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Welcome to this section of the Virtual Absinthe Museum Web Shop. The absinthe images here have been selected for their beauty or special interest. They are all based on unique or very rare originals in the Virtual Absinthe Museum, and are generally unpublished and not otherwise available online.

Every effort has been made to ensure that the images reproduced here are as close to the original as possible - they have been captured using state of the art ultra high-res digital scanning equipment, and are printed using advanced colorfast inks. In all cases the images are similar to those appearing in the body of the Virtual Museum website, only in much higher resolution. Remember that everything sold through CafePress comes with an unconditional thirty day money-back guarantee, so you can order with complete peace of mind.

Please feel free to browse the store. If you'd like to purchase an image you've seen on the website which isn't listed here, please contact Oxy directly at: info@oxygenee.com.

To browse the shop by image, click on the thumbnails below. To browse by type of product - eg large posters - use the "Browse Products" drop down list box at top left. As always with CafePress, all the images are available in a variety of poster formats, both framed and unframed, as well as on various other merchandise.


We've recently edited several of the images for even better printing results, including two of the most popular - Audino's 1915 "Green Fairy at the Stake" French absinthe prohibition poster, and the powerful 1905 "Absinthe c'est la mort" by Monod. We've also added two of the most requested and sought after absinthe images - the wonderful Absinthe Blanqui poster, and the charming "Chat Noir" designed for Absinthe Bourgeois, together with two other delightful absinthe-related animal images.

If you're thinking of ordering a poster, but are new to CafePress, rest assured that the quality of the printing is absolutely outstanding - it's really the closest thing possible to owning an original. And of course there is a 30 day, no-questions-asked unconditional money back guarantee on everything!

Three Absinthe Drinkers

Three Absinthe Drinkers
Probably the clearest and most detailed of all photographs showing the absinthe ritual. Circa 1910.

Absinthe Bourgeois Chat Noir

Absinthe Bourgeois Chat Noir
This charming design for Absinthe Bourgeois, shows an absinthe loving black cat enjoying a glass of the company's product. Nicknamed the "Chat Noir", it's became one of the best-loved absinthe images.

Posters & Prints

Posters & Prints
The best selling POSTERS and PRINTS from the Virtual Absinthe Museum. Many of then are based on unique originals; almost none are available anywhere else.

Absinthe Parisienne

Absinthe Parisienne
This famous 1894 design for Absinthe Parisienne by P. Gélis-Didot and Louis Malteste has a coyly erotic theme, emphasized by the innuendo of the tag line
"Bois donc, tu verras après..."

Absinthe Cats

Absinthe Cats
A charming 1907 French postcard showing two cats enjoying an absinthe!

Absinthe Duval Dog

Absinthe Duval Dog
A remarkable print, one of three made from the original glass negative before it was accidentally destroyed. This photograph was likely intended for a never-released publicity carton.

Verlaine with Absinthe

Verlaine with Absinthe
This 1896 photo of the great poet and habitual absintheur Paul Verlaine shows this melancholic figure in the last year of his life with his ever-present glass of absinthe seated in a café.

Absinthe Vichet

Absinthe Vichet
A famous circa 1896 poster for Absinthe Vichet, a quintessential Art Nouveau image.

L'Alcool Voila l'Ennemi

L'Alcool Voila l'Ennemi
An extraordinary anti-alcohol poster, illustrating graphically the alleged dangers of industrial alcohol and absinthe, and praising the healthy effects of wine. Absinthe is singled out especially.

Absinthe Blanqui

Absinthe Blanqui
A recent discovery - a preliminary sketch (or maquette) in ink, pastel and watercolour for one of the most famous of all absinthe posters, Absinthe Blanqui's smiling redhead.

Swiss Absinthe Prohibition 1910

Swiss Absinthe Prohibition 1910
The famous 1910 "Messieurs...c'est l'heure" anti absinthe prohibition poster by Gantner. It shows a triumphant prohibitionist, dressed as a priest, trampling on the murdered figure of the Green Fairy.

Death of the Green Fairy

Death of the Green Fairy
Audino's 1915 anti absinthe prohibition poster shows the French Green Fairy being burnt at the stake, while up above the Swiss Green Fairy, dead 5 years earlier, waits to welcome her sister to heaven.

French Absinthe Prohibition 1915

French Absinthe Prohibition 1915
Less well know than Gantner's poster for the prohibition of absinthe in Switzerland, is this companion lithograph lamenting the final prohibition of absinthe in France 5 years later.

Absinthe Blanqui

Absinthe Blanqui
A gorgeous and very rare poster for Absinthe Blanqui, designed and printed by Revon - a quintessential art-nouveau image, heavily influenced by the then fashionable vogue for orientalism.

Absinthe Rosinette

Absinthe Rosinette
An unrecorded lithographic poster for Rosinette, Absinthe Rosé Oxygénée, printed by Camis around 1900. This is the only know historical reference to a rosé absinthe.

Absinthe Ducros

Absinthe Ducros
Leonetto Cappiello's famous poster for Absinthe Ducros, showing an exuberant lady in red brandishing an absinthe bottle.

La Buveuse d'Absinthe

La Buveuse d'Absinthe
A charming postcard showing a fashionable young lady happily preparing her absinthe.

Belle Epoque Bar Girl

Belle Epoque Bar Girl
This risque 1900's photo of a rather louche French bar girl perfectly sums up the disdain for conventional manners and morality that characterised the demi-monde of the absinthe era.

Absinthe Professors

Absinthe Professors
An 1889 engraving showing 3 so-called "absinthe professors" - experienced absintheurs who, for the price of a drink or two, would instruct novice drinkers in the finer points of the absinthe ritual.

