City Directory Listings Database
How the Database
|The database includes listings from the first two of these categories: Distillers and Rectifiers, and Liquor Wholesalers. Photocopies of the relevant pages were made and then every listing in every year entered into a database, gradually building individual business entries based on their showing in the yearly listings.|
|This is not a complete record because the directories themselves are often incomplete, with some pages missing or unreadable. Second, the old businesses had to pay to be listed. This meant that the smaller companies may have been represented in one year only.|
Offsetting this is the observation
that directories from some years had two or three times the usual
number of listings, so I suspect that special promotional deals
were offered that enabled most all of the companies to get
included during these years. Despite the shortcomings, you should be able to obtain
a fairly good historical record for your company of interest.
What the Database Contains: A typical listing is shown below:
The database is organized alphabetically by company name as it appeared in the directories. Each listing gives a range of dates over which they appear. This is not necessarily the dates over which the companies operated since their origins may pre-date the directories. If a letterhead or other piece of documentation provides a date that indicates when the company was established, then this is included in the range, as shown in the example above. The next line (in bold) show how the company name changed with time, together with relevant dates. The line in italics shows their business address during this time.
You will notice that the the first line of the listing includes a hyperlink. This provides access to the Midacore™ database, which gathers information on the old merchants and all of their advertising, including shot glasses, bottle, jugs, and much more. Clicking on the link will take you to a vendor view page that provides detailed information on the listing as it appeared in the city directories. You'll also find thumbnail pictures of relics from the companies. The thumbnails are themselves linked to view pages. At present, the database is still in embryonic form and hence the amount of supplementary material is minimal. This will change in time as collectors and relatives like YOU contribute to the project.
For additional information on abbreviations and city-specific coverage, see the City Notes page.
How do I use the Database?
The utility of this database will increase with time as new cities and directory pages are added. YOU can help out in this respect. If you are willing and able to provide information or pictures of shots, bottles and other ephemera, please contact the glassmaster. You WILL be credited! Thank you!!
last updated: October 15, 2009
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