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  • feedwordpress 08:01:19 on 2019/05/08 Permalink
    Tags: , , Coca-Cola, Frank Robinson, , Jacob's Pharmacy, outsider, outsider art, , ,   

    “The vitality of the ordinary members of society is dependent on its Outsiders. Many Outsiders unify themselves, realize themselves as poets or saints.”*… 


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    Gertrude Morgan

    Sister Gertrude Morgan in her Everlasting Gospel Revelation Mission; some of her work, hanging behind her.  New Orleans, Louisiana, 1974

     

    In a new book, Walks to the Paradise Garden, author Jonathan Williams, editor Phillip March Jones, and photographer Roger Manley gather interviews and encounters with artists they met along their road trips through the American South in the 1970s. Some of the artists they spoke with, like Sister Gertrude Morgan, would eventually be discovered by the art-world establishment, while others they met—like former mechanic Vernon Lee Burwell—continued to labor in obscurity.

    Along with a deep sense of religious wonder, there is a sense of urgency to the work featured in Walks to the Paradise Garden, a compulsion to make more and more of it until it covered the walls of their homes, crowded the hallways, and spilled onto the front lawn. As Williams writes in the introduction to the book, “We’re talking about a South that is both celestial and chthonian,” pertaining to both heaven and hell. “They are often one and the same.”…

    Outsider artists and their work: “Finding Jesus on the Front Yard.”

    * Colin Wilson, The Outsider

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    As we see through different eyes, we might recall that it was on this date in 1886 that a different kind of “outsider” made its first appearance: Coca-Cola was first sold to the public at the soda fountain in Jacob’s Pharmacy in Atlanta, Georgia.  It was formulated by pharmacist John Stith Pemberton, who mixed it in a 30-gallon brass kettle hung over a backyard fire.  Pemberton’s recipe, which survived in use until 1905, was marketed as a “brain and nerve tonic,” and contained extracts of cocaine and (caffeine-rich) kola nut. The name, using two C’s from its ingredients, was suggested by his bookkeeper Frank Robinson, whose excellent penmanship provided the famous scripted  “Coca-Cola” logo.

    Pemberton’s Palace

     

     
  • feedwordpress 08:01:20 on 2015/08/17 Permalink
    Tags: accident, Bridgette Driscoll, caffeine, , Coca-Cola, , , Monsanto, , pedestrian,   

    “I never drink coffee at lunch. I find it keeps me awake for the afternoon”*… 


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    U.S. coffee consumption peaked around 1950, then declined dramatically– displaced, largely, by soft drinks, 8 of the top ten selling of which are loaded with caffeine…

    With protagonists like Monsanto and Coca Cola, it’s a tale with which to conjure.

    Read more at “The buzz(kill) about caffeine.”

    * Ronald Reagan

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    As we top up our cups, we might recall that it was in this date in 1896 that the first pedestrian was killed by a motor car in Great Britain.  A Benz automobile, being demonstrated on the grounds of the Crystal Place, struck Mrs. Bridgette Driscoll, who died minutes later of head injuries.  Though the driver, Arthur James Edsall, was accused of tampering with the governor (which was meant to hold the car’s top speed to 4 miles per hour) and of being distracted as he drove by conversation with the young woman who was his passenger, a Coroner’s Inquest return a verdict of accidental death.

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  • feedwordpress 08:01:27 on 2014/03/29 Permalink
    Tags: Coca-Cola, , Coke, history of wine, , Jacobs, , ,   

    “Wine is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy”*… 


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    Bio-hazard!  Economic turmoil!  Mass emigration!…  How a tiny insect caused mass migration, the great French wine blight, and almost rid the world of wine forever….

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    [TotH to 10 Zen Monkeys]

    Special bonus:  ”What does ancient wine taste like?

    *Benjamin Franklin

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    As we own up to oenophilia, we might recall that it was on this date in 1886 that Coca Cola was concocted in an Atlanta, Georgia backyard as a “brain tonic” that could cure hangovers, stomach aches and headaches.  The original formula included caffeine and five ounces of coca leaf (from which cocaine is derived) per gallon. The creator, pharmacist John Pemberton, took his syrup a few doors down to Jacobs’ Pharmacy, where he mixed it with carbonated water and shared it with customers. The pharmacy began marketing it on May 8 as a patent medicine for 5¢ a glass. It spread first through the other Jacobs outlets in Atlanta, and then around the world.

    “The valuable tonic and nerve stimulant properties of the coca plant and cola nuts . . .”

    - John Pemberton

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