22 Vintage Photos Show What America Looked Like When Alcohol Was Illegal During the 1920s and ’30s

The prohibition of alcohol in the United States lasted for 13 years during the 1920s and 30s. It is one of most famous—or infamous—times in recent American history. While the intention was to reduce the consumption of alcohol by eliminating businesses that manufactured, distributed, and sold it, the plan backfired.

Considered by many as a failed social and political experiment, the era changed the way many Americans viewed alcoholic beverages. It also enhanced the realization that federal government control cannot always take the place of personal responsibility.

We associate the Prohibition era with gangsters, bootleggers, speakeasies, rum-runners, and an overall chaotic situation in respect to the social network of Americans. The period began in 1920 with general acceptance by the public. It ended in 1933 as the result of the public’s annoyance with the law and the ever-increasing enforcement nightmare.

Police in New York City pour liquor from a barrel down a sewer during a 1921 raid. (Graphicaartis / Getty Images)
Tears mingle with strong beer in Newark, New Jersey, as prohibition agents destroy the unlawful liquor seized in a Hoboken raid on June 18, 1931. (New York Daily News / Getty Images)
Huge black-and-white posters printed in bold type serve as notice that a Chicago business had been closed by the federal courts for violations of the Volstead Act. (George Rinhart / Getty Images)
A driver tries to ensure his safety with a banner on his vehicle that reads, “I’m not a Bootlegger. Don’t shoot, I’ll stop,” near the Mexico border in 1929. (Ullstein Bild / Getty Images)
The shoe of an alcohol smuggler who had been arrested at the Canadian border is strapped with wooden soles in the form of cattle hooves to camouflage their border crossing, circa 1924. (Ullstein Bild / Getty Images)

Bottles of Scotch whisky smuggled in hollowed-out loaves of bread are confiscated by police on June 12, 1924. (AP Photo)
Groups of young people playfully pose with illegal drinks, circa 1922. (Kirn Vintage Stock / Getty Images)
Two police officers drink from flasks by their car, circa 1930. (Kirn Vintage Stock / Getty Images)
A woman demonstrates how to use a Prohibition-era book to conceal a liquor flask in 1927. (Bettmann / Bettmann Archive)
A woman uses a dummy book, titled The Four Swallows, as a hiding place for liquor during Prohibition in 1925. (Ullstein Bild / Getty Images)
A woman shows off her new initialed garter flask, which had become the latest rage in 1926. (Hulton-Deutsch Collection / Corbis / Getty Images)
A potential customer examines an enterprising advertisement for an illegal speakeasy during Prohibition in the 1920s. (Hulton-Deutsch Collection / Corbis / Getty Images)
Children watch as a prohibitionist destroys a barrel of beer with an ax during the 1920s. (Bettmann / Bettmann Archive)
Police officers raid a Long Island, New York, home to find $20,000 worth of booze on Jan. 26, 1930. (Bettmann / Bettmann Archive)
Four women chug bottles of illegal liquor, circa 1925. (Kirn Vintage Stock / Getty Images)
A woman demonstrates how her overcoat conceals two tins of booze strapped to her thighs on Sept. 3, 1928. (George Rinhart / Getty Images)
More than 40,000 demonstrators gather in Military Park, Newark, on Nov. 1, 1931, to oppose the ban of alcohol in the US. (Bettmann / Bettmann Archive)
President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the Cullen-Harrison Act, or “Beer Bill,” the first relaxation of the Volstead Act, on Mar. 22, 1933. The new law allowed the sale of beer and wine containing 3.2% alcohol starting at midnight on April 6. (AP)
Partygoers celebrate the end of Prohibition amid a tangle of confetti and ribbons in 1933. (Bettmann / Bettmann Archive)
Workers in Brooklyn unload cases of liquor from marble blocks, which were used to conceal alcohol before the repeal of Prohibition, in October 1933. (New York Times Co. / Getty Images)
Bartenders at Sloppy Joe’s bar in Chicago pour a round of drinks on the house for a large group of smiling customers as it was announced that the 18th Amendment had been repealed and Prohibition had been removed from the US Constitution after 13 years. (American Stock Archive / Getty Images)
A woman serves drinks to a crowd of men who are joyfully celebrating the repeal of Prohibition in 1933. (Bettmann / Bettmann Archive)

Disasterland

Dioniso Punk

Through his family-unfriendly paintings of Cinderella in a meat dress or Jasmine and Belle making out and the Queen from Snow White snorting cocaine, José Rodolfo Loaiza Ontiveros, from Mexico, just seeks to highlight the striking contrast between our ideals and our realities: I think it’s time to stop being afraid and to speak without hesitation about certain taboo subjects.

