27 December 2010

Tower of barrels

I encountered the 1924 photo above at Accidental Mysteries and initially assumed that it was an altered photo from the pre-Photoshop era, similar to the "giant vegetables" sometimes seen on postcards from that era.  But after some searching I found a similar photo dated 1929 in the files at Getty Images:
The caption there says " Prohibition: A tower built with barrels of alcohol, which should be destroyed later. Photograph. 1929. (Photo by Imagno/Getty Images)."

What a waste of good oak.


  1. the cooper at upper canada village once sternly lectured me about barrels and casks. apparently a barrel was originally a unit of volume and a cask was the word for the wooden thing used to contain it.


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