Prohibition & Other Booze-y Cartoons

Associated Press Domestic News New Jersey United States U.S. ALCOHOL PROHIBITION PROTESTwe want beer

Four and twenty Yankees, feeling very dry

Went across to Canada and bought a case of rye. 

When the case was opened, they began to sing:

To hell with the Calvin Coolidge, God save the King.

– variation found in Life, 22 May 1950

Prohibition / booze in the United States and Canada was (and remains!) a popular subject for cartoonists (and song writers, and authors, and others), and I’d like to share a few with you here. (Research really is a wacky, misdirected joy ride that can bring you to many archival gems.)

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Joseph Moore via Library of Congress

Donald McRitchie  - Mirage

Donald McRitchie – Mirage – 1921

Donald McRitchie  - Official Mash

Donald McRitchie – Official Mash – 1923

Donald McRitchie  - Prohibition in New Brunswick

Donald McRitchie – Prohibition in New Brunswick

Donald McRitchie - Bringing Down the Higher Ups - 1921

Donald McRitchie – Bringing Down the Higher Ups – 1921

Donald McRitchie -The Moth and the Flame

Donald McRitchie -The Moth and the Flame – 1921

Donald McRitchie -Will It Come to This

Donald McRitchie -Will It Come to This – 1923

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James North – What is a Democrat? – Library of Congress

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Dave Granlund – Metrowest Daily News

Clark - The gay twenties IV - April 1936

George R. Clark – The gay twenties IV – April 1936

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Rostap - A Happy Thought - 1904

Rostap – A Happy Thought – 1904

Booziness Trip

Booziness Trip

Other sources:

– “Wets & Drys

– “Prohibition during the Great Depression

– “Prohibition in the Progressive Era

– “The Dry Years” – Library of Congress

– “Topics in Chronicling America – Prohibition

– “Prohibition and the Smuggling of Intoxicating Liquors between the Two Saults” by Andrew Lefebvre

– “Prohibition in Northern Canada” (video)

Repeal Day

Related post:

– Booze! from March 2014

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