J.F. Herrmann / A.G. Herrmann / Tiger Brand


Company Names, addresses, dates1:
  Frederick Herrmann, 809 2nd street SE (1881-1885)
  Frederick J. Herrmann, 811 2nd street SE (1886)
  Frederick J. Herrmann, 740 10th SE (1887-1888)
  John F. Hermann, 752 10th SE (1890-1891)
  Herrmann Bottling Works, 752 10th SE (1892)
  J.F. Herrmann & Son, 752 10th street SE
  J.F. Herrmann & Son, 10th c I SE (1893)
  J.F. Herrmann & Son, 750-754 10th street SE (1894-1905)
  August G. Herrmann, 750 10th street SE (1906-1907)
  August G. Herrmann, 750-754 10th street SE (1908-1913)
  Herrmann Bottling Works, 750-754 10th street SE (1914-1933)
  Herrmann Ginger Ale Co, 750 10th street SE (1934-1939)
  Tiger Brand, Washington DC

Notes:
John F. Herrmann (b. 1837, d. 1927) also went by the name "Frederick J. Herrmann". The 1870 & 1880 census records listed him as Frederick, whereas subsequent census records listed him as John, but they all say he was born in Germany and had a son name August. There are some bottles embossed with the name "FRED HERRMANN", although I don't yet own one.
    The first city directory entry I see for Herrmann as a bottler is in 1881, however one of the bottles below says "QUALITY SINCE 1874". The Mar 6, 1936 Obituary for A.G. Herrmann in the Washington Post confirms that the company was founded in 1874.
The photo to the left was taken from an old Herrmann family photograph belonging to a Herrmann descendant.
August George Herrmann (b. 1862, d. 1936) was J.F.'s son and successor. His name is sometimes listed as "August" and sometimes as "Augustus". He is the son referenced by the "J.F. HERRMANN & SON" embossing on many of the bottles listed below. He became a partner in 1885 and took over as the sole owner in 19022.
The photo to the left was taken from an old Herrmann family photograph (the same one that the photo of J.F. above was taken from).

    Some Herrmann bottles have a trade mark consisting of a dog, a key, and a safe. I have no idea what that was supposed to mean.
    The bottles with the heart trade-mark have "AGWL" on the botom, and that the "L" appears to be crudely added. This web site claims that "AGWL" was the American Glass Works Limited in Pittsburgh PA, and that they added the "L" about 1880.

    Finally, I have to admit that I have no idea who "S. HERRMANN" is. One of the bottles below is embosed with "S HERRMANN & CO 1897 WASHINGTON DC", but I looked through the 1897 city directory for Washington DC and could not find a Herrmann whose name started with "S". There was a Samuel "Herman", but his name was spelled differently, and his occupation was listed as "clothes", so I don't he's the guy listed on the bottle. That bottle is a mystery to me.

J.F. Herrmann Bottles:

