Photo libraries, in ascending order by bottling year

Hayner Private Stock Bonded Whiskey, Quart, 1912-1917

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J.A. Dougherty’s Sons PA Rye, Medicinal Pint, Bonded

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Old Baker Bonded Whiskey, Pint, 1915-1919

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Old Taylor Bonded, 4/5qt, 1915-1919

This bottle is particularly interesting for its remarkable resemblance to the current bottles of Old Taylor, right down to the tube it was packaged in.

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Old Taylor Bonded, 1915-1919

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W.B. Samuels Medicinal Pint, 1913 – ?

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O.F.C. Rebottled Medicinal, Bonded, 1916-1926

This is a bottle that was likely originally packaged as a medicinal pint, but later was rebottled in regular bourbon garb. The giveaway is the do not refill warning on the glass, which didn’t begin until after prohibition.

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Middleton Golden Rye, Bonded, pint, 1917-1927

Distilled at the Van Hook Distillery, Harrison County, KY

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Bourbon De Luxe Medicinal Bonded, pint, 1916-1932

This is a pint sold at a drug store during prohibition. These bottles came in cardboard boxes to make them more presentable at the pharmacy. Notice the very cool and unique “cap remover.”

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American Medicinal Spirits Special Old Reserve, pint, 1917-1932

Photos courtesy of MaltMartin.

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Black Gold Bonded Medicinal Whisky, 18yr, 1914-1932

Photos courtesy of Glenn Riven

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Old Taylor Medicinal Bonded, pint, 1917-1933

This is a pint sold at a drug store during prohibition. These bottles came in cardboard boxes to make them more presentable at the pharmacy. 

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Old Taylor Medicinal Pint, Bonded 1916-1933

Photos courtesy of Glenn Riven

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Old Grand Dad Bonded Medicinal Pint, 1917-1934

Distilled in Louisville by Richard E. Wathen.
Photos courtesy of Ted Doggett.

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Old Overholt PA Rye, quart, 1934-1940

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B.P.R. Maryland Rye, Bottled in Bond, quart, 1937-1941

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Churchill Bourbon, Bonded 5yr Pint, 1936-1941


Interesting text on the rear label regarding an Old Grand Dad connection.

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Bonded Beam, quart, 1938-1943

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Weller Special Reserve Bonded, 1936-1943

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I.W. Harper Bottled In Bond, 4/5qt, 1940-1944

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Masterpiece Bonded 7 1/2yr, 4/5qt, 1936-1944

A private-label Stitzel-Weller bourbon bottled for a grocer in Kansas City.

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Bonded Beam, pint, 1941-1945

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Old Crow Bonded Bourbon, 4/5qt, 1941-1946

Photos courtesy of Kurt Suda

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I.W. Harper Bottled in Bond 5yr, 1941-1946

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Old Taylor Bonded, 4/5qt, 1947

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Old Fitzgerald Bonded, 4/5qt, 1940-1947

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Stuart’s Rare Old Brand Bonded Whiskey, 1939-1947

Note that this bottle, while bottled-in-bond, is a whiskey and not specifically a bourbon. The label notes “Colored and Flavored with Wood Chips” and “This whiskey stored 8 years in used cooperage.”

Photos courtesy of Randall Borkus

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Very Old Fitzgerald 8yr, 1941-1949

This is the earliest Very Old Fitzgerald I’ve seen. I’d be interested to hear from anyone who has seen an earlier one.

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Glenmore Kentucky Tavern Bonded Decanter, 4/5qt, 1949

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Rare Old Fitzgerald, 1950

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Old Fitzgerald Bonded Diamond Decanter, 1947-1951

Photos courtesy of Tyler Fabian

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I.W. Harper Bonded Decanter, 1946-1951

Photos courtesy of Josh Pippy

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21 Brands Bonded, Old Joe Distillery, 1945-1952

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Old Forester Bonded Decanter, 1948-1952

Photos courtesy of Don Wallace

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Rare Old Fitzgerald, Bonded 1947-1952

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Old Fitzgerald Bonded Decanter, 1948-1954

Photos courtesy of Tyler Fabian

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Old Fitzgerald Bonded 6yr, 4/5qt, 1948-1955

Photos courtesy of Tyler Fabian

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Hotel Muehlebach 13 Year Bourbon, 13yr 100pf, ~1955

This is essentially a 13yr Very Old Fitzgerald bottled by Stitzel Weller for Hotel Muehlebach in Kansas City, MO.

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Masterpiece Bonded 8yr, 4/5qt, 1947-1955

A private-label Stitzel-Weller bourbon bottled for a grocer in Kansas City.

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Old Forester Sputnik Decanter, Bonded, 4/5qt, 1952-1957

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Very Old Fitzgerald 8yr, 1950-1958

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Very Old Fitzgerald 8yr, 1950-1958, Half Pint

Shown in the last photo with its big brother from the same year

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Old Taylor Bonded, 4/5qt, 1954-1958

Photos courtesy of John K.

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Old Fitzgerald Bonded, Half Pint, 1953-1959

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I.W. Harper Bonded Hewitt Decanter, 4/5qt, 1954-1959

Photos courtesy of mimmotron.

