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    Post A trip in to the Old Continental Bottle house 1966 State of the Art

    On Saturday I took a mask and a good flashlight and took a trip in total darkness to get some pictures of the inside of the 1966 Bottling house that Continental built from Warehouse U which in its time was the worlds largest one floor warehouse till they moved Liqour Bottling to Kinsey from Phila in 1966 and created what in its time was the worlds most mondern Bottling House. It was so dark Pitch dark that in brightening the pictures some colors will be off. I will be sending these pictures to Jeff and when he can he will put them on for me as my computer at home just will not do it but I can send them to him from my work computer and they will be here for you to look at Please look for the atachments after the title and then the pictures will be there. They had many lines and many tanks inside and the building ran 3/4 of the front of the plant. I also shot some pictures of the inside of #38 Blend & Gauge building and the outside of the bottling house and its special incoming black colored tanks now that they have mowed there. I wanted to get these pictures while I could still get in to get them and ended up with an Asthma attack but I want the History in pictures to be preserved and this was one of the last chances I had to preserve it on the SB. They had when this was running the ability to make around 1/2 a Million cases of Whiskey those days. It was very sad to walk through and see all the ruin in there, it is in worse shape then any building there and I have shots of the lab with old bottles laying around, the building is so large and long that I took a shot halfway back of a tiny light coming through a hole in the metal roll door at the far end and it is really in the distance. One of the neatest sets of pictures are the ones of the incoming lines marked Blender,Gin,Vodka,Scotch Whiskey. In its time the Continental Bottling house was one of the most amazing operations ever made and a tribute to the Chairman of Continental Distilling Simon Neuman! Please comeback to look when you see the atachments marked on this thread. I am very proud to have worked for Continental and very sad to see there show place Kinsey Distillery sitting in ruin. I hope that the pictures I have put on and these will show what a amazing and great place Kinsey was and what a great Company Contiental Distilling / Publicker Industries was!
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    Re: A trip in to the Old Continental Bottle house 1966 State of the Art

    Here are some of Dave's recent pic's of the Bottle House:
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    Quote Originally Posted by mozilla View Post
    Here are some of Dave's recent pic's of the Bottle House:
    A quik note Having not worked in the Bottle house I was not sure how many Bottling lines where running I found some old Paper work for sales bussiness stating that they had 11 continueous bottling lines running at all times during shifts. And I found a paper stating at that period of time during one of the years they had made 463,000 cases of Whiskeys Ect so far for output
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    Quote Originally Posted by dave ziegler View Post
    A quik note Having not worked in the Bottle house I was not sure how many Bottling lines where running I found some old Paper work for sales bussiness stating that they had 11 continueous bottling lines running at all times during shifts. And I found a paper stating at that period of time during one of the years they had made 463,000 cases of Whiskeys Ect so far for output
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    I made a special trip back to get these pictures for History It was cold and very dirty in there and Pitch dark I went with a flashlight a mask and my Digital Camera and then had to lighten them up on the computer but they turned out ok. In its day with the 11 lines running it was a powerhouse of a bottling Plant and if you look on the pictures of the lines you can read Blender, Gin, Vodka and Scotch I have sent some more pictures of the outside and inside to Jeff, they had around 250-+- people working in this building during both shifts and 600 people had good paying jobs and Lives when it was running. I sent Jeff some pictures of the Black Incoming tanks as you can see them now that they mowed and cut around them. I don't know if I will ever get back but my Memoories will go on and when I am gone the pictures here will live on for History I hope everyone enjoys all the Pictures I have put on by the help of Jeff to remember Publicker / Continental / and Kinsey Distillery which was a wonderful place to work for a 19 year old Kid! Note the Picture of the special Telephone near the tanks inside made to be explosion proof for emergenys and the old Timkin paper graph telling how things were running, also some of the lines and tankage in there, there were many more tanks and as I have said before they had 2 Million Gallons cap of tankage in the plant. Aso the 2 pictures of the Laboratory in the bottle house. Continental had 4 Labs one at the Plant one at the DSP#1 Phila Location one at Chesnut St in Phila and one in Essington Pa plus a cooperage Plant there too!
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    Re: A trip in to the Old Continental Bottle house 1966 State of the Art

    Quote Originally Posted by dave ziegler View Post
    A quick note Having not worked in the Bottle house I was not sure how many Bottling lines where running I found some old Paper work for sales business stating that they had 11 continuous bottling lines running at all times during shifts. And I found a paper stating at that period of time during one of the years they had made 463,000 cases of Whiskeys Ect so far for output
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    Hi Dave,

    Thanks for posting pictures of the bottlinghouse I've been looking really hard to see if there's a difference between now and then. I know the machinery will look different but the outcome will still be the same. Not much left of the bottling lines to compare.

