P.J. Collins

Company Names, addresses, dates1:
  Patrick J. Collins, 1300 5th St. NW, Washington DC (1893-1916)

Patrick J. Collins (b.1866, d.1919) came to America from Ireland2.
He bought a Saloon at 1300 5th Street NW, but his business got off to a rocky start. His request for a liquor license was rejected in April 18933. In September of that year, he was taken to court for operating without a liquor license4. There was a law that said no liquor license shall be granted to any place within 400 feet of a church or school house, and the issue was how to actually measure the 400 foot distance - by a straight line, or by the distance you would have to walk along the sidewalk5.
In November 1893, his liquor license was approved6, and he ran his saloon until 1916.


collins2_01 book # 167
This is a 9.2" aqua baltimore-loop top bottle, embossed:
round slugplate: P.J. COLLINS / 1300 5TH ST. N.W. / REGD. / WASHINGTON, D.C.
base: V

1 Boyd's Directory for the District of Columbia (various years)
2 U.S. Census for the year 1900
3 Evening Star (Washington DC) newspaper, April 14 1893, page 10
4 Evening Star (Washington DC) newspaper, September 18 1893, page 5
5 Evening Star (Washington DC) newspaper, October 5 1893, page 9
6 Evening Star (Washington DC) newspaper, November 25 1893, page 2

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