Stirring with vintage swizzle sticks

forex banka In the world of vintage bar accessories, amid colorful glassware and shakers in sparkling chrome, swizzle sticks were also highly regarded.  I recently came upon a collection of vintage stir sticks from the 1960s and 1970s. Discovering this mismatched collection of drink stirrers was like finding a party in a box.

buy Pregabalin usa But first a little history.  The original swizzle stick was actually a 19th century West Indian invention. A skinny little branch, frayed on one end, was rotated in a glass to mix a drink. But it wasn’t until 1935 when Jay Swindler, a chemical engineer, patented a version of it just after Prohibition ended. He designed the stick with a point on one end for retrieving sunken olives and cherries, and a flat, paddle-like top to display advertising.

Custom stir sticks for Godo Shusei, a Japanese manufacturer of sake and shochu (white spirits)

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site de rencontre gratuit france sans inscription From the 1930s through the 1950s, swizzle sticks came in a variety of styles-from simple and unadorned, to glittery and playful. Most sticks during this era were made of glass. Manufacturers customized the swizzles by imprinting hotel and bar names on the glass. In some cases the logo was screened on a piece of paper, which was then inserted into a tube before the end was sealed – kind of like a message in a bottle!

Hotel stir sticks collected from cocktail lounges and restaurants

follow Then during the 1940s and 1950s, plastic production increased, and many businesses, such as nightclubs, airlines, and liquor companies had a custom signature swizzle. These were considered souvenirs and taking them home was encouraged.  Essentially, they could be used again, serving as reminders of a great trip or night on the town.  In this case, collected and stored ever so carefully, to receive the spotlight again 50 years later.

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