A shot of happiness in an email from franko
"Here's my favorite found photo. I actually have this framed and on
display in one room in our house.
I found it in an antique store, and initially I bought it just
because it was a great photo of a bunch of guys toasting you, the
viewer, but then later I realized with great delight that they are
toasting with a bottle of Pernod Fils absinthe. I'm not sure where or
when this photo was taken, but the Pernod Fils absinthe labels are
quite distinctive, and you can pretty clearly see it here. Absinthe
is also cloudy when in the glass, and the stuff in the glasses they
are raising also add ammo to my theory. Anyway, the real stuff was
banned in the U.S. in 1912 and in france in 1915, but my guess is
that this photo was taken after that.
So, my own internal story for this photo is that these guys had a pre-
ban bottle of absinthe they were sitting on and saving for a special
occasion, and this photo is commemorating the day they opened it. I
wish I knew the real story of this photo, but no matter what, i never
tire of looking at it.
Thanks for letting me share it!"