Australia never enacted prohibition laws at the state or local levels, but temperance organizations flourished across the country. These studio photographs — depicting five stages of inebriation — were taken in the 1860s, and were likely commissioned for educational purposes. They're hilarious.

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Today, it's like looking at Reefer Madness in still life. (And, is it just me, or does "Stage Three" appear to be zombification?)

[Via Retronaut and State Library of New South Wales]