|Absinthe Posters III - The Final Banning of Absinthe in 1910 & 1915
|Three classic pro-absinthe posters protesting the banning of absinthe in Switzerland in
1910, and in France in 1915.
A rare original of the famous 1910
"Messieurs...c'est l'heure" anti-prohibition
poster by Gantner, originally published in the
Swiss satirical revue, edited by Louis Bron,
It shows a triumphant prohibitionist, dressed
as a priest, trampling on the murdered figure
of the Green Fairy, while in the background
Helvetica mourns her lost liberties.
An enamelled blue cross, circa 1910-1920,
apparently designed to be worn around the
neck by temperance campaigners for the
At right, the cross modelled by a well known
Swiss artémesophile, well known for his
eccentric dress sense...
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Less well know than Gantner's poster for the
prohibition of absinthe in Switzerland, is this
companion lithograph lamenting the final
prohibition of absinthe in France 5 years later, by
ministerial decree of 7th January 1915.
In the centre, trampling the mortally wounded
Green Fairy, is Raymond Poincairé, President of
the French Republic, while in the background
French troops are shown engaged in the first
terrible battles of the Great War.
The white ribbon at the bottom "Les Habitués
d'..." is left blank, to allow the name of the bar or
café that purchased the poster to be added.
This poster was discovered in 1970 on the
premises of an old café - Le bar de l’Univers -
Café Caramy in Brignoles, a small town on the
route from Marseille to Cannes. In 1920 the
building was condemned and walled up. 50
years later, when a new owner commenced
renovations, the poster was found hanging
behind a door.
Format: 48 x 67cm.
|A previously undocumented
designed by Audino.
It commemorates the vote of the French
Chamber of Deputies on 12th February
1915 to ban the sale of absinthe in
The French Green Fairy is being burnt at
the stake in front of a crowd of weeping
onlookers, while up above the Swiss
Green Fairy, whose demise had already
occured five years earlier, waits to
welcome her sister to Fee Verte heaven.
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