Friday, February 6, 2009

Bootleg Still

This picture shows a Bootleg Still near San Francisco. There is an agent dismantling the operation. The picture was taken in 1922. I normally think of bootlegging as being something done in the south, and not so much near San Francisco.

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  1. Back when people in California still wanted to live free...

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  2. Gotta say I love this site!
    As for bootlegging, well, yes, it was down south or anywhere folks needed some extra income during tough times....my grandfathers both ran rum, probably my uncles as well.
    bad economy = poor business choices, or learning to be extremely smart and tricky.

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  3. Government must destroy any operation of this type that bypasses its generating tax revenues.

    Does the cost of enforcement outweigh tax losses?

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  4. Prohibition was a waste of time and money. The only people who benefited was the mob.

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  5. Bootlegging is still alive and well in parts of the Maritimes in Canada. I recently purchased a book form the 70s at a gunshow on how to build an efficient still.
    I know ironic that I would buy a book on making liquor at a gun show.

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  6. Jake:

    I don't find that ironic at ALL. The two sort of go hand-in-hand, don't they???

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  7. Jake:

    I don't find that ironic at ALL. The two sort of go hand-in-hand, don't they???

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  8. "Does the cost of enforcement outweigh tax losses?"

    About 10 years ago I read that half the booze sold in bars is bootleg.
    If that's even half true, the lost tax revenue is staggering.

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