    I noticed the incoming feed lines are floor level. That's very unusual, to be in a open area. All of ours are up high and on a "Platform" with a floating drain.

    In the second row, picture #1 I noticed right off the bat a "filter" (center) Inside that filter there it is a really thick piece of felt like material that we call a "sock"... That sock prevents large pieces of char, dirt, from clogging the stems in the filler. It's on all lines in bottling operations.

    Thanks for posting
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    Re: A trip in to the Old Continental Bottle house 1966 State of the Art

    Here are some more of the Bottle House and surrounding area:
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    Re: A trip in to the Old Continental Bottle house 1966 State of the Art

    Dave,
    I have been following your stories... thank you very much. I much enjoy reading them.
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    Re: A trip in to the Old Continental Bottle house 1966 State of the Art

    Quote Originally Posted by spun_cookie View Post
    Dave,
    I have been following your stories... thank you very much. I much enjoy reading them.
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    Hi Emerald glad you are enjoying my stories I want to keep the History going and tell the stories while I am alive to do it. I have not written anything the last few days as my wonderful old Beagle / Springer Nikki died and I am having a hard time as we got him when my Mother was living and now they are both gone. When you are totally alone life is very hard. I will be trying to do some writting soon as it will keep me busy and that is good when you are alone. Be Well Emerald!
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    Re: A trip in to the Old Continental Bottle house 1966 State of the Art

    I am very glad that I went back those times and got these Pictures I did, in a way it was a theraputic thing for me having almost died Jan 2007. Going there the memories just came pouring in. In my mind I could see the old trucks roaring back and forth hauling barrels and the trip into the 1966 State of art Bottle house was important to me just for the sake of catching some history before it is taken away! Even though you can't see to much it was total drankness that day in there and I had 3 flashlights the pictures came out ok as you can see. I wanted people to see how big the Bottle house was it was really Big. It was at that time the biggest Bottle House in 1966. The Building ran 3/4 of the front of the property. When it opend it had around 450 to 500 people working in it 2 shifts and OT 5 days a week. They could load 3 Box cars out front and still do 3 to 5 Trucks at the end. I remeber the few times I got in there being amazed at all that was going on the one end was a maze of Stainless tanks some in my pictures but not half of what there were and still are in there. then the many Lines and through the last wall at the end the cases would be put on pallets and stored till shipped all in this one long Building. When it was set up it was a work of art and the greatest Bottle House in the world in 1966. Simon Neuman always did things big and this made the old Bottle House In Phila look like a toy! Since it will never be again I have worked all I can to preserve the History of Continental and Kinsey and of the Vision Of Mr Neuman a Man who when He made His Mind up went to work and got it to Happen. Today People would rather close a company to get a one time Profit He saw profit as a growing process where everyone gained in a long and large Process which led to Greatness, His Legecy Is He Was A Man of Great Ideas and not afraid to try something New and Publicker Industies and its companys will always be remembered by me as an American succes story and Power house of a company maker of Industrial Alcohol that supplied nearly every Medical Company in the USA, and world Maker of Wonderful Whiskeys, Ryes and other Liqours, and Maker of Dry Ice a real inovation at that time to catch the Carbon Di and use it right out of the Distilling process for Dry Ice! All these and the other things I have said speak of Mr Neuman and his Leadership!
    I will as Long as I live be Proud that I worked for Continental Distilling and I hope my Stories and Pictures in these differant threads will give great insite to Publicker IND!
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    Re: A trip in to the Old Continental Bottle house 1966 State of the Art

    Here is another picture taken in the 1966 Continental Bottle House Last fall, one of some others I have to put up yet.
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