The Flask (1874). Flask Walk, Hampstead, London NW3. Photograph by George P. Landow 2008. This image may be used without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose.

According to the Flask's own elegant website, in 1874 it replaced "a village pub, known as the Thatched House, where [fresh Hampstead water] was bottled and sold at threepence a flask. It was also sold to the taverns and coffee houses of London. Soon it acquired dubious medicinal qualities, relieving "complaints . . . of idleness, dissipation and frivolity".

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