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November 29, 2014

The last brewed bottle of beer before Prohibition went into effect, 1930. This bottle has been insured against “accidents” for $25,000

Rae Samuels holds the last bottle of beer that was distilled before Prohibition went into effect in Chicago, Dec. 29, 1930. The bottle of Schlitz was insured for $25,000.

Rae Samuels was one of vaudeville’s biggest stars for over 20 years, earning $2,500 per week. Why she posed for the photographs is a mystery. Maybe just publicity for Schlitz beer and the impending end of Prohibition. Maybe the famous last bottle was in a theatre Rae was appearing in.





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