Today’s post comes from Zach Kopin, an intern in the National Archives History Office in Washington, DC.
A new exhibit on America’s connection to alcohol is now on display at the National Archives. “Spirited Republic: Alcohol and American History” is about the United States’ love-hate relationship with the “demon rum.”
Bruce Bustard, the exhibit’s curator, says the exhibit demonstrates the “changing attitudes of the American people about alcohol, and also looks at that through the records of the National Archives and Presidential Libraries.”
One of the most interesting people featured in the exhibit is Daisy Simpson. Simpson was one of the Treasury Department’s most famous Prohibition officers (called “prohis”).
Known as the “Lady Hooch Hunter,” Simpson quickly attracted attention—and press—with her spectacular busts of Volstead Act violators.
Passed on October 28, 1919, the Volstead Act implemented the 18th amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which established prohibition in the U.S.
The act empowered Federal, as well as state and local governments, to enforce Prohibition by limiting the manufacture, sale, or transportation of alcohol.
The U.S. Government turned to the Treasury Department to play the part of the act’s enforcer, a role in which women were integral.
While women gained the equal right to vote 1920, gender-based assignment of tasks endured. Women worked in the … [ Read all ]
Amanda’s first step in designing the exhibit was to look for inspirational images. Some of the most intriguing came from the pages of 1970s home design articles, found on an independent blog. What struck Amanda were the supergraphics—large wall decorations popular in the seventies—present in most of the images.
“I remembered them from my childhood, from my parents’ friends’ houses,” she said.
In the exhibit, the supergraphics are meant to create a seventies vibe without detracting from the photographs, which are the true focus.
Amanda chose three theme colors as the exhibit’s three-part organization emerged from the planning process.
First came “Ball of Confusion,” derived from a 1970 song by The Temptations. Jimi Hendrix, who died in 1970, inspired the color purple in the exhibit. According to Amanda, “Purple became a sort of theme.”
When she started looking at warmer colors … [ Read all ]
Posted by Nikita on March 7, 2013, under Uncategorized.
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