Archive for the ‘cocktails’ Category

Working on a big booze business archive

Monday, December 30th, 2013

For a few weeks now, we’ve been working away on the business archive of a 19th and early 20th century wine and spirits importer and distributor. Many boxes of financial ledgers, checkbooks, correspondence and other miscellaneous paper might look like a big mess waiting for the recycler to some, but it’s our job to make some sense of it and find it a new a home. Our friend Sharon Kitchens, of the Portland Press Herald’s Root Blog, came to check out the archive and see what it might all mean. Here’re her impressions and a brief interview with me:

And here’s a picture of just a few of the massive ledger volumes.

“Jimmy” Late of Ciro’s London

Saturday, July 6th, 2013

Just now cataloguing a lovely copy of Cocktails, by “Jimmy” late of Ciro’s London. It’s missing the attractive, blue dust jacket, but the jacket is scarce. I’ve only ever sold one copy with a jacket. “Jimmy” remains a bit of a mystery. Some have conjectured that he may have been Jimmy Charters, who worked in Deauville and Monte Carlo, but I’ve found nothing beyond that.

While Googling around for more info on Ciro’s , I found this short little video of Ciro’s London in 1932. Interestingly, there is champagne, wine, and even tea in the film, but nary a cocktail. And sadly no shot of the bar where perhaps we may have glanced Jimmy, mixing a Pegu Club (his book appears to have been just the second appearance of this classic).