Prohibition ended 80 years ago today. The top headlines on The Times’ front page conveyed the news:
Dry Era End Proclaimed on Utah’s Ratification: Roosevelt Calls on Nation to Ban Bootlegger and Saloon’s Return; Huge Liquor Imports Authorized
Rum Flows in Quietly: Repeal Hailed in Sane Style
My favorite tidbit from the main story involves when and how President Roosevelt signed a proclamation about the repeal of Prohibition.
Mr. Roosevelt had been swimming in the White House pool prior to the signing of the proclamation, and there were reports which White House attaches refused to discuss that the President had signed the document while in his swimming suit.
If you plan to hail the repeal of Prohibition today, please, do it in sane style.
— Matt Ballinger
Images: The photographs above (presented here as screengrabs from a PDF) were published in a horizontal series on Page 6 of the Dec. 6, 1933, Los Angeles Times under the headline “Flow of Legal Liquor Starts Again in Los Angeles as Prohibition Officially Ceases.” Credit: Los Angeles Times archive