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
Sussmann Bros, E. St. Louis & Conrad Meng, Freeburg Whiskey Jugs, Illinois
Circa 1900 Stoneware Whiskey Advertising Jugs, from St Clair County, IL. A half gallon Whiskey Jug from Sussman Brothers and a one gallon jug from Freeburg, Illinois. Both are very rare and are over 100 years old. Conrad Meng was a grocer in Freeburg, Illinois around 1895-1915. The Sussmann Brothers were in business according to old records in1915 but they too were out of business by the late 1920s. Eventually their building was renovated by a Montgomery Ward retailer in the late 1920s for $65,000.00 which lasted for soem time. In the 1950’s a new Sears store was built on the site. The Sussman brothers business was very successful and they were almost what you would consider a modern day department store based on what their ads indicate they sold at one time.