Prohibition: “The whiskey made me do it.”

The 1903 advertisement for Red Top Rye - a Kentucky rye distributed through Cincinnati OH (right across the Ohio River) shows a pair of free spirited women apparently dressed as Can Can dancers. Their wild spinning dance evokes the head spinning drunk of imbibing alcohol. Their red flowers, exposed legs and wild abandon clearly communicate the sexual abandon of the saloon culture as well:

22Whiskey Women23

30... towns across the country were filled with wives losing husbands to liquor and brothels. The country’s mood toward the saloon became a “social evil” where wild women forced men into intoxication and adultery. ... it was much easier for society to blame the women

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