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OLD TUB / (picture of a man stirring the contents of a staved barrel, with fancy designs to either side and NELSON to left, COUNTY to right) / KENTUCKY / WHISKY / J.B.Beam (script) / BARDSTOWN, KY.

ID#: PVV122
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Glass Category:Liquor advertising
Glass Type:Thin-walled shot
Label Type:Usual white-etched label
Dimensions:2-7/16 " x 2 " x 1-7/16"
Edmonson:HSG, p. 141, entry #8
State:KY
City:Bardstown
Brand Registered:see notes
Notes:
Downard (1980) describes the history of the company in detail. It originated with Jacob Beam, who had arrived in the colonies in 1752, living in PA and MD and eventually settling in Kentucky in 1788. He started selling whiskey in 1795 and was later joined in the business by son David Beam. Jacob died in 1818 and David took over as manager. David had a son, David M. Beam, in 1833 and he joined the family business and moved it to Bardstown in the 1850s.

James B. Beam was David M. Beam's son, taking over the distillery in 1888. He, in turn, moved the operation to be closer to rail lines that were being constructed in the area. The business was now known as "Beam and Hart", but later became "J.B. Beam", a.k.a. the "Clear Spring Distilling Company".

James Beam also had a son, Jeremiah. Jere Beam joined the family trade in 1913 and was responsible for popularization of the familiar brand names. The company was reborn after Repeal and survives to this day.

Brand names used by this company include: "Clear Spring", "D. M. Beam", and "Old Tub."

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