Archive through October 8, 2000

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By Chrysippvs on Sunday, October 08, 2000 - 02:57 am: Edit

Also remember the "Absinthe Muginer" poster..clear shot of absinthe being used in war times.

Just a random thought: the thing that sucks the most about absinthe history is that pre-1870's the history of absinthe is a nice blur of legend, family history, and facts here and there....about making it impossible to get a clear picture. It is a mess..

By Petermarc on Sunday, October 08, 2000 - 02:48 am: Edit

actually, it was rationed during the 1844-47 war in algeria to prevent or counter fever.(probably
mostly by pernod, but i have a vintage postcard that clearly shows a street ad in algers for l'oxygénée-a scene, however, well after that war-and
mugnier used a picture of soldier from that campaign as an advertising mascot)
by 1900, it was prohibited from sale in army
canteens, and by the time the great war started,
had been banned by "marshal" law*, no luck
finding any absinthe in ration packs, but maybe
some well-aged cheese and some crappy wine.

*paraphrased from "absinthe, history in a bottle"
by barnaby conrad the third, chronicle books, san
francsico, available on-line at "your source for everything you can think of or need in
your pitiful life that you spend hours wasting in front of the computer chatting to people you don't
even know about subjects that you could never start a conversation about in any other real-life setting without getting into a fight or causing people to claim they have to go to the bathroom or attracting the suspicion of the authorities"
or for more money at a book-store but you'll have
to turn off your computer and you don't want to do that, now do you?

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any money out of it anymore

By Anatomist1 on Sunday, October 08, 2000 - 02:11 am: Edit

What kind of container do you think it was in? I'll just bet they were nutty enough to carry glass bottles around, but wouldn't it be cool if it was in tiny steel cans like grapefruit juice? Of course, these days they would drink it out of foil/plastic bags with a tiny straw...

By Timk on Sunday, October 08, 2000 - 01:36 am: Edit

I was just thinking, if absinthe used to be rationed to French soldiers in the beginning of ww1, firstly does anyone know what manufacturer held the contract, how it was distributed, ie was it in the ration packs, and thirdly - is getting hold of early french ration packs a likely way of finding pre-ban absinthe - just an idea : - )

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