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Baby Scofflaws

By: Ardis E. Parshall - November 09, 2009

This advertisement puzzled me until I realized it was printed during the era (June 1926) of Prohibition and speakeasies. Now my question is, what was it doing in the Children’s Friend?



  1. A little known provision of the 18th Ammendment prohibited the manufacture, transportation or sale of dairy beverages to minors. What choice did the youth of Zion have?

    Comment by Eric Boysen — November 9, 2009 @ 7:07 am

  2. I see your point, Eric. This must be the origin of the term “milk bar,” then.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — November 9, 2009 @ 7:14 am

  3. Wow. Milk as a controlled substance. Fascinating. It really was. And still is. If you don’t think there’s a black market for milk, try and find raw milk sometime. (I know a supplier, but, shhh, don’t tell anyone…)

    Comment by Researcher — November 9, 2009 @ 8:28 am

  4. “Now my question is, what was it doing in the Children’s Friend?” Ha! Yeah, I’m not sure the ad writers’ attempt at humor and irony was successful here, but an “A” for effort!

    By the way, I love that term “scofflaw.” A colleague of mine introduced me to it fairly recently, and I use it all the time now.

    Comment by Hunter — November 9, 2009 @ 10:45 am

  5. I like the word, too, and think it might be useful to describe some types of Mormons that we probably all know. There’s the “scoffdoctrine” and the “scoffcounsel,” for instance. People who don’t like the definitions of traditional gender roles could be “scoffProcs.” Men who wear color rther than white could be “scoffshirts.” Drinkers of green tea might be “scoffWoWs.”

    And people who blog when they should be productive are probably “scoffworks.” Guilty as charged, here.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — November 9, 2009 @ 11:27 am