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#1 MikeandJack

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Posted 21 December 2008 - 10:56 PM

Joe Fanning is a retired executive from Jack Daniel Distillery. He started work at the Distillery on May 16, 1966 and retired on December 31, 1999. When he retired, he was Vice-President of Jack Daniel Distillery and Director of Operations. He followed in his father's footsteps. His father, W. C. "Bill" Fanning, worked over 20 years at the Distillery for Mr. Reagor Motlow. Joe is also the nephew of Herb Fanning (the man playing checkers in front of the Lynchburg Hardware and General Store).

Most of Joe's career at the Distillery was spent as the Bottling Plant Superintendent and Vice-President of Production. He was only the 3rd Bottling House Superintendent, following Jimmy Rolen and Jim Lincoln. He was over Warehousing, Bottling, Shipping, and Processing.

Needless to say, Joe knows about every bottle that went through the Distillery from 1966-1999. I had the privilege of visiting Joe's home recently to chat with him about Jack Daniel's Distillery and learn about some of the bottles we all collect. His knowledge of Jack Daniel's bottles is second to none. Joe says he does not collect, but has acquired a few things during his 33 years at the Distillery. He was gracious enough to let me take some pictures. As you will see, some of this is incredible.

Let's start with the Joe Fanning bottle. When he retired in 1999, the Distillery made a special bottle for his retirement. They were all empty when presented to him. He had four of them filled and sealed before he left. They even made a special label to put on a couple of them. Joe thinks only 12 of these bottles were made, and he has 8 of them. Here are some pictures:

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Posted 21 December 2008 - 10:59 PM

More pictures of the Joe Fanning bottle.

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Posted 21 December 2008 - 11:09 PM

Next is the Recollection Jug. This jug was made to commerate Jack Daniel's 150th birthday. The jugs were made in Brazil. Only approximately 25 samples were made. When the Distillery got them, they could not be accurately filled, except by hand. This was too much trouble, so the jugs were discarded. These jugs were never filled, shipped, or produced on the bottling line. As you all know, the Distillery decided to produce the 150th Birthday bottle that we all now collect. These jugs are very rare.

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Posted 21 December 2008 - 11:13 PM

The 5 million case mini. Joe says 500-1,000 of these were made. One was given to every employee and special friends.

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Posted 21 December 2008 - 11:16 PM

Joe and his Lem Motlow Apple Brandy bottle. Full and sealed....the angels have taken their small share from the bottle.

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Posted 21 December 2008 - 11:18 PM

Joe's Master Taster Decoy.

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Posted 21 December 2008 - 11:23 PM

I have one of the embossed bottles in my collection.
Any chance of getting a label for me from him? ;)/>

Happy Holidays.
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Posted 21 December 2008 - 11:25 PM

An authentic bottle mold presented to Joe by Anchor Hocking Corp. This company made many of the Jack Daniel bottles. This mold weighs well over 50 lbs. VERY HEAVY!!

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Posted 21 December 2008 - 11:27 PM

Original walnut, wooden mold of 1.5 liter Belle of Lincoln bottle. One of a kind.

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Posted 21 December 2008 - 11:30 PM

Nice 1/2 gallon Black Label. Full and sealed. Joe said if he would have know they were not going to make any more of these than they did, he would have saved more. Not very many made, and were very popular.

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Posted 21 December 2008 - 11:33 PM

thanks mike
i feel like a eager young kid at school and we are at storybook hour. love this, much better than the crap on tv!!

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Posted 21 December 2008 - 11:39 PM

Joe has the first bottle that came off the bottling line of EVERY commentrative decanter made. I am not saying a bottle from the first batch made, they are the FIRST bottles ever made. He has the first one from the 1971 Gold Medal through the Barrelhouse, 1895's, and Bicentennials. When the 1971 Maxwell House came off the line, he got it, and Johnny Brown took his picture. Here is the very first Maxwell House ever made. This is incredible.

65,000 cases were made of these (6 bottles per case).

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Posted 21 December 2008 - 11:42 PM

The very first Gold Medal made in 1971. These were not very good sellers because they were too tall to sit on people's shelves. 2,800 cases were made (6 bottles per case).

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Posted 21 December 2008 - 11:48 PM

Joe says these are very rare. It is the 1/2 pint square bottles. Only 2500 cases were made and all were shipped to Mississippi.

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Posted 22 December 2008 - 12:32 AM

[face=Courier]WOW ~ ! [/face]

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Posted 22 December 2008 - 12:37 AM

:wow/> bet your jaw dropped to the floor mike, thank you for the pic and all the history






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Posted 22 December 2008 - 12:39 AM

amazing information again as allways from Mike and Jack

this is valuable information , is it possible to get more info on all the commemmoritve decanters i find this infomation very helpfull

and the half pint well i am lucky enough to have a full sealed one (thx Jamie)

it is even more special to know 2500 cases x 12 bottles a case? 30,000 bottles over 3 years i think?? all in a small area
less drank and thrown aways one mighty rare bottle indeed

this bottle info is a treasure to have thx again guys

merry xmas
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Posted 22 December 2008 - 12:40 AM

That is amazing. Some unbelieveable items there.

Thanks for the chance to see some Mike, pass our our regards :)/>

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Posted 22 December 2008 - 12:45 AM

WOW - fantastic pictures and information - LOVE that Belle mold :o/>

Thanks Mike and of course Joe for sharing all this with us ;)/>


...... and Joe say he doesn't collect ::)/> ..... first of each commemorative decanters, Lem brandy, Belle mold, half gallon, half pint ...... imagine what he'd have if he DID collect :o/>

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Posted 22 December 2008 - 01:06 AM

amazing information again as allways from Mike and Jack

this is valuable information , is it possible to get more info on all the commemmoritve decanters i find this infomation very helpfull

and the half pint well i am lucky enough to have a full sealed one (thx Jamie)

it is even more special to know 2500 cases x 12 bottles a case? 30,000 bottles over 3 years i think?? all in a small area
less drank and thrown aways one mighty rare bottle indeed

this bottle info is a treasure to have thx again guys

merry xmas
graheme


Graheme:
These 1/2 pint bottles were boxed 48 per case. Sorry I did not say that in the original post.




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