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#1 Jack Griffin

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Posted 19 September 2011 - 08:04 AM

I thought it might be fun to show postcards related to absinthe. I searched, but could not find a thread.

Here's a cool set of "Apache gang" cards, complete. This guy is giving a demonstration of murder, thievery,
and general "not being nice" techniques, all the while with a louched glass of absinthe on the table, ready to drink.

I floated these in one of the frames where the cards go between two panes of glass, using acid-free felt squares on the back to hold them in place. You flip the frame over, and can see the backs. It's a nice way of mounting cards.

I hope some of you will post as well!

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#2 Absomphe

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Posted 19 September 2011 - 08:48 AM

Great set, Scott! (Yeah, I know, that's what s(he) said.)

I believe that Oxy used to use #5 as his FV avatar.

Yes, I'm Krinkles the Clown on an absinthe a beer bender.

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#3 Jack Griffin

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Posted 19 September 2011 - 09:03 AM

It's kind of hard NOT to want to use that as one's avatar!

#4 LadyCarmilla

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Posted 20 September 2011 - 05:31 AM

That's an awesome display!
And very nice collection of cards ;)

Edited by LadyCarmilla, 20 September 2011 - 05:31 AM.

"Absinthe is the aphrodisiac of the self. The green Fairy who lives in the absinthe wants your soul. But you are safe with me" - Gary Oldman as Dracula

#5 TheLoucheyMonster!

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Posted 20 September 2011 - 08:08 PM

Nice display Scott!

Here is a link for a French site with many postcards and other absinthania.
Happy hunting!
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#6 Jack Griffin

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Posted 21 September 2011 - 04:12 AM

Yes LoucheyMonster, it is an interesting resource. I've found several things there over the last couple years. I guess the cat's out of the bag now!

It's trickier than Ebay however, as many only take checks, which makes it complicated with the fees involved. Also, many of the vendors list the items on Ebay as well, which can cause problems if they don't end the auction at Ebay. In addition, it is not as safe as Ebay, as Paypal will not protect purchases from auction sites other than Ebay. There are also many un-verified sellers, and in these cases, they will not fight for you if a seller rips you off or misrepresents things.

#7 TheLoucheyMonster!

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Posted 21 September 2011 - 09:00 AM

[quote There are also many un-verified sellers, and in these cases, they will not fight for you if a seller rips you off or misrepresents things.
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That's good to know, thanks!

#8 Brian Robinson

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Posted 21 September 2011 - 11:35 AM

Hence the reason I didn't endorse making that specific site public for all to go happily buying.
Answers to common newcomer questions.

List of WS articles from across the web.


Help other absintheurs and newcomers by submitting a review. Click here to go to the main review page to submit your entry.

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#9 Jack Griffin

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Posted 19 October 2011 - 01:20 PM

Here's a nice chromo advertising card for a boutique. The art shows absinthe as a, accepted medicine, but a dangerous drink. "The Hermit."

http://www.customguitars.com/images/absintheweb/l'ermitefront.jpg

http://www.customguitars.com/images/absintheweb/l'ermite.jpg

#10 Absomphe

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Posted 19 October 2011 - 01:36 PM

Exactly how I view Sauvage 1804.

The medicinal comment, that is, and in the spirit of its time, of course. :)

Nice card, btw.

Yes, I'm Krinkles the Clown on an absinthe a beer bender.

You got a problem with that?


#11 Jack Griffin

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Posted 21 October 2011 - 12:09 PM

This one takes us back to a bit of squabbling amongst the Swiss, back in the day.
I guess you could call it the Occupy your ass with my foot movement.

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#12 Jack Griffin

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Posted 10 November 2011 - 04:47 AM

This one is pretty interesting from a historical perspective, as well as being well-done cartoon art.
It shows a post-ban scenario of sneaky folks putting absinthe and other goodies into lamps, as lamp oil.

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#13 OMG_Bill

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Posted 10 November 2011 - 10:30 AM

sneaky folks = crafty or cunning individuals.

So, someone considered to be a craftsman could also be considered cunning. A compliment in many circles.

That is a very nice post card indeed Master Scott!

Just disregard the drivel. <shrug>
Some folks may cringe each time I use the term "Booze" regarding these high quality drinks.
I mean no offense. There are bottles of extraordinary booze out there. I've tasted a few. Relax.

