Hr of the dog cocktl napkins

Hr of the dog cocktl napkins

Hr of the dog cocktl napkins are napkins with a picture of a dog on them. They were a feature of many bars, pubs and restaurants around the world. In Great Britn, the name was used more frequently for printed table mats, which have been in use for many years.

American barkeepers first made a name for themselves with napkins featuring dogs during Prohibition, after the Volstead Act forbade the sale of intoxicating beverages in 1919. They were popular in the 1950s and 1960s, and were sometimes used for "Hr of the Dog" parties, involving toasts to the absent and present owner of the bar.

Early origins

While "cocktl napkins" are widely used, the first recorded use of "hr of the dog" was in a publication from the 1930s: "I don't blame my wife for throwing up. I blame the hr of the dog. And even the dogs were thrown up. You know the expression, 'hr of the dog'?" (The American Magazine, December 1935).

The first use of the phrase in the United States in print was probably in 1932. In a 1932 issue of Woman's World magazine, the author wrote of a night in an upstate New York resort in 1920: "I could only sit and listen to the men talk about women and their hr of the dog."


Hr of the dog napkins began to appear in American bars during Prohibition, when they were used by bartenders to conceal the presence of illegal liquor during the Prohibition era. For decades after, they were used by drinkers to remember the lost or absent bartender in the days and years following the era.

In the late 1950s and early 1960s, Hr of the Dog cocktl napkins became a popular souvenir for travelers. The cocktl napkin is known for a few reasons. The first is that it is a cheap and often personalized souvenir, especially among the "hippie" set of the period. Often the napkin would list the state of origin, date, and name of the host bar.

One of the more common uses of the napkin was to keep track of the host bar or hotel and the name of the hotel or bar. This often would include the state, and even country of origin, as well as a brief description of the host. Thus, a person from California would write the California state name, the "California Hotel" (or the "California Bar"). A person from Massachusetts would write the Massachusetts state name and the "Mann's Bar."

The reason Hr of the Dog napkins were used by hippies in the 60's is because of their lack of color, and how easy they were to pack and carry. Their simple, unadorned design also helped to keep them from being "crappy" and could be kept as souvenirs.


Although Hr of the Dog napkins are still being created and used, they have become rare. One manufacturer sells them, but others only sell individual napkins. The one place that carries a large variety of napkins can be found at the Museum of the City of New York and the Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. The museum's shop sells many other souvenirs, such as cocktl glasses, as well as the hr of the dog napkins.

See also

Garden State souvenir

New Jersey state symbols


Category:New Jersey culture

Category:Culture of New Jersey

Category:Economy of New Jersey

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Category:Tourism in New Jersey

Category:Symbols of New Jersey

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