Trade advertisement for John Walker & Sons, whisky merchants, c 1887.
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John Walker & Sons were whisky producers and merchants at Kilmarnock in Scotland. The advertisement features views of the interior and exterior of their premises. After opening a small grocery shop in Kilmarnock, Scotland in 1820, John Walker began selling Scotch whisky. by 1850 John Walker was offering his own labelled 'Walker's Kilmarnock Whisky'. When his son, Alexander Walker joined the busines in 1856 the busines went into wholesale trading. In the late 1860s Alexander Walker created a blend of whisky which became the now famous 'Black Label'. In around 1920 the company was introduced to the American market where the whisky soon became a status symbol. Today, 'Johnnie Walker' whisky's are amongst the world's largest selling Scotch Whisky.