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"For our return trip on the ocean over Christmas [during Prohibition]," John Boyd-Carpenter recalled, "we felt bound to enquire, before booking on a United States line ship, the PresidentHarding, whether it carried the agreeable fluids required on a Christmas voyage across the North Atlantic. We were informed, accurately, by the US Line's office in Washington that the Prohibition Laws permitted the carriage of all liquors, with one exception, as 'medical stores.' The exception was beer, for which apparently no medical case could be made."

[By labeling their product "for medicinal purposes," the manufacturers of Old Grand-Dad bourbon were able to produce whiskey throughout the Prohibitionry period.]

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