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Item 80362

Moxie bottle, ca. 1920

Contributed by: Friendship Museum Date: circa 1920 Location: Friendship Media: green glass bottle with red paper label

Item 20801

History of Vinalhaven, 1819

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1819 Location: Vinalhaven Media: Ink on paper

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Item 80360

Moxie Nerve Food Shipping Box, ca. 1900

Contributed by: Friendship Museum Date: circa 1900 Location: Friendship Media: wooden box


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Prohibition in Maine in the 1920s

Federal Prohibition took hold of America in 1920 with the passing of the Volstead Act that banned the sale and consumption of all alcohol in the US. However, Maine had the Temperance movement long before anyone was prohibited from taking part in one of America's most popular past times. Starting in 1851, the struggles between the "drys" and the "wets" of Maine lasted for 82 years, a period of time that was everything but dry and rife with nothing but illegal activity.



Throughout the history of the state, residents have protested, on paper or in the streets, to increase rights for various groups, to effect social change, to prevent social change, or to let their feelings be known about important issues.


Civil Defense: Fear and Safety

In the 1950s and the 1960s, Maine's Civil Defense effort focused on preparedness for hurricanes, floods and other natural disasters and a more global concern, nuclear war. Civil Defense materials urged awareness, along with measures like storing food and other staple items and preparing underground or other shelters.

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Farmington: Franklin County's Shiretown - SEE NOTES Ladies Third Annual Banquet. Farmington, Maine. 1893. Menu.

Formal dress was suggested, and there were beverages. The cold February night was no deterrence for the gala as 130 persons attended.

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Life on a Tidal River - Bangor and Social Reform Movements of the 1800s-1900s

… was to ban the consumption and sale of alcoholic beverages, especially hard liquor. The word temperance means “moderation”, avoiding…