Pratt & William Sts was the address of the Farthing distillery, which was destroyed by fire in 1882.
Business name timeline:
George & Thomas Farthing
92-94 Lloyd (1877-1879), Pratt cor Wm (1879-1881), 92 Lloyd (1883)
Business category timeline (abbreviations decoded below):
W, D (1879)
Years that company appeared in directories
Years directories were consulted
Buffalo directory notes
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1877, 1879, 1881, 1883
1870, 1873, 1875, 1877, 1879, 1881, 1883, 1885, 1887, 1889, 1891, 1893, 1895, 1897, 1899, 1900, 1901, 1903, 1905, 1906, 1908, 1911, 1913, 1915, 1916, 1917, 1918
V-R = Liquors (1870) R D = Rectifiers, Distillers (1870) W = Liquors, Wholesale (1875) D= Distillers, V = Wines, Wholesale (1879), I = Wine & Liquor Importer (1897)
1875 directory identifies Liquors listings as Wholesalers. No Distillers/Rectifiers for 1877, 1887 and 1889, wholesale liquors missing for 1889. 1891, 1893, 1895. Display ads start showing up in 1895. 1897 - Wines & Liquor Wholesale merge into one category. 1908: no distillers/rectifiers., Importer listings end after 1908. Distiller only for 1916., no distiller for 1917 (possible that 1916 and 1917 listings were confused)
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