20 Vintage Photos of Prohibition in Boston

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 Prohibition ended with the ratification of the Twenty-first Amendment, which repealed the Eighteenth Amendment, on December 5, 1933.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

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 by Coast Guard during prohibition in boston - 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 in boston raided and destroyed, most elaborate speakeasy in boston

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

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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

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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

police commissioner and superintendent at police headquarters checking out weapons

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

aerial photo of rum runner boat that has been seized in boston harbor

8. Casks Seized by Police – c. 1930

Police from Division 9 with casks seized during Prohibition posing for camera

Police from Division 9 with casks seized during Prohibition. Leslie Jones, 1886-1967 (photographer)

9. Aerial View of Rum Runners – c. 1917-1934

Aerial view of rum runners on the water

10. Man Operates Still out of the Back of a Carriage – c. 1917-1934

Man operates still of liquor out of the back of a carriage

11. Rum Chasers: Beagle and Cunningham – Jan. 23, 1927

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

Superintendent Crowley Inspects a Speakeasy - 1930

14. Still Raided and Destroyed at Woburn by Federal Agents – 1934

liquor Still raided and destroyed at Woburn by federal agents

15. Captured Rum Runner Brought to the Appraiser’s Stores – c. 1917-1934

Captured rum runner brought to the appraiser's stores

16. Coast Guard Seizes a Rum Runner – c. 1917-1934

Coast Guard Seizes a Rum Runner at sea

17. Still Explosion Kills Man in Reading – 1930

Still explodes killing man in Reading

18. Fleet of Rum Chasers in East Boston – Dec. 30, 1928

fleet of rum chasers in east boston

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)

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

officers Dismantling a speakeasy after a raid

Rare Photos of the Statue of Liberty Being Built in 1883

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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

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2. Men in a workshop hammering sheets of copper for the construction of the Statue of Liberty

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3. View of the workshop, with models of the
Statue of Liberty in the background

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4. Men at work on the construction
of the Statue of Liberty

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5. Construction of the skeleton and plaster surface of the
left arm and hand of the Statue of Liberty

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6. Head of the Statue of Liberty
on display in a park in Paris

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7. The external area of the workshop in Paris,
including construction materials and the Statue head

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8. Scaffolding for the assemblage of the Statue of Liberty

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9. Assemblage of the Statue of Liberty in Paris,
with the bottom half of the statue erect under scaffolding

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10. Assemblage of the Statue of Liberty in Paris

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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]

37 Tweets That Mexicans Would Understand

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.

Follow me Liam @stolemyheart132


3. Opening up a De La Rosa Mazapan is an art form.

♛BIZZLE♛ @BRollercoster

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

#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

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.

( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) @_welovebrandonm


12. Never ask this. ANYWHERE.

Karim! @edgarkpz


Food storage:

14. Who needs Tupperware when you’ve got these?

annie briones. @ikissyoujonas



16. These blankets were there for you from the very beginning.

Kathleen Lespron @klespron95

I can hear it #mexicanproblemsnight

Authentic Mexican cuisine:

18. Taco facts.

Denise. @_lickmeliam

#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

#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

Rare Video Footage from 1906 Shows the Amazing Bustle of San Francisco’s Market Street

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/

Nuns Learn Martial Arts

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/

These Vintage Life Hacks Are From The 1900s. The Weird Part Is, They Actually Work.

We all generally see life hacks as a new trend to make life better and cigarettes as an undeniable way to, eventually, make life suck. (Sorry, smokers.)

However, way back in 1900-1910, the two clashing ideas were combined to create these helpful cards which came along with the purchase of Gallaher’s brand cigarettes. But unlike the fact that cigarettes are in no way beneficial, these old-timey tips actually hold up. Channel your inner boy scout and see for yourself!

1.) How To Extract A Splinter

“Fill a wide mouthed bottle with hot water nearly to the brim, and press affected part of hand tightly against mouth of bottle. The suction will pull down the flesh, and steam will soon draw out the splinter.”

2.) How To Fell A Tree

“Have decided which side you wish the tree to fall, cut alternatively a downward and inward cut as shown. When about half through, proceed to cut the other side a few inches higher, and finally pull tree down by means of ropes.”

3.) Keeping Plants Watered While Away

“Fill a large pail with water, and stand it a little above the level of the plants and group round or near as many plants as practical. Loosely plait two or three strands of wool together, immerse completely in water, and place one end in the pail, weighted, and touching the bottom. Rest the other end on the soil: a separate plait of wool is advisable for each pot.”

