Rudyard Kipling: San Francisco Psychic

SFist's resident San Francisco historian Sparkletack Richard recalls today as the 74th anniversary of the end of prohibition, and recalling those salad days of pre-prohibition San Francisco drunkenness, digs up some prophetic quotes from a young Rudyard Kipling on the habits of San Francisco merry-makers circa 1889. Funny enough, these same observations could be drawn by standing in the corner of 16th and Mission on any given Saturday:

“As you know, of course, the American does not drink at meals as a sensible man should. Indeed, he has no meals. He stuffs for ten minutes thrice a day.”

“Take a very common instance. At 10.30 A.M. a man is smitten with desire for stimulants. He is in the company of two friends. All three adjourn to the nearest bar,—seldom more than twenty yards away,—and take three straight whiskys.”

Ah, the more things change, the more they stay the same, no?

— Brian Bernbaum

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