But, as opposed as it might seem, Rodolfo has utmost respect for the artistry of Disney cartoons, since served as his “first visual school”: It was very stimulating. The colorful landscapes, the stylization of the characters and the amazing animation inspired me. Disasterland — from a past exhibition at La Luz de Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles — is his tribute to pop culture, fashion, animation, horror films and the undeniable attraction of celebrity.

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Hate Thy Brother

Dioniso Punk

As one of the most significant events of “the Troubles” — an ethno-nationalist conflict in Northern Ireland during the late 20th century — because a large number of civilian citizens were killed, by forces of the state, in full view of the public and the press, Bloody Sunday was celebrated from 1972 to today by artists like John Lennon, Paul McCartney, U2, Roy Harper, Black Sabbath, Thomas Kinsella and many others. It’s an event recalled every year through memorials and marches and that still has the potential to divide Northern Ireland’s fractious politicians. Even though many soldiers never fired a shot, the cloud of anxiety still hangs heavy on their lives. Someone has suffered depression and years of worry: “we served our country and have been abandoned”.

26 people were shot by the paratroopers, 13 died on the day and another died four months later. One of these was…

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GIANT TREES BEFORE THE FLOOD! No Trees on Flat Earth-Biblical Perspective 

FLAT EARTH SCIENCE AND THE BIBLE

THIS IS ABSOLUTELY MIND BLOWING!!! This will totally change your thinking about our earth and how you see it. We have seen mesas, buttes, and jagged rock mountains, but we have never truly SEEN them for what they are! Even if you are a Flat Earther, this is going to blow your mind! The pictures speak for themselves, but I highly recommend watching the video link below. It is fantastic and explains why these large rock structures are not lava formations, but are something much different than we’ve been told.


Here is the video that recently came out and is rocking the Flat Earth community.

There are No Forests on Flat Earth Wake up

Many assumptions have been made about how trees could have been this large and where they went. This is a view of these giant tree stumps from a Biblical perspective.

The evidence pointing to these large…

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The Control Matrix Scrambles To Keep The Slaves On The Plantation

By Dylan Charles

For decades now, independent journalists, researchers, thinkers and truth-seekers have been at work uncovering the ugly truth how about how our world is managed, manipulated and controlled by an unaccountable corporate and political elite.

Working to push the message into public consciousness, we’ve written countless books, bank-rolled radio, films and television programs, created organizations, newsletters and blogs, held public gatherings and rallies, and anything else possible to enlighten others with the knowledge and information being deliberately hidden from view of the mainstream.

The matrix, however, insists on driving the narrative, because, in order for the paradigm of war, debt, pollution, surveillance, and injustice to survive, we the people must be content to live our lives on their plantation of the mind. We must remain focused on their stories, distracted from our own. We must stay glued to their manufactured version of reality, so that we don’t get busy with the work of creating a new vision for ourselves.

READ: 16 Signs That You’re a Slave to the Matrix

But now the message of truth and freedom is moving into mainstream consciousness. It’s reaching critical mass, and predictably, the control matrix is scrambling to maintain its grip on reality and how we perceive the world.

It simply cannot allow us to venture out into the wilds of human imagination because if we up and walk off, then it goes the way of all empires … to the grave. All we have to do is withdraw our consent and retract our complicity, and it falls.

And so, you see, because so many of us have already shunned the corporate/state propaganda machine, and because so many of us have stepped out of Plato’s cave and have seen beyond the world of shadow fiction, the control matrix has been forced to play its predictable hand: censorship.

