McCuen & Young


Company Names, addresses, dates1:
  Lewis Young, Alexandria VA
  McCuen & Young, Alexandria VA
  Jas McCuen, 832 Gibbon Street, Alexandria VA (1899)
  Jas McCuen, 600 S. Alfred Street, Alexandria VA (1903-1904)
  Alexandria Bottling Co., 832 Gibbon Street, Alexandria VA (1906-1907)
(832 Gibbon St. & 600 S. Alfred St. probably refer to the same building, at the corner of Gibbon & Alfred Streets)

Notes:
A Washington Post article on February 27, 1895 said that Lewis Young sold his pop & soda water establishment to James McCuen for $1500. An earlier Post article from April 17, 1894 said that James McCuen's store at the corner of Alfred & Gibbon streets was broken into by theives. And a later Post article from January 6, 1899 said that the Alexandria Bottling Company at the corner of Alfred & Gibbon streets, owned by James McCuen, had a big fire. And a much later Post article from October 8, 1907 referred to James McCuen as a Grocer/Liquor Store owner at the corner of Alfred & Gibbon Streets.
From these and other post articles, as well as the few Alexandria city directories I have access to, I've been able to determine that Lewis Young was a bottler who sold his company to James McCuen (although they must have worked as a team for a while based on bottles that say "McCuen & Young"). At some point, McCuen started using the name "Alexandria Bottling Company", and it lasted until at least 1907.


James McCuen Bottles:

mccuen_05 book # 402
This is a 7.25" tall hutchinson style bottle with a baltimore-loop top, embossed:
vertical: RETURN TO / JAMES McCUEN / ALEXANDRIA / VA
mccuen_03 book # 403
This is unusually tall for a hutchinson (8.25"). It's aqua colored, has a 10-sided base, and is embossed:
tombstone slugplate: JAMES McCUEN / ALEXANDRIA / VA /
mccuen_01 book # 404
These are two 6.7" aqua hutchinsons with slightly different shapes.
The left one is embossed:
round slugplate: JAS. McCUEN / ALEXANDRIA, VA
The right one is embossed:
round slugplate: JAS. McCUEN / ALEXANDRIA, VA
beneath slugplate: REGISTERED
back: D.O.C. 19 1/2
mccuen_04 book # 405
This is an 8" Sun colored amethyst crown top embossed:
round slugplate: JAS. McCUEN / ALEXANDRIA, VA
back: THIS BOTTLE / NOT TO BE SOLD


McCuen & Young Bottles:
mccuen_02 book # 407/406
The bottle on the left is a baltimore-loop top, and the one on the right is a normal hutchinson (with the metal stopper inside). Both are embossed:
vertical: RETURN TO / McCUEN & YOUNG / ALEXANDRIA / VA


Lewis Young Bottles:
young book # 732
This is a 7" aqua Hutchinson bottle with a 10 sided base, embossed:
tombstone slugplate: LEWIS YOUNG / ALEXANDRIA / VA



1 Boyd's Directory for the Alexandria VA (various years)



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