Drinking and smoking in a print.
Prohibition was a terrible idea.
But it gave us a cocktail culture
that began in the 1920s and lasted through the 1960s.
Once it was forbidden, drinking became glamorous.
1955 Illustration by Ruth McRae
The Thin Man
Many trendy items dedicated to drinking were sold.
Special textiles like cocktail napkins
bar towels and dish towels,
and cocktail aprons,
all required cocktail fabrics.
Panel printed with an apron to be cut out and hemmed.
The prints often featured drink recipes
and grenadine and bitters were a kitchen necessity.