Vinous Rubber Grapes

Vinous Rubber Grapes, patented in 1885, were rubber grapes filled with various types of alcohol (wine, brandy, whisky, etc.). The idea was that they would allow people to drink discreetly even in places where alcohol wasn't served. Or, as the advertising copy put it, the rubber grapes provided "a ready means for a refreshing stimulant whenever needed, without reservation, even in the most criticising surroundings."

Apparently they sold quite well, right up until the passage of the 18th amendent in 1920.

I don't think that anything quite like them can be bought nowadays.

The Topeka Lantern - Feb 19, 1887

The Judge's Library - Apr 1889

     Posted By: Alex - Wed Jun 01, 2022
     Category: Inebriation and Intoxicants | Patents | Nineteenth Century

"There are very few girls who not cut a man whom she discovered eating anything alone . . ."
At least we know women haven't changed.
Posted by Phideaux on 06/01/22 at 09:32 AM
This trick would not work in movie theaters, or theaters in general, since those places prohibits people from bringing their own food. Anyway, you could achieve the same feat by eating alcohol-filled chocolates; plus, you don't have to spit out the chocolate.
Posted by Yudith on 06/05/22 at 06:06 AM
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