Those Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Prohibition

Updated on Feb 03, 2021. Originally added on Mar 31, 2016 by Kathy Pinna
Do you know what cow shoes, bootlegs, moonshiners, John Barleycorn and stills are? Have you seen any of them? Test yourself with the following pictures of life during Prohibition.

Did you know: The Temperance movement, active throughout the 19th and early 20th century, led to Prohibition. Alcoholic beverages (their "sale, production, importation, and transportation") were banned from January 1920 through December 1933. While you couldn't distill or sell alcohol, you could drink it - if you could find it!

Those Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Prohibition

New Prohibition Fashion

Just a little after a week of Prohibition!
Dancer Ms. Rhea - The New Prohibition Fashion

A little flask in your garter - such a handy way to carry your bathtub gin.

Destroying beer by the case

Destroying beer

In Philadelphia, they didn't take a hatchet to one bottle - they destroyed whole cases.

Cows have shoes?

Moonshiner Cow Shoes - Prohibition

A revenooer shows off "cow shoes". Moonshiners would fasten these wood blocks to their shoes so that the agents couldn't track them to their still. Ingenious!


1920's pun - bootlegger

A real bootlegger!

Big boots - bigger flask in 1922.

Kind face - but she carried a hatchet!

Carrie Nation

Carry Nation, known for entering taverns and using a hatchet to destroy bottles of alcohol.

Is someone sneaking a sip?

Truck loads of beer

In Illinois, they confiscated a load of beer - is the man in the middle trying to sneak a sip?

Let's toast the end!

Ted Lewis & Prohibition

Band leader Ted Lewis and a bevy of beauties toasting the end of Prohibition in 1933.


Prohibition art?

Prohibition Art

With today's mindset, we can't tell what this art is supposed to say. Do you know?

He's gonna get you

W.A. Green, Chief Prohibition Inspector, 9/5/25

Chief Prohibition Inspector - doesn't he look like he's serious about his job?

John Barleycorn's grave

Silver City - Barleycorn monument

In Connecticut, they took Prohibition seriously.

What are you - wet or dry?

Raymond Elwin Scribner Sr.

How would you have voted on Prohibition?

Thrilling chase!

Bootlegger crash

A couple of bootleggers caught after a car chase in 1922.

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