4.) How To Light A Match In The Wind

“The familiar difficulty of lighting a match in a wind can be to a great extent overcome if thin shavings are first cut on the match towards its striking end, as shown in the picture. On lighting the match the curled strips catch fire at once; the flame is stronger and has a better chance.”

5.) How To Make A Chair To Cross A Stream

“Fasten a strong rope to a tree and let a boy swim across the stream and fasten the other end to a tree on an opposite bank. Make the chair, fasten it to a running look or a block pulley, and by means of a light rope fastened to the middle of (the) chair and held by a scout at each end, those unable to swim are safely passed over.”

6.) How To Make A Fire Extinguisher

“Dissolve one pound of salt and half a pound of sal-ammoniac in two quarts of water and bottle the liquor in thin glass bottles holding about a quart each. Should a fire break out, dash one or more of the bottles into the flames, and any serious outbreak will probably be averted.”

7.) How To Make A Water Filter

“A most handy and efficacious filter can be made out of an ordinary perfectly clean zinc water pail, through the bottom of which a hole has been drilled and a small pipe fitted. The water percolates through the layers of fine and coarse sand, and clean picked gravel and stones, with which the pail is filled, filtering through to the bottom in a clear state.”

8.) How To Preserve Eggs

“Eggs for preserving must be newly laid, and by simply putting these into a box or tin of dry salt-burying the eggs right in the salt and keeping it in a cool dry place — it is possible to preserve them for a very long period. No air whatever should be allowed to get to the shell.”

9.) How To Stop A Mad Dog

“A scout’s staff, a walking-stick, or even a handkerchief or hat may be held before you as shown. The dog invariably endeavours to paw down your defense before biting, thus giving you the opportunity of disabling him by a kick.”

Hopefully you’re never in a position to need that last one, but it is good to be prepared.

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Read more: http://viralnova.com/old-life-hacks/

This Awesome 10 Min Short Film on Glass Making Won a 1959 Academy Award

Glas is a 1959 Oscar®-winning short film on glass-blowing and glass-making automation, directed by Bert Haanstra. The film contrasts the production of hand made crystal from the Royal Leerdam Glass Factory with automated bottle making machines in the Netherlands.

The wordless film says a lot without saying a word.

Read more: http://twistedsifter.com/videos/glass-short-film-by-bert-haanstra/

13 Incredible First Photographs Paint An Interesting Picture Of Human History

All you have to do if you really want to marvel at human progress when it comes to photography is scroll through your Instagram feed.

Once a privilege reserved for few, capturing life through a camera lens is now something most of us do on a daily basis. Seeing images of babies, pets, and incredible destinations is commonplace now, but when the first photograph was taken by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce in 1827, the most mundane image is the one that changed history.

Known today as “View from the Window at Le Gras” this blurry photograph of a barley discernible view was a contemporary marvel. Let’s take a walk through human history by checking out these amazing photographic firsts.

1. The First Photograph — 1827

Niépce’s “View from the Window at Le Gras” is considered the first-ever photograph and it was taken in Saint-Loup-de-Varennes, France. Although gritty, the image captures parts of a building and the photographer’s surrounding estate.

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2. The First Photograph of a Person — 1838

The person in the lower lefthand corner of this image has gone down in history as the first ever human photographic subject. Louis Daguerre, for whom the famous Daguerreotype process was named, most likely took this from his apartment window.

3. The First Selfie — 1839

Philadelphia-based photography enthusiast Robert Cornelius uncovered the lens, entered the frame, sat in place for one minute, and covered the lens again to capture what is now known as the first self-portrait photograph in history.

4. The First Hoax Photograph — 1840

Although photographer Hippolyte Bayard had developed a photographic process before Daguerre, who is traditionally heralded as being the Father of Photography, he didn’t release his findings quickly enough. Daguerre stole the spotlight by rolling out his own method, so as a response, Bayard released this photo of what appeared to be an image of him dead by drowning. This was, of course, a hoax.

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5. The First Moon Photograph — 1840

The first image of the moon was a Daguerrotype captured by John W. Draper. Because of poor storage, it is now pretty heavily damaged.

6. The First Photograph of an American President — 1843

Our sixth president, John Quincey Adams, became the first American president to have his photo taken, but it was after he’d already left office.

7. The First Aerial Photograph — 1860

Photographer James Wallace Black shot this photo from a hot air balloon over Boston at an altitude of 2,000 feet.

