Yellowstone Whiskey Serving Tray, Taylor & Williams Distillery, Louisville, KY. Circa 1933

YELLOWSTONE INSPIRED A WHISKEY!

The Yellowstone brand of whiskey always intrigued me. Why would you name a whiskey made in Kentucky after a park almost 2000 miles away? This tray is certainly bright and eye appealing with the bright green and yellow background, and of course the larger than life bottle front and center in the design. The Taylor…

Meadville, PA Distillery, Pure Rye Tin Sign., Ca. 1906

MEADVILLE RYE EXALTS A WHOLESOME IMAGE

The Meadville, Pennsylvania Distilling Company cleverly put out a stunning tin sign with an angel sitting on top of a heart, extolling the virtues of pureness for their rye whiskey brand.   The use of both “Pure Rye” and “Genuine Rye” on the same sign, with the use of the angel is an easily recognizable attempt…

Old Prentice Whisky Reverse on Glass Gesso Framed Sign

WHISKEY vs. WHISKY

I love this particular piece from the Old Prentice brand of whisky.   This particular gesso framed gilt style golden frame was a common design for many early advertisers.   Amazingly, many of these signs still exist, and I can only speculate the beauty of the framing motivated people to keep the items to help decorate their…