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Prohibition Repealed

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People wait outside bars for Prohibition to be officially repealed. Once it is, they start to party.
National Prohibition chiefs meet to discuss methods of halting smuggling of liquor over international boundary. James M. Doran, Bernard Wait and Seymour Lowman all shown. 1925 S162
Short Nonfiction Collection Vol. 013 by Various A collection of sixteen short nonfiction works in the public domain. The essays, speeches and reports included in this collection were independently selected by the readers, and the topics encompass history, politics, travel, nature, religion, cooking, drama and humor.
Unused / unissued material - no paperwork - dates unclear or unknown Title reads: "Repeal Booms Business!". United States of America. LS of industrial landscape. Shots of men working on building site (paperwork suggests they are building a brewery). People queue to go into building. CU Manager of brewery. He talks about improvements to the new plant following the repeal of prohibition. Shots of large tanks for holding alcohol. Men move barrels. Women stick labels onto bottles. Men moving boxes. CU man saying that Peoria, Illinois will become the distilling centre of the whole world. Various shots of breweries being built. Men and women walking into work. Bottling plant. More shots of people filling bottles with drink in distillery. 90,000 historic films, all SEARCHABLE on YouTube at: Join us on Facebook at: Tweet us @britishpathe FILM ID:576.08
Prohibition ended in Washington, D.C. on March 1, 1934. The Washington Post reported that "Somehow, after 17 years without it, Washingtonians seemed to hold their liquor quite well." One reason might be that the nation's capital had been far from a model dry city, hosting up to 3,000 speakeasies since Prohibition began in 1917. As documented in a new book by Garrett Peck, even Congress had its own bootleggers, especially "The Man in the Green Hat." Speaker Biography: Garrett Peck is a literary journalist and the author of "The Prohibition Hangover: Alcohol in America from Demon Rum to Cult Cabernet." A native Californian and graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, he lives in Arlington, Va. For captions, transcript, and more information visit
Jersey City, United States of America. Intertitle: "'WE DONT WANT IT'. Distillers are making every effort to ship part of their immense stocks of whiskey - computed at 75 million quarts - to Europe." As temperance movements grow and Prohibition strengthens, distillers try and get around the problem by increasing exports. Four official looking gentlemen observe another man rolls barrels of whiskey down a ramp from a warehouse, a guard holding a rifle watches over the proceedings. C/U of barrels - ropes are attached and they are hoisted upwards. Four dock workers untie the ropes and load the barrels onto a ship bound for Europe. The dockers laugh and shout as they work. 90,000 historic films, all SEARCHABLE on YouTube at: Join us on Facebook at: Tweet us @britishpathe FILM ID:208.03
Full title reads: "America. Goodbye ... Prohibition? All New York goes 'delirious with delight' at election of America's new President - Mr. Franklin D. Roosevelt." New York, United States of America. Large crowds gathered in night time New York. Police on horseback hold back the crowds, spotlights help to illuminate the scene. Intertitle reads: "... meanwhile 'dry' Agents are almost daily seizing 'holiday cheer' worth thousands of pounds." Men unload boxes from the hold of a boat. Several sailors look on. Low angle shot of people watching from the dockside. A crane lifts the crate of boxes off the deck. The boat is in a dock, next to it is moored a Coast Guard vessel. The sailors on the small ship watch the contraband being lifted off to be impounded. Shots of the small crane lifting the material in to a dockside warehouse. C/U of hands holding captured bottle of alcohol - labelled 'Calvert'. Sound Track Missing. 90,000 historic films, all SEARCHABLE on YouTube at: Join us on Facebook at: Tweet us @britishpathe FILM ID:685.42