herrmann_01 book # 303
This is a 7.2" aqua hutchinson bottles with a 10-sided base, embossed:
round slugplate: J.F.HERRMANN & SON / 752 10TH ST. S.E. / WASHINGTON D.C.
back: AGWL
herrmann_02 book # 303
These are 7.2" hutchinson bottles with 10-sided bases. The one one the left is aqua, and the one on the right is clear. They'are both embossed:
oval slugplate: J.F.HERRMANN & SON / WASHINGTON / D.C. / REGISTERED
base: J BROS / 57
herrmann_03 book # 304
This is an 8.9" baltimore-loop top bottle embossed:
round slugplate: J.F. HERRMANN & SON / 752 10TH ST. S.E. / WASHINGTON D.C.
herrmann_04 book # 306 & 309
The left bottle is a 9.2" blue-aqua crown top, the one on the right is an 8.7" blue-aqua baltimore loop top. They are identically embossed with:
front: TRADE MARK (picture of heart) / J.F.HERRMANN / & SON / 750 754 10TH ST S.E. / WASHINGTON D.C.
back: THIS BOTTLE / NOT TO / BE SOLD
base: AGWL (the L is either crudely added or poorly deleted)
herrmann_05 book # 307
These are 9" blob top bottles. Left bottle is clear (with original stopper - I know because I dug it out of the ground that way) and embossed:
oval slug plate: J.F.HERRMANN & SON / WASHINGTON / D.C. / REGISTERED
below slug plate: THIS BOTTLE NOT TO BE SOLD
Right bottle is aqua and embossed the same except the letters are in an oval pattern instead of an oval slug plate.
herrmann_09 book # 308
This is a 7.5" aqua crown top, embossed:
above slugplate: REGISTERED
round slugplate: J.F.HERRMANN & SON / WASHINGTON D.C.
rear on heel: THIS BOTTLE / IS NEVER SOLD / B
base: 174
herrmann_14 book # 308
This is an 11.9" crown top bottle embossed:
round slugplate: J.F. HERRMANN & SON / WASHINGTON D.C. / REGISTERED / THIS BOTTLE NOT TO BE SOLD
back: AGW
herrmann_06 book # 308
These are a 9" aqua crown tops embossed:
front shoulder (right bottle only): J.F.H.&S.
rear shoulder: J.F.H.&S.
oval pattern: J.F. HERRMANN & SON / WASHINGTON / D.C. / REGISTERED
heel: THIS BOTTLE NOT TO BE SOLD
base (right bottle only): 962
herrmann_08 book # 308
These are 7.5" crown tops. Left is aqua, right is clear. The left bottle is embossed:
oval pattern: J.F.HERRMANN & SON / WASHINGTON / D.C. / REGISTERED
below pattern: THIS BOTTLE NOT TO BE SOLD
rear shoulder: J. F. H. & S.
The right bottle is embossed:
oval slug plate: J.F.HERRMANN & SON / WASHINGTON / D.C. / REGISTERED
below slugplate: THIS BOTTLE NOT TO BE SOLD
base: 217
herrmann_15 book # 308-a
This bottle is embossed the same as the left bottle above, but it has a label somewhat intact. The label says:
label top edge: NO ALCHOHOL NO PEPPER / MADE FROM PURE GINGER
label center: HERRMANN'S / FAMOUS / (pic of safe/dog/key) / TRADE MARK / GINGER ALE
label bottom edge: LAY BOTTLE ON ICE - DO NOT USE IN GLASS / J-F-HERRMANN & SON WASHINGTON, D.C.


S. Herrmann Bottles:
herrmann_28 book # 312
The left bottle is 7.2" tall & purple, and the right bottle is 7.3" tall & clear. They are both hutchinson style bottles, embossed the same. The deep purple color indicates that the left bottle was probably irradiated with an X-ray machine. They are embossed:
round slugplate: S. HERRMANN & CO / REGISTERED / 1897 / WASHINGTON, D.G.
below slugplate: REGISTERED / THIS BOTTLE / NOT TO BE SOLD
Note that it appears to say "D.G.", not "D.C.".



