One of the most interesting things to come out of the campaign against absinthe was the beautiful advertisements, both for and against the spirit.
On the pro-absinthe side, there are themes we see today, beautiful women, sometimes scarcely dressed, enjoying themselves while they hold the drink in their hand. Sometimes it’s a gentleman or two, having cocktails and laughing at a cafe or pub. And sometimes, our old friend, the green fairy herself, makes an appearance.
Anti-absinthe adverts often depict the drink as the devil or death. Skeletons and other deathly images are the central theme, and while occasionally a bit disturbing, they are quite neat. It’s no wonder their campaign succeeded.