November 29, 2014

Insured Against “Accidents” for $25,000: Here's the Last Brewed Bottle of Beer Before Prohibition Went Into Effect, 1930

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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