An invoice dated 1879 from Mandlebaum clears up two decades old questions. The address on the invoice matches that on the broadside; 312
. But this
invoice is for Nabob Whiskey! And so, Mandlebaum was responsible for both Thistledown
and Nabob. But, check out the fine print on the invoice~ We always assumed that
the product, like most whiskies was available by bottle or in bulk in the form
of hogsheads. Notice though, the reference to flasks? Ones mind whirls with
visions of grandeur when the possibility of a picture flask exists. Look out N.
Grange and J. Moore! Sacramento
Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction. If you recall in the first write-up, I mentioned the movie Deadwood, as being one of my all time favorites. Little did I know that Deadwood would figure prominently into the Thistledew / Nabob saga. By 1886, Manflebaum disappears from the picture and Geo. Simmonds is handling the Nabob product himself out of his place over at
Although Wyatts residency in
was from 1879 - 1881, he or brothers Virgil and Morgan may well have imbibed of
Nabob at one time or another while dealing faro in the Oriental Saloon. Tombstone
To sum it up, Thistledew had two Sole Agents handling the brand consecutively. F. Mandlebaum had the sole agency for the Pacific Coast in 1879, pushing the product hard, along with Simmonds Nabob. But by 1886, Geo Simmonds was handling the Nabob product on it's own. Thistledew had gained popularity in the silver camps of
and was being hyped by a W.O.H. Martin out of Nevada by 1887 . After that point in time, Martin disappears and the Thistledew saga comes to a close. Reno
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