Wednesday, May 09, 2018

'Anti-Temperance' Map

During the prohibition era Temperance maps warned against the wickedness of drinking and promoted the benefits of sobriety. But a counter-category emerged to extol the delights of drink.

This Map Showing the Isle of Pleasure features a skull-shaped island named the State of Inebriation, surrounded by bodies of water named Whiskey Strait, Gulp Stream and Rum Row. It was created by Houston architect H.J. ('Heinie') Lawrence in 1931, two years before the end of Prohibition. 

 Big Think's post  includes brands, slang terms and drinking songs as well as recipes for the cocktails mentioned on the map.

The map is from the PJ Mode Collection of Persuasive Cartography at Cornell University Library.

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