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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • NORTH TUSCANY COAST, 1948

Prohibited: 1929

Prohibited: 1929

Washington, D.C., circa 1929. "Utilization of confiscated bootleg paraphernalia." Getting crafty with the tin snips in our second glimpse of Prohibition-era contraband. Once again, enigmatic accouterments abound. View full size.

 

Boiler

I'm thinking that fellow is wrecking a perfectly good five-gallon mash boiler.

Utilisation.

I suppose the man is making those trays, candleholders and other knick-knacks from cut up copper churns. I'm not familiar enough with the bootlegging process to say what the churn was originally used for, unless perhaps as a condenser in a still.

You might expect this to be convict work, but the fellow appears to be a paragon of respectability.

 
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