Snyder (WBr) has N.E. & B. K. Block of Cincinnati, OH. also using the "Old Empire" brand.
Morris Salzman ran a bar in Brooklyn in partnership with with Siegelman from around 1895 and they later co-owned the Empire Distillery. They were located at 417 6th Ave from at least 1902 to 1904. Siegelman left the partnership and set up his own business in 1904. By 1906, Morris Salzman & Co. are shown at 248 3rd Ave and stayed there until at least 1915.
The following account is from a great grandson of Morris Salzman: "Morris came to this country from Austria in the late 1800s. He was 16 years old, could speak no English and came alone. He settled in NYC's Lower East Side. By the 1910s he had amassed a small fortune in the liquor business. I have seen a newspaper article saying he stood in the back of a crowded Brooklyn, NY theater where people were buying War Bonds (WW1). People were buying small lots....10's and hundreds of $. He stood and purchased $1,000,000 in US Government War bonds...the crowd gasped in astonishment. That sum was unheard of in that day. He eventually exited the whiskey business due to Prohibition and went into banking, perhaps with his brother Harry.
Thanks also to Antiqco@***.*** for contributing information
The company used the brand names:
"Adirondack Pure Rye", "Bellwood Bourbon", "Empire Pure Rye ", "Old Doctrine Club", "Old Webster Pure Rye", "Pure Old Rye", "Purity Above All", "S. & S. Choice Old Bourbon", "Siegleman Rye", "Sycamore Pure Rye", and "Webster."
Business name timeline:
Salzman & Siegelman (1902-1903), M. Salzman & Co. (1905-1915)
417 6th Ave (1902-1904), 248 3rd Ave (1906-1915)
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