Advert for AG Thomas & Co's Royal Blend Whisky
Medium: Print on paper
This is an advertisement for A. G. Thomas and Company's whisky. The word Whisky (spelt whiskey in Scotland) is said to come from an old Scottish word meaning ‘Water of life’. Although widely consumed in Scotland and Ireland in the 18th and early 19th century, whisky was practically unknown to the majority of English drinkers until the 1850s. Alcohol in general was much stronger than the alcohol that we drink today, was cheaper, beer was 2d a pint and whiskey 3d per measure, and drinking hours in public taverns were much longer. In London taverns were open from 5am until past 12 o’clock.