Absinthe Robette

Absinthe Robette
Henri Privat-Livemont's famous Art Nouveau masterpiece for Absinthe Robette. The nude girl, clothed only in a diaphanous gown, holds the glass of absinthe in an attitude of mystic awe.

Cri de Alarme

Cri de Alarme
A famous anti-absinthe and anti-alcohol poster by Frederic Christol, produced for the Ligue Nationale contre l'Alcoolisme. A temperance campaigner shouts from the rooftops of Paris.

Swiss 1908 Pro-Absinthe Propaganda

Swiss 1908 Pro-Absinthe Propaganda
A passionate pro-absinthe poster, designed by the satirical artist Gantner, campaigning against the 1908 Swiss prohibition referendum. The text is in the local Schwyzerdutsch dialect.

L'Odieuse Absinthe

L'Odieuse Absinthe
A strongly worded broadsheet attacking "l'odieuse absinthe" and announcing the famous anti-absinthe rally at the Trocadero in Paris on 14th June 1907.

La Poudre Montavon

La Poudre Montavon
An advertising sign for "La Poudre Montavon", an anti-drunkenness powder marketed to wives distressed about their husband's drinking. From a unique original in the Virtual Absinthe Museum.

Emile Decoeur

Emile Decoeur
A rather frightening original maquette in ink, pencil and watercolor, for a still undocumented anti-absinthe poster or journal illustration. The artist is believed to be Emile Decoeur.

L'Absinthe Rend Fou!

L'Absinthe Rend Fou!
A powerful sketch by the Swiss caricaturist Alloton, depicting a wild-haired absinthe drinker clutching a bottle and spoon, with the warning "L'Absinthe Rend Fou" (Absinthe makes you mad!)

Absinthe Dornier-Tuller

Absinthe Dornier-Tuller
A wonderful advertising carton for the famous brand of Absinthe Dornier-Tuller, the elaborate heraldic design printed by chromolithography.

Absinthine

Absinthine
A striking and unusual circa 1905 poster for a Toulouse based distillery producing an absinthe-like aperitif.

Absinthe Picardine

Absinthe Picardine
A beautiful previously undocumented advertising image for Absinthe Picardine, probably originally published in the journal L'Illustration. The background shows La Corniche aux Catalans in Marseilles.

L'Heure d'Absinthe

L'Heure d'Absinthe
A caricature by Gill, satirizing the French military's love of absinthe, originally published in L'Eclipse 1874.

Le Paradis ou L'Enfer

Le Paradis ou L'Enfer
Signed "Mathieu 1910", this striking pastel shows a finely sketched man with three drinks: le blanc, le rouge and la verte - white wine, red wine and absinthe.

L'Absinthe

L'Absinthe
A powerful anti-absinthe caricature by the Portuguese artist Leal da Camara, published in 1903 in the satirical journal L'Assiette au Beurre.

Absinthe Oxygenee Cusenier

Absinthe Oxygenee Cusenier
A famous absinthe poster produced in 1896, designed by Nicholas Tamagno for Cusenier. The bon vivant enjoying his Absinthe Oxygénée is the French comedian Joseph-Francois Dailly (1839 - 1897).

Absinthe Superieure Junod

Absinthe Superieure Junod
Absinthe Junod lithographed by A.Gallice d'après Misti.

Terminus Absinthe Bienfaisante

Terminus Absinthe Bienfaisante
Tamagno's 1892 poster for Absinthe Terminus used the likenesses of two famous stage personalities of the day: Constant Coquelin and Sarah Bernhardt.

L'Assiette au Beurre - Jossot

L'Assiette au Beurre - Jossot
A hard-hitting 1904 anti-absinthe satirical illustration by Jossot, from the famous anarchist journal L'Assiette au Beurre, showing a father or grandfather feeding Pernod to a baby.

L'Absinthe c'est la mort

L'Absinthe c'est la mort
A very rare and frightening 1905 poster by Monod, with a hard hitting anti-absinthe message. This is one of the most requested images from the Virtual Absinthe Museum.

L'Assiette au Beurre 1907

L'Assiette au Beurre 1907
A horrifying 1907 image by the anarchist artist Jossot, showing a bloodstained alcoholic mortician drinking the formaldehyde used to preserve an infant foetus.

A l'Esplanade des Invalides

A l'Esplanade des Invalides
A famous 1899 lithograph by Loustaunau, showing a "zouave" enjoying an absinthe at a pavement cafe.

Pernod Fils

Pernod Fils
Based on a painting by Charles Maire (1845 - 1919), this ubiquitous print advertising Pernod Fils once hung in almost every bar and cafe in France.

Absinthe Terminus

Absinthe Terminus
An 1894 calender advertising Absinthe Terminus. The gentleman in the red jacket is the Absinthe Terminus drinker, his friend in the black is drinking "Absinthe Ordinaire"!

Absinthe Classics

Absinthe Classics
An updated version of the classic Absinthe Barth poster: the logo of our new online retailer Absinthe Classics - purveyors of the finest modern absinthes - Doubs Absinthe, and the Jade absinthe range.

Suave Absinthe

Suave Absinthe
A rare barrel label for triple rectified Pontarlier "Suave Absinthe".

The Virtual Absinthe Museum Wall Calendar.

The Virtual Absinthe Museum Wall Calendar.
A page-a-month wall calender, showcasing some of the remarkable images in the Virtual Absinthe Museum. There are two versions, one in vertical and one in horizontal format, each with different images.


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