Coca-Cola Revealed: Part 2 – Fellatio, Poisoning and Astronauts

By the beginning of the 20th century, Coca-Cola were spending over USD$100,000 on advertising with annual sales hitting the 1 million gallon mark for the first time. The creative geniuses behind their advertising had introduced global brand icons such as the Coke Ladies, Sprite Boy, Santa Claus and Christmas Polar Bears, icons which influenced the […]

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Speakeasies and Blind Pigs: The influence of the illicit prohibition bar

Las Vegas, the US Coast Guard, Speed Boats, Nascar and Cruise Liners – much of America would not be recognisable today without the influence of almost 14 years of American prohibition. But what of the modern drinker? With the passing of the 18th amendment in 1920, prohibition hit the United States with a bang. Bars […]

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The real Great Gatsby, snake oils and silver toilet seats

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s third cinematic portrayal of his popular book The Great Gatsby was opened throughout world cinemas earlier this month.  Set during the heights of prohibition glitz in early 1920’s New York, the film brings to life an era in a which the lead protagonist, played by the suave Leonardo DiCaprio, portrays the romantic […]

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Smuggling with the “Real McCoy”

Born in Syracuse New York in 1877, William “Bill” McCoy became known as one of the few gentlemen smugglers of the Prohibition era.  At 6.2 foot tall with a voice like a “fog horn”, tee-total Bill McCoy was a commanding figure balanced out with boyish good looks. Prior to prohibition Bill and his brother Ben […]

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The Story of the Coffee House – Part 2

With England setting the trend for the modern coffee house in the form of “Penny Universities” and with coffee finally added to the desires of the western palate, a new era was born and coffee was it’s muse. While records show that coffee had already been enjoyed in France by a few lucky enough to […]

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The Story of the Coffee House – Part 1

Beginning in the ports and souks around the Horn of Africa, the bitter brew derived from the genus of plants known as Coffea, has records of being enjoyed in coffee houses as early as 1511 in the Islamic Holy City of Mecca, modern day Saudi Arabia. While little more than smoking dens littered with cushions […]

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Benjamin Franklin publishes The Drinkers Dictionary

“What Pleasure can the Drunkard have in the Reflection, that, while in his Cups, he retain’d only the Shape of a Man, and acted the Part of a Beast”– Silence Dogood aka Benjamin Franklin.  New-England Courant, 1722 Benjamin Franklin – whether better recognised as one of Americas Founding Fathers or simply as the face on […]

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Rum Running: Of cigarettes, horses and hams

With nationwide prohibition implementation in the United States on January 17th, 1920, procurement of alcoholic beverages were left to the role of any one of three major suppliers; the manufacturers (distilling liquor in secrecy), the bootleggers (moving liquor over land) and the rum runners (importing liquor over water). At the very heart of the business […]

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