Got to love this picture in The Sunday Times (Perth) – 17 March 1929. The annual union picnic was a big deal in years gone by. These waterside workers and their families often held their picnic at the zoo. Wonder if any of the ginger beer went off like the home-made variety brewed in family sheds and laundries often did.
In 1890, lithographers Troedel & Co produced what was, for its time, a traditional illustration to advertise beer – via the State Library of Victoria.
The State Library of Queensland’s collection holds this digital version of an advertisement that appeared in The Queenslander on 29 September 1900. Is this the first example of using a woman to advertise an alcoholic beverage? Perhaps not.
I’m not sure this costume was as the Bulimba Beer was purported to be – specially suitable for tropical climates.
Not only is this e-book via Project Gutenberg of interest for the recipes and concoctions therein, it also provides some insight into the way the English language was spoken and written nearly 400 years ago.
Here are a few ‘translations’ of words appearing on the pictured title page via Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (second revised Centenary edition, 1981 – Cassell Ltd) and a recipe from the book for creating craknels of ‘whatever forme you will’.
caudel / caudle
Any sloppy mess, especially that sweet mixture of gruel and wine or spirits once given by nurses to recently confined women and their “gossips” who called to see the baby in the first month. The word means “something warm” (Lat. calidus)
The old name for the confection of almonds, sugar, etc., that we call marzipan, this being the German form of the original Ital. marzapane, which was adopted in the 19th century in preference to our well-established word because this confection was largely imported from Germany.
serecloath / cerecloth (via wordreference.com)
waxed waterproof cloth of a kind previously used as a shroud
To make Craknels.
Take five or six pints of the finest Wheat flower you can get, to which you must put in a spoonfull (and not above) of good Yest, then mingle it well with Butter, cream, Rose-water, and sugar, finely beaten, and working it well into paste, make it after what forme you will, and bake it.
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Via The Mercury (Hobart) – 6 August 1889, a story of a large mangold (root vegetable) which had apparently taken the form of a human hand. The mangold photo here is from an English website dedicated to the fine sport of mangold hurling. Keep your tongue firmly in your cheek as you read!
The Nant Estate (where the disfigured mangold was discovered) is now home to the Nant Distillery, home of the only commercially operating water-powered flour mill in Australia. This now heritage site, an hour north of Hobart, produces single malt whisky.
Probably not a mangold in sight these days!