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"Boys should abstain from all use of wine until their eighteenth year, for it is wrong to add fire to fire."
                                                                                                       Plato



McCord Museum M930.50.8.480, 1850-1885




Nova Scotia Brewery-Alexandra Keith, Halifax, NS, established 1820. La brasserie neŽo-eŽcossaise Alexander Keith, fondeŽe en 1820, Nouvelle-EŽcosse, 1865-70, LAC C-150714




Grenville Brewery, Prescott. Brasserie Grenville, Prescott, n.d., LAC e008748941












Woman's Holy War, Currier &Ives, New York, 1874, LC2003656595




A group at the bar at the Vendome Hotel in Cumberland, BC Archives D-01287, 1880





Our Country is Free and Shall Remain Free, Kurz & Allison Show-Card Manufacturers, Chicago, 1882, LC2011647453








 




















Group of the WCTU meet in Toronto, 1889, Digital Archive Ontario




The Tree of Dissipation, The New Temperance Primer, London, 1890



















 

Teetotaler - T total abstinence

Bootlegging – carrying illicit booze at the top of your boot



World's W.C.T.U. Convention, Toronto, Toronto Reference Library TS_1_SU_100B_WCTU001, 1897



"We soon learned that compulsion will not make people sober; it must be brought about by the example of the best people. The prohibition law made more drunkards than if there had been an open bar and free drinks on every corner street."
                                                                    Samuel Benfield Steele












E1 Dominion Scientific Temperance Committee, Provincial Archives of Alberta, PR1974.












































Total Abstinence, Toronto Ref. library 1910.Abstinence.tb, 1910





Temperance Education, 1 Toronto Ref. library, 1910




Nellie McClung and the Woman's Christian Temperance Union, BC Archives E-06019








Library and Archives Canada, Acc. No. 1984-4-940 Dominion W.C.T.U.




Library and Archives Canada, Acc. No. 1984-4-932 Dominion W.C.T.U.




















"Ah! When are we going to get rid of alcohol?", B. Chavannaz, 1914-1918, LAC e010754245




Self conquest for the sake of others . . . , 1915 Digital Archive Ontario













Police arresting a man for illegal possession of alcohol, Toronto,  LAC PA-069901,  16 September 1916








Rare Books and Special Collections, UBC

































View of liquor stills captured during Prohibition. City of Vancouver Archives, VPD-5214, CVA 480-215, ca. 1917



"I have different names that I am known by.
Sometimes I am beer; sometimes whiskey, rum or wine, but always booze.
My measure is always determined by my nature, whether hard or soft: my cost likewise.
I am the "waste product" of society.
I beget inefficiency.
I hinder recruiting.
I stifle patriotism.
I am food destroyed.
If the grain used to make me were used for food I could feed the Allied armies and they would not lack.
Nor would Britain fear starvation by the submarine.
When you drink me you are helping Germany starve Britain; you are making the Kaiser a present of a nail to drive into the coffin of Democracy; you are crucifying Belgium afresh.
Cut me out! I, Booze, say it.
Quit committing treason by drinking me."

                                                                  John H. Roberts, Montreal, 4 June 1917























"Four and twenty Yankees, feeling very dry,
Went across the border to get a drink of rye.
When the rye was opened, the Yanks began to sing,
'God bless America, but God save the King!"

                                             Duke of Windsor, 1919

















































[BC was the first province to open government-owned liquor stores in June 1921, ending prohibition. Other provinces soon followed.]





National Archives of Quebec, 1921 et 1933



























"Prohibition destroys respect for law. It increases crime. It degrades and corrupts those who attempt to enforce it."
                                                                                     Manitoba pamphlet, 1923








 








Library and Archives Canada, Acc. No. 1983-33-1123 Citizen's Liberty League




Acc. No. 1983-29-113








Blind pigs raided, 160 kegs destroyed, Elk Lake, Ontario, Ontario Archives F1194

















"Four-and-twenty Yankees,
All very dry,
Crossed the Yankee border
To get Canadian rye.
When the rye was open,
They began to sing,
'To hell with Calvin Coolidge,
God Save the King.' "





























Canadian Postcard by E.L. White (c. 1929-1930) [source - Postcardy: The Postcard Explorer]
















Ontario Archives 1930?
























































Dethrone King Alcohol, Library of Congress LC-DIG-ppmsca-42681, Topeka, 28 October 1951