A.G. Herrmann Bottles:
herrmann_16 book # 293
This 9" aqua blob top has a porcelain stopper that is in great shape. The bottle is embossed:
front-horiz: TRADE / (picture of safe/dog/key) / MARK / THIS BOTTLE IS NOT SOLD / RETURN PROMPTLY WHEN EMPTY
front-vert: A.G. HERRMANN / SUCCESSOR TO / J.F. HERRMANN & SON / WASHINGTON, D.C. / REGISTERED
back: C & CO.
The porcelain stopper is marked:
top: A.G. HERRMANN / SUPERIOR / (picture of safe/dog/key) / TRADE MARK / WASHINGTON, D.C.
bottom: PAT'D / K. HUTTER / FEB. 7, 1893
herrmann_17 book # 294
These aqua crown tops are embossed the same, but have slight variations. The left is 8.5" tall and the right is 8.3" tall. Also, the dog on the left bottle is facing front, whereas the dog on the right bottle is facing to the side. They are both embossed:
front-horiz: TRADE / (picture of safe/dog/key) / MARK / THIS BOTTLE IS NOT SOLD / RETURN PROMPTLY WHEN EMPTY
front-vert: A.G. HERRMANN / SUCCESSOR TO / J.F. HERRMANN & SON / WASHINGTON, D.C. / REGISTERED
back: C & CO.
herrmann_21 book # 294
This is similar to the above bottles but it's taller, the lines are spaced farther apart, and the logo does not have a circle around it. It's a 9.2" aqua crown top embossed:
top front-horiz: TRADE / (picture of safe/dog/key) / MARK
front-vert: A.G. HERRMANN / SUCCESSOR TO / J.F. HERRMANN & SON / WASHINGTON, D.C. / REGISTERED
heel: THIS BOTTLE IS NOT SOLD / RETURN PROMPTLY WHEN EMPTY
herrmann_10 book # 295
These are 11.8" green and 11.7" light-aqua machine-made crown top bottles, embossed:
front: TRADE / (picture of safe/dog/key) / MARK / REGISTERED WASHINGTON DC / THIS BOTTLE NOT TO BE SOLD / RETURN PROMPTLY WHEN EMPTY
back (bottle on the left): A.G. HERRMANN / 1 PT & 8 FLUID OZ
back (bottle on the right): A.G. HERRMANN
herrmann_18 book # 295
These are 8.5" crown top (machine made) bottles that are identical except for color, and are embossed:
front: TRADE / (picture of safe/dog/key) / MARK / REGISTERED WASHINGTON DC / THIS BOTTLE NOT TO BE SOLD / RETURN PROMPTLY WHEN EMPTY
back: A.G. HERRMANN / CONTENTS 8 FLUID OZ
herrmann_11 book # 295-b
This is the same bottle as the one above (on the right), except that it has a cap and a label. The label is marked:
label center: HERRMANN / AROMATIC / (picture of safe/dog/key) / TRADE MARK / GINGER ALE
label top left: CARBONATED BEVERAGE / COLORED WITH CARAMEL.
label top right: LOOK FOR THIS LABEL / BEWARE OF SUBSTITUTES.
label bottom left: LAY BOTTLE ON ICE - DO NOT USE ICE / IN GLASS.
label bottom right: A.G. HERRMANN / WASHINGTON, D.C.
herrmann_19 book # 296
This is a 9.9" machine-made crown top bottle embossed:
front: TIGER / (picture of tiger) / BRAND / REGISTERED WASHINGTON DC / THIS BOTTLE NOT TO BE SOLD / RETURN PROMPTLY WHEN EMPTY
back: A.G. HERRMANN / CONTENTS 1 PT
herrmann_23 book # 296-a
This is identical to the bottle above, except it has a label:
label: HERRMANNS / TIGER / (picture of tiger) / BRAND / GINGER ALE / A.G. HERRMANN / WASHINGTON DC / (I can't make out what was under that)
herrmann_13 book # 298
This is a 9.5" crown top bottle embossed:
front: A.G. HERRMANN / CONTENTS 13 FLUID OZ. THIS BOTTLE IS NOT SOLD
back: WASHINGTON D.C. / REGISTERED / DOC 1511
herrmann_12 book # 299
This is a 9.8" Applied Color Label crown top bottle. The coloring is black on white and says:
shoulder: HERRMANNS
front: QUALITY / SINCE 1874 / HERRMANN'S / "Famous" / BEVERAGES
back: HERRMANN'S BEVERAGES / Carbonated Water, Sugar, / Flavor or Artificial Flaver, / Other Ingredients on Crown. / Contents 12 Fluid Ounces / HERRMANN GINGER ALE CO. / Washington, D.C.
herrmann_22 book # 300
This is an 11.5" machine-made crown top bottle embossed:
front heel: HERRMANN GINGER ALE CO.
back heel: 1 PT & 8 FLUID OZ.


