Punch,  9 (1845), 145.

The Baccometer; A New Invention, with some Description of the Working Model

Young Peckham


Letter, Spoof



    Describes an invention for showing 'how far you have gone'. Consisting mostly of 'pumps, lamp-posts' and pieces of gutter, this 'complete index to conviviality' requires the user to watch 'the various phases in which common street objects present themselves to the vino-obnebulated [inebriated] imagination'. One example portrays 'the philosopher, whose duplicated vision on consulting the Bacchometer fills him with the idea that he is a quadruped provided with two latch-keys, may safely consider himself in a situation of 'How came you so?'.

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