Rare Black & White Prohibition Posters 1874 – 1922: A photo essay
Title: Woman's Holy War. Grand Charge on the Enemy's Works
By: Currier & Ives
Summary: The "Holy War" was the nineteenth-century crusade for temperance and prohibition, whose advocates were predominantly clergymen and women. Here a young woman in armor on a black horse leads a group of similarly garbed women on foot and on horseback. With large battle-axes they shatter barrels of beer, whiskey, gin, rum, and "Wine & Liquors." The leg of a fleeing man is just visible at lower right. In the background are two banners: "In the Name of God and Humanity" and "Temperance League."
Title: He Can't Put It Out
By: Sam Fickel
Summary: Well-dressed man (Liquor Interests) trying to de-fuse huge firecracker (Public Indignation).
Title: Alcohol, The Great Enemy
Summary: Skeleton holding banner labeled disease and seated on back of housefly.
Title: The Overshadowing Curse, The Legalized Saloon
By: Phil Porter
Summary: Anti-Saloon League of America poster showing menacing hand over little girl.
Title: The New Morality
By: William Allen Rogers (1854 –1931)
Summary: Play. Exit demon rum. Enter drug habit.
Title: Bless You My Child
By: Oliver Herford (1863 – 1935)
Summary: Cartoon showing Uncle Sam holding up ball "prohibition" attached to chain, which is attached to demure young woman on "the Island of Yap."
Note* All images and their descriptions are curtesy of the Prints and Photographs Division at the Library of Congress