Monday, September 15, 2008

Temperance Movement

This is a great photograph taken in 1919. The picture shows a group of women committing to rather extreme measures in support of the temperance movement. The temperance movement was an effort in the 1910's in the United States to reduce alcohol consumption. It actually led to Prohibition. I will not speculate on how successful the strategy taken by this group of women was.

Many thanks to long time blog participant Al L. for contributing this photo.


  1. I think it's a humoristic picture: all women are old and/or ugly. It was something to hang in a bar.

  2. That picture is awesome. What a bunch of sour old biddies. Nobody wants to kiss them anyway.

  3. I was thinking the same thing about those in the photo, but was going to be a gentleman and not say anything about being driven to drink.

    li-an and leoal took the very words out of my mouth.

    "National prohibition of alcohol (1920-33) — the "noble experiment" — was undertaken to reduce crime and corruption, solve social problems, reduce the tax burden created by prisons and poorhouses, and improve health and hygiene in America. (Reference)"

  4. i agree with the previous posters. these women are all so unattractive, who would want to kiss them, anyway?

    re whether or not prohibition served any purpose, probably not. just look at what's going on with underage drinking, today.

    my daughter (who does not drink) just started college, and she tells me that the behavior of some of her fellow students is disgusting.

    i think it all comes down to parenting.

  5. After looking at those women I poured myself a large glass of wine and thanked the almighty I didn't have to kiss any of them

  6. The temperance movement was deeply intertwined with suffrage, to the frustration of some suffragettes. Frequently, bills and initiatives in support of woman's voting rights were defeated by the alcohol lobby.

    I'm just thankful we can vote AND drink these days! ;-)

  7. You know.. I have a book with old photos and portraits of victorian women. These were supposed to be very beautiful, in fashion women. By today's standards they are rather drab and unattractive. Most of them have really ugly teeth, or large/bulbous noses.. Slightly frizzy hair or ugly mousy hair.. and I first though. Ew, why is everyone so ugly! Then I thought about the crest whitening strips, the orthodontist, nose jobs, botox and all the hair cuts, colors and products women use now. And it's actually very sad. It's strange how we have progressed to finding "the most beautiful" women of those generations so ugly.

    1. They weren't beautiful to society when the photo was taken either. The idea that 'beauty' has taken this huge curve from what it was in the past, is a laughable lie. The natural process of body size attractiveness compares to abundance of available food is the only 'change'.

      The more food readily available, the skinnier we are programmed like. No food? Bigger is better. Think propagation of the species and health.


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