Artifacts of the 1920s Prohibition: Telephone Booth



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July 10th 2013



04.03 Cultural Changes of the 1920s: Assignment

Artifacts of the 1920s

Prohibition: Telephone Booth

During the Prohibition in the U.S, the consumption of alcohol was made illegal and restricted in some places. However, this didn’t stop speakeasy owners from running their illegal underground business. A speakeasy was a discreet place for the illegal sale and consumption of alcoholic drinks. These speakeasies wanted to remain incognito from the feds so they were underground or had a hidden door – you couldn’t just knock on the door and say “Joe sent me”. It was a usual routine to go to a telephone booth across the street from the speakeasy and tell the owner to let you in.



Prohibition: Beer

This is a Budweiser beer bottle from 1933, during the Prohibition. Many people use to drink alcoholic beverages just like this at underground speakeasies to satisfy their love and desire for alcohol and to have a good time.



Harlem Renaissance: Art

This is an example of the art that was produced during the Harlem Renaissance. The Harlem Renaissance was a cultural movement in which many different types of people including, artists, promoted African American achievements in the literary, musical, visual, and performing arts. This artwork, Nous Quatre a Paris (We Four in Paris), was created by Palmer Hayden during the Harlem Renaissance and has no date.



New Roles for Women/Woman Suffrage:

In the 1920s the 19th Amendment was passed granting women the right to vote for the first time ever. This also provided new roles for women in the workplace. They transitioned from doing household duties to competing with men in the workplace.





Citations:

  • http://www.uwishunu.com/2013/04/imbibe-away-this-thursday-night-at-the-national-constitution-centers-cheers-to-beer-tasting-event/



  • http://blogs.ajc.com/food-and-more/2009/11/30/speakeasy-called-prohibition-to-open-in-buckhead/



  • http://metmuseum.org/collections/search-the-collections/210001614



  • http://www.history.com/topics/roaring-twenties



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