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Alcohol tree, c 1900.

Alcohol tree, c 1900.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 20cm x 32cm


Early French temperance postcard illustrating the many dangers of alcohol: public immorality, death, hospital, crime, theft, prison, delirium tremens, madness, vagrancy, extinction of the race, family breakup, moral decline of women, idiocy, hallucinations, epilepsy, nervous crises, hypertrophy of the heart, ruin, cretinism, diseases of the liver and stomach, idleness, hatred of the home, self-abasement and degeneracy in children, debility, irritability, infantile criminality, and the guillotine!

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