A Newsreel Celebrates the Repeal of Prohibition on December 5, 1933

By Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg

"The lid is off in many places with the downfall of Prohibition being celebrated in real old-time high-larity! Yes, and by the renewal of old acquaintances, hotels and night clubs record a real pre-war spirit among those revelers!" the narrator exclaims in this this Universal Newsreel clip from 1933. Citizens greeted the 21st Ammendment with joy when it passed, thanks to a final, deciding vote from Utah. After the 13-year ban on the manufacture, sale, and transportation of alcohol, there must have been quite a party.

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