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"A journey through time and taste: From tea amidst the ruins to champagne celebrations" Amidst the bomb damage at New Cross

Background imageDrink Collection: A woman enjoys a cup of tea in the midst of the bomb damage at New Cross after air raids

A woman enjoys a cup of tea in the midst of the bomb damage at New Cross after air raids on London in World War Two June 1944

Background imageDrink Collection: Birthday card - Man relaxing in a chair

Birthday card - Man relaxing in a chair
Birthday card, Man relaxing in a chair. circa 1930s

Background imageDrink Collection: Gin Lane, 1751. Artist: William Hogarth

Gin Lane, 1751. Artist: William Hogarth
Gin Lane, 1751.The scene is the St Giles slums. A child falls to its death from the arms of its drunk mother who sits with ulcerated legs. A skeletal figure holds an empty glass

Background imageDrink Collection: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by William McLaren

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by William McLaren
King Arthur welcomes the Green Knight into the Banqueting Hall and invites him to dismount and eat with the company. Everyone is amazed to see the unexpected visitor

Background imageDrink Collection: Advert / Sandeman Port

Advert / Sandeman Port
Sandeman Port - the famous silhouette

Background imageDrink Collection: Woman Holding a Huge Cup of Coffee

Woman Holding a Huge Cup of Coffee
The photograph showcases a woman, her face radiating contentment, as she cradles an enormous cup filled to the brim with steaming hot chocolate or coffee

Background imageDrink Collection: Formula One Championship, Rd 15, United States Grand Prix East, Watkins Glen, USA, 2 October 1977

Formula One Championship, Rd 15, United States Grand Prix East, Watkins Glen, USA, 2 October 1977
James Hunt (GBR) celebrates his win in Victory Lane with his McLaren M26, a cigarette, a beer, and a Penthouse Pet. Formula One Championship, Rd 15, United States Grand Prix East, Watkins Glen, USA

Background imageDrink Collection: Dylan Thomas Drinking & Smoking

Dylan Thomas Drinking & Smoking
Welsh poet Dylan Thomas (1914 - 1953) drinking a glass of beer and smoking while seated at a desk with stacks of his books of poetry, New York City, c. 1950. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Background imageDrink Collection: Buchanans Whisky Advert

Buchanans Whisky Advert
Four greyhounds race to the finish line in an advertisement for Buchanans Black & White Scotch whisky

Background imageDrink Collection: Bollingers Champagne

Bollingers Champagne
Bollingers champagne

Background imageDrink Collection: Horn & Hardart Automat, New York City, USA

Horn & Hardart Automat, New York City, USA
Horn & Hardart Automat, 57th Street and 6th Avenue, New York City, USA, one of a large chain of cafes and restaurants serving over half a million people per day. Date: circa 1930

Background imageDrink Collection: Huggins Beer advert

Huggins Beer advert
Bottle of Huggins Light Dinner Ale Beer, advert 1908 Date: 1908

Background imageDrink Collection: Advert / Mumms Champagne

Advert / Mumms Champagne
Mumms Cordon Rouge Champagne

Background imageDrink Collection: Firefighters on a tea break after fire St Katherines Dock

Firefighters on a tea break after fire St Katherines Dock
London firefighters (with cork helmets) and Auxiliary Fire Service firefighters (with tin hats and AFS badges on their tunics)

Background imageDrink Collection: Advertisement, Gilbeys Scotch Whisky, Glen-Spey Glenlivet

Advertisement, Gilbeys Scotch Whisky, Glen-Spey Glenlivet, three shillings and sixpence per bottle. early 20th century

Background imageDrink Collection: Advert / Horlicks Malted

Advert / Horlicks Malted
Horlicks Malted Milk is always up to the Standard - and supposedly this little girl, fortified by Horlick s, never flags?

Background imageDrink Collection: Asia, Vietnam. Snake wine for sale in a Saigon store, Ho Chi Minh City

Asia, Vietnam. Snake wine for sale in a Saigon store, Ho Chi Minh City

Background imageDrink Collection: Milkman and his Float

Milkman and his Float
A milkman taking bottles from the crates on his float to deliver to someones doorstep

Background imageDrink Collection: Tennents Lager advert

Tennents Lager advert
Tennents lager advert with two dogs and a bottle of lager beer 1909 Date: 1909

Background imageDrink Collection: Tate & Lyle Refinery

Tate & Lyle Refinery
A coastal barge sailing by the famous Tate and Lyle sugar refinery works, Plaistow Wharf, off Silvertown, North Woolwich, east London

Background imageDrink Collection: Westvleteren Trappist beer at the abbey in Saint Sixtus, enjoying local beer

Westvleteren Trappist beer at the abbey in Saint Sixtus, enjoying local beer, near Poperinge, West Flanders, Belgium, Europe

Background imageDrink Collection: Champagne Poster

Champagne Poster
Poster for Chauvet champagne

Background imageDrink Collection: Spaten Brau Publicity 2

Spaten Brau Publicity 2
A waitress brings four seidels of frothy Spaten-Brau

Background imageDrink Collection: Nicolas Poster

Nicolas Poster
Poster for the Nicolas chain of wine shops, France

Background imageDrink Collection: Bournville Cocoa Poster

Bournville Cocoa Poster
where Bournville Cocoa is Made

Background imageDrink Collection: Quick Lunch and Snack Bar at Paddington Station, 1936

Quick Lunch and Snack Bar at Paddington Station, 1936
An interior view of Paddington station showing a busy snack bar, which probably opened soon after the modernisation of the station in the 1930s

Background imageDrink Collection: His Masters Breath - Satire

His Masters Breath - Satire
His Masters Breath Satirical play on the dog/gramophone logo for His Masters Voice, substituting the music player for a whiskey jar and funnel

