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"HOLMES" BEST OLD MONONGAHELA COPPER DISTILLED PURE RYE WHISKEY THE W. H. HOLMES CO. PITTSBURGH, PA (in a barrel end) TRADE MARK No. 7275 REGISTERED MAY 6TH 1879 THE JOHNSTON-CARMICHAEL CO. SOLE OWNERS AND DISTRIBUTERS PITTSBURGH, PENNA. (front label), TO THE CONSUMER When you purchase HOLMES BEST, you are getting the very highest quality of PURE RYE WHISKEY that can be secured. There is none superior to be had at any price. This whiskey is a BLEND. Blended according to the same formula as originated by Wm. Holmes was one of the early pioneers in the blending of PURE RYE WHISKIES. HOLMES BEST has been recognized as the standard of excellence for over Sixty (60) Years. BLENDED AND BOTTLED BY THE JOHNSTON-CARMICHAEL CO. Sole Owners and Distributors, 332-334 FIRST AVE. 333-335 WATER ST., PITTSBURGH, PA.

The great-grandaughter of Johnston relates that "his full name was Emmet R. Johnston and his business partner was Jno. Carmichael. During prohibition, they shut down the business and headed off to Cuba. They returned to Pittsburgh until my grandfather enlisted in the Marines, then they moved to Los Angeles, and eventually to Ramona, San Diego County, Ca., where Emmet became a territorial liquor salesman until his death in the 50's" (information courtesy of Kim Johnston, 2009).

The company used the brand names:
"Johnston's Special Pure Rye", "Little John Henry", "Old John Henry", and "Scuppernong."

Business name timeline:
The Johnston-Carmichael Co.

Address timeline:
332-334 1 st Ave

Business category timeline (abbreviations decoded below):

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

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Appearance in directories:
1872, 1914, 1915, 1916, 1917, 1918

Directories consulted:
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

Pittsburgh directory notes:
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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