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A drinking “bee” in the Yukon circa 1899.


This unusual photograph shows six young women sitting around a table drinking wine in White Chapel, Dawson in the Yukon territory. White Chapel was the prostitution district of Klondike City.  The women are all sporting hats, glasses and bottles of wine, and puppies!  There is also a dog.  Good times are clearly being staged for there are at least ten bottles of wine and a small cask.  Unfortunately, there is not enough resolution to make out what the labels are.

A drinking "bee" at White Chapel, Dawson. ca 1899. Alaska State Library.  [1]

A drinking “bee” at White Chapel, Dawson. ca 1899. Alaska State Library. [1]


[1] A drinking “bee” at White Chapel, Dawson. ca 1899. #ASL-P41-053. Alaska State Library. URL: http://vilda.alaska.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/cdmg21/id/6586/rec/13

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