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HUMPHREY & MARTIN
Philadelphia, PA.
1860-1918
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Est. 1860.
Listing originally (1870) as Wholesalers & Importers, also as Distillers and Rectifiers from 1906-1918.

There is no record of Humphrey or Martin in the city directories in 1860 or in any of the succeeding years until 1869. The directory that year showed a Lambert Humphrey and a William Humphrey, who were identified as being the proprietors of "L.Humphrey & Bro., Liquors", located at 231 N 3 rd Street. The following year  they were at 401 N 3 rd.

In 1879, Lambert's home address changed to New Jersey and the following year he was replaced by Samuel. The business was now known as "William Humphrey & Bro., Liquors", but still located at 401 N 3 rd Street. In 1882, William dropped out and disappears from the directories. He was replaced by John W. Martin to yield the "Humphrey & Martin". They remained at 401 3 rd St until Prohibition. Interestingly, John Martin was living with Samuel Humphrey at 535 Franklin for a couple of years after he first appears in the directories.

Prohibition killed to business. Samuel Humphrey retired and both he and his son (Samuel Jr.) disappeared from the directories in the early 20's. John W. Martin left the partnership in 1917 but made a lateral move to the Philadelphia Erdmann Vinegar Co. Vinegar was produced from alcohol by fermentation and was a natural and respectable extension of the liquor business in the years leading up to Prohibition. The 1921 directory showed him to be Vice President of this old and revered company.

In 2005, a seller on eBay listed several items (shot glasses and glass photographic negatives) from the Humphrey estate. The seller refused to provide details, but it seems that this descendant had been living in Camden, NJ., across the river fom Philadelphia.

Read more about this company in the following article:
Fulperís of Flemington, by Jack Sullivan

The company used the brand names:
"Anchor Rye", "Bouquet", and "Golden Lake."

Business name timeline:
L Humphrey & Bro. (1870-1880), W Humphrey & Co. (1881), Samuel Humphrey & John W. Martin (1882-1917), Samuel Humphrey (1918)

Address timeline:
N 3 rd & Callowhill (1872, 1876, 1895), 237 Callowhill (1882) , 401-403 N 3 rd (1870-1918)


401-403 N 3 rd St., ca.1894

Business category timeline (abbreviations decoded below):
W, I (1870) D R (1906)


Years that company appeared in directories
Years directories were consulted
Philadelphia directory notes



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Appearance in directories:
x1860, x1865, x1868, x1869, 1870, 1871, 1872, 1873, 1875, 1876, 1877, 1880, 1881, 1882, 1883, 1884, 1885, 1886, 1890, 1891, 1892, 1893, 1894, 1895, 1896, 1897, 1898, 1899, 1900, 1901, 1902, 1903, 1904, 1905, 1906, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1911, 1912, 1913, 1914, 1915, 1916, 1917, 1918, 1920/1921, 1925

Directories consulted:
1870, 1871, 1872, 1873, 1874, 1875, 1876, 1877, 1878, 1880, 1881, 1882, 1883, 1884, 1885, 1886, 1889, 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, 1918

Philadelphia directory notes:
V= Wine & Liquor (Wholesale), V-R = Wine & Liquor (Retail), W = Whiskey (Wholesale), L = Liquors (Wholesale) D = Distiller, DA = distillerís agent


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