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John Barleycorn Must Die: Today in History, Mock Funerals Took Place Across America as Prohibition Began in Earnest

~*~ On January 17th, 1920, hundreds of fake funerals were held in churches and bars across the country for a man that didn’t exist. John Barleycorn, the anthropomorphic personification of beer and whiskey, was symbolically laid to rest amid cheers and tears at … Continue reading

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C is for Cocktail Guest Post: Prohibition Cocktail Recipes by Dan McCarthy

Seems I’m not the only one who enjoys Prohibition cocktails! 🙂 Freelance writer Dan McCarthy has been known to knock back a drink or two–and today he’s going to share his awesome cocktail knowledge with all of you! He’s been … Continue reading

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C is for Cocktail: “No Nice Girl Swears” Weighs in on Cocktail Parties and Proper Speakeasy Behavior

A while ago I posted Chapter 30 of No Nice Girl Swears, a debutante’s advice book for women from 1933. Since I have to send the book back to its home library today, I thought I’d share another chapter with … Continue reading

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C is for Cocktail: Paris Overreacts to that “vile American mixed drink”

~*~ Hemingway called Paris in the 1920s “one long binge,” and he was pretty much right. Throughout Prohibition, millions of American tourists flocked to France to see the sights and sample the local brews. Author and editor Clifton Fadiman called Paris … Continue reading

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“Our Plastered Friends”: advice for dealing with drunks from No Nice Girl Swears (1933)

A few weeks ago I came across an interesting book title in an old bibliography: No Nice Girl Swears, by Alice-Leone Moats. I figured with a title like that, it had to be good—and I wasn’t disappointed! It turns out … Continue reading

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C is for Cocktail: A Series Introduction

    Ah, the cocktail.   Today the word conjures up images of sophistication and elegance, of well-dressed men and women sipping at elegant stemmed glasses in darkened bars—but it wasn’t always that way.  While cocktails themselves (or mixed drinks, anyway) have … Continue reading

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Coroner’s Cocktails and Yak Yak Bourbon: The Worst Drinks of Prohibition

  Getting a decent drink during Prohibition was hard for everyone—but it was especially difficult for the poor.  While wealthier citizens were off quaffing imported liquor from Canada in opulent speakeasies, or sipping wine from their own private cellars, poor … Continue reading

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Let’s All Raise a…Brick? Wine-making During Prohibition

If you went to a grocery store or a pharmacy during Prohibition, you might see one of these sitting out on the display counter: And if you took it home and opened it up, it would look like this inside: What is … Continue reading

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