Here’s What New Year’s Looked Like During Prohibition Era

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As we head out to the bars and nurse hangovers this weekend, let’s take a moment to remember how our grandparents and great-parents used to celebrate this holiday.

For many during the 1920s and early ’30s, the occasion was observed without the help of champagne. If alcohol was present it was often illicit, as under the Constitution the United States was a “dry” country.

So how did people celebrate? Take a look through the photos below:

American actress Clara Bow (1905–1965) holds up a large card while actor Larry Gray inscribes a New Year’s greeting with a giant pen, 1925.

A New Years Eve party in Chicago, 1927.

The proprietor of the new Maison Arthur Grill distributed $100,000,000 in German marks to be used for confetti on New Year’s Eve in New York, 1923.

New Year’s Eve Film still with Marion Davies as Columbine in the movie Beauty’s Worth, 1924.

On New Year’s Eve, a waiter takes an order from a man who sits, seemingly alone, at a large table in the restaurant of the Gibson Hotel, Cincinnati, 1925.

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