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WORKING MEN! THIS WILL INTEREST YOU! [Anti Temperance Bill poster]
Publisher: F W Mason, Printer, Hartlepool;
Stock Code: 6655
Poster approximately 76 cm x 51 cm. Single sheet with titles printed in bold and underlined. Creased from folding with a few nicks to edge and some inky finger-marks, otherwise in Very Good condition.
The main text takes the form of a conversation between two working class drinkers, Joe and Bill, giving their clear reasons why pubs should be open for reasonably long hours during the week and on Sundays, and exhorting the reader to sign the petition for MPs asking them to vote against the Bill. The proposal to limit Sunday opening times was one of a long series throughout the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and was strongly opposed by the general public. Although when Bill complains “then we are not to have the right to drink at the pub before 8 o’clock in the morning if we want one ever so badly” he rather sounds like a case in point. Large, ephemeral and unsurprisingly unrecorded.
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