The First-Class Beer Glass, made Especially for President Franklin D. Roosevelt, was for the purpose of Celebrating the date that certain Alcoholic Beverages became Legal within The United States. This was as a result of the near ending of Prohibition. Actually, it was a little bit more complicated than that. Why? Because the final ending of Prohibition involved a series of Legislative agreements, compromises and maneuvers. These steps would soon reach final agreement to End Prohibition – a rather complicated State and Federal Political process which we will get into just a bit later on.
IMPORTANT BEER GLASS OF PRESIDENT FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT - SIGNIFYING THE NEAR END OF PROHIBITION
The President's approximately 5 1/2" tall heavy Crystal Beer Glass has a design around the upper middle with what appears to be rather like thumb prints, but to the hand feels like knobs. Around the middle is a cut diamond pattern in three significant lines. At the top is an etched Shield or Crest, with the imposing Initials "FDR". Above this Impressive Crest, and Deeply Etched into the President's Glass, is the date "April 7, 1933". This is a Crystal Glass of some Significant Design as well as Quality. This Important piece of American History is now in The Collection of Raleigh DeGeer Amyx.
A VIVID CLOSE-UP OF - THE FDR AND DATED PORTION - OF THE PRESIDENTS OWN BEER GLASS WHICH SIGNIFIES THE NEAR END OF THE REPEAL OF THE 18TH AMENDMENT
There is Impeccable Provenance accompanying this piece of History, once owned and used by one of the Two Greatest People of the 20th Century – the other being Sir Winston Churchill. This Relic's Lineage traces directly from Franklin Delano Roosevelt, on April 7,1933, to White House Maître de' Charles Ficklin - a Permanent and longtime Career Staff Member of The White House. Mr. Ficklin, (Pictured just below - at work in The White House), realized the obvious Importance of this Historical FDR Relic, and protected it for many Decades.
THE FICKLIN BROTHERS - CHARLES AND JOHN FICKLIN - BOTH BROTHERS SERVED FOR LONG PERIODS AS WAITERS AND THEN AS WHITE HOUSE MATRE DE's - FORTUNATELY CHARLES FICKLIN RETRIEVED THE FDR 1933 GLASS - THE FICKLIN'S ARE PICTURED HERE - AT WORK IN THE WHITE HOUSE - AT THE TIME OF THE DREADFUL ASSASSINATION OF PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY
The 21st Amendment, which Repealed nationwide Prohibition, explicitly gives States the right to restrict or ban the purchase or sale of alcohol. This led to a patchwork of American Laws, in which alcohol was sold legally in some but not all towns or counties within a particular state. After the Repeal of the Constitutional Amendment, some states continued to enforce Prohibition laws. Actually, it was never illegal to drink liquor in the America. But it was illegal to sell it.
A DETERMINED CHIEF EXECUTIVE - FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT
On March 23, 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt Signed into Law an Important Amendment to the Volstead Act. This Action, at last, allowed the manufacture and sale of "3.2 Beer"and light wines. As earlier stated, it was a long process on the legal front to totally end Prohibition. It was not easy. This entangled web of work in Congress, as well as within The Executive Branch and the mind of FDR, had been in process for many months.
Finally, the 18th Amendment was Repealed later that same year, with Ratification of the 21st Amendment coming on December 5, 1933. But when FDR and other Senior Legislators were Celebrating in the White House, by drinking a 3.2 beer, they knew that they were in the final throes of over throwing the 18th Amendment, which however well intended, ended up increasing Crime in America. This Major Criminal Involvement in Prohibition, for a decade or more, resulted in endless Violent Death as well as the illegal funneling of Mega-Millions of Dollars throughout the United States. It had been a hard time for America and although not expected, Prohibition had been Excruciatingly Profitable for many enterprising Criminals.
The President's Toast on April 7, 1933 Signified that The End of Prohibition was a tiny step away. This Repeal of the 18th Amendment and 1933 Enactment of the 21st Amendment was a Major Legislative Accomplishment. And President Franklin Delano Rooosevelt was enthusiastic about Celebrating, on April 7, 1933, the near end of what he and so many other had been pushing for. Thus Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Beer "Toast", with this Handsome personalized Beer Glass, which is now in The Raleigh Degeer Amyx Collection (a.k.a.) The American Heritage Collection.
HISTORIAN AND COLLECTOR - RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX - 2010