Pouring Moonshine Down the Drain
The end of prohibition did not bring an end to criminal activity involving illegal booze – if anything, the problems just got worse. The popularly of distilled spirits skyrocketed during the 1930s, while sales of beer and wine increased only modestly. Bootleggers sought to exploit this by producing plenty of cheap liquor, sometimes in the basements of ordinary homes. Here, inspectors from the Minnesota Liquor Control Commission bust up a still at 3239 Irving Ave. N. in August, 1940. Note the traditional hatchet used for breaking up wooden casks and distilling equipment.