c.1900-1910: “La Famille et l’Alcool” Chris September 13, 2011 1900-1909, Posters & postcards 6 CommentsFavourited 721 times Add to favourites 6 Responses Kaitlyn September 13, 2011 I think it was Lincoln said something about alchohol itself not being a bad thing, but rather the abuse of a good thing…. Everything in moderation, my friends. Although, this would’ve been better for those who don’t speak “francais”…. the general gist is easy to see though. Reply Susan September 13, 2011 Here’s a loose translation. Hope it helps! “The Family and Alcohol” 1. A Happy Family 2. The First Step 3. Bad Habits 4. Payday 5. The Fury of the Alcoholic 6. The Alcoholic, Subject of Scandal 7. On the Road to Madness 8. Crime 9. In Court 10. The Wife Reduced to Misery 11. Madness 12. The Death of the Alcoholic (Delirium Tremens) Reply mcravener September 13, 2011 This seems to be part of the drive the French wine industry had to ban Absinthe at the turn of the century. Please note that the “Alcoholic” is in three slides drinking at Absinthe serving establishments, while the first slide (The Happy Family) has a bottle of red wine on the table. Reply old hippie February 11, 2012 @ mcravener, I suspect that you are right. I, too, noticed that in several slides there was a green colored liqour being consumed. Absinthe, also known as ‘The Green Fairy’ is certainly hinted at. It is an interesting strong Anise flavored drink. I like it but it is VERY expensive, not something I keep around the house. Reply Topov July 14, 2012 This seems to be more of a screed against spirits and the Green Fairy rather than booze in general – notice in the first panel (The Fortunate Family) the bottle of wine on the dinner table. Does this suggest that the traditional French wine with meals is ok and to be encouraged but that drinking strong stuff in salons is not? Reply Seb November 18, 2012 indeed, wine was not the main target , and as you point it , drinking wine (or beer) daily was not classified as an alcoholic habit in France (at some point , a couple of glass of wine per day is accepted today, cultural habit). the main target was stronger beverages, and specially absinthe, not just for the alcohol but also because the way it was produced made heavy brain and liver damages to the drinker (methanol, cheap additives). Absinthe is expensive now because it is purified and harmless (except alcohol of course ) wine compared to absinthe can be similar to weed compared to crack Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.