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Friday, 11 September 2015
Mateus Rosé was the iconic drink of the 1970s. I don’t remember it tasting particularly good, but the bottles were a pleasing shape with attractive labels. It was probably quite cheap to buy and was within our student budgets. After we had polished off the wine we would use the bottle as a candle holder, allowing the drips of successive coloured candles to form a rainbow-coloured carapace. This image comes from my souvenir programme from the Lords Taverners charity cricket match at RAF Cranwell, and the advert is alluding to the charity’s 21st birthday in 1971. The complete programme can be viewed on my Flickr album.
Another colourful label is this one, spotted on at the ‘Whirrs, Cogs and Thingamabobs’ exhibition at the Naval Dockyards, Chatham in 2012. Again, you can see some of the oddities on display in my Flickr album of the exhibition. This label is for a chemically treated dust puff from the 1950s.
I can almost forgive the incorrect use of it’s for its, because I was amused by the description of the ‘patented kinky construction’. Even though it was ‘soft and fluffy’ it promised to ‘renew lustre’ - very similar to the Mateus Rose in fact.
This week’s Sepia Saturday calls for adverts, wine and old labels, so I’ve ticked all the boxes. Why not join us and see some more polished posts.