Monday, August 1, 2011

1930's Book - The Art of Drinking

One interesting thing I came across during my latest thrifting adventures was an old book, The Art of Drinking by Dexter Mason.  It was published in 1930 and is apparently a sought after book for those who collect bar-keeping and cocktail books.

The book itself was a nice find, but there were tons of little goodies stuck inside the book that are even more interesting.
There was a stack of attendance diplomas.  Cross and Crown is church related, so a cocktail book seems an odd place to store these.

Most interesting of all were the old pamphlets with drink recipes stuck throughout the book.  It's quite a collection.

I have no idea how old they are, but just guessing, I'd say they were from the 1930's, 40's or 50's. 

I had originally thought to sell this book in my booth, but I don't think it would go to the right home that way.  This seems to be something that a serious collector would most appreciate, so, I'm thinking maybe I should list it on Ebay or something.  I feel responsible for finding it a good home!


  1. This is really a fascinating find. I am always so intrigued by old published pieces, both for their historical value, and since I'm a graphic designer, the layout, illustration and design of them. I agree, this collection deserves to be with an appropriate collector. Good luck finding the right home!

  2. Hi,

    Have you found a new place for this book?
    I'm à serious collector and this book would be a great value in my collection.

    Please contact me

    Looking forward hearing from you!

  3. I am not a collector myself, but my girlfriend is, and this would be the perfect present. If it is not yet sold (or if you have a line on anther, or the second part, "The Art of Drinking More") I would love to buy it. My e-mail is



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