Killing The Green Fairy

zabsinthe1914Many of our
Muscleheaded Blog readers
know what a freak I am
about the noble alcoholic
substance known as Absinthe.

“The Green Fairy”.

I said noble.
I’ve been a fan of it
since I was a young man
in the service–

— having been told that
I couldn’t have it because
it was banned for allegedly
causing hallucinations
and other mental
… errr…. disturbances.

Hey, what can I say…

I like being disturbed.

But, more than that, z1
I hate being lied to —

and I could smell a
big lie from a long way off—

— that the
“Absinthe Is Bad For You”
bugaboo smelled more like
scape-goat propaganda —

(which strangely enough,
benefited both the wine producers
and prohibition movement,
sometimes called the
‘blue cross movement’ )

than genuine health concerns
to me, even then,
and I was boundz2
and determined to find out.

So, as my opportunities
to travel increased, so did
my consumption of absinthe —

In the 1980’s and 1990’s,
it was still legal in several countries,
especially in Asia and Europe.

I found it to be ,
if not exactly good for you,
not at all the green demon
it was made out to be —

(most of the time,
— it’s not even green)

and, it wasn’t long until z5
most of the rest of the world
figured it out, too —

Absinthe is now legal again
in most countries,z4
after being banned
for nearly a century.

What does it taste like?
Well, kinda woody,
kinda herby,
kinda licoricey.

Oh, you’ll get a buzz alright–


— but from the high concentration
of alcohol,
and not some
esoteric chemical hallucinogen.

Anyhoo, believe it or not,SWITZERLAND - FEBRUARY 01: An absinthe anti-prohibition postcard by Gantner, showing a figure representing Swiss liberty booting away a prohibitionist. (Photo by SSPL/Getty Images)
I actually got myself
off-topic a bit,
because today I wanted
to share some vintage
ANTI-Absinthe posters….

You might remember that
classic Absinthe Posters are
very popular around here,

— and I’ve posted several articlesz1915
about the subject featuring
some beautiful work by
Leonetto Cappiello, et al —

Hey, man, here’s a couple links
to get you started if you’re interested.

But as I say, today we some
of the propaganda that was
used to ban the stuff
for most of the 20th century.

The art used in these posters
is not near as appealing —
and it’s obvious that what
is mostly being advertised
is FEAR.SWITZERLAND - FEBRUARY 01: An absinthe anti-prohibition postcard by Gantner, showing how absinthe was attacked by both the prohibitionists and the producers of rival liquors. (Photo by SSPL/Getty Images)

Still, as we have seen
time after time,
fear is a potent
salesman, indeed.

!!!!! HOY !!!!!!


2 thoughts on “Killing The Green Fairy

  1. Pete Symes says:

    Absinthe makes the heart grow fonder

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