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Old Fitzgerald Bonded 6yr, Pint, 1953-1959

Photos courtesy of Brian Lovejoy

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I.W. Harper Bottled in Bond Decanter, 4/5qt, 1955-1960

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Very Old Fitzgerald 10yr, 1950-1960

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Old Fitzgerald Bonded, Half Gallon, 1954-1960

Photos courtesy of Tyler Fabian

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Very Old Fitzgerald 8yr, 1952-1960

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Old Overholt Pennsylvania Bonded 8yr Rye, 4/5 qt, 1951-1960

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Old Forester Bonded Decanter, 4/5qt, 1956-1961

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Old Grand Dad Bonded, Pint, 1957-1961

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Old Grand Dad Bonded Decanter, 4/5qt, 1961

Photos courtesy of Jason Girard

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Very Old Fitzgerald 10yr, 1951-1961

Photos courtesy of Ted Doggett.

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I.W. Harper Bottled In Bond, 1/2 gal, 1957-1962

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Old Grand Dad Bonded Decanter, 4/5qt,1958-1962

Photos courtesy of Jason Girard

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Old Fitzgerald Fleur-de-Lis Bonded Decanter, 4/5qt, 1956-1962

Photos courtesy of Jason Girard

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Old Forester Bonded Decanter, 4/5qt, 1957-1963

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Old Fitzgerald Tournament Decanter, 4/5qt, 1957-1963

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Yellowstone Bottled in Bond, Pint, 1963

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Old Fitzgerald Tournament Decanter, 4/5qt, 1956-1963

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Very Old Fitzgerald 8yr, 1955-1963

Photos courtesy of Ted Doggett.

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Old Forester Bonded Decanter, 4/5qt, 1958-1964

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I.W. Harper Bottled In Bond, 4/5qt, 1959-1964

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Old Fitzgerald Bonded 6yr, 4/5qt, 1958-1964

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Very Very Old Fitzgerald 12yr, 1952-1964

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Weller Special Reserve 8yr Bonded, 1956-1964

An excellent example of a bottle that is rarely seen these days. Photos courtesy of Eli Spitzner.

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Very Xtra Old Fitzgerald 10yr, 4/5qt, 1954-1964

Photos courtesy of Brian Lovejoy

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Old Fitzgerald “Tree of Life” Bonded Decanter, 1958-1964

Photos courtesy of Darren McGowen

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Very Very Old Fitzgerald 12yr, 1953-1965

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Very Very Old Fitzgerald 14yr, 1951-1965

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Very Old Fitzgerald 8yr, 1957-1965

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Very Xtra Old Fitzgerald 10yr, 4/5qt, 1955-1965

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Old Crow Bonded, 1960-1965

Photos courtesy of Brian S. Mason

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Very Very Old Fitzgerald 12yr, 1954-1966

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Weller Special Reserve Bonded 8yr, 1958-1966

Photos courtesy of Daniel Cowell

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Old Fitzgerald 7yr Bonded, 4/5qt, 1959-1966

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Very Very Old Fitzgerald 15yr, 1951-1966

Photos courtesy of Ted Doggett.

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Very Xtra Old Fitzgerald 10yr, 1957-1967

The 10-year old version was called Very Xtra Old Fitzgerald. This one came in the nice gift box, which stained the label red over the decades. I’ve been told the gift boxes were a separate purchase from the bottle, which is it seems random as to why some bottles have them and others don’t.

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Geeting & Fromm Kentucky Nectar, Bonded, 1957-1967

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Old Fitzgerald Bonded 6yr, 1961-1967

Photos courtesy of MaltMartin.

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Very Xtra Old Fitzgerald 10yr, 1958-1968

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Double Springs Bonded 6yr, 4/5qt, 1968

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Old Forester Bonded Decanter, 1963-1968

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Very Old Fitzgerald 8yr, 1960-1968, Half Pint

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Old Fitzgerald Colonial Decanter, Bonded, 4/5qt, 1963-1969

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Old Forester Bonded Decanter, 4/5qt, 1964-1969

The 1969 was the last Holiday Decanter produced by Old Forester. It was designed by industrial art icon Raymond Loewy.

Most of the Old Forester decanters had hollow caps, so if the bottle was inverted the caps would fill with whiskey, as you can see in the last pic here.

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Old Fitzgerald “Blarney Bottle” Bonded Decanter, 7yr, 1964-1970

Photos courtesy of Ted Doggett.

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Old Fitzgerald “Old Ironsides” Decanter, Bonded, 4/5qt, 1965-1971

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Very Very Old Fitzgerald 15yr, 1956-1971

This is one of the rare Very Very Old Fitzgeralds that’s older than 12 years. I’ve seen some 14, 15, and 18 year bottles, but they were usually bottles done for special clients. A few of them were even bottled at 121 proof, although this one is a 100 proof bonded version.

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Old Fitzgerald Bonded, Pint, 1965-1971

Photos courtesy of Daniel Cowell

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Old Grand Dad Bonded, Quart, 1966-1971

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Very Old Fitzgerald 8yr 1/2 Pint, 1963-1971

Photos courtesy of Ted Doggett.

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Medley Mellow Corn Bonded, 4/5qt, 1973

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Old Fitzgerald Bonded Half Gallon, 1967-1973

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Old Fitzgerald Hospitality Decanter, Bonded, 1966-1973

Photos courtesy of Kurt Suda

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Very Old Fitzgerald, 8yr, 1965-1973

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Very Very Old Fitzgerald 12yr, 1963-1975

This Very Very Old Fitzgerald was bottled in 1975. Notice that the distillery is listed as “Old Fitzgerald” instead of Stitzel-Weller. This change came along in 1972 after the sale of the company by the Van Winkle family. Also, this bottle has a screw cap instead of a cork.

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Dowling Collector’s Item 14yr Bonded, 1971-1975

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