Nov. 28, 1923: Liquor and beers were examined by J. W. Quillen, the Bureau of Internal Revenue’s chief chemist, who determined that only two of the thousands of bottles in this warehouse weren’t terrible moonshine counterfeits. Three years later, Mr. Quillen was quoted in The New York Times warning against future deaths from poisonous alcohol. NY Times
After the passage of the 18th Amendment and the Volstead Act in 1919, the making and selling of alcohol was illegal. This federal policeman uses a pickax to destroy a rum-runner's cargo in San Francisco during Prohibition.