Rathaus Brombeer Blackberry Brandy ; Liquor bottle from Harry Hoffman Liquor
Empty, clear glass liquor bottle from Harry Hoffman's liquor store, located at 18th and Glenarm. The bottle held Rathaus Brombeer blackberry brandy. The brandy was made and bottled by Marmot Kellerei, and imported from Zurich, Switzerland. Multiple paper labels cover the front of the bottle. There is a single paper label on back. A red wax seal on the top front of bottle has a coat of arms and surrounding design pressed in center. A cork and red plastic cap enclose the bottle. The cork is broken; the bottom of it still stuck in the neck of the bottle. The broken top of cork adhered to red plastic cap is no longer attached. The interior corners of the bottle have dried remnants of the brandy it once held.
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Information taken from transcribed History Colorado oral history, 1975 (interviewer, David McComb):
Harry Hoffman was the most famous liquor dealer in Colorado for over forty years. According to Hoffman a reporter wrote, "The three most important things to see in Colorado are Pike's Peak, the Mint, and Harry Hoffman's." Located in downtown Denver, he was noted for his variety of stock and low prices. In the interview, he spoke of the growth of his business, his fight with Fair Trade laws, his treatment of customers, and the habits of Coloradans in general.
Hoffman was born on November 8, 1908 in Denver, Colorado. Due to his mother's illness, Hoffman dropped out of high school (East Denver High School) to help his father in his grocery store. Hoffman did not have any experience selling liquor before establishing his store, but gained retail sales experience through a variety of different merchandise markets. Hoffman opened his first store in 1937 on the corner of 18th and Curtis Street. He was often found himself in trouble for selling his products at such a low price. Hoffman even went to court on several occasions (Hoffman won every time) because his sales practicing contradicted the Fair Trade Act. The store eventually moved to 18th and Glenarm Place in April, 1960. Hoffman passed away in 1988 at the age of 79.
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