samedi 3 novembre 2007

Old Brocard perfume alambic

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What a strange alambic outside the house. It looks like a primitive one with all the different parts to freezen the liquid and split the different substances. I like the composition of the picture. Old wooden house, nice barrels...

The alambic looks curious as the first part of it, on the left looks so small. This normally the space where you are inserting the core of the plants to be distilled. So I can imaine that the large part of it can be inside the house, at a lower floor.

Another strange thing, are the different small pipes inserted at the middle of the "col de cygne". I know that closed to the plant of Brocard, some areas were dedicated to the culture of Reseda. Was this alambic distilling this famous plant ? A question which will not be probably solved.

In 1889, the firm Brocard had 25 years old

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From this period, different books were dealing about the 25 birthday of the Brocard company. I remeber some official pictures which are completely different with the following, coming from the private archive.

There are in fact reflecting the good spirit visible within the firm and the social concerns of the owners Henri & Charlotte Brocard.

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I have some difficulties to recognize people on the pictures. Probably some managers & workers of the plant having a lunch within the site, after an Orthodoxe mass already presented on the blog.

On this picture we can see a woman dancing and probably singing. We can imagine the old Russian song of that time, with adapted words about the story of Brocard to emphasize the nice history of this perfume industry with probably some humor.

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The last picture was remembering me a large dinner with 450 people invited and where I was preparing the menu. By similarity I can imagine the guy as the cooker of this large lunch. He looks a little bit shy as all people in the backside but whose the role is key for the success of such an event like this one.