Mightier than the Sword

Many millions of words were written supporting the Temperance Movement.  The abolition of Stamp and Paper Taxes between 1855 & 1861, together with the development of the railways  grave fresh imeptus the spread of the written Temperance word.  Published Journals, Tracts and Books were supported by Rallies, Meetings Demonstrations, Lectures, Slide Shows and Art.

Outdoor Meetings/Exhibitions
Temperance Talks/Lectures
The famous "Malt" lecture by Joseph Livesey.
Magic Lanterns

The Temperance Movement was adept at using modern technology to spread the message.  Lectures illustrated by Magic Lantern captured the imagination of young and old alike and societies sold and hired slides .

A reconstruction

of a magic lantern at Beamish Museum, Durham.

Temperance and Art
The Art of George Cruikshank
The Drunkard's Children

The temperance movement used what were known as Tracts to illustrate the alcohol problem.  Tracts could be factual, political or like the example here a moral tale to inspire the reader to embrace temperance or total abstinence.

This example here "Drink the Destroyer" was published by the British Temperance League who were based in Sheffield and is set in the working class East End district of Attercliffe.

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