Champagne and Thrift: Samuel Smiles and Heidsieck Champagne

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A cartoon of Samuel Smiles by Edward Linley Sambourne, 1883, from “Punch”.
Smiles was a Scottish author and government reformer whose most famous work is “Self-Help” (1859), which promoted thrift and asserted that poverty was caused largely by irresponsible habits.

It is therefore a bit surprising that he is seen here enjoying a bottle of Heidsieck “Dry Monopole” Champagne, now called “Blue Top” and available at supermarkets everywhere. But Smiles’ exceptionally long life – he was born in the reign of George III in 1812 and died an Edwardian in 1904 – suggests that Champagne contributes towards good health and longevity.

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