Lot 130
Current Auction

Rare Map Issued 5 Years Before the Prohibition Amendment Passed

"Prohibition Map of the United States",

Subject: United States

Period: 1915 (dated)


Color: Black & White

21.3 x 13.2 inches
54.1 x 33.5 cm

This rare map by Allied Printing in Chicago is color-coded to show the status of Prohibition across the country. Areas in white (most of the map) indicated full prohibition, while areas in black were under “license law,” which referred to states and counties that imposed a requirement of a license to sell alcohol, usually at a high cost, that spawned numerous unlicensed “speakeasies.” Hatched areas indicated “much no license territory" and were most prominent in Texas. Dated April 1, 1915, it is a fascinating map showing that almost 5 years before the Prohibition Amendment passed, most of the country already was under prohibition. There are no past sales records or institutional examples located on OCLC.


Condition: B+

Issued folding with a few tiny splits at the fold junctions resulting in minor image loss. There are a couple of edge tears confined to the bottom blank margin.

Estimate: $300 - $400

Sold for: $325

Closed on 11/18/2020