Collections

Here’s a photo of an A. Carbone & Co. delivery van taken at Denver’s Civic Center Park. Photo is originally from Denver’s Roach Photos, closed last year.

A Carbone & Co. Delivery Van, circa 1940s A Carbone & Co. Delivery Van, circa 1940s

A Carbone & Co. delivery van, circa 1940s. The van is likely a mid-1940s International Harvester. A copy of this photo can be seen on a wall of Gaetano’s Italian-style restaurant on 38th Ave in Denver.

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Here’s a Carbone Wine cooler/dispenser, circa 1950s. I’m going to say that the dispenser came from the basement bar of the house on 17th and Hudson, and before that, from the Tasting Room of the Carbone Warehouse on Wazee. And … that the very cool, little, L-shaped bar with it’s four backless, red-Vinyl stools (sorry no photo) also came from the tasting room at the Carbone warehouse on Wazee.

There’s a partition in the center of the ceramic container for the beverage and a three or four-inch space around the partition for ice. One of the spigots (center white metal?) delivers the beverage, the other is for draining ice-water. I’m guessing a wine punch from the Carbone Recipe Book was a favorite. I’ll post a photo of the recipe book, and the recipes as soon as possible. Thanks Krissy for the photo, the dispenser is now in her collection.

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Here are more photos: a Carbone Wine Matchbook and a Carbone California Burgundy Wine Bottle – both circa 1950s, probably.

Carbone Wine Matchbook

Carbone Wine matchbook

Carbone Wine Matchbook, rear

Carbone Wine Matchbook, rear

Carbone California Burgundy Wine Bottle

Carbone California Burgundy Wine Bottle

Carbone California Burgundy Wine Bottle

The Carbones are searching for Carbone Wine bottles so that we may pass on little pieces of our heritage to our children. We have found many bottles in unlikely places. This bottle (below) was found and donated to the family by firefighter Mike Thayer. Mike and his fuels crew of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office were doing fire mitigation when they stumbled upon the bottle buried in the dirt near an old cabin. We are grateful to Mike for his efforts in tracing it to this blog and for his generous donation. We and our children thank you!

This bottle (below) was found and donated to the family by firefighter Mike Thayer

This bottle was found and donated to the family by fire fighter Mike Thayer

Thanks to master gardener Dawn Anderson for finding this bottle in a stream running through Botanic Gardens at Chatfield in Jefferson County. She almost recycled it, then saw how special it was and decided to google our name! Thanks Dawn for contacting us.

Thanks to master gardener Dawn Anderson for finding this bottle in a stream running through Botanic Gardens at Chatfield in Jefferson County.

If you should happen upon a bottle – very distinctive with the name Carbone Wines embossed in the glass – we would gratefully appreciate your contacting us. Send mail to addresses on ABOUT page, please.

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Latest Acquisition:

April 20, 2017

Krissy’s husband, Greg Nauretz, bought this bottle online several months ago. He got the bottle at the same time he acquired the California White Port Wine Bottle, bottled by A Carbone & Co. Inc. for Davis Brothers Drug Co. under their DB Hillside Brand label (below.) The bottles were in Cheyenne, Wyoming. The Wyoming reference is relevant since – according to Claudia’s research/story – grandfather Carbone first settled in Wyoming. In fact, the bottle is most probably *pre-prohibition. Thanks, Greg for bringing this to our attention.

This is most probably the oldest bottle we have. The bottle itself is brown glass; the label, I want to say, is very simply designed – much more so than our other bottles. The “shield” is different and it was placed below the “CARBONE BRAND” lettering. There is no tax stamp, just a printed phrase on the label “REFILLED FROM A TAX PAID PACKAGE.” There are no references to COLORADO WINES or BONDED WINERY NO. ONE. The only embossment in the glass, are the words “ONE QUART.”

Carbone Wine Muscatel Bottle – *Pre-Prohibition

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’50s era Carbone Wine Quart Bottle with Muscatel label, screw-cap and foil capsule generously donated by the lovely Bain Family of Lakewood, Colorado.

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’50s era Carbone Wine Quart Bottle’s 6-cent Revenue Liquor Stamp and foil capsule. The bottle was donated by the Bain Family of Lakewood, Colorado.

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Although we can’t be certain of the date of the stamp, we know that Colorado Secretary of State, Geo. J. Baker was in office 1949-1953 so it’s most probably from ’49 through ’53.

Thank you Bain Family from Lakewood, CO. FYI Mr. Bain mentioned – and I hope I get this right – that his grandfather was in charge of moving the trains around The Denargo Market which was the location of  A Carbone & Co Inc.

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Previous Acquisitions

California White Port Wine Bottle, bottled by A Carbone & Co. Inc. for Davis Brothers Drug Co. under their DB Hillside Brand label, photo enhanced.

DB HILLSIDE BRAND California White Port Wine

DB HILLSIDE BRAND
California White Port Wine “Bottled Expressly for Davis Brothers Drug Co. in Denver, Colorado”

This very unusual quart-bottle of California White Port Wine, which was bottled by A Carbone & Co. Inc. for Davis Brothers Drug Co. under The DB Hillside Brand label, is part of Krissy and Greg’s collection, thanks Krissy and Greg. I found an online ad for Davis Brothers Drug Co. from 1916, which was at 1401 Lawrence(?) Denver, Colorado.

