Gold Skull Crossbones Flask
- Printed flip-top glass flask
- 8 1/2 oz. (250 ml)
- Swing top
Originally, flasks were mostly made out of glass, but during Prohibition, police officers indulged in "hip-hitting" with their nightsticks when they noticed a suspicious bulge in someone's pocket. Thanks to the 21st Amendment that repealed Prohibition on December 5, 1933, you can freely enjoy your poison in this glass skull and crossbones flask.
Since the first European settlers arrived here, Americans have enjoyed a drink. At times, many of us have enjoyed a lot of drinks. But other Americans, fearing the harm alcohol would do to society and to individuals, have tried to stop our drinking or limit who, when, and where we could consume alcohol.
These two different views of alcoholic beverages run throughout American history. Sometimes they have existed in relative peace; other times, they have been at war. Documents and artifacts in the National Archives reveal the evolution of the government's alcohol policy over time and illustrate the wide variety of views Americans have held about alcohol. The stories they tell echo present-day debates over regulating drinking and the legalization of other drugs.