Prohibition in the United States was a national ban on the sale, manufacture, and transportation of alcohol, in place from 1920 to 1933. The ban was mandated by the Eighteenth Amendment to the Constitution, and the Volstead Act set down the rules for enforcing the ban and defined the types of alcoholic beverages that were prohibited. Prohibition ended with the ratification of the Twenty-first Amendment, which repealed the Eighteenth Amendment, on December 5, 1933.
The introduction of alcohol prohibition and its subsequent enforcement in law was a hotly debated issue. The contemporary prohibitionists (“dries”) labeled this as the “Noble Experiment” and presented it as a victory for public morals and health. The consumption of alcohol overall went down by half in the 1920s; and it remained below pre-Prohibition levels until the 1940s.
Anti-prohibitionists (“wets”) criticized the alcohol ban as an intrusion of mainly rural Protestant ideals on a central aspect of urban, immigrant and Catholic everyday life. Effective enforcement of the alcohol ban during the Prohibition Era proved to be very difficult and led to widespread flouting of the law. The lack of a solid popular consensus for the ban resulted in the growth of vast criminal organizations, including the modern American Mafia, and various other criminal cliques. Widespread disrespect of the law also generated rampant corruption among politicians and within police forces. [Source: Wikipedia]
In the fascinating gallery below, courtesy of the Boston Public Library’s Leslie Jones Collection, we get a glimpse into the days of prohibition in Boston, Massachusetts. From the Rum Chasers and Rum Runners of the sea, to the speakeasy’s and stills in the city, these Prohibition-era photos provide a glimpse into one of more intriguing periods of U.S. history.
1. Fleet of Rum Chasers in East Boston – c. 1917-1934
2. $175,000 in Liquor Seized by Coast Guard – Jan. 18, 1932
$175,000 in liquor seized in Dorchester Bay by Coast Guard men from Base 5. Brought to US Customs Appraisers’ stores. Leslie Jones, 1886-1967 (photographer)
3. Speakeasy Raided and Destroyed by Federal Agents – Feb. 11, 1932
Speakeasy at 153 Causeway Street, raided and destroyed by Federal agents. The most elaborate joint ever built in Boston. Leslie Jones, 1886-1967 (photographer)
4. Ice Covered Rum Chaser – Jan. 20, 1926
Rum chaser – Dallas clad in ice after fighting severe gale in zero weather for 7- hours. Leslie Jones, 1886-1967 (photographer)
5. Boston Police Liquor Squad – 1928
Boston Police Liquor Squad led by Oliver Garrett (second from right) dressed up in evening clothes for visits to Boston hotels on New Year’s Eve. Leslie Jones, 1886-1967 (photographer)
6. Commissioner and Superintendent at Police HQ – 1935
Commissioner McSweeny and Superintendent King. Police Headquarters (possibly William E. Payne – Gunsmith / George F. Smith – Handwriting Expert). Leslie Jones, 1886-1967 (photographer)
7. Aerial Photo of a Seized Rum Runner – c. 1917-1934
8. Casks Seized by Police – c. 1930
Police from Division 9 with casks seized during Prohibition. Leslie Jones, 1886-1967 (photographer)
9. Aerial View of Rum Runners – c. 1917-1934
10. Man Operates Still out of the Back of a Carriage – c. 1917-1934
11. Rum Chasers: Beagle and Cunningham – Jan. 23, 1927
12. Newer Fleet of Rum Chasers: General Green & Frederick Lee – 1928
13. Superintendent Crowley Inspects a Speakeasy – 1930
14. Still Raided and Destroyed at Woburn by Federal Agents – 1934
15. Captured Rum Runner Brought to the Appraiser’s Stores – c. 1917-1934
16. Coast Guard Seizes a Rum Runner – c. 1917-1934
17. Still Explosion Kills Man in Reading – 1930
18. Fleet of Rum Chasers in East Boston – Dec. 30, 1928
19. Boat Suspected of Selling Alcohol is Inspected – c. 1917-1934
Boat with sign “Fresh Fish and Fruit” delivers bottled drinks to men on pier (possibly Prohibition selling illegal alcohol). Leslie Jones, 1886-1967 (photographer)
20. Officers Dismantle a Speakeasy After Raid – c. 1917-1934
Drawing of the Statue of Liberty in Upper New York Bay
Designed by Frédéric Bartholdi in collaboration with the French engineer Gustave Eiffel (who was responsible for its frame) and dedicated on October 28, 1886, the Statue of Liberty is a large neoclassical sculpture on Liberty Island in New York Harbor. The statue was a gift to the United States from the people of France.
The project was a joint effort between the French and American peoples. The French would provide the statue while the Americans would provide the site and build the pedestal.
