Saturday, January 25, 2020

Legendre Absinthe and Legendre New Orleans Bitters

A pair of rarities from the the early days of Legendre & Co., a unused invoice form for Legendre Absinthe, which was only used for a very short time from Dec. 1933, to the first two months of 1934.

The other striking find is a handwritten note by J.Marion Legendre, on how to make Legendre New Orleans Bitters, which were Legendre & Co. version of Peychaud's Bitters.

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Legendre Absinthe Booklet

With the Dec 1933 post prohibition launch of Legendre Absinthe, J. Marion Legendre would issue his first promotional booklet 25 Ways to Enjoy Legendre Absinthe.

Collection of Legendre Absinthe bottles and booklet.
The Legendre Absinthe booklet contained a historical background on absinthe and cocktail recipes to introduce and reassure the public, that Legendre Absinthe was a delicious and safe beverage to consume during the immediate post prohibition days.


The Legendre Absinthe Labeling, and promotional booklet would only last a few short months in early 1934, before the Federal Alcohol Control Administration would require Legendre & Co. to remove the word Absinthe from their product.
J. Marion Legendre would quickly adopt the name Legendre Herbsaint, The New Name for Legendre Absinthe. 

#herbsaint #absinthe #legendreabsinthe #neworleansabsinthe #absinthehistory

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Drinking Absinthe at The Old Absinthe House 1909

A recent addition to our collection is this vintage postcard of the The Old Absinthe House, sent May 1st, 1909.

The front of the postcard is a fairly common image, but what was written on the back, was quite interesting as the text reads: "Absinthe is a great French drink, this is the only place in this country where they drip it, Holes are worn in the marble, an inch deep." 

#absinthe #oldabsinthehouse #neworleansabsinthe

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Returning With New Herbsaint Finds

We will be posting again regularly.
Quite a bit of historical information, and several new finds took place while we were busy with real life.

Stay Tuned...


Sunday, August 7, 2016

Legendre's Drugstore

The Legendre Building at 122-126 Barrone, in New Orleans, which still stands today was the location of Legendre's Drug Store, as well as the headquarters of Legendre & Co. during the early years of Legendre Herbsaint production.

A few Legendre's Drugstore Items, which include an interior shot of Legendre's Drugstore, from an early 1900s advertisement.

A small selection of Legendre's Drugstore bottles in our Collection. 

Legendre & Co. pharmaceutical label for medicinal Wormwood.
The French term for Wormwood would later become a famous Trade Name for Legendre Herbsaint. 

During Prohibition, Legendre's Drugstore would have one of the largest federal permits to dispense prescription alcohol. 

Below, an example of some surviving prescription documents from Prohibition Era Legendre's Drugstore that reside in our collection.

The front of Legendre's Drugstore / Legendre Bldg. in the late 1950s

The window of Legendre's Drugstore around 1948 or 1949, 
Look at what is in the window.