This drawing from around 1864 shows a group of respectable colonists enjoying a picnic. The text begins: 'Pleasures of a Picnic enhanced by a little Irish Beer.' At the time alcohol was accepted in respectable society as an appropriate way to add merriment to such occasions.
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