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George Ade

The Old-Time Saloon

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A celebration of the nineteenth-century saloon, written with sly humor during Prohibition: “A gem for gentlemen and gentlewomen who enjoy a tipple.”—Toronto Star
Described by Luc Sante as “a distant ancestor of Rocky and Bullwinkle,” George Ade was an early twentieth-century humorist beloved by many, even earning praise from H.L. Mencken. During the waning years of Prohibition, he wrote The Old-Time Saloon—both a work of propaganda masquerading as “just history” and a hilarious exercise in nostalgia that let booze-deprived readers of the day know just what they were missing.
Featuring original, vintage illustrations along with a new introduction and notes from Bill Savage, Ade’s book takes us back to the long-gone men’s clubs of earlier days, when beer was a nickel, the pretzels were polished, and the sardines were free.
“Ade amuses with his dry humor on a wet topic…The book discusses every phase of the saloon and every type of saloon, from the ornate and opulent place, like the Waldorf or the Knickerbocker, to the dive on the corner and the old-fashioned roadhouse.”—Brooklyn Daily Eagle
“Much about nineteenth-century saloons may have been sordid and squalid, but Ade knew how to find their charm, even their joy. He’s a wonderful reading companion—and I bet he would have been pretty great to drink with, too.”—Daniel Okrent, author of Last Call
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