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The National Temperance Game

card game

The Temperance Movement began in both England and America during the early 19th century. It reached its high point during the last years of that century, ending with the institution of Prohibition in the United States in 1920. A publisher in Waltham, Massachusetts, produced The National Temperance Game in the form of a booklet with questions and cards. The cards were a simple matching game but players could not draw for a match until they correctly answered a question from the book. All the questions deal with temperance, drunkenness, the bad reputation of saloons, and the like. Someone copied the game's rules and all of the questions and answers on a separate stack of note cards. The playing cards from this particular game are missing.

  • Material: printed paper | cardstock | script
  • Origin: Waltham, MA
  • Style: matching
  • Object ID: 114.3172
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