1. Here’s a cool and surprising artifact from the Prohibition era — a prescription slip for alcohol.
If you were looking to party in the ’20s, you could head to a speakeasy, or…try your doctor. Although manufacturing and distributing alcohol was illegal, you could still legally possess it for health reasons. So, if you had any of the following, you would have been eligible for a medicinal liquor prescription: anemia, tuberculosis, typhoid, pneumonia, high blood pressure, lactation issues, cancer, diabetes, asthma, or…old age.
Yet it would have been an annoying expense. The prescription itself cost $3, while a mere pint of prescription booze was about another $3. Making the whole thing cost what would be about $80 today.
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