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November 12, 2015

20 Vintage Photos Provide a Glimpse Into the Days of Prohibition in Boston, Massachusetts

Prohibition in the United States was a national ban on the sale, manufacture, and transportation of alcohol, in place from 1920 to 1933. These prohibition-era photos below provide a glimpse into prohibition era in Boston, Massachusetts during the 1920s and 1930s.

Casks Seized by Police – c. 1930.

Rum Chasers: Beagle and Cunningham – Jan. 23, 1927.

Ice Covered Rum Chaser – Jan. 20, 1926.

Superintendent Crowley Inspects a Speakeasy – 1930.

Commissioner and Superintendent at Police HQ – 1935.

Aerial View of Rum Runners – c. 1917-1934.

Aerial Photo of a Seized Rum Runner – c. 1917-1934.

Newer Fleet of Rum Chasers: General Green & Frederick Lee – 1928.

Fleet of Rum Chasers in East Boston – Dec. 30, 1928.

Captured Rum Runner Brought to the Appraiser’s Stores – c. 1917-1934.

Coast Guard Seizes a Rum Runner – c. 1917-1934.

Fleet of Rum Chasers in East Boston – c. 1917-1934.

$175,000 in Liquor Seized by Coast Guard – Jan. 18, 1932.

Still Raided and Destroyed at Woburn by Federal Agents – 1934.

Man Operates Still out of the Back of a Carriage – c. 1917-1934.

Still Explosion Kills Man in Reading – 1930.

Boat Suspected of Selling Alcohol is Inspected – c. 1917-1934.

Speakeasy Raided and Destroyed by Federal Agents – Feb. 11, 1932.

Boston Police Liquor Squad – 1928.

Officers Dismantle a Speakeasy After Raid – c. 1917-1934.

(Photos courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection)


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