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Prohibition Officer Charged With Drunk Driving
A rum squad MPD prohibition officer was arrested for drunk driving in 1930. Isn't it ironic? Don't you think?
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The Last New Year's Eve Before Prohibition: December 31st, 1919
It's hard to believe that 2020 is nearly upon us, but it's also hard to imagine what it must have been like on December 31st, 1919 - the last New Year's Eve before Prohibition was enforced. Take a look at this mildly amusing cartoon from The Washington Times.
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Uncovering the Life and Death of Nubby Nuckols, the 1930s D.C. Underlord
Discover the story of Nubby Nuckols, the 1930s D.C. underworld king. We look into his criminal career, his rise to prominence, and his untimely death.
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White House Home-Brewed Beer: A Look Back to 1934
Take a look back to 1934 for an account of a White House beer party just after the repeal of Prohibition. Find out the official White House beer recipe and more about the President's stance on alcohol.
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Get to Know Major Walton Atwater Green, Chief Prohibition Inspector for Washington, D.C.
Meet Major Walton Atwater Green, the Chief Prohibition Inspector for Washington, D.C. in 1925. Don't let him catch you with some hooch - this is not a guy you want to cross. Learn more about Major W.A. Green and his role in enforcing Prohibition in the nation's capital.
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The Day the First Liquor License was Issued in D.C. After Prohibition
On February 28th 1934, the first liquor license was issued in Washington, D.C. after the Sheppard Bone-Dry Act of 1917 put a major damper on libations. Learn more about the repeal of Prohibition in D.C. and the National Press Club's first liquor license!
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A Look Back at a 1917 Budweiser Ad in the Washington Times
Take a look back at this 1917 Budweiser advertisement from the Washington Times. With the beginning of Prohibition the following year, it's interesting to see how far we've come and that you can now drink your beer from a Ghosts of DC stein or pint glass.
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The Momentous December 10th, 1913 Demonstration That Led to Prohibition
On December 10th, 1913, over 4,000 Temperance and Prohibition supporters marched in Washington DC in a demonstration of this size never seen before. This first grassroots attempt to persuade legislators failed, but by the end of the decade the movement had succeeded. The Eighteenth Amendment was ratified on January 16th, 1919.
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If Walls Could Talk: Smith Commons
Smith Commons Curious about Smith Commons on H St. in DC? Check out our latest “If Walls Could Talk” post. The winner of our second IWCT poll is the H Street hot spot, Smith Commons (I don’t think I like that acronym). I came across some interesting stories related to the spot at 1245 H St. NE, not to mention my favorite D.C. police officer. The next time you hit up happy hour...
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Officer Sprinkle: Captured Geronimo, Accused Bootlegger, and Bodyguard to President Wilson
A couple of reader comments about an Officer Sprinkle in this earlier post piqued my interest in finding out a little more about the guy who has the kind of name you’d give to a cat. An unforgettable name, so hopefully I’ll be able to dig up enough information on this guy to write a post worthy of being “A Personal Story.” Joshua Sprinkle – Boyd Joshua L. Sprinkle...
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