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City Directory Listings Database


This page links you to a repository of information on the distillers and wholesalers who made a living from the liquor industry in the years leading up to Prohibition.  As of writing (2014), it includes over 20,000 individual listings. 

 

The framework for the database was constructed from information gleaned from city business directories, circa 1870 to 1920.  Other liquor dealers are added as and when information becomes available.

Search of the database for a name of interest using the form below.  You can also browse a series of static listing pages organized by city.  These pages were compiled using city business directories alone; the database contains many more dealers, towns, and cities than represented by the static pages.  Click on the alphabetized links to view the pages, then follow the links to individual vendor listing pages.

If you need more details on how the database was constructed or how search results are presented, see the next page.

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CITY LISTINGS: Click on the Relevant Letter Below
Baltimore, MD:  1870 - 1919
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Boston, MA:  1900 
(see notes)
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Buffalo, NY:  1870 - 1918 
A - C    D - H    I - O    P - S    T - Z

Chicago, IL:  1860 - 1918  
(supplementary material)
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Cincinnati, OH:  1866 - 1918
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Cleveland, OH:  1869 - 1919
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Columbus, OH:  1870 - 1914 (see notes)
A - F    G - N    O - Z

Covington, KY:  ca. 1867 - 1918 (see notes)
A - C    D - H    I - O    P - S    T - Z

Detroit, MI:  1890 - 1916
A - C    D - H    I - O    P - S    T - Z

Indianapolis, IN:  1858 - 1918
A - C    D - H    I - O    P - S    T - Z

Kansas City, MO:  1870 - 1918
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Los Angeles, CA:  1888 - 1918
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Louisville, KY:  1866 - 1919
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Memphis, TN:  1850 - 1915
A - C    D - H    I - O    P - S    T - Z

Milwaukee, WI:  1862 - 1918
A - C    D - H    I - O    P - S    T - Z

Minneapolis, MN:  1890 - 1918
A - C    D - H    I - O    P - S    T - Z

New Orleans, LA:  1870 - 1915
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

New York, NYca. 1875 - 1918 (see notes)
A - D    E - H    I - M    N - R    S - Z

Norfolk, VA:  1872 - 1915
A - C    D - H    I - O    P - S    T - Z

Peoria, IL:  1844 - 1919 (see notes)
A - C    D - H    I - O    P - S    T - Z

Philadelphia, PA:   1870 - 1920
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Pittsburgh, PA:  1870 - 1918
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Portland, OR:  1865 - 1915
A - C    D - H    I - O    P - S    T - Z

Richmond, VA:  1870 - 1915
A - C    D - H    I - O    P - S    T - Z

San Francisco, CA:   1865 - 1919
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Seattle, WA:  1889 - 1914
A - C    D - H    I - O    P - S    T - Z

St. Louis, MO:   1857 - 1918
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Terre Haute, IN:  1858 - 1915
A - C    D - H    I - O    P - S    T - Z

Other Cities:

  CA:   Sacramento, San Jose
  GA:   Atlanta
  IL:   Pekin, Quincy
  KY:   Frankfort, Paducah
  MI:   Grand Rapids
MO:   St. Joseph
NE:   Omaha  
NY:   Rochester
OH:   Akron, Portsmouth, Springfield, Toledo, Youngstown, Zanesville
PA:   Allentown, Lancaster
TN:   Chattanooga, Nashville
VA:   Lynchberg, Roanoke
 

COLLECTORS - PLEASE HELP!
If you have additional information that you're willing to share, please get in touch via e-mail to glassmaster@pre-pro.com.  Several major cities are not yet represented in the database, so copies of your local business directories are particularly welcome.

THANK YOU !!!!!


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