The following is taken from the "Pittsburgh and Allegheny Illustrated Review: Historical, Biographical and Commercial". It was published by J M Elstner & Co., Pittsburgh, PA., in 1889:
| John C. Finch. - Dealer in Jos. S. Finch & Co's Golden Wedding Rye Whiskies, Gins, Brandies and Wines; No. 136 Water Street. |
An unqualified verdict of popular approval has been unanimously rendered and cordially approved by the vast army of connoisseurs from the rock bound coasts of the Atlantic, to the sunny slopes of the Pacific ocean in favor of the purity, excellence and superiority of Finch's celebrated brand of "Golden Wedding" Rye whiskies, which either as a beverage or for medicinal purposes stand without an equal, and have attained a more than national reputation. These celebrated whiskies are now offered in original packages or in bottled form by Mr. John C. Finch whose establishment is located at 136 Water street, where is also carried a large and desirable stock of the choicest brands of imported brandies, gins, wines, cordials and similar merchandise selected with an express view to the requirements of the better class of trade. This representative house was founded by the present enterprising proprietor in 1873 and from its very inception has maintained a high standard of commercial honor and integrity and established a first-class trade extending throughout the States of Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio, West Virginia, Maryland and even more remote sections of the Union. Mr. Finch, who is a native of Westmoreland County, Pa., has been for many years prominently identified with this special branch of trade and by a uniform system of fair and honorable dealing, has established a reputation for business integrity, which commends this house to the favorable consideration of dealers and purchasers everywhere.
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John C Finch
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Pittsburgh directory notes
1876, 1877, 1879, 1880, 1881, 1882, 1884, 1885, 1886, 1887, 1889, 1890, 1891
1870, 1871, 1872, 1873, 1874, 1876, 1877, 1878, 1879, 1880, 1881, 1882, 1883, 1884, 1885, 1886, 1887, 1889, 1890, 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
V= Wine & Liquor (Wholesale), V-R = Wine & Liquor (Retail), W = Whiskey (Wholesale), L = Liquors (Wholesale) D = Distiller, DA = distiller's agent
Major street name renumbering in 1884 and again 1896, again in 1899 (Ohio Ave). Washington became Warrington in 1910. Just liquor dealer pages until 1899, except in 1874, 1878, 1880. 1875, 1887 are missing. 1877 and 1878 pages are identical, so one is missing. 1886, 1891, is partial listing. 1901 - started showing phone exchanges and numbers for all. 1907. No Distillers, Liquors begins with "Bigley". 1909, 1912, no distillers.
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