Photo libraries, in ascending order by bottling year

Weller Special Reserve Bonded, 1936-1943

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

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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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Rare Old Fitzgerald, 1950

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Old Fitzgerald Bonded Diamond Decanter, 1947-1951

Photos courtesy of Tyler Fabian

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Old Weller Original 5yr 106pf, 4/5qt – 1951

Photos courtesy of Brian Lovejoy

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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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Club Bourbon 7yr, 93pf, Stitzel Weller, 4/5qt, 1954

Bottled for the Pacific-Union Club on Nob Hill in San Franciso.
Photos courtesy of Thomas Oakes

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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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Very Old Fitzgerald 8yr, 1950-1958

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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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Cabin Still 5yr, 91pf, 4/5qt, 1958

Photos courtesy of Randall Borkus

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Old Fitzgerald Bonded, Half Pint, 1953-1959

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Old Fitzgerald Bonded 6yr, Pint, 1953-1959

Photos courtesy of Brian Lovejoy

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Very Old Fitzgerald 10yr, 1950-1960

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Old Fitzgerald Bonded 86pf Export, 1960

Although bottles sold in the US that were labeled as bonded had to be 100 proof, that wasn’t the case for bottles sold in other countries.

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Old Fitzgerald Bonded, Half Gallon, 1954-1960

Photos courtesy of Tyler Fabian

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Old Fitzgerald 6yr Bonded Decanter, 4/5qt, 1954-1960

This is the same bottle featured in this great video on the design process of a decanter.
Photos courtesy of Jason Girard.

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Very Old Fitzgerald 8yr, 1952-1960

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Very Old Fitzgerald 12yr, 1949-1961

This is an early 12-year. At this point they hadn’t made the distinction between Very Old, Very Xtra Old, and Very Very old Fitzgerald. The earliest 12-year I’ve seen was a 1948-1960, one year before this bottle. Also, note the red tax strip. Even though this bottle is 100 proof, it couldn’t be marked as bonded because the bottled-in-bond period maxed out at 8 years until the law was changed in 1962.

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Very Old Fitzgerald 10yr, 1951-1961

Photos courtesy of Ted Doggett.

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Very Old Fitzgerald 12yr, 1950-1962

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

Photos courtesy of Jason Girard

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Weller Antique Reserve 10yr 110pf, 1962

Photos courtesy of Zac Pencikowski

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Weller Antique Reserve 10yr 110pf, 1962 – Leo “Roundy” Coughlin

Labeled for “Roundy” Coughlin, a noted Wisconsin sports journalist from the 1940s-1960s.

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

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

Photos courtesy of Jason Girard.

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Old Weller Original 7yr 107pf, 4/5qt – 1964

Photos courtesy of Brian Lovejoy

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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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Cabin Still 90pf, 4/5qt, 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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Very Very Old Fitzgerald 12yr, 1954-1966

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Weller Special Reserve Half Pint “Pony Bottle”, 1966

Images courtesy of Kurt Suda

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Rebel Yell Mississippi Repeal Commemorative, quart, 1966

A special bottling to commemorate the repeal of Prohibition in the state of Mississippi in 1966. Reportedly there were only 200 bottles released, and very few remaining intact. Mississippi was the last state to repeal Prohibition. This bottling was part of the first subsequent bourbon release.

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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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Very Very Old Fitzgerald 12yr 86pf Export, 1955-1967

Photos submitted by Zac Pencikowski

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Old Fitzgerald Bonded 6yr, 1961-1967

Photos courtesy of MaltMartin.

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Old Elk Straight Bourbon 4yr 101pf, 4/5qt, ~1967

This bottle is interesting in that it states it was distilled “for” Stitzel Weller, so presumably distilled elsewhere.
Photos courtesy of Justin Thompson.

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Very Xtra Old Fitzgerald 10yr, 1958-1968

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Old Fitzgerald Prime 7yr 86.8pf, Half Gallon, 1966-1971 era

Photos courtesy of Daniel Cowell

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

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Old Fitzgerald Prime “Lexington” Decanter, 8yr 86.8pf, 4/5qt ~1968

Photos courtesy of mimmotron.

