Tuesday, April 21, 2009

"Is Prohibition a Success?"

From the "Talk of the Town" section of the July 6, 1929 issue of The New Yorker, regarding "Fifty thousand dollars [being spent] for a publicity campaign to popularize prohibition."
One of the prohibition slogans for school use is "Is Prohibition a Success? Ask the Bankers, or Ask the Salvation Army, the Social Workers, the Mothers. Ask Everybody." In order that school children shouldn't be deceived about anything, we actually started out to ask some of these groups. We asked the bankers first. "Bankers," we said, "is prohibition a success?" There was no answer. All the bankers were out of town, attending the convention of the New York State Bankers' Association--in Toronto, Canada.

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