c.1900-1910: “La Famille et l’Alcool”

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  1. Kaitlyn

    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.

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  2. Susan

    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)

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  3. mcravener

    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.

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  4. old hippie

    @ 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.

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  5. Topov

    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?

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  6. Seb

    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

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