Here’s a great lithographic cardboard sign advertising “Fishing for Business” from the Bonnie and Company distillers in Louisville, Kentucky, just prior to prohibition starting in 1919. The graphics are interesting with a woman fishing and apparently getting her line caught on her dress, while a curious looking man is staring at her. I am not quite sure if this advertising would go over very well in today’s era, probably not for the better. Also I find it ironic that the brand is called Big Rock, as I don’t really see any truly big rocks in the image, or at least any rocks of considerable size comparatively. Maybe a picture of a rock cliff or a similar scene would have made more sense? This sign is circa 1900, and The Bonnie and Company distillery was just one of many in the Louisville marketplace at that time.
PETTS BALD EAGLE WHISKEY SERVING TRAY, BOSTON, MA. Circa 1910
Featured here is a great metal serving tray advertising the Bald Eagle Whiskey brand from Sanford Petts who owned a distillery in Boston, MA prior to prohibition. This particular serving tray is a stock tray, meaning the image was one used on many trays where only the advertising changes to meet the needs of whoever…
PAUL JONES & CO., SELF FRAMED TIN SIGN, LOUISVILLE, KY. Circa 1910
Here is a fantastic self framed tin sign from the Paul Jones and Company whiskey, rye, bourbon and gin distillery in Louisville, Kentucky. Paul Jones was notorious for putting out a lot of quality tin signs for many of their products, but this Old Comrade metal sign was perhaps their most famous one. The slogan…
G. W. SCHMIDT COMPANY, PITTSBURGH, PA. FINE WHISKEY LITHOGRAPH SIGN. Ca. 1900
Featured here is a beautiful whiskey lithograph from the G. W. Schmidt Company in Pittsburgh, PA. This lithographic sign is from the pre-prohibition era. The Schmidt Company was a well known whiskey distiller for many years in PA.
J. A. MILLER CHICKEN COCK WHISKEY, SELF-FRAMED TIN SIGN, PARIS, KY. Ca. 1900
Pictured is a colorful self-framed tin sign from the James A. Miller Whiskey Distillery, based in Paris, KY. This sign was from the pre-prohibition era, circa 1900. The Chicken Cock brand has been resurrected in the last few years, and continues to build upon the legacy of James Miller’s well selling brand from around 1900.
OLD CROW SOUR MASH WHISKEY TIN SIGN, W.A. GAINES & CO., Ca. 1905
Featured is a rather interesting tin sign from the Old Crow Sour Mash Whiskey Brand, made by the W.A. Gaines Company. The W. A. Gaines Company started in 1868 in downtown Frankfort, Kentucky and remained in business until the start of prohibition. The use of rats crawling over the sour mash whiskey bottle baffles me,…
C. S. ROGERS DISTILLERY REVERSE ON GLASS WHISKEY SIGN, HUDSON, N.Y. Ca. 1900
Featured is a stunning reverse on glass sign from the C.S. Rogers Distillery which was based in Hudson, New York. This sign is from the 1900 era and is for their Private Stock 1875 Whiskey Brand.
J. H. CUTTER WHISKY SERVING TRAY, C.P. MOORMAN & CO., LOUISVILLE, KY. Ca. 1910
Featured is a beautiful sailboat scene on a metal serving tray for the J. H. Cutter Whisky brand, made by the C. P. Moorman & Company in Louisville, Kentucky. As was somewhat common around 1900, the spelling of whiskey is actually spelled as whisky on the tray, with a missing “e”. The tray is a…
KING BOURBON “TWO KINGS” TIN SIGN, MORRIN POWERS CO., K.C., MO. Ca. 1895
Featured is a great old tin sign entitled King Bourbon, or “Two Kings”, which was a reference to the lion being the King of the Jungle, and the Bourbon itself. This sign was put out by the Morrin-Powers Company which was a whiskey distributor in Kansas City, MO prior to Prohibition. This same image was…
BROWN-FORMAN DISTILLING CO., LOUISVILLE, KY. 1900 LITHOGRAPH
Here’s a really neat looking early lithographic sign from the Brown-Forman Distillery which was based in Louisville, Kentucky prior to prohibition. The image shows a bartender providing a pour of whiskey to a patron standing near the long wood bar.
OLD FORESTER WHISKEY LITHO, BROWN, FORMAN DISTILLERY, LOUISVILLE, KY. Circa 1910
Here’s an early lithographic print from the Old Forester Brand of Whisky, stating “Guarding A Good Thing in Arizona”. This print is circa 1910, and from the pre-prohibition era. The Brown and Forman Company was a Louisville, KY based whiskey distiller.
JAS. E. PEPPER DISTILLING CO., LOUISVILLE, KY. TIN SIGN. Circa 1905
James E. Pepper Distillery in Louisville, Kentucky produced this beautiful tin sign. Born in the Republic, 1780 reads the caption in the colonial military scene.
SCHUCKMANN & SELIGMANN CO., EREMITE SOUR MASH WHISKEY SIGN. Ca. 1900
Early meyercord style wood sign from the Schuckmann & Seligmann Whiskey Distilling Company in Milwaukee, WI.