This is the rise of the fabled Ministry of Truth, as prophesied by George Orwell. The attempt to corral public consciousness via censorship of the Web by appointment of a ludicrously biased board of corporate and media elite. They want the ability to gaslight humanity, to make it appear as though the reality we see, feel and experience every day is unreal.

Pure lunacy. Arrogance of the highest order.

As the technocracy, or any other bureau of the control matrix, rises to battle the awakening it will be met with ever evolving and creative forms of resistance.

They may re-write Facebook algorithms so that people only see fluffy bunnies and flag-worshiping sports contests. They may call everything they don’t approve of fake news.’ They may say every dissenting voice is sponsored by Russia, or whatever other ridiculous nonsense they contrive, but they are only sabotaging themselves.

We already know the truth. Desperation is the driving force behind their new attempts at censorship.

People want to be free, they want liberty, and they want choices. It’s better for everyone that the control matrix quit pretending this is what they offer humanity. It’s better we all move forward without any illusions as to the true purpose of their mission.

Socrates undermined the legitimacy and moral authority of the state with nothing but spoken word. For ‘refusing to recognize the gods recognized by the state,’ and for ‘corrupting the youth,’ he was sentenced to death.

As much as they would like us to believe otherwise, the power of awakened consciousness is far greater than even the threat of death. The human desire to be free in this material world is so strong, countless heroes and martyrs have sacrificed everything for the dream of freedom. This is why Socrates willingly drank the poison hemlock, why he carried out his own death sentence.

In a game of high strategy, forcing your opponent to reveal their hand and to play their cards is a win.

If the public no longer believes in and obeys the propaganda, the control matrix loses their authority and power. This is happening now, and while the journey might be harrowing, there simply is no return to slavery.

Read more articles by Dylan Charles.

Dylan Charles is a student and teacher of Shaolin Kung Fu, Tai Chi and Qi Gong, a practitioner of Yoga and Taoist arts, and an activist and idealist passionately engaged in the struggle for a more sustainable and just world for future generations. He is the editor of WakingTimes.com, the proprietor of OffgridOutpost.com, a grateful father and a man who seeks to enlighten others with the power of inspiring information and action. He may be contacted at wakingtimes@gmail.com.

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The Individual unshackled from old space and time

The Individual unshackled from old space and time by Jon Rappoport December 17, 2016 Here is an excerpt of an introduction I wrote to my second collection, Exit From the Matrix: “Global solution” m…

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Making Sauerkraut

The Local Harvest Dish

Last fall I wrote a post about the wonderful and engaging Edwards family and their farm in Illinois.  A year later I’m happy to say I still think they are wonderful and engaging and I still find their produce delicious!  Ethan, who is the youngest son of Marie and Clark, sent me the family recipe for sauerkraut. You can meet Ethan, Marie and Clark on Sept. 18th as they are some of the featured farmers for that night’s “Know Your Farmer” dinner during our KNOW YOUR FOOD CELEBRATION.   I promise you’ll love it!

Here it is:

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kraut2[2]Here’s the recipe just as it came to me from my grandma, Ida Knobeloch, in 1984.  It has some ambiguities that I’ll comment on at the end, but thought I’d copy the recipe just as I got it.

Sauerkraut Recipefrom Home Advisor Catherine Huss, Belleville

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9 of the world’s smallest birds

goldcrest

The goldcrest is the smallest European bird with a wingspan of only 5-6 inches. Yet it still isn’t the smallest bird out there. (Photo: Francis C. Franklin/Wikipedia)

The birds that get all the attention are usually the flashiest, like the birds of paradise,or the toughest, like hawks and eagles. And owls seem to be a universal favorite. But what about the itty bitty birds, so small you almost think you imagined them when they flit by? These tiny species deserve a little attention too. Meet some of the world’s smallest bird species!

Red-cheeked cordon-bleu

red-cheeked cordon-bleu

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This colorful bird is a species of African finch with sky blue feathers and males have a spot of red on their cheeks that make them look like they are perpetually blushing. Individuals only grow to be about five inches in length, and weighs only about .35 ounces on average. That’s roughly the weight of just three pennies! This species can be found in the wild in central and eastern Africa but is also one of the most popular exotic finch species in the pet trade.

