Photographs of People Drinking

Photographs of People Drinking

PART I of a Series

03 June 2012

Apple-Touch-IconAI wanted to create a gallery of my favorite vintage drinking pictures. Some are in my collection. If you have any candidates for inclusion, please forward. Thanks.

Drinking Gallery

Two men drinking and playing cards with a TURNER BROS tintype

Tintype of Drinking “Buddies,” – Cowan’s Auctions

A Drink and a Good Cigar Tintype – Heritage Auctions

Miners drinking – Colorado Historical Society

Maj. H.H. Humphrey and others – Library of Congress

Original antique Carte de Visite By “Traveling Artists” Peter & Kresge (probably from Pennsylvania) Handsome Young Man in Uniform (Civil War?) with Fish Bottle

Men gathered for a drink in the Road House Saloon, Bluff City, Alaska – ca. 1906

Men posing with beer postcard

Bealeton, Va. Noncommissioned officers’ mess of Co. D, 93d New York Infantry – Library of Congress

Framed Old Continental Whiskey photograph

Three unidentified soldiers playing cards, smoking, and drinking in front of American flag – Library of Congress

Hutchinson Women

Three men drinking wearing hats tintype

Cowboys drinking in a saloon bar

Lad enjoying a frosty mug of Drake’s Plantation Bitters

Fred D. Follett Bottled Milk

Saloon pose – location unknown

Orient Saloon – Bisbee, Arizona

Civil War table pose

Farmer and ex-cowboy drinking beer in North Platte, Nebraska, saloon ca. 1938

Tintype: Men Drinking Liquor

Unknown men in unknown location. They appear to be drinking beer and all are wearing medals of some type. – Brodhead Historical Society

Drinking and Smoking Tintype

Drinking, smoking & poker. 3 things that do go well together!

Love this picture…probably during prohibition. Maybe drinking Atlas Beer – Daffys Landing Antiques

A Quiet Sunday at Scotia – The photo was taken in front of a bunkhouse at the company town of Scotia just south of Eureka, in Humboldt County, Ca. Scotia was big redwood lumber company town in the 1800′s. The town still exists but not as a company town. You can see the bunkhouse number on the wall behind the men and you can see hobnails on the bottom of the boots on one of the men playing cards. – photo Martin Ludtke

Ca. 1870 Tintype – Man w/Wine Bottle & Historical Union Clasped Hands Flask – Here is a pretty cool item that ended recently on eBay that was similar to the fish bitters picture. – Brandon Smith

Photographs of People Drinking – Part I

Photographs and Images of People Drinking – Part II

Photographs and Images of People Drinking – Part III

Photographs and Images of People Drinking – Part IV (Brewing)

Photographs and Images of People Drinking – Part V

Photographs and Images of People Drinking – Part VI

Possibly the Earliest Photograph of People Drinking Beer – Part VII

About Ferdinand Meyer V

Ferdinand Meyer V, President, Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors, is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and has a BFA in Fine Art and Graphic Design from the Kansas City Art Institute and School of Design. Ferdinand is the founding Principal of FMG Design, a nationally recognized design consultation firm. Ferdinand is a passionate collector of American historical glass specializing in bitters bottles, color runs and related classic figural bottles. Ferdinand is married to Elizabeth Jane Meyer and lives in Houston, Texas with their daughter and three wonderful grandchildren. The Meyers are also very involved in Quarter Horses, antiques and early United States postage stamps.

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3 Responses to Photographs of People Drinking

  1. Chris Rowell says:

    Cool pictures, I really enjoyed this.

  2. Mike Dolcini says:

    The unknown saloon location has to be somewhere out West. Antelope and mule deer on the wall says most likely Colorado, Montana or Wyoming.

  3. mikedickman says:

    It is amazing to see evidence that nineteenth century folks used bitters as just another form of alcohol, which, really, it was: I’ve read that Drake’s was 66 proof and Hostetter’s was 88 proof!

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