Zombie (1939) & more

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ZOMBIE (continued)

   Supposedly, Don the Beachcomber of Los Angeles came up with the "Zombie" in the 1930s.  I've posted 1940s citations that credit him, but this is earlier.
   From Lucius Beebe's column in the NEW YORK HERALD TRIBUNE, 22 July 1939, pg. 12, col. 1:

   For the authentic thirsty there is Trader Vic's over in Oakland, where Jack London once gloried and drank deep and where the house specialty is known as a Tortuga and is built with nine ounces of Jamaice rum.  One to a customer is the house rule, but they will occsionally allow a refill to patrons who will write their names and addresses on a slip of paper and summon a taxicab first.  There is also a child's-portion hooker known as a Zombie, which contains only six ounces of spirits, but most regulars spurn this as a classy arrangement for half-pinters and Princeton men.


   From Lucius Beebe's column in the NYHT, 12 August 1939, pg. 7, col. 2:

   The two gastronomic favorites to emerge from the Brazilian Pavilion at the Fair are the Batida cocktail, made with the Brazilian equivalent of Cuban rum, and the house-fruit compote of cachew fruit, guava fruit and cream cheese.

(Should we assume "Caipirinha" was not there?--ed.)


   Another cite.
   From the Clementine Paddleford column in the NYHT, 8 July 1939, pg. 12, col. 6:

   BANANA CHIPS--Tostones are so easy going any New York cook can turn them out properly.  These are thin chips of green plantains (yes, they are not bananas buttaste like them) fried in deep fat.  They resemble potato chips in outward appearance, but the flavor is of tropic persuasion.  Well salted these are a great thirst provoker.  One of the Fair's beer pavilions serve tostones on their terrace as well as in the restaurant.
   A New York department store grocery has had the chips packaged, so many customers asked for the new item.  A bumper sack load is selling for 25 cents.

DIJON (continued)

   Another cite.
   From the Clementine Paddleford column in the NYHT, 13 July 1939, pg. 20, col. 6:

   But to sharpen the mustard sense, buy the plain strong mustard of Dijan.  All Dijon smells of this condiment when it isn't smelling of gingerbread.  It's a sharp, clean smell that makes the eyes smart.  Shop windows of Dijon flaunt little colored pots of this mustard, now for sale in New York.

"OK" SIGN (continued)

   In the NYHT, 1 August 1939, pg. 14, col. 3, there's a photo ("A Fresh Air Smile") of a Fresh Air Fund kid giving the sign.
   Or maybe he tried to order a Ballentine beer.


   "Pumpkin Ice Cream Mould Is an Appropriate Filler" is part of the headline for Clementine Paddleford's column in the NYHT, 21 October 1939, pg. 9, cols. 7-8.
   It should be noted that "trick or treat" (first cited in 1940) is NOT in the NYHT through 1939.
   I haven't read through the 1940s yet.  "Trick or treat" had better be there, along with "s'mores" and "smoothie" and "submarine sandwich" and "egg cream" and "bagels" and "lox" and "knish" and "fortune cookie" and "doggie bag" and "espresso"...

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