Sunday, October 9, 2011

Dandies On TV: Prohibition

This weekend I'm catching up with Ken Burns and Lynn Novick's three part documentary Prohibition for PBS. The timing couldn't be more perfect with the return of the second season of Boardwalk Empire. Not surprisingly, the documentary provides an enormous amount of dandy visual delight. Here are some favorite photos used in the series:

Crowd in Chicago ballroom. (1915)

Capitol Building, Washington DC. (1918)

Anti-Saloon League rally.

Men enjoy a drink, prior to Prohibition.

Citizens of Detroit heeding a "last call" in the final days before Prohibition went into effect. (1920)

Homemade liquor still. (1920)

Agents pour liquor into sewer following a raid. (1921)

A liquor raid. (1923)

Plainclothes police, New Orleans, LA. (1920s)

Small-time crooks. (1924)

 Sheriff deputies and their prisoner pose with confiscated liquor near Miami, Florida. (1925)

Attorney General Harry M. Daugherty.

A line of shamefaced bootleggers in a Detroit, Michigan police station. (1929)

A line-up of Jewish gangsters in New York. (1931)

Chicagoans celebrate the repeal of Prohibition at the Congress Hotel. (December 8, 1933)

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