Sepulchritude Forum: The Absinthe Forum Archives Thru July 2001: Topics Archived Thru Oct 2000:Ration Packs
thanks for the history...i now can look at the mugnier ad with a different eye and understanding
of the epoch...i love this stuff...
The point is that wormwood was thought to have
disinfectant qualities, so if it was added to
tainted water or to water of dubious potability,
it could destroy any harmful bacteria. (I hasten
to add that I don't recommend mixing Deva with
lake water on your next camping trip. There are
more reliable methods nowadays of making water
potable.) In North Africa, one can see why
absinthe would have been useful, but on French
territory during the Great War, there was no
shortage of clean water. And of course, the ban
went into effect near the beginning of the war
OK, so I'm not the world's greatest absinthe historian, but zouaves I know, so here goes on my take of Absinthe Mugnier:
The zouave or tirallier (sp) is circa 1870's. He appears to have a shorter fusil, leading me to believe it is an 1870's period weapon, vice the muzzleloading rifle of the 1850-60's
Zouaves had been around in the French Army since the 1850's. Originally Algerian troops noted for their agility and pluck in battle, the regiments were taken over by French Troops by the time of the Crimea. They were the elite of the French Army, so this is a great advertisement when you think about it (sorta like a Green Beret or Delta swilling Jack Daniels). It sells military prowess, masculinity, the eliteness of drinking Mugnier, and fashionableness, as zouaves were also the height of fashion, militarily speaking.
By the time of WWI, they quickly disappeared, as the bright uniforms (French military dress was still full of bright reds and blues at the outset of the war -- a perfect target for German machine guns) gave way to variations of zouave dress in horizon blue and then the general service uniform of the French army.
As I understand it, absinthe was banned in the French army by the time of WWI, so I believe this ad is much earlier.
point well taken.
i thought this forum was "a nice blur of legend...
with facts here and there..."
oh my gawd...it's already too late...
What does this mean "turn off... computer"?
You make no sense.