Monday, April 26, 2010

ROXY: 1920's Cocktails

A Cocktail Bar Poster

Le Sourire, Glamour Erotica Magazine, France, 1920
A poster of women at a cocktail bar

A cocktail book from the 1920's

During Prohibition in the United States (1920–1933), when the sale of alcoholic beverages was illegal, cocktails were still consumed illegally in establishments known as speakeasies. The quality of the alcohol available was far lower than was previously used, and bartenders generally put forth less effort in preparing the cocktails.

Posters for cocktail bars were designed to be sleek and modern using paler colours, round san serif fonts and female flappers.


  1. well researched. there's a lot of graphics out there considering its the time of prohibition.