Tag Archives: Prohibition

Best Of Blog: Lipstick at the 1920s New Yorker

This post originally appeared in October 2011. I can’t believe I’ve been blogging for five years. With her love for cocktails and wit, Lois Long reviewed speakeasies for The New Yorker. She signed her articles “Lipstick” and defined 1920s Flapper … Continue reading

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Toast the Repeal of Prohibition on December 5, 2013

Toast the 80th Anniversary of the Repeal of Prohibition on December 5, 2013 with your favorite libation. Before Sex and the City, there was Lois Long, writing for The New Yorker in Roaring Twenties Manhattan. I noticed the homage to … Continue reading

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Prohibition Left Sacramental Wine at the Altar

In Splendid Summer, Grace Wentworth discovers a winery’s secret to staying solvent during Prohibiton — it held the contract for altar wine with the Southern California Archdiocese. The 18th Amendment to the Constitution exempted imbibing wine for sacramental reasons. Congregations … Continue reading

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Prohibition, Al Capone, and Got Milk?

Imagine Al Capone in a Got Milk commercial. When I watched Ken Burns’ Prohibition with a nice Merlot, I heard a jaw dropping statement attributed to Al Capone. He considered entering the dairy business because “more people drank milk than … Continue reading

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Lipstick on Martinis

” With her love for cocktails and wit, Lois Long reviewed speakeasies for The New Yorker. She signed her articles “Lipstick” and defined 1920s Flapper style. She would famously show up at The New Yorker at about 4 a.m. without … Continue reading

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Flapper Fashion

The Prohibition Era flask in a garter belt was optional.  Bobbed hair was mandatory.  Beaded wrist purses carried art deco compact mirrors for checking rouged knees between dances.  Scalloped hemlines embodied the defiant freedom Flappers embraced with fashion.  “In his blue gardens men and girls came and went … Continue reading

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Speakeasies and Kindles

                                   Photo courtesy of Patrick and Penny Matthews In Splendid Summer, Grace Wentworth asks Jack Brewster, “Do you know all the speakeasies in Southern California?” “No”,  Jack replies, “Only in San Diego.”  When Prohibition began in 1920, and the manufacture, sale, and transportation of alchohol became … Continue reading

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