Calvert Lith. Co: Detroit, 1881. Item #99-0865
Oblong 7.5 x 10.75, central image is the state seal of Michigan, upper left shows a man about to take the pledge and upper right shows a saloon with a "shut" sign on its front doors. Pinhole, light soiling and toning, a few edge tears, right margin is missing a small section but doesn't interfere with decorative border. With printed signatures of Henry Howard, President, and JB Stears, Secretary. Plus, the stamped signature of the general agent, JC Bontecou. Capt. JC Bontecou, a Civil War veteran was a very well known temperance organizer, not just in Jackson. He was also an early member of the Jackson Reform Club, founded in 1876, which consisted of men, who with God's help, would be able to stop imbibing and live temperate lives. The Michigan State Temperance Alliance was founded in Jackson in 1881; the Honorable Charles Mosher was one of its three founders. An attractive, desirable and scarce item.