August 29, 2010

Death of the Green Fairy


What drives people to band together to decide what everyone else gets to ingest?

Swiss anti-prohibition poster
1910, illustrator Gantner

10 comments:

B.E. Earl said...

This is the second absinthe-related post I've read in the past hour. Weird. And cool.

downtown guy said...

That is weird, because I don't think it was International Absinthe Day or anything.

Steph(anie) said...

Is she supposed to be sexy or am I just a freak? :)

Wait, anti-prohibition? They were looking to legalize?

Sarcastic Bastard said...

Answer: Puritanism

I despise Puritans.

downtown guy said...

Steph: absinthe had always been legal, and quite popular. But some churchy types worked to get it banned, claiming all sorts of mess about it. This was part of the campaign to try and block that prohibition or at least speak against it.

SB: exactamundo.

Ms. Moon said...

Why do any people band together and decide that they should be able to tell other people ANYTHING about what they think, read, believe, OR ingest? I will never understand this.

downtown guy said...

I'm glad you didn't raise us that way.

May said...

I wish we'd had this poster when we got the drug talk from Bill Vines.

downtown guy said...

It would have been highly appropriate.

Ms. Moon said...

That was a good drug talk, bless his heart.