Miller Products Co prohibition beer bottle, original

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  • Item Category: Alcohol & Smoking
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Mar 30,2007
  • Channel: Online Auction
This is an original Miller Beer bottle from Miller Products Co. Label sits on neck of amber bottle only and reads Miller logo, High Life, 12 Fluid oz., serve cold, does not contain 1/2 of 1% of alcohol by volume. I found this and other bottles in my home which was built in 1921. This is what I believe, because of the label, to be a prohibition era bottle of what they called near beer. The bottle is old wavy glass and has no chips or cracks. The bottle does have mold or blown marks as old glass does. The label is paper and is affixed on an angle. No visible sign of this ever having a lower label is observed. Prohibition was enacted in January 1920, and the 18th amendment made it illegal to manufacture, sell or transport alcohol of any kind, anyw in the USA. This amendment was passed along with the Volstead Act which defined "an alcoholic beverage" and gave authorities the power to investigate and prosecute those to be in violation of the anti-liquor laws. Thus in order to sell beverages such as this during prohibition times they needed to fall below the definition of an alcoholic beverage and Miller Brewed beer at 1/2 of 1% by volume in order to continue production. In the late 1920's an increasing Americans movement, politicians included, began to find the idea of repealing prohibition attractive. The push of the temperance leagues for prohibition was now thought to be not only expensive because they no longer had tax money from the sales of alcohol but it was difficult to enforce. In 1932 F. Roosevelt as presidential canidate wisely advocated a repeal of the country's costly prohibition laws. In the throes of a depression the arguement to deprive people of the opportunity to legally drown their sorrows in drink was made but the most compelling reason to end it was that the country desperately needed jobs. Prohibition was repealed in 1933 with the adoption of the 21st amendment and one of the disasterous eras of law enforcement in history came to an end. This bottle must then be from January 16, 1920 to 1933 when they produced during prohibtion time.

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