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News of a distillery on fire captures the attention, in a twisted kind of way. Imagining the sounds of buckling metal and exploding casks, or the smells of 700,000 gallons of burning whisky tends to bring out the rubbernecker in all of us. This seems to be the case when North of Scotland Distillery in Aberdeen went up in flames, and there seems to have been money in it.  


The postmark tells us that Miss Williamson of Auchterless was sent her photographic proof just two days after the night of the fire, so the photographer, printer and retailer clearly saw opportunity in disaster.   There is a second view of the tragedy, which was sent to Chesterfield just a week later.   Furthermore, a beautiful image of a steam fire engine also was produced (one hopes this was taken after the fire was under control). It reminds us that the mechanical elements of the distilleries would have been driven by coal, flame, and steam, with all the accompanying fire hazards that would have brought.   In these postcards this unfortunate distillery is named North of Scotland, but it was also referred to as Bon Accord Distillery in the records. The losses listed would have been approximately twice its annual production capacity, but this was not even the worst recorded in its history. It closed forever in 1913.   A distillery or warehouse on fire is not uncommon, viewed in the slow timescale of the whisky industry. Wild Turkey in 2000, Heaven Hill in 1996, Talisker Distillery and Glasgow's Cheapside in 1960 or Banff Distillery in 1877, 1941 and 1991. We roll our eyes when tour guides tell us not to use cameras in the stillhouse, but when your job is to produce highly flammable liquids and store them for long periods of time, then over-cautiousness is a sensible state of being.
Taking a slight departure in our series of whisky artefacts let's look at the marketing of the most popular whisky mixer at the turn of the last century.  

Most whisky books will tell you the success of Scotch whisky in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century was largely built on the mixed drink, whisky and soda. There is little time in such histories to tell the tale of the brands of soda that shared the highball glasses with the malts and blends of the day. Here are two, who tied their marketing specifically to whisky: Rosbach and Apollinaris.   [caption id="attachment_305" align="aligncenter" width="840"]Rosbach and Whisky article Rosbach Advert, Illustrated London News October 14th 1893[/caption] Rosbach Advert This promotion from a sparkling German water offers a free small bottle of John Walker & Sons Kilmarnock Highland Whisky with a case of their table water. The amusing testament from an anonymous doctor could come right from the pages of P G Woodhouse.     [caption id="attachment_306" align="aligncenter" width="840"]Apollinaris table water advert Apollinaris Advert, theatre program (dated between 1901-1910)[/caption] Apollinaris Advert This naturally carbonated German water claims to not only improve the flavour of the oldest spirit, mitigate the ill effects or poor taste of younger whisky, and aid digestion generally. Although, we do note that the same publication advertises Madame Dowding’s corsets as a certain cure for stooping, indigestion and obesity.

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