Wine Bottle Dust

A gag gift sold to wine lovers back in 1979.

Given how many wineries, with attached gift shops, have sprung up in the past twenty years, I think this would sell even better today. An opportunity awaits for an entrepreneur.

Alexandria Town Talk - Apr 19, 1979

     Posted By: Alex - Mon Jan 31, 2022
     Category: Imitations, Forgeries, Rip-offs and Faux | Inebriation and Intoxicants | 1970s

I think this is hilarious!
Posted by Patrick on 01/31/22 at 07:03 AM
Considering the amount of dust raised during the care of the vines, some of that dust could have been used to provide authenticity. When I worked in the fields as a kid the shower at the end of the day would run black with washed off dust. I could have used that on the bottles and retired early.
Posted by KDP on 01/31/22 at 09:14 AM
I used to collect dust!

I had the "Complete Metal Working Shop From Scrap" series written by D. J. Gingery. The backbone of his system is making aluminum castings (melt old pop cans, pout into a mold, let cool: instant (and virtually free) part which would cost thousands to have made). A lot of the methods were based on early metalworking techniques.

When casting, after making the part in wood to use as a pattern, you used dust as a mold release agent so the molding sand wouldn't stick to it. Attic dust was best. 19th Century casters swore by it. It was literally dust carefully gathered from ceiling joists, rafters, etc.. What made it special was it had to be very fine in order to remain suspended in the air long enough to make its way up to the attic.

If I had to guess, I'd say it was probably mostly smoke particulates and deconstructed cobwebs.

After I told my sister I'd been to the attic looking for dust, she sent me some volcanic dust from Mt. St. Helens. Other relatives and distant friends thought it was funny to send me samples for my 'collection.'

As for wine dust -- I'm told the best way to store wine is in a cave (stable temperature), so I'd think that just limestone dust (available from a quarry) would be suitable. You might mix in a little of what you can scrape from the inside of a vacuum cleaner bag to adjust the color.

I just took a minute to check Amazon -- you can buy dust in a great variety of colors for model making.

I'm sure there are also colors/quantities available for people who take their Halloween decorations seriously or are working on movie sets.

Posted by Phideaux on 01/31/22 at 01:30 PM
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