14_drinkamerican_01

The Cocktail Party, 1984; action. The Cocktail Party promotional flyer as seen on President Reagan’s Resolute desk in the Oval Office. Photo: Robert Altemus.

Created during the Cold War years, The Cocktail Party was a fictitious political party that proposed a nihilistic response to the conservative tenor of the Reagan administration. A flyer was created to promote the party as well as call attention to the American reaction to a specific, politically charged event. In 1983, Korean Air Lines Flight 007 out of New York City was shot down by a Soviet interceptor causing a dramatic escalation in anti-Soviet sentiment in which United States citizens began boycotting Russian vodka. The Cocktail Party flyer, which featured the slogan “Drink American,” was developed as a satirical response to the boycott.

 

14_drinkamerican_02

The Cocktail Party, 1984; action. The party’s promotional flyer (back); photocopy on cardstock.

 

14_drinkamerican03

The Cocktail Party, 1984; action. The party’s promotional flyer (face); photocopy on cardstock.