This Day in Art History: July 9, 1888. Mary Thayer, daughter of painter Abbott Handerson Thayer, makes “Flimboe”, a drink she invented with her brother Gerald. If you trust the culinary instincts of an 11-year-old, you can make Flimboe too. Here is the recipe as written above in Mary’s diary: “water and strawberry juice and sugar, corked up tight in a bottle and kept for about a week, before it is drunk.” If anyone tries this we’d love to hear how it turns out! And see pictures!
Mary Thayer diary, 1888 May 18 through Dec. 24. Abbott Handerson Thayer and Thayer family papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.