Feb. 3, 2010 at 1:30pmKen Burns Film

Prohibition

The encore presentation of Ken Burns’ The National Parks: America’s Best Idea is airing Wednesday evenings at 8:00 PM Pacific / 9:00 PM Mountain on KSPS-TV. The next project that Florentine Films is working on is an indepth look at Prohibition. I’ve included a family photo taken in the 1920’s. The location is presumed to be just north of Seattle. My mother-in-law is the small child resting in the basket. Each time the picture re-surfaces from the family’s photo archive the story behind the family gathering becomes more intriguing. English tea was not the beverage of choice in the boneware cups and the rosy cheeks were not the handiwork of a photographer’s art brush. And the smiles? They are the result of Nettie, the young woman holding the tea cup, a child of the Alberta prairies and in her later year’s my wife’s grandmother, who was held in high regards as a “home brewer.”

For most of us Prohibition is the image of smashed bottles and shattered wooden kegs, speak-easys, the Chicago underworld, moonshine from the rugged Appalachians, and the rum runners of the Caribbean. Mr. Burns’ documentary will provide an interesting perspective from a national point of view. But what was Prohibition like in western Canada and the Inland Northwest of Washington State, Idaho, and Montana? I’m aware that Prohibition in B.C. ended in 1920 and for Alberta in 1924. Whiskey Gap was named as such due to its’ location as a “safe haven” between Canada and U.S. But there must be more. If you have a local story related to “the dry years” that you would like to share, I’d be interested in hearing it. Perhaps, the information could be the beginning of a new KSPS produced program.
  • Comments (1)
I love the picture! Being from the south, home brew, white lightning, was something most folks knew about. I am looking forward to the show.
Left by Patty Starkey | Feb. 3, 2010 at 2:55pm

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