Background imageDrink Collection: Harrys New York bar in Paris

Harrys New York bar in Paris. Patrons attempting to break the world record for drinking two litres of beer in seventeen seconds. C. 1947

Background imageDrink Collection: Buffalo soldier drinking from his canteen

Buffalo soldier drinking from his canteen on a desert march. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century Frederic Remington illustration

Background imageDrink Collection: Advert for Booths Gin, 1937

Advert for Booths Gin, 1937, London Date: 1937

Background imageDrink Collection: Dom Perignon / Monk

Dom Perignon / Monk
Dom Perignon, a Benedictine monk of Hautvillers, discovers the champagne process

Background imageDrink Collection: Simpsons Strand Chefs

Simpsons Strand Chefs
The veteran carvers and superintendents at Simpsons on the Strand, the famous London restaurant

Background imageDrink Collection: Queen Mother drinks a pint of beer in a pub in Stepney

Queen Mother drinks a pint of beer in a pub in Stepney

Background imageDrink Collection: Poster advertising Linherr Vermouth

Poster advertising Linherr Vermouth, showing an elegant woman sipping from a glass. circa 1950s

Background imageDrink Collection: Old Orkney Whiskey

Old Orkney Whiskey
Old Orkney advert showing a porter delivering luggage to a scotsman which is a giant bottle of whiskey 1905 1905

Background imageDrink Collection: WW1 silhouettes, wounded soldiers and medical care

WW1 silhouettes, wounded soldiers and medical care
Silhouettes of wounded soldiers and medical care during the First World War. From the top: stretcher bearers, a field ambulance, the casualty clearing station, a train taking men off to the base

Background imageDrink Collection: Dewars advertisement

Dewars advertisement
This advertisement for Dewars " White Label" Scotch whiskey encourages viewers to celebrate the Coronation with " the finest drink in the world"

Background imageDrink Collection: Advert for Grand Marnier liquer, 1938, Paris

Advert for Grand Marnier liquer, 1938, Paris
Advert for Grand Marnier liquer, 1928, Paris Date: 1938

Background imageDrink Collection: Cheeseburger and chips

Cheeseburger and chips. Processed foods, such as found, in a cheeseburger are usually low in fibre and high in fats. Too much fatty food in the diet is associated with health risks

Background imageDrink Collection: A painted sign for Inca Kola

A painted sign for Inca Kola, the most successful soft drink in Peru and sold widely through Latin America. PERU, La Libertad, Trujillo A painted sign for Inca Kola

Background imageDrink Collection: Champagne wine cellar, Reims, Champagne, Ardennes, France, Europe

Champagne wine cellar, Reims, Champagne, Ardennes, France, Europe

Background imageDrink Collection: Landlord and Bar Sign

Landlord and Bar Sign
Due to the number of customers trying to pay for drinks by cheque, the landlords sign in this London pub makes it clear that draughts, not overdrafts, are available behind the bar

Background imageDrink Collection: Absinthe Poster

Absinthe Poster
Absinthe Robette (Belgium)

Background imageDrink Collection: William Hogarth Gin Lane

William Hogarth Gin Lane
Vintage engraving of showing a scene from William Hogarths Beer Street and Gin Lane. They depict the evils of the consumption of gin as a contrast to the merits of drinking beer

Background imageDrink Collection: The Gin Shop, 1829

The Gin Shop, 1829
The Gin Shop, pub. 1829 (hand coloured engraving)

Background imageDrink Collection: Stanley Holloway as Mr Valentine

Stanley Holloway as Mr Valentine
with a glass in his hand at the window of the buffet car

Background imageDrink Collection: Advert for Horlicks malted milk 1916

Advert for Horlicks malted milk 1916
Woman in World War One workshop, drinking the nourishing food-drink Horlicks Malted Milk. Date: 1916

Background imageDrink Collection: Deaths Dispensary. An 1866 cartoon indicating water pollution as a source of disease

Deaths Dispensary. An 1866 cartoon indicating water pollution as a source of disease
POLLUTION CARTOON, 1866. Deaths Dispensary. An 1866 cartoon indicating water pollution as a source of disease




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"A journey through time and taste: From tea amidst the ruins to champagne celebrations" Amidst the bomb damage at New Cross, a resilient woman finds solace in a comforting cup of tea, reminding us that even in chaos, there is still room for small moments of tranquility. In Valencia's historic center, an old wall advertises a drink that once quenched the thirsts of generations past, serving as a reminder of how beverages have woven themselves into our cultural fabric. Step back into 1751 with William Hogarth's "Gin Lane, " where the perils of excessive drinking are depicted vividly, urging us to reflect on the consequences that can accompany indulgence. Journey into Arthurian legend with Sir Gawain and his encounter with the Green Knight – a tale where honor is tested and courage is rewarded; perhaps over shared drinks among knights. A woman holds onto her oversized coffee cup tightly as if it were her lifeline – showcasing how this beloved beverage has become an essential part of our daily routines and rituals. The Horn & Hardart Automat in bustling New York City offers convenience alongside steaming cups of coffee or other refreshing drinks – capturing an era when efficiency met enjoyment. Huggins Beer advert invites you to raise your glass high and toast to good times shared amongst friends - because some memories are best made over cold brews on warm summer nights. Mumms Champagne advertisement sparkles with elegance and sophistication - inviting you to indulge in life's celebratory moments while sipping on bubbles that dance upon your tongue. Sandeman Port advertisement transports you to Portugal's vineyards, enticing you to savor rich flavors from sun-kissed grapes aged gracefully within oak barrels - an invitation for refined palates seeking pleasure. Dylan Thomas' iconic image captures him both drinking and smoking.