Distilling

    On Saturday I found another one of a Kind Historic Expolsion Proof Switch from the 1930's.
    It had a Large Emergensy Light Holder on it so I am going to Put my Blue / Green Globe on It and I put my one only Large red one on the regular swith I had made up.
    Here are 3 Pictures starting with My large Red light glowing on my desk and the a shot of the Old switch turned off and then a shot turned on. It will have its original Globe Holder as I found it on a pipe and will go where I had the other one with blue globe. My Electrican friend will wire it very soon. And I will take my small red globe home then and put it at the base of my coming soon Explosion proof lamp.

    1. Large Red globe Lighted
    2. 1920's/1930's Explosion Proof switch in turned off position
    3. Switch with lever Pulled up switch on. This is the only switch of this type I know of at Kinsey and finding it where someone was going to take it for Scrap makes it sweeter yet!
    4. Ethan you aked me what exactly did the warehouses look like when the racks were full of Whiskey.
    This picture is from the companys very first Brosure before they went on the stock market and this is one of the warehouses in Linfield right after being filled in 1947/48. The Man is Bud Seward I know because I asked Ludy and he said right away who he was. That floor in the picture has 333,333 barrels. Each floor had that many.
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    Post Re: My Memories of Kinsey Distilling

    Walking around the Plant last week I thought about working in the Warehouse Gangs. On a tipical day we would have lists of barrels to be dumped or Racked or filling barrles, and when you got to the Warehouse you were going to the government Man with you would have to cut the Lead Seal on the Padlock so you could open the warehouse. Next turn on certain switches including the Flip lever one that shut off the Electric Door momitors.

    Then the lead man would have sheets with the numbers of the Barrels you would be dealing with. And each man was given his job be it rolling barrels in the racks or Out of them, or just rolling them. Maybe dumping them or running the Lift taking them out or Putting them in the racks. Or if there was no Dump trough in the building rolling them to the dock for one of the 1941 Ford Trucks to take them to another Gang in a building with a trough to dump them.

    I had many Happy days doing different jobs like this from working in the racks to filling the barrels with the large Pump end like a gaint Gas Pump which I have the One from Warehouse O in my Garage having saved it from the metal theifs years ago!

    Also I remember stenciling with India Indelable permant Ink. Better have your Gloves on as you could not get it off!
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    Post Re: My Memories of Kinsey Distilling

    In 1962 publicker Industries bought Dougherty's Distilling corp, Phila at Silent Auction. When they went up in the upper storage area of the Office they found about a case of Doughert's Pre Pro Medical Pure Rye Whiskey BIB. Well I will be 65 on Sept 23 this year and my Friend who ran Marketing had a few of these and gave me a bottle 2 years ago! I Plan on pulling the old Metal strip off and having a couple of shots on my Birthday, Here are pictures of the bottle and the box
    1. The Bottle and the Box.
    2. The Bottle filled to the top, and nice and clean and ready to drink I think if my memory is right it was Distilled in 1907.
    3. The Box which you can read easy and says 14 years old when it was bottled for, as It says on the box the best Pure Straight 100 Proof Rye Whiskey for Healthy Medical drinking!

    I am sure I will feel sick on my Birthday and need some Medicine!

    4. WA Haller's and Sons Distillery Phila pa

    The Last Picture #4. is Of W A Hallers and Sons Distillery I think I posted this before but this is the only known Picture of the Plant which was not far from Publicker. This Picture hung at the 1429 Walnut Street World wide Headquarters of Publicker Industries and was given to me by My Friend in Marketing 2 years ago, I have it Hanging on the wall in my office at work on the left side of my desk.

    As a 19 year old fresh out of High school the first Whiskey I ever Had was at Kinsey, it was Straight Rye and it remains my Favorite Spirit! That day it was from a barrel for Rittenhouse BIB Rye at one of the Old out front Kinsey wood and brick warehouses I think warehouse E.
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