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Tiny Prohibition Era Button

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | January 21, 2022

This button advocating "Bread not Beer" was created in 1918, two years before Prohibition started in 1920. There is a lot happening on this button: in addition to the plea for bread it also urges "No Repeal;" shows a mountain named "Mount Progress;" and has an eagle with the message "the Eagle Never Flies Backwards." 
Bear in mind that this button is only .75 inches in diameter, which would have made it very difficult to read while one was wearing it to make a point!