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“Dots Mark the Spot Where Booze has been Bought.” A map showing the speakeasies of Washington, DC, in 1931


"Dots Mark the Spot Where Booze has been Bought." 1932. [1]

“Dots Mark the Spot Where Booze has been Bought.” 1932. [1]

This post returns to the theme of Prohibition by featuring a map that illustrates the location of speakeasies in Washington, DC, during 1931.  The map is based on a set of 1,671 warrants issued for liquor raids.  A warrant was only issued if undercover agents had separately purchased two drinks at a location.  The statistics are interesting.  The various drinks were purchased at 1,155 different speakeasies or twice the number of restaurants and eating places in the city.  One speakeasy was within two blocks of the White house, six were within two blocks of the Department of Justice, and three were on Government property.  Beer and liquor were the drinks of choice.  In one series of simultaneous raids of 75 speakeasies, agents confiscated 1,467 bottles of beer and 189 quarts of liquor.[3]  Was anyone drinking wine?

The Largest still in captivity [in Washington, DC]. 1922. [2]

The Largest still in captivity [in Washington, DC]. 1922. [2]


[1] The Crusaders map and report regarding Prohibition sent to Senator Wesley Jones, 1932. The University of Washington Digital Collections. URL: http://digitalcollections.lib.washington.edu/cdm/ref/collection/pioneerlife/id/19764
[2] The Largest still in captivity. 1922 Nov. 11. National Photo Company Collection. Library of Congress. URL: http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/91796643/
[3]SPEAKEASY ROUNDUP RAID SERIES STAGED BY SPECIAL SQUADS: 23 Persons … The Washington Post (1923-1954); Jun 15, 1930; ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The Washington Post (1877-1997) pg. M1

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