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Est. 1870.

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:

Max Klein. - Distiller and Importer; Sole Proprietor of the "Silver Age" Rye Whiskies; 82 Federal Street, Allegheny.
Mr. Klein is distinguished among the wholesale liquor dealers of the two cities by reason of the volume of his business, the great extent and variety of his stock, and the marked superiority of his facilities for the prompt and satisfactory filling of orders.

His connection with this business as a principal dates back to 1870, in which year he established in business at 14 and 16 Wood street, Pittsburgh. From thence he removed in 1880 to his present elegant quarters at 81 Federal street, Allegheny, where he is surrounded by all the conveniences and auxiliaries calculated to aid or expedite the operations of the business, and to facilitate the prosecution of his large and ever increasing trade. In this commodious, well-lighted and completely equipped establishment lie carries a large stock, embracing the finest productions of the leading American distillers in the best and purest brands of rye and other whiskies, making a prime specialty of the justly celebrated "Silver Age " rye whisky, of which he is the sole proprietor and controls the entire output. This celebrated whisky is a pure, reliable alcoholic stimulant, indorsed by prominent physicians as being superior to any other stimulant in the market, possessing the properties required for medicinal purposes. This first class whisky has earned an unsurpassed reputation for its uniform superiority and excellent flavor, and is in high favor with consumers and consequently large demand by the trade in all parts of the United States, the volume of Mr. Klein's trade in this whisky alone giving him a leading prominence among the large distillers of the twin cities.

In addition to whiskies, Mr. Klein is an extensive importer of the finest vintages of France, Germany, Italy and other wine producing countries of Europe, and his stock of fine champagnes, sauternes, ports, clarets, madieras, burgundies, sherries and Rhine wines is not excelled in quality or assortment anywhere. He also handles the finest French and English brandies, Hollands and Tom gins, Scotch and Irish whiskies, Bass' and other fine imported ales, Guinness' Dublin porter, and all kinds of cordials and liqueurs. He gives employment to a force of twelve clerks and assistants. Mr. Klein is a native of Bavaria, but has resided in the United States for the past thirty years. In 1861 he enlisted in the Union army as a private in the First Iowa Volunteer Cavalry, and after four years of active service, during which he had been promoted to First Lieutenant, was honorably discharged at the close of the war. Mr. Klein is prominent in Grand Army circle as a member of Post No. 128, G. A. R., and on Grand Army Day, October 5, 1886, was chosen Commander of the Day, and headed the military procession. In business life he has established a gratifying and merited success as a consequence of his superior business abilities, his uniform promptness, and his fair treatment.

1891 Ad In a Freeport Newspaper:

This home circle and life has few charms indeed if family tie are burst asunder. The promotion of happiness and the prevention of sickness are of prime importance in every household. It is in the spring that old and young alike are most susceptible to the hundreds of diseases that fill the atmosphere we breathe and lurk in the water we drink. The timely use of reliable stimulant is the only sure way to guard against sickness in the home. Max Klein's "Silver Age" and "Duquesne" brands of pure rye whisky are recommended by physicians as the best invigorator in the world. Both are sold under a sworn-guarantee of purity. "Silver Age" at $1.00 per full qt. Bottle and "Duquesne" at $1.25. These whiskies are used exclusively in the leading hospitals which is sufficient evidence that they are the best available.

Mr. Guckenheimer, Finch, Gibson, and Overholt are sold by Mr. Klein at $1 per qt. or six quarts for $5. His stock of wines, brandies, etc. is the largest in Pennsylvania. Goods promptly shipped to all parts of the United States. Send for catalogue and price list mention this paper. Max Klein, 82 Federal street, Allegheny, PA.

The company used the brand names:
"Bear Creek", "Duquesne", "Peter Pan", "Rockport Rye", and "Silver Age ."

Business name timeline:
Max Klein (1877-1903), Max Klein & Sons (1904-1912)

Address timeline:
29 Diamond (1877), 39 Wood (1880), 82 Federal, Allegheny (1881-1898), & 410 Market (1885-1912), 320-322 Federal, Allegheny (1899-1904), 1318-1320 Penn Ave (1905-1912)

82 Federal St., c. 1887

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:
1877, 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

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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