Prohibition era agents empty liquor bottles into drains – Daily Mail

From 1920 to 1933, the US government issued a nationwide constitutional ban on the production, importation, transportation and sale of alcoholic beverages. The ban increased the illegal production and sale of liquor, known as bootlegging, and the proliferation of speakeasies, or illegal drinking locations. In 1933, Congress repealed the 18th Amendment and brought the Prohibition Era to a close. The originally black-and-white photographs, shared by Dupont Circle Hotel in Washington, DC, were colorized by British colorization expert Tom Marshall. Marshall’s images show ‘Prohibition agents’ and their official badge, as well as people taking part in illicit alcohol transportation and consumption.

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