Four and twenty Yankees, feeling very dry
Went across to Canada and bought a case of rye.
When the case was opened, they began to sing:
To hell with the Calvin Coolidge, God save the King.
– variation found in Life, 22 May 1950
Prohibition / booze in the United States and Canada was (and remains!) a popular subject for cartoonists (and song writers, and authors, and others), and I’d like to share a few with you here. (Research really is a wacky, misdirected joy ride that can bring you to many archival gems.)
– “Wets & Drys”
– “The Dry Years” – Library of Congress
– “Prohibition and the Smuggling of Intoxicating Liquors between the Two Saults” by Andrew Lefebvre
– “Prohibition in Northern Canada” (video)
– Booze! from March 2014