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Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Mon Nov 13 13:24:57 UTC 2000

>>(Here lies our "Bloody Mary" puzzle. Neither the Bloody Mary nor the Red
>>Snapper is mentioned in any of the very numerous 1930s drink books that
>>followed the end of Prohibition. This,
>>in 1941, is the first Red Snapper that I've found. Bloody Mary would appear
>>in the 1946 STORK CLUB BAR BOOK and the 1947 TRADER VIC'S drink book--ed.)
>I remember seeing an add for 'Snappy-Tom', or perhaps it's 'Snap-E-Tom', or
>the some such in a late 40s or early 50s bound volume of old Life magazines.
>They were advertising in the 70s, as I remember, and the design of the can
>had not changed much. These were little itty bitty cans, about the size and
>shape of a small can of tomato paste. The product was a zesty tomato juice,
>a kind of Bloody Mary mix.
I've gotten those little cans more recently than that on airplanes; I
usually request "Bloody Mary Mix" when I'm asked for a drink
preference.  Anymore :) , they usually convey it to me in "Mr. and
Mrs. T" brand cans, but "Snap-E-Tom" was in widespread use on the
flight-attendant carts until the last few years.


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