A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from April 17, 2017
“Fight mouthwash. Eat garlic”

"Fight mouthwash. Eat garlic” is a jocular saying that has been printed on bumper stickers. The message was displayed at the Gilroy Garlic Festival at Gilroy, California, in August 1980.

The garlic saying was probably coined by L. John Harris, author of The Book of Garlic (1974) and The Official Garlic Lovers Handbook (1986).

4 August 1980, The Clarion-Ledger (Jackson, MS), “Garlic fest—it’s enough to take your breath away,” pg. 1, cols. 1-2:
GILROY, Calif. (AP)—Gilroy claims to be the garlic capital of the world and the city proved this weekend that its main crop is, indeed, enough to take one’s breath away.
At the Lovers of the Stinking Rose Society booth, founder L. John Harris extolled the pleasures of garlic under signs that read, “Fight Mouthwash. Eat Garlic.”

Google Books
1 January 1981, Jetmagazine, pg. 18, col. 2:
More than 30,000 people at the garlicfest wolfed down garlic- laced pasta, other delicacies, and wore buttons that read, “Raise A Stink— Grow Garlic” and “Fight Mouthwash. Eat Garlic.”

Google Books
Food in Motion:
The Migration of Foodstuffs and Cookery Techniques, Volume 2 (Oxford SYmposium)

Edited by Alan Davidson
Leeds, UK: Prospect Books
Pg. 160:
As a last choice, you may wish to ignore it altogether and instead follow the advice of the ‘Lovers of the Stinking Rose’, who have a slogan which reads, ‘FIGHT MOUTHWASH, EAT GARLIC’.

Google Books
Herbal Bounty!:
The Gentle Art of Herb Culture

By Steven Foster
Salt Lake City, UT: G.M. Smith
Pg. 100:
And to quote a bumper sticker, “Fight mouthwash -eat garlic.”

Google Books
Documenting Ourselves:
Film, Video, and Culture

By Sharon R. Sherman
Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky
Pg. 105:
A reverse message on a sign behind La Vieille Maison in Truckee, California, reads “Fight mouthwash, eat garlic.

Rebecca Eisenberg‏
Fight mouthwash, eat garlic!
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Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Monday, April 17, 2017 • Permalink