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Demon Rum

Unrecorded and possibly unique example of this famous illustrated broadside that led to the author’s imprisonment for libel and spawned numerous later editions, primarily in pamphlet format. “Cheever joined the temperance reform movement in 1833; two years later he attained national prominence with his enormously popular temperance tract, Enquire at Amos Giles’ Distillery. The essay, […]

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Demons’ Rum

Interesting and unrecorded variant of this famous illustrated broadside. According to American National Biography, “[George B.] Cheever joined the temperance reform movement in 1833; two years later he attained national prominence with his enormously popular temperance tract, Enquire at Amos Giles’ Distillery. The essay, cast in the form of a dream, was a thinly disguised portrayal […]

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A spectacular chromolithographic temperance poster

A spectacular chromolithographic poster illustrating the baneful effects of alcohol and tobacco, issued just as the Temperance movement was nearing its apogee. This colorful piece of work is in essence a pictorial table, with four columns of images illustrating the exterior appearance and internal organs of, from left to right, “The Healthy,” “The moderate drinker,” […]

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[Untitled sketch book bearing 30 pages of clever and occasionally quite vivid sketches of Temperance allegories and cartoons.]

Unique Temperance sketch book, likely by a WCTU member

A unique and delightful book of sketches on Temperance themes, likely executed by a WCTU member in the mid-late 1880s. Based on internal evidence, the 30 pages of sketches were executed in Boston or elsewhere in eastern Massachusetts between 1886 and 1889, probably by a woman and member of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union. Founded […]

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HARDACRE’S TEMPERANCE MAP ILLUSTRATING THE EFFECT OF ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND NARCOTICS ON THE HUMAN SYSTEM. Vincennes, IN: F.C. Hardacre, ND [but early 20th century.]

A spectacular Temperance Map illustrating the baneful effects of alcohol and tobacco

A mammoth and very rare chromolithographic Temperance Map illustrating the baneful effects of alcohol and tobacco, issued near the apogee of the Temperance movement.  Most “temperance maps” with which I am familiar are allegorical in nature, depicting a poor sinner’s journey through an imaginary landscape. By contrast, this arresting image is meant to be taken […]

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Zany broadside telling the tale of Deacon Giles Distillery

A zany illustrated broadside using the tale of Deacon Giles Distillery to warn of the dangers of strong drink. According to American National Biography, “[George B.] Cheever joined the temperance reform movement in 1833; two years later he attained national prominence with his enormously popular temperance tract, Enquire at Amos Giles’ Distillery. The essay, cast in […]

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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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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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[ 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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