Mamma’s Recipes for Keeping Papa Home
I’ve no idea where this came from, but I’ve had it for many years, and I figure that it was probably printed circa 1900, a time when the Temperance movement was gaining a foothold, and as the title suggests, women were trying desperately to keep their men away from those debauched bars and clubs.
I picked the year 1900 specifically because I found an ad for Martin Casey in the Texas Mining and Trade Journal, Volume 4, Number 29, Saturday, February 3, 1900, though of course this pamplet could have been printed a decade or more either side of that.
To keep their men at home, of course, women would have to learn how to fix cocktails, hence the Martin Casey company printed this little manual. Whether or not they also distributed booklets instructing wives how to book raunchy bar girls to keep their hubbies busy, is not known.
Below I’ll post a few more pages from this little treasure, just so you can get a feel for the cocktail scene, around the turn of the Twentieth Century.
Note the medicinal claims in the Cognac ad on the right here:
Here’s a nice old ad for Old-Tom gin
Here you can see an ad for Creme de Menthe,
but you might want to also note the recipe for Rock & Rye, “a good remedy for sore throats and colds”
Here’s an ad for Caroni Cocktail Bitters
And on the back cover we discover that
THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WILL HAVE THE BEST!