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The Hooch Express: 1922

The Hooch Express: 1922

November 16, 1922. Cases of moonshine next to wreck of bootlegger's car in Washington, D.C. View full size. National Photo Company Collection.



This accident occurred on the same day that policewoman Leona King was injured when struck by a vehicle.

License Plate

So that's a Maryland plate behind the crank? Wonder if the DC one's a fake or stolen.

[As we see here, it wasn't uncommon to have both. - Dave]


Looks like there'll be no drinkin' whiskey from the ol' fruit jar tonite!

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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