Now all roads lead to France and heavy is the tread
Of the living; but the dead returning lightly dance.
Edward Thomas, Roads

Saturday, October 2, 2021

The War Comes for American Booze

This 1916 Prohibitionist cartoon requires a little explanation. Anti-saloon forces—sensing the approach of war for America—looked at wartime rationing as a back-door method of initiating a ban on alcohol sales. The grains and potatoes used for beer, whiskey, vodka, and so forth would be in short supply then and would need to be reserved for food stocks rather than wasted in the manufacture of alcoholic beverages. "The War," therefore, constituted a threat to the opponents of Prohibition, "American Booze." The cartoon, which first appeared in the Columbus, Ohio, Dispatch was drawn by Billy Ireland, who is also known as the mentor of Milton Caniff, creator of Terry and the Pirates and Steve Canyon.

1 comment:

  1. 200000 tax paying small breweries in the US before prohibition. Good example of Government not knowing the impact of a decision.