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

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"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.

For more Universal Newsreels, visit http://archive.org/details/universal_newsreels.

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Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg's work in media spans documentary television, advertising, and print. As a producer in the Viewer Created Content division of Al Gore's Current TV, she acquired and produced short documentaries by independent filmmakers around the world. Post-Current, she worked as a producer and strategist at Urgent Content, developing consumer-created and branded nonfiction campaigns for clients including Cisco, Ford, and GOOD Magazine. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University, where she was co-creator and editor in chief of H BOMB Magazine.

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