Thursday, March 31, 2011

The Bon Vivant's Companion - Haiku

The Hilton Archives on campus has the most fantastic collection of cookbooks. We've been digitizing those that aren't already online somewhere and falls under Public Domain. We are also scanning those that are rare and in very fragile condition.

We found this charming little book tucked away. It is packed full of drink recipes. What I really like is the illustrations. Here are just a sampling.

How does one go from
Principal Bartender to
Professor Jerry?

 Pensive...or angry.
The Charming Miss Dickie looks
I am not sure which

He sits at the bar
John Peterson of Kirk's
Celebrated bald head

A roue and his tricks
Professor Thomas will hit
punch bowl with big dent

Young Billy Tracy
lifts his full wine glass up high
to the Bank Exchange

A fancy saloon
a pointy mustachio 
Dennis Sullivan

Scoundrels with liquor
Innocent maiden on bed
this does not bode well

Orgy, wine and song
Prof. Thomas is such a prude
to not allow it.

Sensational Dance
Kiralfy Trio triumph
goofy feathered hats

I hope you enjoyed this little look at alcohol consumption in the late 1800s to early 1900s. 

I'll be in Philadelphia for the next 3 days but I'll try to visit. 



  1. I'm just not sure about that Miss Dickie Lingard!

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  3. Love me some haiku,
    And when inspired by booze,
    It makes perfect sense. :-)

  4. I'm surrounded by haiku! We just got a kids book called "WonTon a book written in haiku". This was great.

  5. Nice job! You have the coolest job ever!