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Three Musketeers: 1950

Three Musketeers: 1950

Circa 1950. "Musketeers party." Our second look at the activities of this Columbus, Georgia, social club, where the bar tricks include juggling ukulele, cigar, bourbon bottle and girl. 4x5 acetate negative from the News Photo Archive. View full size.

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You don't look 21

None of them do, and that was the usual legal drinking at the time. I realize this is a social club, which are often not subject to the same regulations as bars, but I never guessed they might be able to circumvent the drinking age.

[As tterrace intimated below, this is a Halloween-type party or skit where the kids are just pretending to be at a bar (which, under the paper, is a Coca-Cola snack bar). The empty bottles are props. - Dave]

Party is over

All those bottles appear to be empty.

[I wonder if that's a clue? -tterrace]

I know JDs when I see 'em

The next thing you know, these wild kids will be dancing the Bristol Stomp and ruining their eyes reading 3D comic books.

What has America come to?!?!??!

High end social club

The last two drinks are named after the Bradley and Turner families, two of the wealthiest Columbus clans and both descended from Mr. W.C. Bradley himself.

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