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Diplomat (tsp on a frosted panel beneath a portrait of a mans head etched on a frosted circle. Grain stalks appears to either side and above the mans head in tiny tsp letters is arched the name: JOHN JAY ) / WHISKEY / GLASNER&BARZEN (arched) / KANSAS CITY MO. / U.S.A.

ID#: KWS122
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Glass Category:Liquor advertising
Glass Type:Thin-walled shot
Label Type:Usual white-etched label, gold rim
Dimensions:*2-5/32" x 1-25/32" x 1-3/8"
Edmonson:OASG, p. 59, entry #3
State:MO
City:Kansas City
Notes:
Glasner & Barzen listed from 1873-1918.

*Glass measurements have not been confirmed.



"The largest Liquor House in the West" (city directory, 1903).

The business was established in 1873 by A H Glasner of Iowa. It was orginally a grocery store located at 9 th & Mulberry in the West Bottoms. Glasner was also a bottler and distributer of Dick & Bros. beers (Quincy, IL).

In 1882, Jacob Barzen became a Glasner's partner. Barzen was orginally from Reil in Germany, where he had also worked as a grocer. He emigrated to the US in March of 1872 and worked as a book-keeper for various wine, liquor and cigar establishments. Glasner & Barzen's store was located at 227 Union Avenue.

In 1884, the partners gave up the grocery business and became liquor wholesalers at 10th & Mulberry. Their business expanded rapidly and they had representatives in AK, CO, IA, NE, NM, TX, WI, and WY.

The company incorporated in 1903 and around the same time became owners of the Blue Valley Distillery (RD. #3, 6th District of Missouri, located in Leeds, Jackson Co. ). The Blue Valley Distillery Co. has a separate listing in Kansas City directories.



References:
"Kansas City, Missouri. Its History and Its People, 1800-1908. Vol. III". by Carrie Westlake Whitney (1908), S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago. pp. 159-161

Brand names used by this company include: "Belle Springs", "Belle Springs", "Blue Springs", "Bond & Lillard", "Cedar Brook", "Clay Wilken's Pure Malt", "Crystal Brook", "Diplomat", "Elm Ridge Club", "G&B Special Reserve", "Gibson Rye", "Golden Scepter", "Guckenheimer", "Hunting Club", "Jackson County White Corn", "Laurel Hill", "Lexington Club", "Marble Brook", "Mount Auburn", "Mountain Springs", "O.E.V. (Old Enough to Vote)", "Old Crow", "Old Laurel Hill", "Old Rambler", "Old Raywick", "Old Taylor", "Optimo Club", "Pleasant Valley", "Sherwood", "St. Ledger", "Sun Flower", and "Superba."

Company name timeline:
Glasner & Barzen (1885-1903), Glasner & Barzen Distilling & Importing Co. (1904-1917), Glasner & Barzen Distilling Co. (1918)

Address timeline:
10 th NW cor Mullberry (1885-1887), 1300-1302 W 10th (1889-1890), 960-968 Mulberry (1891-1902), 519-521 Delaware (1903-1916), 417 Delaware (1916-1918)

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