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Opium Smoking Parlour Brochure: 1899

Opium Smoking Parlour Brochure: 1899
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actual image size: 21cm x 32cm

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Brochure 'Opium Smoking Parlour' at Western Gardens of the Earl's Court Exhibition, 1899. Part of the Kiralfy archive.
A Real Fashionable Hong Kong Opium Smoking Parlour' was one of the attractions at the Earl's Court Exhibition of 1899. This booklet compares the Chinese custom of smoking opium with the European preference for alcohol and concludes that: 'It is in fact admitted that opium is of actual benefit, enabling every one to do an increased amount of labour with a less amount of fatigue. So far as outward appearance and demeanour go, the moderate opium smoker is a far less objectionable person than even the moderate drinker.' Visitors to the parlour, however, watched rather than took part in the smoking of opium.

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1899 AD - 1899 AD
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