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Splash! by Charles Henry Sykes (1882-1942), ca. 1933

The cartoon depicts an ill-fated investigation of Pennsylvania's Liquor Control Board. A figure representing the investigation is shown falling head first into a barrel of presumably alcohol, representing the affairs of the Liquor Control Board.

"The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board was created in November 1933, in anticipation of the repeal of the Eighteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. The Board was directed to set up and operate a system of state-operated stores to be the only outlets for the sale of wine and spirits in their original packages. It was also given authority to license hotels, restaurants and clubs for the sale of wine and liquor by the drink. The Board was also charged with the enforcement of laws and regulations governing the entire traffic of alcoholic beverages throughout the Commonwealth."[1]


[1] Pennsylvania State Archives: Records of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. Retrieved from: < >


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