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,…Details
John Bardenheier Wine & Liquor Co. St. Louis, MO. Self-Framed Sign
John Bardenheier Wine & Liquor Co. from St. Louis, MO. Features a self-framed sign advertising their Progress Rye Brand with Grandma and Grandpa. The Bardeneier brand was well known and had a broad distribution of both their whiskey and wine products for many years. In 1873 John Bardenheier founded the Wine and Liquor Co with his name, which later became the Bardenheiser Wine Cellars. The original location was under the present day Gateway Arch south leg at 212 Market Street.
The family business sold their wines to at least ten states at one time, and exported 1.5 Million gallons of wine outside MO. Compared to today, the wineries in the state are now selling 1 Million gallons of wine outside the state of MO, and MO is still the 4th largest state for wine production in the U.S. Realizing that, you can easily imagine just how popular the Bardenheier wine brand was at one time. The family sold the business in 1983, but recently opened up another winery in the small town of Richwoods, MO.