1921 Bootleggers Vehicle

This is from 1921, in which a bootlegger’s cargo was disguised as a load of bricks. Probably a police photo, but wouldn’t it be fun if it was in a catalog from which bootleggers could select the ideal vehicle for their operation?


A Casket Full of Rye

“A hearse once drew up near customs in Champlain with a flat tire. Two nuns got out of the vehicle and an officer, listening from within the building, heard one of them say in a bass voice, ‘Ain’t this a hell of a place to have a flat tire.’ ”

— Allan S. Everest in Rum Across the Border: The Prohibition Era in Northern New York (1978)

Never Enough

“There is one other thing I know I shall never get enough of — champagne. I cannot say when I drank my first prickly, delicious glass of it. I was raised in Prohibition, which meant that my father was very careful about his bootleggers, but the general adult drinking stayed about pinch-bottle Scotch as safest in those days, and I think I probably started my lifelong affair with Dom Perignon’s discovery in 1929, when I first went to France. It does not matter. I would gladly ask for the same end as a poor peasant’s there, who is given a glass of champagne on his deathbed to cheer him on his way.”

— M.F.K. Fisher in “Once a Tramp, Always…”