Certificate of Membership for this early children's temperance group.

[Philadelphia]: Published at the Temperance Office, 3 North Eighth Street, [ca. 1842]. Broadside, paper clay-coated in black, ornately printed in gilt, approx. 5.5 x 9 inches. Some creasing and wear and a little light soil; some fading to the intricate gilt printing; in very good condition. Item #16645

"Here, Lord! I pledge perpetual hate / To all that can intoxicate; / I'll never use the filthy weed, / The from its evils I'll be freed." The Cold Water Army was a children's temperance organization, and the pledge and the typography and design here are well-calculated to inculcate a festive sense of obligation. the officers given here on the certificate are Thomas Orr as President and Asa Fitz as Secretary; the imprint is printed at the foot of the text; the address would seem to agree with that of Asa Fitz's Temperance Pictorial Songster (Philadelphia: Nathan Moore, 3 Carpenter's Buildings, North Eighth Street, 1843); Fitz's name was also on a number of juvenile songsters and hymnals of the period (the multiplication table set to music is one I would love to see) but perhaps most pertinent to the purposes of this piece is his Song for the Cold Water Army (Philadelphia: S. Collins, 1842).

Price: $200.00