Go to the Polls! June 20th, 1933
New Haven: Connecticut Branch, W. O. N. P. R., 1933. Broadside. 7" x 10 1/4" Single sheet printed on one side. Slight age toning. Fine condition.
This is an original handbill from a major women's group soliciting votes to repeal Prohibition in 1933.
Women's organizations--particularly the Women's Christian Temperance Union--are strongly associated with passage of the 18th Amendment to the U. S. Constitution and the national ban on alcoholic beverages it brought in 1919. The major role women played in getting Prohibition repealed is not as widely recognized, however.
This handbill was issued by the Connecticut Branch of the Women's Organization for National Prohibition Reform (W.O.N.P.R.). The W.O.N.P.R. was organized in 1929 by women who could no longer ignore the destructive (if unintended) consequences of Prohibition.
Here voters are asked to vote for ratification of the 21st Amendment, reminding them that "A Vote for Ratification is a Vote for Repeal!," and "A Vote for Ratification is a Vote for Good Government, Lower Taxes, and Liquor Control."
The efforts of the W.O.N.P.R. and other repeal groups were successful, and Prohibition was repealed with the ratification of the 21st Amendment in December of 1933.
A tangible piece of Prohibition and women's history.