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Edward McCandlish, BOOTLEGGER’s MAP of the United States[:] “Honi soit qui mal y pints!” Detroit: The Griswold Press, 1926.

The famous Bootlegger’s Map of the United States

A marvelously entertaining 1926 pictorial map satirizing Prohibition and celebrating illegal alcohol consumption and production. From the moment the Volstead Act took effect in January 1920, Prohibition in the United States was crippled by exceptions written into the law, the impossibility of enforcement in a nation with tens of millions of thirsty citizens, and thousand […]

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Map of New York City from Henry William Blair's Henry William Blair, THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT: OR, THE CONFLICT BETWEEN MAN AND ALCOHOL. Boston: William E. Smythe Company, 1888.

A nation adrift “in the maelstrom of alcohol”

A jeremiad against the evils of alcohol, with an interesting thematic map demonstrating its prevalence in New York City. Born on a New Hampshire farm and orphaned at 12, Henry William Blair (1834-1920) never attended college but rose to become a lawyer, state representative, and U.S. congressman, then represented his home state in the Senate […]

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Ida Schmid Randall, MAP of MEMORIALS OF A FAMOUS WOMAN—FRANCES E. WILLARD. NP: National Woman’s Christian Temperance Union, August 1st, 1938.

WCTU pictorial map celebrating the life and memory of Frances Willard

A wonderful 1938 commemorative map printed on linen to celebrate the centenary of the birth of social reformer and Temperance giant Frances Willard. Background Born in 1839 in Rochester, New York, Frances Willard taught school in Evanston, Illinois, then served for three years as President of the Evanston College for Ladies and briefly as Dean […]

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[ Temperance Journal ] Map of Yale from The New York Voice. New York: Funk & Wagnalls, Jan. 6-Dec. 15, 1898. [with:] The New Voice. New York: Funk & Wagnalls, Dec. 22-29, 1898.

Full-year run of a leading Temperance journal … with maps!

A nearly-complete 1898 run of one of America’s “leading temperance journals” (Mott), including maps highlighting consumption in and around leading universities. Funk & Wagnalls published a weekly Temperance journal from 1884 to 1906, though under various titles and in a range of formats: For 1898 the first 50 issues were the eight-page broadsheet New York […]

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[ 21st Amendment ] Ratification Will Not be a Walk-over!! [:] IF YOU WANT THE EIGHTEENTH AMENDMENT REPEALED HELP US TO HELP THE GRAY STATES. New York: Women’s Organization for National Prohibition Reform, [mid-1933.]

The campaign to pass the 21st Amendment to repeal Prohibition

An unrecorded handbill issued by the Women’s Organization for National Prohibition Reform during the nationwide campaign for the 21st Amendment. With a simple-but-effective persuasive map of the prospects for ratification in each state. On February 20, 1933 Congress passed the 21st Amendment to the Constitution, whose core clause repealed the 18th Amendment, passage of which […]

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[ Herbert Hoover ] Detail of thematic map at top of Annie G. Lyle and Archive Rice, Political Sentiment Map Of United States [:] WHAT POLITICIANS DON’T KNOW. San Francisco and Washington, D. C., 1931.

Crunching electoral data to re-elect Herbert Hoover

An extremely rare broadside by two fans of Herbert Hoover, analyzing the results of the 1928 presidential election and revealing some of the less appealing elements of the politics of Prohibition. The 1928 election was fought between Democrat Al Smith, Governor of New York, and Republican Herbert Hoover, an engineer, businessman and Secretary of Commerce […]

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Henry J[efferson] (Heinie) Lawrence, Map Showing ISLE OF PLEASURE Scale TWO FINGERS TO THE DRINK [:] LIQUID MEASURE—8 DRINKS MAKE 1 PINT—2 PINTS MAKE ONE HAPPY. Houston, 1931.

Anti-Prohibition map of the Isle of Pleasure

An immensely witty imaginary map lampooning Prohibition, just a couple of years before its repeal in 1933. The map’s central feature is the skull-shaped Isle of Pleasure and its primary political unit, the “State of Inebriation.” The island and its surrounding waters are “replete with anti-prohibition satire, jokes, puns, alcoholic references & liquor names and […]

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Henry William Blair / G.W. & C.B. Colton & Co. N.Y., MAP OF NEW YORK CITY TO ACCOMPANY “The Temperance Movement OR THE Conflict between Man & Alcohol.” Boston Bridgman & Smythe Co., 1887 [but 1888].

“The Conflict between Man & Alcohol” rages in New York City

Interesting 1887 thematic map of New York City by a leading Prohibition advocate, demonstrating the prevalence of alcohol throughout the city. America in its early years was awash in alcohol. Indeed, when one reads some of the statistics and anecdotes, it is difficult not to believe that the Pilgrims had a more or less continuous […]

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Dr. N. W. Tracy / [Rev. G. S. Hubbs?] / Shober & Carqueville Litho. Co. Chicago, DR. N. W. TRACY’S ILLUSTRATED LECTURE “THE MISSISSIPPI OF INTEMPERANCE.” [Washington, D.C.,] Feb. 1882.

The Mississippi of Intemperance

Only the fourth known example of The Mississippi of Intemperance, an extraordinary Temperance broadside featuring an allegorical map of the Mississippi River. The broadside’s central image is a map of the Mississippi of Intemperance, fed by among others Cider Run, Tobacco Creek and the Beer and Whisky Rivers—the intoxicants becoming stronger as one moves downstream. […]

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