Temperance march in Bangor, 1909

Courtesy of Henry Gartley, an individual partner

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The Women's Christian Temperance Union filled the length of Columbia street in Bangor to protest the use of alcohol on September 15, 1909. They carried signs proclaiming, "Bread is better than Beer", “The Only Good Saloon is no Saloon”, and “Maine Leads, the Nation is Following" The banner above the arch told of the ongoing W.C.T.U.'s state convention.

Maine was considered the home of prohibition. In 1846 Maine passed the first laws in the country outlawing the sale of alcohol. The enforcement was difficult and waned at times. Around the time of this photograph many establishments that sold alcohol paid fines to the court system in return for law enforcement to look the other way, this was known as the "Bangor Plan".

Maine’s prohibition laws were repealed in 1934, one year after the end of national prohibition.

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  • Title: Temperance march in Bangor, 1909
  • Creation Date: 1909-09-15
  • Subject Date: 1909-09-15
  • Location: Bangor, Penobscot County, ME
  • Media: Photographic print
  • Dimensions: 8.9 cm x 14 cm
  • Object Type: Image

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