Other Items:
tiptray_01 This is a 4.3" diameter lithographed tip tray. It is marked:
around edge: THE HERRMANN BOTTLING WORKS, / WASHINGTON DC
inside circle: HAVE YOU TRIED / HERRMANN'S / TIGER BRAND / GINGER ALE

herrmann_29 This is a metal bottle opener - front & back shown. It is engraved with:
side-1: Drink TIGER GINGER ALE / NONE BETTER
side-2: A.G. HERRMANN / WASHINGTON, D.C.
herrmann_24 This is a Ceramic bottle stopper. It is marked:
outter ring in red: A.G. HERRMANN / WASHINGTON, D.C.
inside ring in black: SUPERIOR / (picture of safe, dog & key) / TRADE MARK
herrmann_25 This is a Ceramic bottle stopper. It is marked:
outter ring in red: J.F. HERRMANN & SON / WASHINGTON, D.C.
inside ring in black: SUPERIOR / (picture of safe, dog & key) / TRADE MARK
on the bottom: PAT'D / K.HUTTER / FEB 7 1893
herrmann_cap_01 This is a bottle cap. It is marked:
FAMOUS / SINCE 1874 / HERRMANNS / ARIFICIALLY COLORED / LIME SODA / 8 OZ. / WASH DC
letter_01 This is a letter that is postmarked 1894. It shows JF Herrmann & Son were wholesale dealers in Val Blatz's Milwaukee Beer.
fan_01 This is a cardboard fan (front & back shown). This business side is marked:
DRINK / HERRMANN'S / FAMOUS / Ginger Ale and Root Beer / Put up in 8-oz. Bottles HAVE YOU TRIED THEM? / Tiger Ginger Ale / GOLDEN AND PALE DRY! NONE BETTER! / In 10-zo., 12-oz. and 16-oz. Bottles / AND NOW YOU CAN BUY / HERRMANN'S Famous GINGER ALE and / OTHER FLAVORS / in 24-oz. Bottles at 10c Each, Plus Usual Deposit / Ask Your Dealer for HERRMANN'S / QUALITY BEVERAGE SINCE 1874 / REFUSE SUBSTITUTES / A.G. HERRMANN, Washington, D.C. / PHONE: LINCOLN 1981-1982
herrmann_26 This is a wooden crate that held 24 bottles. It says in black:
sides: HERRMANNS / GINGER ALE / IS FAMOUS / HAVE YOU TRIED IT? / A.G. HERRMANN / WASHINGTON, D.C.
ends: HERRMANNS / GINGER ALE / IS FAMOUS / HAVE YOU TRIED IT?
herrmann_26 This is a wooden crate that held 24 bottles. It says in black:
sides: HERRMANNS / GINGER ALE / IS FAMOUS / HAVE YOU TRIED IT? / A.G. HERRMANN / WASHINGTON, D.C.
ends: HERRMANNS / GINGER ALE / IS FAMOUS / HAVE YOU TRIED IT?
The marking is the same as the crate above, but the inside separators are rounded. I'm not sure if that means it's older, or newer than the one above.
fillers_01 This item belongs to a descendant of the Herrmann family, and says:
A FAMILY TREAT --- HERRMANN'S / 24-oz. bottle, 10c plus deposit / QUALITY BEVERAGE SINCE 1874 / Famous Ginger Ale / Extra Pale Dry Ginger Ale / Sarsaparilla, Orange and / Lemon Soda. / ASK your Dealer for HERRMANN'S / Refuse Substitues - Trade mark and name / blown into bottle. / Take home a 24-oz. bottle / 10c plus deposit. / Cuts of 2 3-Head Automatic Fillers recently installed, supply syrup, carbonated water and cap the bottles simultaneously. A.G. Herrmann, Washington, D.C.
photo_01 This photograph belongs to a descendant of the Herrmann family, and shows the bottling plant and several delivery trucks in 1923.
photo_02 This photograph belongs to a descendant of the Herrmann family, and shows the inside of the office. The man at the far left is William Herrmann, and the man next to him is A.G. Herrmann. The identities of the 2 women are not known.



1 Boyd's Directory for the District of Columbia (various years)
2 Obituary for A.G. Herrmann in the Washington Post, Mar 6,1936



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