Stick or carrot? The early British
Band of Hope temperance campaign against alcohol consumption used both tactics in their messaging to children. “Where there’s drink there’s danger.” says one lantern slide. “Abstain and be fit!” says another. They’re clever, funny, and uh, persuasive (e.g., “Which do you prefer? This Meal—or two bottles of Bass.”)
temperance lantern slides below represent a small part of the The Livesey Collection, currently held in Preston at the University of Central Lancashire in the UK. Named after Joseph Livesey, an English temperance campaigner and social reformer, the collection is located where the Total Abstinence movement began in 1832.
Happy New Year!
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Published by the United Kingdom Band of Hope. Band of Hope, founded in 1847, was a children’s temperance organization that used lantern slides to warn of the dangers of drink.
Printed by Messrs McLagan & Cumming, Edinburgh, and Published by the Scottish Temperance Alliance, 226 West George Street, Glasgow, C.2
Which do you prefer? This Meal- or two bottles of Bass.
“PERSONAL LIBERTY” IN A NUTSHELL When BOOZE Is Inside SOMEBODY ELSE Is It Liable To Do YOU Any Harm? When BOOZE Is Inside YOU Is It Liable To Do SOMEBODY ELSE Any Harm?
Anti Drink : Which Path will you Take
Illustration of Thomas Livesey’s “ A New Lecture on Malt Liquor“, published in 1874. Artist & Date unknown.
Speaking Pictures : Beware of the Drink. Published by the United Kingdom Band of Hope temperance organization.
GEORGE CRUIKSHANK’S SLIDING SCALE. “Drink! Squabble! Swagger! Swear! and discourse fustian with one’s own shadow.
Anti Drink Individuals Views and Miscellaneous : There is a Little Public House. Published by the Friends Temperance Union.
The Drink Raider
ALCOHOL HAS A GREAT MANY USES
Lantern slide published by the United Kingdom Band of Hope children’s temperance organization.
A Wineglassful of New Milk
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The origin and success of the advocacy of the principle of total abstinence from all intoxicating liquors: including some account of the progress of the temperance reformation, (Jan., 1846), pp. 1-32
C. Gilpin, Collection: Cowen Tracts, Part of 19th Century British Pamphlets
Screen Culture and the Social Question, 1880-1914, KINtop 3, 2016
Publisher: Indiana University Press John Libbey Publishing Series: KINtop Studies in Early Cinema