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Life’s Luxuries

I like the detailed engravings that you find in so many 19th-century books and periodicals. The complicated machine shown here is from the Historical and Descriptive Review of the State of North Carolina, a business directory published in Charleston in 1885. The engraving appeared in an ad for James Redmond of New Bern, a “wholesale liquor dealer, and manufacturer of ginger ale, sarsaparilla, lemon soda, buffalo mead, California pear cider, &c.” Apparently this is some sort of bottling contraption. The entry for Redmond in the book describes his business as furnishing “one of the staple luxuries of life, lager beer.”

Bottler Engraving