By time National Prohibition was fully implemented in the U. in January of 1920, the only area north of Mexico that was not totally "dry" was the Province of Quebec (Unitt 1972).) The push for individual State and eventually National Prohibition came right at the time (1910s) that bottle makers were making the transition from mouth-blown to fully machine-made bottles.
It is an almost absolute fact that if an American made liquor bottle is mouth-blown it pre-dates National Prohibition.
The array of references used to support the conclusions and estimates found here - including the listed dating ranges - are noted.
Additional information and estimates are based on the empirical observations of the author over 50 years of experience; this is often but not always noted.
Whiskey was often labeled as - and sometimes even embossed - "For Medicinal Purposes Only" as early as the mid-19th century - long before National Prohibition took effect in January of 1920 (Wilson & Wilson 1968).
The growing strength of the Temperance movement and rising anti-alcohol fervor during the late 19th and early 20th centuries led to the passage of ever increasing restrictions on the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages. The power of the Temperance movement culminated in the addition of the 18th Amendment to the Constitution on January 16th, 1919; the amendment written to take effect one year after ratification, i.e., January 17th, 1920.The pictures on this page show just a small bit of this variety.However, there are definitive trends in shapes that mark a bottle as very likely to have been used primarily or originally as a container for high alcohol spirits intended for internal consumption, "medicinal" or otherwise.Perhaps related to Cruz Rivera’s current situation, he last month posted a video on Facebook from a UK nonprofit that supports male victims of domestic violence.Liquor of all types - bourbon, rye, gin, cognac, scotch, etc.