This Is A Raid!
The period 1920 - 1933 was known as the ‘Prohibition Era’ or the 'Jazz Age'. In 1920, an amendment to the U.S. Constitution was passed stating that the sale, production and distribution of alcohol was prohibited. The 18th Amendment was passed in the effort to eliminate ‘saloon culture’, but this pursuit, this failed experiment, created distrust of the law/law officials and created organized crime or the mafia.
During this era, the city of New Orleans was known as the easiest place to wet your whistle. With the exception of New York, Chicago, Seattle and Cincinnati, the city of New Orleans had one of the biggest organized liquor rings in the country. To curb this new crime wave, the U.S. Treasury Department was charged with the task of enforcing the law. Obviously, several businesses and many more private residences in the city were subjected to raids by the ‘T-Men.'
Below are a handful of New Orleans landmarks that were raided in an effort to enforce the Volstead Act.
Pascal's Manale - 1926
“Man, Wife Held After Big Liquor Plant Is Seized: Fake Label, Outfit to Make ‘Real Stuff’ Alleged to Have Been Found.” The Times Picayune . 30 November 1926: 3. Print.
Absinthe House - 1921
“Liquor Reported Seized in Absinthe House Raid.” The Times-Picayune . 04 December 1921: 17. Print.
Commander’s Palace - 1921
“Raiders Find Big Stocks Of Booze At 2 Restaurants: Champagne, Whisky, Absinthe, Cognac and Ale.” The Times-Picayune . 23 July 1921: 1. Print.
Delmonico’s - 1921 (Now Emeril's Delmonico)
“Booze Raids Net Much Wine, Beer And 'Wet' Aromas Dry Agents Swoop Down on Eight Establishments and Seize Liquor.” The Times-Picayune . 24 July 1921: 1. Print.
Source - National Food & Beverage Foundation