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Weller Antique Reserve 10yr 110pf, 1967

Photos courtesy of Josh C.

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

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Very Very Old Fitzgerald 18yr, 1951-1969

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Old Weller Original 7yr 107pf, 4/5qt – 1969

Photos courtesy of Brian Lovejoy

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Very Very Old Fitzgerald 18yr 121pf “Blackhawk” 1951-1969

Perhaps the very rarest Very Old Fitzgerald bottling, this was bottled at barrel proof and 18 years old especially for the Wirtz family of Chicago. The Wirtzes owned (and still do) the Chicago Blackhawks and also run the largest liquor distribution company in the area.

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Cabin Still Sportsman’s Collection Decanter, 90pf 4/5qt, ~1969

Photos courtesy of mimmotron

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Weller Special Reserve 6yr, 4/5qt, 1970

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Old Weller Original 7yr 107pf, pint, ~1970

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Old Fitzgerald 1849, 90.4pf, 1970-71

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Old Fitzgerald Prime 7yr, Quart, 1970

Photos courtesy of Tyler Fabian

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Rebel Yell 6yr 90pf, Half Gallon, ~1970

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

Photos courtesy of Ted Doggett.

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Old Fitzgerald Prime, 7yr 86pf, Half Gallon ~1970

Photos courtesy of Gary Crakes

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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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Weller Special Reserve 90pf, 1/2 pint, ~1971

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

Photos courtesy of Ted Doggett.

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Weller’s Cabin Still 5yr 86pf ~1971

This early version was distilled by Stitzel Weller, before having the Cabin Still brand contract distilled elsewhere.

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Old Fitzgerald 1849 10yr, 1972

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Old Weller Original 107pf, 1972

Note the image of Pappy on the label, and below him the plaque at Stitzel-Weller reading “But always fine bourbon.”

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Weller Antique Reserve 110pf, 4/5qt, 1972

Inside the box, this bottle came wrapped in a faux “newspaper” featuring a Weller ad.

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Old Fitzgerald 1849 10yr, 90.4pf, 1972

Photos courtesy of Cody Turner

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Old Fitzgerald Bonded Half Gallon, 1967-1973

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Old Weller Original 107pf, 4/5qt, 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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Rebel Yell 90pf, 4/5qt with Drum Box,1973

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Old Weller Original 107pf, 4/5qt – 760ml, 1974

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Old Rip Van Winkle 7yr 107pf Louisville, ~1974

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Old Fitzgerald 6yr 86pf, 1974

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Old Rip Van Winkle 7yr, 107pf, ~1974

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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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Old Fitzgerald Prime 6yr, 86pf, 4/5qt, 1977

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Old Weller Original 107pf, 4/5qt, 1977

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Very Very Old Fitzgerald 12yr, 1965-1978

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Old Fitzgerald 10yr 101pf Decanter, 1978 – Export

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Old Rip Van Winkle 11yr 94.4pf, 1978

This bottle was distilled in 1967, before the sale of Stitzel Weller by the Van Winkle Family, and bottled in 1978 by Julian Van Winkle II.

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Old Fitzgerald 10yr 101pf Decanter, 750ml ~1978

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Old Rip Van Winkle 11yr 94.4pf, 4/5qt, 1978

Note that the bottle was manufactured in 1974 but not filled until 1978. This was common with older-generation Van Winkle bottles. Presumably they would place a large minimum order for bottles and it would take several years to sell through them.

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Very Very Old Fitzgerald 12yr, 1967-1979

Photos courtesy of Eli Spitzner

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Old Weller Original 7yr 107pf, 750ml ~1979

Photos courtesy of Ted Doggett.

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Old Fitzgerald Bonded, 750ml, 1974-1980

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Berghoff 8yr Bonded Bourbon, 1969-1980

Although age stated at 8 years, this is actually 11 years old.

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