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    Posted 12 months ago

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    I found this strange Red&White striped bottle in a yard sale a few years ago.
    On the base of the bottle is Federal Law Forbids Sale Or Reuse Of This Bottle. D8. 3. 65.56. I in a O. Googled that and found it was from the 1950's when alcohol was banned in the US. The bottle measures 16" tall and 4" in diameter. I now know that this is an Old Kentucky Tavern Holiday Decanter.

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    1. Celiene Celiene, 12 months ago
      1920's was prohibition.
    2. Celiene Celiene, 12 months ago
      You kids gotta learn your history. Here's another person with that bottle who thinks prohibition was in the 1950's!! It looks like it might have been a perfume bottle?

      "In 1933, the 21st Amendment to the Constitution was passed and ratified, ending national Prohibition. After the repeal of the 18th Amendment, some states continued Prohibition by maintaining statewide temperance laws. Mississippi, the last dry state in the Union, ended Prohibition in 1966."

      BUT - that would not apply to that bottle. It would have only applied to dry states, not the whole country.
    3. Celiene Celiene, 12 months ago
      "Bottles marked "Federal Law Forbids…"

      It is not uncommon to come across screw-top liquor bottles from the 20th century that are boldly embossed on their shoulders or bases with the above text. After Prohibition was repealed on December 5, 1933, US laws once again allowed the legal manufacture and sale of alcoholic drink. Liquor was legal but producing it was subject to greater Federal control.

      PICTURED Bottle marked with text Federal Law Forbids Sale or Reuse...
      With its cork top, you might think this bottle is older than it is. With its FEDERAL LAW FORBIDS embossing, we can date it from the 1930s to 1960s

      One law required that alcoholic bottles must be embossed with the text, “FEDERAL LAW FORBIDS SALE OR REUSE OF THIS BOTTLE” This law went into effect in 1935 and was repealed on December 1, 1964. The reason for this legislation is fairly obvious: after over a decade of Prohibition, law enforcement was well aware of the illegal trade in alcohol (bootlegging) and wanted to prevent the refilling of bottles by black market businesses."
    4. Celiene Celiene, 12 months ago
      Here's a yellow one. They say it's Danish...
    5. LesleyParish LesleyParish, 12 months ago
      Wow! Celiene, thank you for that information, I also did not know which stopper went with this bottle, I now have taken pictures of the bottle and stopper.
      Thanks again Mystery Solved.
    6. TallCakes TallCakes, 12 months ago
      Old Kentucky Tavern holiday decanter:
    7. TallCakes TallCakes, 12 months ago
      the makers mark is Owens Illinois

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