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:
| Otto Frey. - Wholesale Dealer in Whiskies, and Importer of Wines, Brandies and Gins; 7 Diamond Square|
Mr. Frey, who is a native of Germany, came to America about fifteen years ago and settled in Pittsburgh. He was for a number of years engaged in the furniture business, and in 1880 established his present enterprise, in which he has experienced a marked and steadily increasing success. He does a large business in the importation of wines, brandies and gins and as a wholesale dealer in whiskies, and makes a specialty of fine Monongahela rye whiskies, which are in large demand on account of their purity and general excellence. Mr. Frey occupies for business purposes a four-story building, 25 x 100 feet in dimensions, at 7 Diamond Square, which he keeps constantly filled with large stocks of the finest goods, and his trade covers the States of Pennsylvania, Maryland-Virginia, West Virginia and Ohio, a staff of experienced traveling salesmen of wide acquaintance with the trade representing him on the road Six clerks are employed in the house, and the business is systematically and accurately managed by Mr. Frey, who is a thorough and experienced business man. His standing in the business and financial circles of the city and with the trade is of the highest character, and his reputation for reliability and integrity unsurpassed.
The company used the brand names:
"Fort Pitt", "Saratoga Club", and "Sunny Side."
Business name timeline:
Frey & Schmidt (1877-1880), Otto Frey (1881-1910), Otto Frey Co. (1911-1918)
7-9 Diamond Sq.
7-9 Diamond Sq., ca. 1897
Business category timeline (abbreviations decoded below):
Years that company appeared in directories
Years directories were consulted
Pittsburgh directory notes
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1877, 1880, 1881, 1882, 1883, 1884, 1885, 1886, 1889, 1890, 1891, 1893, 1894, 1895, 1896, 1897, 1898, 1899, 1900, 1901, 1902, 1903, 1904, 1905, 1906, 1907, 1908, 1910, 1911, 1912, 1913, 1914, 1915, 1916, 1917, 1918
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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