#14 Père Ubu

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Posted 10 November 2011 - 11:30 AM

Great cartoon. shows what Frenchmen thought of the silly ban.

#15 Absomphe

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Posted 10 November 2011 - 01:06 PM

Except, perhaps for the wine growers.

Phallus Phylloxera.

Yes, I'm Krinkles the Clown on an absinthe a beer bender.

You got a problem with that?


#16 Père Ubu

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Posted 10 November 2011 - 01:21 PM

The ones in the south probably weren't too crazy about it, as you need more grapes to make rectified brandy, than plain wine.

#17 Jack Griffin

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Posted 10 November 2011 - 03:11 PM

There is often wisdom within your drivel Sir.....

#18 Père Ubu

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Posted 10 November 2011 - 03:23 PM

Oink!

#19 Jack Griffin

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Posted 19 November 2011 - 11:29 AM

This is a bit of history, and I thought it would be interesting for folks. The first card is postmarked 1915 (on the back), the first year of the French ban. The second card, with a photo taken from nearly the same position and angle, only a few years later, has a very different caption than that of the first. The factory is still making chocolate, and is owned by Nestle. It's interesting; as you smell the chocolate in the street, but only a few blocks away you smell the absinthe from the Guy distillery!


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#20 sardonix

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Posted 19 November 2011 - 11:36 AM

Top that one, Wonka! :euro:
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#21 Absomphe

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Posted 19 November 2011 - 02:06 PM

Or Hershey, for that matter. :rolleyes:

Yes, I'm Krinkles the Clown on an absinthe a beer bender.

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#22 Minnalouche

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Posted 23 November 2011 - 03:07 AM

So, when are they going to get together and produce some absinthe-filled chocolates? I've got a craving! :dribble:

Great post cards, BTW!
Does Minnalouche know that his absinthe
Will pass from change to change
As emerald clouds to opal,
And yet nothing will change?

Still he drinks opaline.

#23 Ambear

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Posted 23 November 2011 - 07:21 AM

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Posted 23 November 2011 - 08:33 AM

Top that one, Wonka! :euro:
:cheerz:


Or Hershey, for that matter. :rolleyes:



No mention of Nestle?

A little technological fix to a spiritual problem.


#25 Jack Griffin

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Posted 27 May 2012 - 07:55 AM

Here's a great card with a rare view of filled topettes on a bar in a bistro. It's pretty beat-up, but I thought it was a nice view of a casual scene from the era, with pieces in use that we rarely see in postcards.

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#26 Absomphe

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Posted 27 May 2012 - 08:44 AM

Nice find, Scott.

Very evocative.

Yes, I'm Krinkles the Clown on an absinthe a beer bender.

You got a problem with that?


#27 Cajun Magic

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Posted 25 July 2012 - 10:19 PM

Except, perhaps for the wine growers.
Phallus Phylloxera.


:g: I tink your subconscious vants to tell you something ya!
:laf: Fruedian slip eh there Absomphe! Happens to the best of us old sport! :euro:
Great postcards btw this is really a cool topic! :thumbup:

Edited by Cajun Magic, 25 July 2012 - 10:49 PM.

Laissez le bon temps rouler!
L' Huere Verte! C'est le bon temps!
Absinthe! Comme c'est la douceur de vivre!

#28 Père Ubu

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Posted 26 July 2012 - 05:10 AM

That's his conscious alright. :laugh:

The clown is the head prevert. :)

Although he is hardly alone in that category.

#29 Absomphe

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Posted 26 July 2012 - 07:08 AM

The clown is the head prevert. :)


Butt even I wood-dent touch that one. B)

Yes, I'm Krinkles the Clown on an absinthe a beer bender.

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#30 Jack Griffin

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Posted 13 October 2012 - 01:57 PM

I wanted to share this, as it's a wonderful juxtaposition. I've had this antique postcard of Pontarlier for a while now, and I brought it with me last week, to recreate it from the same exact place and angle. I hope you like it! I like the addition of skylights on the building on the right. This is right next to the museum. The sidewalks are a bit wider, and the road narrower, but not much has changed in the many years that the original was made. Though the stamp is marked what seems to be 1940, this card is likely 1910-1915.

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