The Influence of Drink
The Victorian temperance movement was strong throughout most of the century in towns and cities across England. Distorted caricatures of the besotted, benighted beings who were so benumbed by the habitual over-indulgence in the use of intoxicating drinks were frequent subjects of the comic-valentine maker.
Inevitably the friendly barmaid proved to be a greater attraction, for the delight and amusement of these abominable caricaturists.
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