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RECORDS & GOLDSBOROUGH
Baltimore, MD.
1885-1919
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George J Records and Harry P Goldsborough (1898, 1899).

Listed 1888-1919 first at 56 and then at 118 Light St. OASG gives a nice history: "Henry Paul Goldsborough was a son of a family that claimed 11 generations of residence in MD, an ancestory that produced 6 governors and a background of European nobility. He spent a few years in TX as a youth and then returned to Baltimore in the late 80's. He married and bought out Matthews' interest in the firm of Records, Matthews and Co., rectifiers, distillers and wholesalers. Goldsborough is credited with introducing the "Melrose" blend of rye whiskies in 1885. The name is supposed to be that of the road upon which the ancestoral home (Goldsborough Hall) sat in York County, England. He died in 1917 but the business continued until Prohibition under the management of one of his sons. His sons re-established the business after Repeal. Bready (pers. comm) believes that they became distillers only in 1897 by taking over the Canton distillery, from which Edwin Walters produced Orient Pure Rye until his death in that year.

The company used the brand names:
"Happy Days", "Happy Days Choice Old Baltimore Rye", "Kentucky Crown", "Maryland Golden Age", "Maryland Pride", "Melrose", "Melrose Rye", "Old Melrose", "Old Record Rye", "R and G", and "Records & Goldsborough."

Business name timeline:
Records, Matthews & Co. (1885-1887), Records & Goldsborough (1888-1919)

Address timeline:
56 Light (1885-1886), 118 Light (1887-1889), 120 Light (1892-1904), 36 Light (1905-1919), NW cor Light & Lombard (1909)

Business category timeline (abbreviations decoded below):
V, D (1901)


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Baltimore directory notes



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Appearance in directories:
1885, 1886, 1887, 1888, 1889, 1892, 1893, 1894, 1895, 1896, 1897, 1898, 1899, 1900, 1901, 1902, 1903, 1904, 1905, 1906, 1907, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1911, 1912, 1913, 1914, 1915, 1916, 1917, 1919

Directories consulted:
1870, 1871, 1872, 1873, 1874, 1875, 1876, 1877, 1878, 1879, 1880, 1881, 1882, 1883, 1884, 1885, 1886, 1887, 1888, 1890, 1891, 1892, 1893, 1894, 1895, 1896, 1897, 1898, 1899, 1900, 1901, 1902, 1903, 1904, 1905, 1906, 1907, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1911, 1912, 1913, 1914, 1915, 1916, 1917, 1919

Baltimore directory notes:
V= Wine & Liquor (Wholesale), V-R = Wine & Liquor (Retail), W = Whiskey (Wholesale), L = Liquors (Wholesale) D = Distiller, DA = distiller's agent



The Directories are full of display ads that are not available and have not been logged. L&W Retail is missing for 1871, partial (early letter of the alphabet are missing) for 1875, 1877, 1879, 1881, 1882, 1883, 1884, 1885, 1886, 1889, 1895, 1896, 1897, 1899. No Distillers for 1884. Nothing for 1918. There was a city-wide number change in the 1887 directory. Old numbers appear after the new address.. Tel numbers are shown beginning 1902. In 1904, "temporary locations" are given following a fire (February, 1904), with many new addresses appearing in 1905 and many more in 1906. In 1910, at least two streets appear to have changed names (Canton becomes Fleet?). Retailers listings drop dramatically beginning 1890 but picks up again in 1895. Tel Numbers appear with the 1902 directory.

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