BOTTLES EMBOSSED: FEDERAL LAW FORBIDS SALE OR REUSE OF THIS BOTTLE
Bottles which are embossed with the words "Federal law forbids sale or re-use of this bottle" are dating from 1935 through the early 1970s. After prohibition was repealed on Dec 5, 1933 the law changed again and it became legal to manufacture and sell alcoholic beverages. The reasoning behind this law was to prevent the refilling of bottles by the black market bootlegging businesses.
In 1935 the law went into effect which stated that the words "Federal law forbids sale or re-use of this bottle" must be embossed somewhere on the bottle. On Dec 1, 1964 the law was repealed. Some manufactures still were embossing their bottles into the early 1970s.
Below is a example of the wording on these whiskey bottles.
The Illustrated Guide To Collecting Bottles, Cecil Munsey. 1970.
Internal Revenue Service, Industry Circular, #64-18, October 23, 1964.
Frank & Frank Jr. (Wicker)Bottle Collection.