Temperance Images from the 1800s

The temperance movement most likely started shortly after alcohol was first consumed. Chronic alcohol consumption is a bad thing, and during the 1800s it was out of control in many places. To paraphrase Newton's third law of motion: for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Where there was a drinking problem, the Temperance Leagues intervened. Unlike the glossy TV shows of… [Continue]

Between Two Evils

Temper has a number of meanings, but they all stem from Latin which is "to moderate". The Temperance movement took the term and used the more extreme definition of "to control". Then there is "intemperance" which means "without moderation" and has strong associations with alcohol consumption and alcoholism. Extreme views are common place amongst many people, but I try to take the middle road and… [Continue]

Patent Medicine, The Endless Search

One of the historical blights on the soda fountain was the cure all patent medicines that were hocked for every know illness. Some were marketed as health supplements, while others were cures for specific ailments. The one common thread they all shared was their spurious health claims. This didn't go unnoticed and many publications from the period made barbed statements about  the nature… [Continue]

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