Jugendstil. It was a fancy name for the apparatus that turned out homemade hooch on granpappy's farm.
The 'Jug end' was the most important part, to be sure. The corn mash went in, magic happened, and
pure moonshine came out.
How granpappy came up with a German 'art nouveau' name for his still is a mystery.
Grandma liked to buy glossy magazines in the city, and maybe something highbrow she'd
brought home ended up in the privy one fine day.
He ran that still in the barn for many years. Sometimes a part wore out, but as
far as I can remember, the basic design never changed. The thing had a rube goldberg
look that fascinated me - though I was in my teens before I learned it wasn't really making
a fuel additive for the combines.
Granpappy died while I was away at college. When I came home that summer, the barn was gone.
I don't know what happened to the Jugendstil. I like to think it's in some other barn
to this day, still making fuel additive to warm the harvest season nights.