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    Prohibition Era Vintage Ads

    From the first glass to the grave, you can become an alcoholic with nine easy steps in this 1846 "The Drunkard's Progress" lithograph: Step 1 - have a glass with a friend; Step 2 - maybe another glass to keep the cold out; Step 3 - was that glass too much?; Step 4 - drunk and riotous; Step 5 - a confirmed drunkard hanging out with companions; Step 6 - here comes poverty and disease; Step 7 - forsaken by friends (even your Facebook ones); Step 8 - desperation and ... of course crime; Step 9 - death by suicide
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    Prohibition Era Vintage Ads

    "Who Does Not Love Wine, Wife and Song, Will be a fool for his lifelong!" This motto was the late 19th century's version of "Sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll. This 1873 ad campaign (with its reference to Strauss' "Wine Wife and Song Waltz") was meant to portray the hedonistic lifestyle of German-American immigrants in the eye of alcohol Prohibitionists.
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    Prohibition Era Vintage Ads

    This "Water cure for brewery" campaign from 1902 mocks the attempts by the Anti-Saloon League and the Women's Christian Temperance Union to block the production and distribution of beer in Hawaii.
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    Prohibition Era Vintage Ads

    Many decades before Christina Aguilera came up with her song "I'm a genie in a bottle, baby," the "genii of intolerance" played a key role in warning women against allying with the Prohibition movement.The 1915 ad pushed back against women's suffrage groups who, seeking momentum for their movement, joined hands with alcohol prohibitionists.
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    Prohibition Era Vintage Ads

    The Ku Klux Klan came up with its own pro-Prohibition campaign from 1926, crowning themselves as "The Defender of the 18th Amendment."
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    Prohibition Era Vintage Ads

    This 1874 ad, called "Woman's Holy War. Grand Charge on the Enemy's Works," represents the way Prohibitionist women aimed to present themselves as warriors against abusive husbands and the male-dominated society in general.
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    Prohibition Era Vintage Ads

    "Dumping alcohol during Prohibition"
    This 1998 stamp was issued as part of the "Celebrate the Century" commemorative issue of the U.S. Post Office. Alcohol was prohibited in the nation for 14 years and marked a "Dry Era" of social change and political tension.
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    A banner celebrating Franklin D. Roosevelt's 1932 victory and the end of Prohibition!
    Credit: Flickr/National Museum of American History

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