From the Archives

From Globe archives: Prohibition in Massachusetts

Hugh E. O’Donnell/Globe Staff

On Dec. 5, 1933, the 18th Amendment was repealed and Prohibition ended in the United States. This national ban on the manufacture, transportation, and sale of alcohol started in 1920. Crime had new meaning and the police were busy raidin bosspeakeasies and arresting bootleggers and
rumrunners. Opinions were very divided on this issue, as there were people celebrating at the
beginning and at the end of the era.

In this undated photo taken during Prohibition, Cambridge Police Officer Patrick F. Ready had
his ax in hand as the police raiding party poured illicit liquor down an East Cambridge sewer.
Others in the photo (from left) are Captain Timothy Leahy, an unidentified prohibition agent,
and officers Fred Collins and Timothy Callahan.


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