Verdin

verdin bird

Photo: John L. Absher/Shutterstock

With the verdin, we move from blue to yellow, and from Africa to the southwest United States and Mexico. This small bird is a species of penduline tit, and is only about 4.5 inches long when fully grown. It is second only to the 4.3-inch long American bushtit as the smallest of the passerines on the continent. The verdin can be spotted foraging insects among desert scrub plants, or snagging a little dried sugar from hummingbird feeders every once in awhile.

Lesser goldfinch

lesser goldfinch

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The lesser goldfinch is the smallest North American finch of the Spinus genus, and it may very well be the smallest true finch in the entire world, growing to just 3.5 to 4.7 inches in length on average. The Andean siskin may beat it by a feather for the title, though, as it comes in at an average of 3.7 to 4.3 inches in length. Still, the goldfinch is truly miniscule. It weighs only around 0.28 to 0.41 ounces.

Goldcrest

goldcrest

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Who says you have to be big to be king? The goldcrest’s scientific name is Regulus regulus, and regulus means“prince, little king”. This species is in the kinglet family, and is the smallest of all the birds in Europe. It measures only about 3.3–3.7 inches in length, and weights a miniscule 0.16–0.25 ounces. The species may be small but it is mighty and doesn’t mess around when it comes to raising young. As many as 10-12 eggs will be incubated at once, and sometimes a female will have two broods a season! Populating the kingdom is clearly a priority for this little bird.  

goldcrest

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Bee Hummingbird

bee hummingbird

Photo: 44kmos/Shutterstock

The goldcrest may be the smallest bird in Europe but the smallest bird in the world is the bee hummingbird. It is only 2-2.4 inches long (barely larger than a bee, hence its name) and weights a light 0.056–0.071 ounces. That’s less than the weight of a single penny. They make nests of cobwebs and lichen where they incubate eggs no bigger than peas. The bee hummingbird is native to Cuba and is only rarely spotted on other nearby islands. Though it is a tiny miracle among birds, it is listed as near threatened due to habitat loss as forests are converted to farmland. The species is in need of conservation efforts to improve population numbers.

Willow tit

willow tit

Photo: Francis C. Franklin/Wikipedia

Despite it’s small size, the willow tit likes cold weather. It is found in sub-arctic Europe and northern Asia. It is a diminutive 4.5 inches long on average, and a weight of 0.31-0.38 ounces, which is about the same size as its neighbor the marsh tit. In fact, they look almost exactly alike as well. However, as soon as they open their mouths, a birder can tell them apart as the two have very different vocalizations.

Spotted pardalote

spotted pardalote

Photo: JJ Harrison/Wikipedia

This species is small but flashy, with plumage of amazing colors and patterns. The white spots can be somewhat to credit for its nickname, the diamondbird. Found in eastern and southern Australia in eucalyptus forests, it is one of the continent’s smallest bird species at only 3.1-3.9 inches in length. Sadly, this beautiful bird species is facing a decline due to habitat loss to clearing of it’s preferred forest habitat for human uses such as sheep-grazing or urban development.

Weebill

weebill

Photo: Tom Tarrant/Wikipedia

This species has a wee bill (which is the source of it’s name) and a wee body to match! The weebill only grows to be about 3-3.5 inches long, and it beats out the spotted pardalote as Australia’s smallest bird species. This small bird species travels in small flocks and lives in most any wooded area, though they love eucalyptus forests the most.

Costa’s hummingbird

costas hummingbird

Photo: Alan D. Wilson/Wikipedia

We couldn’t end this without taking another look at adorably tiny hummingbirds. The Costa’s hummingbird is native to North America’s southwest and it flourishes in the desert setting. It grows to only 3-3.5 inches long, weighs only 0.1 ounces on average, and is one of the smaller hummingbird species. The male has a brilliant purple plumage across its head, and is a flashy little jewel among all the tan and beige of the desert.

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