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Temperance postcards circa 1910

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Sue has started collecting temperance postcards.  Some cards humorously portray the horrors of the DTs. Others gently mock the behavior of drunken men. A favorite theme is the battle axe wife waiting at home with a rolling pin as her drunk husband tries to sneak in at 3 AM.

Alcohol consumption in 1910 was  about 1.8 quarts of whiskey per week per capita, much higher than it is now. Prohibition, even though it didn’t work, was a desperate attempt spearheaded mostly by long-suffering wives, to get their husbands sober.

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