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Object Name Bottle
Catalog Number 2006.36
Maker Old Pogue Distillery
Date ca. 2004
Material(s) glass; cork; paper; wood; plastic; bourbon;
Dimensions H-10.5 W-5 D-2 inches
Description This is a bottle of Old Pogue Master Select bourbon. It is a molded clear glass bottle that is embossed. The label is printed on the glass in white. It has a clear plastic label on the back with a bar code and government warning. It is signed on the front by Henry E. Pogue IV, Henry E. Pogue V, and Jack Pogue, Sr. in white. The bottle stopper is made of wood and cork. There is a paper seal over the stopper inscribed with the batch and bottle number.
Notes On February 6, 1876 H.E. Pogue, a distiller for the O.H.P. Thomas company, purchased an old coal oil property on the Maysville, Mason County, Kentucky city limits as well as the rights to O.H.P. Thomas and established the H.E. Pogue Distillery. Pogue's whiskies soon became very popular and known for their superior quality. Early brand names from the distillery included "Old Time" Sour Mash Pure Copper Whisky, "Old Maysville Club" Rye Whisky, "Royal Club" wheat whisky, and "Old Pogue" Bourbon Whisky. The Old Pogue brand was featured in a 1909 painting by Charles M. Russell called "In Without Knocking" where a bottle is in the street and a case is on the steps of the saloon. H.E. Pogue died November 1, 1890 in a distillery accident and his son H.E. Pogue II ran the distillery until 1918. H.E. Pogue III worked in the distillery until he enlisted in the US Navy in 1917 at age 23. While in the Navy H.E. Pogue III learned that his father had been killed in a distillery accident (1918) and returned home. One year later in 1919 the Eighteenth Amendment to the US Constitution was ratified and the Prohibition Era bagan. During the 1920s Pogue sold limited quantities of whisky for medicinal pourposes under the "Old Jordan" brand and sold whisky through Cincinnati pharmicist George Remus. During this period H.E. Pogue also purchased the Greendale Distillery in Lawrenceburg, Indiana and the New England Distilling Company of Covington, KY. On August 26, 1926 the Pogue Distillery ended operations as a bonded whisky storage warehouse for the government and sent the last barrel of whisky to Louisville. After Prohibition ended, H.E. Pogue served as a consultant to various companies and individuals interested in starting distilleries after prohibition. In 1935 the H.E. Pogue Distillery was sold to Rose of Chicago and that company resumed production of the brand. In 1942 Rose sold the company to Schenley who operated the distillery during WWII for defense pourposes. In 2004 the fourth and fifth generations of the family unvailed the "Old Pogue Master's Select" from the Old Pogue Distillery in Bardstown, KY.
Collection Henry Pogue Collection
People Old Pogue Distillery
Henry Pogue
Subjects Distilleries
Alcoholic beverage industry
Alcoholic beverages
Search Terms Distilleries
Distilling industries
Distilling Industry
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS