Orchard Toast

Date: 1910 ca.

Description: Posed line of alternating men and women in an orchard standing drinking cider of beer drawn from a keg in the center. Three young children are sitting on t...

Date: 1937 ca.

Description: Display of a glass of beer, and a bottle of Heinie's Old Lager Beer bottle, and a bottle of Heinie's Strong Beer. There are cigarettes in an ashtray, flowe...

Date: 1939-11-12 

Description: Outdoor group portrait of portion of the crowd attending the Reopening of the Hillsboro Brewery by C.H. Pfeiffer. Members of the band stand in the backgrou...


Playing Cards

Date: 1906-12 

Description: Sarah Krueger and Henry Bigalk playing cards at a table set up outdoors next to the porch. Henry is smoking a pipe and has a large bottle of alcohol sticki...

Date: 1878 

Description: Front and back of advertising card for the New Gale Chilled Plow. On the front is a color illustration of a man sitting at the base of a tree pulling the t...

Date: 1906-12 

Description: Double exposure image of Henry Bigalk playing cards with himself at a table placed outside next to the porch. Alcohol bottles, cards, a mug, and a bag of t...

Date: 1872-02-17 

Description: Political cartoon depicting a woman on a rocky path carrying two children and a drunken husband on her back being tempted by Victoria Woodhull depicted as...

Date: 1948-05-04 before

Description: Assembly Dinner menu from the Holland-America Line R.M.S. Nieuw Amsterdam, with revelers in dress suits and party frocks walking and holding drinks...

Date: 1942-11-01 

Description: A group of war correspondents enjoy a beverage together at Port Moresby, New Guinea (present day Papua New Guinea). They are dressed in uniform. Identified...

Date: 1888-12-15 before

Description: Menu page and back cover for a "Dinner tendered Geo. P. Merrill by Chas. H. Wheeler," with a handwritten menu with wines and spirits in red, and colored pe...

Date:  date unknown

Description: Studio portrait in front of a painted backdrop of two Native American men posing sitting and holding the same glass over a table

Historical Essay

When Beer Was Almost Illegal

A Popular Speaker Sways Opinion

Discover the connection between P.T. Barnum and the 1853 statewide referendum on liquor sales.

Date: 1953-06 

Description: Party following the Frings and Ouellette wedding. The photographer reported "the party is getting raucous".

Date: 1939-01-22 before

Description: Exterior and page from the interior of the menu for the farewell dinner aboard the R.M.S. Volendam, with party streamers and dinner guests in formal...

Date: 1939 

Description: Rafael Trujillo, dictator of the Dominican Republic sharing a toast with Senator Theodore Green, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Read the story of Madison's first and most beloved drunkard, Pinneo.

Date: 1919 

Description: Jack Bronson (played by Raymond Bloomer) has been beaten senseless in an underworld bar. Violet Gray (played by Marion Davies dressed in a Salvation Army u...


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