Karl Struss Brooklyn Bridge, Nocturne 1912
He thinks I suffer from depression. But I’m just quiet. Solitude and depression are like swimming and drowning. In school many years ago, I learned that flowers sometimes unfold inside themselves.”
― Simon Van Booy, Love Begins in Winter: Five Stories
This handbill — which can be seen in the British Museum — dates back to the 1650s, and was produced by the first coffee shop in London, in St. Michael’s Alley, Cornhill.
My quick transcription:
The Vertue of the COFFEE Drink.
First publiquely made and sold in England, by Pasqua Rosee.
The Grain or Berry called Coffee, groweth upon little Trees, only in the Deserts of Arabia.
It is brought from thence, and drunk generally throughout all the Grand Seigniors Dominions.
It is a simple innocent thing, composed into a Drink, by being dryed in an Oven, and ground to Powder, and boiled up with Spring water, and about half a pint of it to be drunk, fasting an hour before, and Eating an hour after, and to be taken as hot as possibly can be endured; the which will never fetch the skin off the mouth, or raise any Blisters, by reason of that Heat.
The Turks drink at meals and other times, is usually Water, and their Dyet consists much of fruit, the Crudities whereof are very much corrected by this Drink.
The quality of this drink is cold and dry; and thought it be a Dryer, yet it neither heats nor inflames more then hot Posset.
It forecloseth the Orifice of the Stomack, and fortifies the heat with[…] it’s very good to help digestion; and therefore of great use to be […] bout 3 or 4 a Clock afternoon, as well as in the morning.
[…] much quickens the Spirits, and makes the Heart Lightsome. […] is good against sore Eys, and the better if you hold your Head over it, and take in the Steem that way.
It suppresseth Fumes exceedingly, and therefore good against the Head-ach. and will very much stop any Defluxion of Rheums, that distil from the Head upon the Stomack, and so prevent and help Consumptions; and the Cough of the Lungs.
It is excellent to prevent and cure the Dropsy, Gout, and Scurvy.
It is known by experience to be better then any other Drying Drink for People in years, or Children that have any running humors upon them, as the Kings Evil. &c.
It is very good to prevent Mis-carrying in Child-bearing Women.
It is a most excellent Remedy against the Spleen, Hypocondriack Winds, or the like.
It will prevent Drowsiness, and make one fit for busines, if one have occasion to Watch; and therefore you are not to Drink of it after Supper, unless you intend to be watchful, for it will hinder sleep for 3 or 4 hours.
It is observed that in Turkey, where this is generally drunk, that they are not trobled with the Stone, Gout, Dropsie, or Scurvey, and that their Skins are exceeding cheer and white.
It is neither Laxative nor Restringent.
Made and sold in St. Michaels Alley in Cornhill, by Pasqua Rosee, at the Signe of his own Head.
I’ve often wondered why “Dropsy, Gout, and Scurvy” have never been among my astronomical number of kvetches. Finally, I have an answer.
Screenshot from “The Twilight Zone-The Monsters are Due on Maple Street” 1960
Narrator: The tools of conquest do not necessarily come with bombs, and explosions, and fallout. There are weapons that are simply thoughts, ideas, prejudices, to be found only in the minds of men. For the record, prejudices can kill and suspicion can destroy. A thoughtless, frightened search for a scapegoat has a fallout all its own for the children and the children yet unborn. And the pity of it is, is that these things cannot be confined to the Twilight Zone.