Somebody asked a question over on Reddit about Prohibition, so I thought I’d share three booze-y images and links that I’ve come across lately.


Those Canadians had our back during Prohibition (1920-1933 in the United States).

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“The 3 mile limit” by Alfred Joseph Frueh, 27 December 1919

Summary: Cartoon shows a map of the United States. Bottles, kegs and boxes full of alcoholic beverages float in the ocean at the three-mile limit around the United States. Canadians pour kegs of alcohol into the Great Lakes. A man wearing an apron hammers a tap into Lake Michigan. An inset to the map shows balloonists three miles up in the air, drinking and exchanging bottles of alcohol. The Eighteenth Amendment prohibited the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages. A three mile limit was imposed around the United States to prevent the import of alcohol.

From the Library of Congress.

AT told me about Le Petit Chicago in Quebec:

Al Capone saw in it the opportunity to pursue his illicit activities, and it’s in Canada that they were trading the alcohol shipments with a certain peace of mind. Although the Prohibition has been a part of the Canadian scene, the province of Quebec applied the Prohibition only for a few weeks. The simmering discontent of the French Canadians got the better of this ultraconservative measure. So while our neighbours, south of the border, were preaching abstinence and good sense in public only to meet in the thousands of speakeasies, it was party time in Quebec. It’s in Hull that it all took shape with the opening of gambling houses, bars, lodger rooms, and the installation of public benches for hobos. Since Al Capone was from Chicago and because of his presence during that boom, people started to affectionately call the place “Le Petit Chicago” or Little Chicago. Al Capone, his accomplices, gangsters of all kinds, liberated women, and musicians were flocking by the thousands.

There are some more great cartoons about prohibition over at the Begbie Contest Society page.

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And this is just a hilari-awesome temperance map:


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4 Responses to Booze!

  1. Judith Hazlett says:

    Gananoque, now a small tourist town just upriver from Kingston, Ontario, Canada, was apparently once a hotbed of rum-runners. My computer techie told me that several of his forerunners were involved in the business there, and they could still point out the really deep places on the St. Lawrence River where they had been forced to scuttle their loads because they were being chased by the police (or perhaps “The Feds”). These places were too deep to allow retrieval, so they couldn’t produce evidence against them, but unfortunately, they didn’t allow the rum-runners a second chance either.

    Steve also told me that an uncle of his carried a scar all his life on his cheek. During one of these chases, he’d been set up on the front of the boat by his own father with the thought that the police wouldn’t shoot if a child was involved. He was wrong; a bullet grazed the child’s cheek and left a lifelong remembrance of the incident.

    So some of this history is not that far away either in time or place.
    [P.S. Nothing on your map actually specifies Gananoque’s involvement, but you can locate Kingston because it sits at the point where the St. Lawrence runs out of Lake Ontario.]

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