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Bootleg Bounty: 1929

Bootleg Bounty: 1929

Washington, D.C., circa 1929. "Utilization of confiscated bootleg paraphernalia." Waste not, want not, especially when it comes to "jar rubbers." View full size.

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Fielder's Choice

Ken-Well Fielder's Choice on top shelf near the center, here's what I found. The boxes must have something to do with baseball gloves etc.

This makes me a happy canner!

I HATE seeing the films from 1920,of perfectly good canning jars being smashed because they had moonshine in them! Such a waste! I'm glad to see that at least some of them were saved to use for putting up fruit!


I didn't think high fructose corn syrup could be called "corn sugar."

[This would be dextrose. HFCS wasn't developed until 1957. - tterrace]

Clubhouse manager

I also noticed two boxes of "fielder's gloves" on the top shelf. What kind of place is this?


Shoes, onions, a billy club? Funny things to confiscate, but maybe the cudgel is meant for use protecting the canned cherries.

Shirley President Suspenders

Quite the popular brand.

Swastika on box

Anyone notice the swastika on the box of jar rubbers on the shelf? I know it was a fairly common symbol until the late 1930s but it's still odd to look at it.

For those who don't know about home canning

"Rubbers" are part of the seal under the lid on the glass jar used for home canning.

Is that hops in all the ball jars in the picture?

[It would be various fruit preserves. The photo is, as the caption indicates, an example of how confiscated supplies (mason jars, sugar) were put to good use. - Dave]


If ever there was a guy who looked like he SHOULD be called "Pops," it's him.

Corn Sugar

Looks like the rats have developed a liking to it too.

So that's why they were Untouchable

Can't help wonder exactly how a couple of boxes of, err, jock straps ended up on the shelf. Where they the Feds, or the Bootleggers? Whatever, these were the best kind, apparently. "Perfect in every way." And most important, lacking all those "pernicious patent attachments."

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