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More Prohibition stories
The sooner prohibition is done away with the better it will be for the people of theUnited States. All the wickedness existing now among Americans is indirectly traceable to prohibition. I always have been an opponent of the Volstead act and, I may add, a militant opponent. — The Rev. Dr. William Rosenau, rabbi of the Eutaw PlaceTemple, The Baltimore Sun, January 6, 1930
As the archivist at the Jewish Museum of Maryland the man quoted above was very familiar to me. We have many items in our collection related to Rosenau including a small manuscript collection (MS 44) and this picture taken only a few years before his statement against Prohibition.
As you might imagine a lot of the local Baltimorearticles about Prohibition center on police raids and the violation of the Volstead Act (the act that outlined what Prohibition would be). A January 14, 1922 article in The Baltimore Sun, describes five raids that took place here in the very neighborhood where the JMM stands (which was at that time a predominantly Jewish neighborhood). The article details many dramatic moments including an attack on law enforcement. “Sergeant Ferguson, Central district, was struck over the head by an alarm clock thrown by a woman supposed to be Mrs. Levine.” (pg. 16) A few paragraphs later the article describes the discovery of an unfortunate bootlegger operating out of his bakery a few blocks away. He might have escaped the raids except that a fire broke out in his business drawing attention to two hidden stills. Stories like this occurred throughout Baltimore and the rest of theUnited States during the 1920s and early 1930s. Like Rosenau many people opposed Prohibition. He spoke out against it while other citizens put their protest into action by continuing to buy or even make alcoholic drinks.
And now for a little costume inspiration. Just because the theme is the Speakeasy doesn’t mean that you have to go for the typical fringed flapper. You don’t even have to go for accurate historical duds.
Consider modern fashions inspired by the 1920s and 1930s
Or maybe put a little Steampunk in your costume:
Fictional characters can add some interest and make you stand out:
Do you have a foundness for Indiana Jones or maybe Nancy Drew http:///nancydrewsleuths.blogspot.com/2011/10/nancy-drew-blog-party-day-4-1930s-nancy.html
Or be a 1920s icon:
Bonnie and Clyde http:///www.fbi.gov/about-us/history/famous-cases/bonnie-and-clyde
And in case you need a little more here are pictures from our collection