Spratlen-Anderson Wholesale Grocery Company–Davis Brothers Warehouse – Denver, CO. “The Spratlen Mercantile Warehouse was purchased in 1923 by the Davis Brothers Drug Company. Davis moved to Denver from Rawlings, Wyoming and purchased the firm in 1901. He died tragically in a railroad crash in 1909, but his sons and grandsons went on to build Davis Brothers into a large wholesale drug firm.” Visit the link (above) for more information.

Here’s another link for the Edbrooke Lofts

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Here’s another bottle from Krissy and Greg’s collection: a Carbone Tokay Wine Gallon Jug with a Louie Greenwald Label. Apparently Louie Greenwald’s Liquor Store was in the huge Home Public Market Building at the corner of Fourteenth and California Streets, filling 78,000 square feet of space with 70 vendors. Here are more pics: (Home Public Market in Denver, Colo. circa 1930-1940Louie Greenwald’s sold this bottle in the Liquor Store. 

“Founder of Mattel Toy Company – Ruth Handler – grew up in Denver, lived with her sister and brother-in-law (Sarah and Louie Greenwald) and worked in the Greenwald Soda Fountain during her high school years in the 1930s.”

Carbone Tokay Wine Gallon Jug with Louie Greenwald Label and three, six-cent tax-stamps from 1940

Carbone Tokay Wine Gallon Jug with Louie Greenwald Label

A Carbone & Co’s Carbone Tokay Wine Gallon Jug with the Louie Greenwald Label was bottled at the warehouse/bottling room in Denver. Here’s a close up of the Louie Greenwald Label. “My Shirt for My Friends if they need it,” photo enhanced.

Carbone Wine with Louie Greenwald Label

Carbone Wine with Louie Greenwald Label

Louie Greenwald’s “A Union Liquor Store.”

Italian Swiss Colony wine from the “Italian Swiss Colony Winery located in Asti in the Alexander Valley (Sonoma County)” was “shipped out in bulk—the standard method was by 8,000-gallon rail tank car—to bottlers across the country.”

A Carbone & Co. Inc. bottled that wine at the Carbone warehouse bottling-facility, the first in Denver.

Carbone Wine / Italian Swiss Colony Label

Carbone Wine / Italian Swiss Colony Label

This label is affixed to the rear of the Tokay bottle (above.)

FYI  “New Buyer Found (1987) for Old Italian Swiss Colony Winery.”

And last but not least for this series, three Six-Cent Tax Stamps dated Nov. 27, 1940.

Carbone Wine; 3 Six-Cent Tax Stamps dated Nov. 27, 1940

Affixed to the back-side of the Carbone Wine Tokay Gallon-Jug,  3 Six-Cent Tax Stamps dated Nov. 27, 1940

These 6-cent liquor-stamps were “signed” by the Secretary of State. According to the Jack Daniels Collectors Page, Colorado’s Secretary of State in 1940 was George E. Saunders (1935-1941.) Apparently a one-gallon-jug required 18-cents worth of tax stamps; we have quart bottles with a single six-cent stamp.


“The following Carbone Wine Bottles are from Paul Weingardt, a collector who generously donated them”

Wine bottles from the 50s.

Carbone Wine Bottles

Carbone Wine Bottles

Note the “49” written in pencil on the Muscatel label (right) referring to the 1950s price. A 6-cent tax stamp is attached to the Port bottle.

Carbone Wine Muscatel Label

Carbone Wine Muscatel Label


Carbone Wine Muscatel Label

Carbone Wine Muscatel Label with “49” (1950s price) marked in pencil.

These Carbone Wine Bottles are from Paul Weingardt, a collector who generously donated them.

“I grew up in Denver in the 50’s and 60’s. My brother-in-law had a liquor store [16th Street Liquors] near 16th & Larimer, back in the 50’s. I used to hang out around there and watched Andy bag up many bottles of Carbone’s wine. Over the years, I acquired and hung on to a couple Carbone’s bottles. Both have the labels and Bakelite caps. One even has the 6 cent tax stamp. The only way I would turn loose of these bottles is if they went to a place where they would be appreciated. The Carbone Family sounds good enough for me.”

Carbone Port Wine Bottle

Carbone Port Wine Bottle

Carbone Wine Tax Stamp

Carbone Wine Tax Stamp
“Signed by” Walter F. Morrison, Colorado Secretary of State 1941-1949

More about this donator, Paul:
“I was named after my ‘Uncle’ Paul Weingardt. He was a well known music store owner and musician in the Denver area. He and his band not only played extensively in the R M region, but made and sold many recordings. I started playing with his group when I was 15 Y O . One of my favorite remembrances of the band was playing for the Smaldone family weddings. They were usually held at the D X Hall on West 38th. Boy, could those Smaldone women Cook !”

Paul is scaling down his “Collection business” (collectibles,) “it’s more of a ‘hobby’ these days.”

He has a meticulous garage full of signs, automotive collectibles such as a mid-50s, Cadillac steering-wheel, restaurant glassware and menus, and much more. Paul can be reached at: 303-794-7799

In the 50s A Carbone & Co Inc. was run by three of A Carbone’s sons: John, Arturo and Americo, and two daughters, Caroline and Milly.

Collections Page photography and story by William Carbone

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