The Statue of Liberty stands at a height of 151 feet 1 inch (46 meters). From ground to torch it is 305 feet 1 inch (93 meters) tall. It is also recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Below you will find a gallery of rare photos of the Statue of Liberty under construction in 1883. The images are part of the New York Public Library’s Photography Collection.
1. Men in a workshop hammering sheets of copper for the construction of the Statue of Liberty
2. Men in a workshop hammering sheets of copper for the construction of the Statue of Liberty
3. View of the workshop, with models of the
Statue of Liberty in the background
4. Men at work on the construction
of the Statue of Liberty
5. Construction of the skeleton and plaster surface of the
left arm and hand of the Statue of Liberty
6. Head of the Statue of Liberty
on display in a park in Paris
7. The external area of the workshop in Paris,
including construction materials and the Statue head
8. Scaffolding for the assemblage of the Statue of Liberty
9. Assemblage of the Statue of Liberty in Paris,
with the bottom half of the statue erect under scaffolding
10. Assemblage of the Statue of Liberty in Paris
The Statue of Liberty’s design and construction were recognized at the time as one of the greatest technical achievements of the 19th century. It was hailed as a bridge between art and engineering. The exterior ‘envelope’ was composed of brass plaques, formed by hammering them in hard wood moulds made from plaster models. These plaques were then soldered and riveted together. After Bartholdi prefabricated the figure in Paris by moulding sheets of copper over a steel framework, it was shipped to the United States in 241 crates in 1885. [Source]
On Wednesday night, the hashtag #MexicanProblemsNight was trending on Twitter. These were some of the photos posted.
Some of the relatable topics addressed during last night’s hashtag party included:
1. That little white plastic spoon is absolutely essential.
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3. Opening up a De La Rosa Mazapan is an art form.
♛BIZZLE♛ @BRollercoster Follow
If the first show you ever watched as a child was the daytime and nighttime novelas #mexicanproblemsnight
5. Are you pessimistic about life? Blame Silvia Pinal.
Heytale Pazguato!! @HeytalePazguato Follow
#mexicanproblemsnight -Mom, I'm bored-You are bored?Limpia los frijoles
7. Your mom always found a way to put you in check, even in front of God.
Divergent @mykingbizzle Follow
White moms vs Mexican moms in Church #mexicanproblemsnight
8. Who needs a hospital when you got Vick’s Vapor Rub?
#mexicanproblemsnight so true
10. Mexican moms are always right. ALWAYS.
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12. Never ask this. ANYWHERE.
Karim! @edgarkpz Follow
14. Who needs Tupperware when you’ve got these?
annie briones. @ikissyoujonas Follow
16. These blankets were there for you from the very beginning.
Kathleen Lespron @klespron95 Follow
I can hear it #mexicanproblemsnight
Authentic Mexican cuisine:
18. Taco facts.
Denise. @_lickmeliam Follow
#mexicanproblemsnight getting hit bc you got one of these in your rosca
20. Your mom’s cooking sometimes involved coughing and teary eyes.
jen @stylesvvinter Follow
#mexicanproblemsnight when I ask my mom for Starbucks but she says no bc we have
Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/norbertobriceno/tweets-that-only-mexicans-would-understand
‘A Trip Down Market Street‘ was shot on April 14, 1906, just four days before the San Francisco earthquake and fire, to which the negative was nearly lost. It was produced by moving picture photographers the Miles brothers (Harry, Herbert, Earle and Joe). Harry J. Miles hand-cranked the Bell & Howell camera which was placed on the front of a streetcar during filming on Market Street from 8th, in front of the Miles Studios, to the Ferry building.
A few days later the Miles brothers were en route to New York when they heard news of the earthquake. They sent the negative to NY, and returned to San Francisco to discover that their studios were destroyed.
Filmed during the era of silent film, Sound Designer and Engineer Mike Upchurch added sound to enhance the incredible video and immerse viewers into the hustle and bustle of San Francisco’s Market Street at the turn of the 20th century. Upchurch adds:
Automobile sounds are all either Ford Model T, or Model A, which came out later, but which have similarly designed engines, and sound quite close to the various cars shown in the film. The horns are slightly inaccurate as mostly bulb horns were used at the time, but were substituted by the far more recognizable electric “oogaa” horns, which came out a couple years later. The streetcar sounds are actual San Francisco streetcars. Doppler effect was used to align the sounds.
We actually shared an earlier version of this amazing film back in 2015, however this updated version contains new footage and combines the best elements of prints from the Prelinger Archives and Library of Congress.
Read more: http://twistedsifter.com/videos/a-trip-down-market-street-1906-by-the-miles-brothers/
No, this video from 2009 that just went viral now is not from a cheesy 90′s movie. The vintage footage is from a a documentary showing nuns learning martial arts for self defense. Trust me, don’t mess with these sisters. The video is featured on Neatorama.
Read more: http://www.viralviralvideos.com/2011/10/03/nuns-learn-martial-arts/