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ROSSKAM, GERSTLEY & CO.
Philadelphia, PA.
1869-1920
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Est. 1854.
A company letterhead dated 1883 lists "Isaac Rosskam, Henry Gerstley, Louis Gerstley and William Gerstley", which is confusing given that the directories refer to Isaac Gerstley and Henry, Louis and William Rosskam.

The 1895 directory identifies Louis & William Rosskam and Isaac Gerstley as owning the company, with William Rosskam identified as President in 1900.

In 1907, a US Supreme Court hearing identified Louis and William Gerstley as being the sole remaining partners in the company.

The company continues until 1921 when the directories identify it as being "in liquidation".
William B Rosskam is identified in 1925 as being Vice President of Northern National Bank

The Company had offices in New York (38 Broadway, 1883) and Chicago.

Mida shows brands trademarked since 1872. These included the signature Rosskam Gerstley & Co. in old English script, Old Saratoga, and Keystone monogram (used since 1883). Mida also has "1854 Keystone Malt Whiskey - Eisner & Mendelson - Medicinal Use - Strictly Pure" since 1884, and "Top of the Morning" used since 1869.

The company used the brand names:
"American Rye", "Faust's Own", "Geo. M Walker V.O.P. Blend", "Gerstley", "Glenkenny", "H. A. Rogers", "Keystone Malt", "Keystone Monogram", "Metropolitan", "No. 6 Monogram", "Old Emporer", "Old Keystone", "Old Saratoga", "Pat Hand", "Philadelphia Club", "Quaker City Monogram", "R. G. & Co.", "R. G. & Co. Monogram", "R. G. & Co. Special Reserve", "Saratoga", "The Register", "Three Lilies", and "Top of the Morning ."

Business name timeline:
Rosskam, Gerstley & Co.

Address timeline:
336 N 3 rd (1870), 402 N 3 rd (1871-1875), 226 S Front (1876-1918), & 133-135 Dock (1876-1897)

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


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



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1883

1895

1903

1906

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c. 1904

c. 1911

c. 1912

c. 1913

c. 1914

Appearance in directories:
x1860, x1865, 1870, 1871, 1872, 1873, 1875, 1876, 1877, 1878, 1880, 1881, 1882, 1883, 1884, 1885, 1886, 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, 1919/1920, 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 = distiller's agent


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