8. The First Color Photograph — 1861

Thomas Sutton, who went on to invent the SLR camera, pressed the shutter button to take this photo of a tartan ribbon. The man behind the science that made it all possible, however, was a physicist by the name of James Clerk Maxwell.

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9. First Photograph of a Battle in Progress — 1870

This 1870 image is the first-known photograph of a battle in progress and it shows Prussian advancement toward French troops. Although the first war photographer was an American named Matthew Brady who’d begun working about two decades prior, the above image is still believed to be the first of an ongoing battle.

10. The First Landscape Photograph in Color — 1877

Louis Arthur Ducos du Hauron, who is known as one of the first great innovators of color photography, took this shot of a scene in Southern France.

11. The First Photograph of a Tornado — 1884

This tornado was immortalized in Kansas by a fruit farmer. To capture it, he used a box camera and snapped the photo from 14 miles away.

12. The First Photograph of Earth from Space — 1950

A V-2 rocket snapped this shot from space in 1950. When it was released, copy surrounding the image was framed as “how our Earth would look to visitors from another planet coming in on a spaceship.”

13. The First Digital Photograph — 1957

The first digital photo came as a result of technological developments by Russell A. Kirsch that allowed graphics to be scanned to computer memory. This image is of his son, Walden.

While some of these images seem basic by today’s standards, we probably wouldn’t be sharing our lives on Instagram if they’d never been taken.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/historic-photographs/

These Look Like Normal Photos From Afar, But They’re Very Much Alive

When practical photography was born in 1839, the simple act of capturing basic portraits and images of everyday objects was a feat of epic and almost unfathomable proportions. That being said, it didn’t take very long for burgeoning photographers to start experimenting with form and function.

About 80 years after the craft’s inception, Arthur Mole and John Thomas decided to develop a series that was unlike anything that had ever been done before. By organizing groups of American soldiers into iconic images that pay homage to some of our nation’s most influential figures, the two achieved an effect that’s beyond impressive (even by today’s standards).

Thomas was in charge of organizing the troops into recognizable images, and Mole was tasked with climbing an 80-foot viewing tower and capturing the photos.

The Human U.S. Shield (1918) — 30,000 officers and men


The Living Allied Flags (1918)

Mole fittingly referred to the pictures in this series as “living photographs.”

Living Portrait of Woodrow Wilson (1918) — 21,000 officers and men

Living Portrait of Woodrow Wilson (detail)

These photos boosted morale as U.S. troops continued serving in World War I.

The Zion Shield (1920)

Human Statue of Liberty (1918) — 18,000 officers

Most impressively of all, every picture was captured with a simple 11 x 14-inch camera.

Living Emblem of the United States Marines (1919)

(via Amusing Planet)

To see more pictures from this collection, check out the rest over on the Library of Congress website.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/arthur-mole-images/

25 Vintage Mustaches

With over 17,000 historic photos on Flickr, the Library of Congress is a treasure trove for vintage awesomeness. Not only do the fine people at the LOC share an amazing archive for the world to enjoy, but they also categorize and tag many of the images, helping others sort through their extensive collections.

One tag that caught my eye was ‘great mustaches of the LOC‘. With approximately 350 photos tagged as such, I knew I would not be disappointed.

I went through all 350 this morning and below are the Sifter’s 25 personal favourites. Enjoy my friends!

1. General Von Hindenburg c1910-1915

2. Cammdr. Michael Elder vom Appel c1910-1915

3. W.C. Redfield c1910-1915

4. General Grippenberg c1910-1915

5. Kaiser Wilhelm II 1910-1915

6. General Fushimi c1910-1915

7. Gen. Jose Santos Zelaya, former President of Nicaragua 1913

8. Lopez Munos c1910-1915

9. S. Hirai c1910-1915

10. General De Mas-Latrie

11. Prince Sulkowski c1910-1915

12. Dr. Francisco Bertrand, President of Honduras 1913

13. Archduke Leopold Salvator c1910-1915

14. Jose L. Requena c1910-1915

15. Benton McMillin c1910-1915

16. Paul Doumer c1910-1915

17. N. Cochon c1910

18. O.M. Marling 1914

19. Goremykin 1914

20. Dr. John T. Gerin c1910-1915

21. King of Rumania c1910-1915

22. General Desfontaines

23. Archduke Franz Salvatore c1910-1915

24. J.J. Lannin 1913

25. Major General Ambrose E. Burnside c1860-1865