“Black Valley Railroad” Temperance Broadside
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NATIONAL TEMPERANCE SOCIETY OF NEW YORK.
Multi-colored Broadside. Ca 1863. 11 ½” x 16 ½”
Displays the “Black Valley Railroad” in all its misery. “No Collisions, as only DOWN Trains run over the Road... The outcasts lying dead and dying along the track number 400,000 men and 200,000 women, all having been struck down with a BOTTLE.”
Professionally conservation treated, including repairing some folds and tears.
During the 19th-century, there was a strong movement against the use of alcohol. Even Abraham Lincoln was a tacit supporter. The Temperance movement focused on warning people of the ill effects of drinking. The focus on “prohibition”- laws prohibiting the sale and manufacture of liquor – came later.