Saturday, 9 February 2013
When I spotted the barrels in this week's Sepia Saturday prompt, I immediately knew which postcard I should use. It comes from Cognac in western France, or more precisely, it comes from the Hennessy cognac house, and was sent in 1980 from Giles to his Grandpa. The image is of course a much older one, from the beginning of the 20th century, when the barrels of cognac were transported from the distillers' cellars to the merchants' warehouses on horse drawn carts.
The House of Hennessy was founded in 1765 by an Irish soldier, Richard Hennessy. At that time cognac was merely one of the several eaux-de-vie in France and it wasn't until 1909 that the name of the town given became a protected "appellation d'origine controlée". Nearly 250 years later, cognac continues to be associated with fine brandy and Hennessy has become a foremost producer.
In more recent years it has merged with Moët et Chandon to become Moët Hennessy, and more recently still it became part of Louis Vuitton to form LVMH, one of the world's largest luxury goods companies. The conglomerate includes some Scottish distilleries, a Polish vodka producer, and a French department store. An eclectic mix, as they say.
I have some other postcards from Cognac, a map card of the region and two from the House of Bisquit.
A post for Sepia Saturday. A click on the button will take you to the Sepia Saturday blog where you can find links to all the other people taking part.