The Times marks the end of Prohibition with a front page cartoon by Edmund Waller “Ted” Gale, who  quit in 1934 and went to the Examiner in a dispute over The Times’ editorial policies.

Dec. 5, 1933, Prohibition Ends
Dec. 5, 1933: With the passage of the 21st Amendment by Utah, the 18th Amendment is repealed, ending Prohibition. The Paris Inn offered lunch for 75 cents “with a big glass of wine” and the Bowery, Grand at 9th, advertised “Eastside Beer on tap.” The Times reported that WCTU speaker Justice Fidus E. Fish, 79, dropped dead after completing a speech.

Beverly Hills screenwriter Sidney Lazarus and his wife, Maud, 522 Palm Drive, are found dead in the back seat of their car, which was left running in the garage with a hose from the exhaust through the floor board and into the vehicle.

“The writer had placed his arm about his life mate and she nestled her head on his shoulder as they died,” The Times said. Authorities were alerted when Mrs. Sol Schiff, 2005 La Salle Ave., received a note. According to friends, the couple had been having health problems.

Lazarus was 43.

In the Theaters: “Roman Scandals” at Grauman’s Chinese; “Elysia” at Tally’s Criterion, Grand and 7th.

Joan Crawford and Franchot Tone deny rumors that they are engaged.

A nationwide effort targets the “itinerant unemployed” from sneaking rides on trains or hitchhiking. Los Angeles’ notorious “bum blockade” was attempted in 1936.

Dec. 5, 1933, Comics

Dec. 5, 1933, Prohibition Ends
Dec. 5, 1933, Roman Scandals

Dec. 5, 1933, Prohibition Ends
Dec. 5, 1933, Disney Lazarus

Dec. 5, 1933, Joan Crawford

Dec. 5, 1933, Hobos

Dec. 5, 1933, Prohibition Ends

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4 Responses to PROHIBITION ENDS!

  1. Eve says:

    Hmmm. The Paris Inn has Old Time Popular Singing with an accordionist, and at the Bowery you can laugh at the amateurs. I think I’ll head over to Thelma Todd’s Sidewalk Cafe or Fatty Arbuckle’s Plantation Cafe and see what’s on the menu there.


  2. Earl Boebert says:

    My father, then a Western Pacific special agent in Elko, had many tales to tell about pulling transients off the trains. In the winter some arrived frozen after the long, slow run across the high desert from Salt Lake City. Others died from falling off of cars and getting run over miles from nowhere. There was never any investigation or paperwork, he and his partner would just go out and bury the poor soul in the desert. He also recalled working with LA Sheriff’s officers in Elko during the “blockade.” Hard times, indeed.


  3. Benito says:

    Hard to believe those party poopers in South Carolina rejected the 21st amendment. Well, considering all the dry counties, maybe not so hard to believe.


  4. Rotter says:

    Think I’ll mosey over to Bernstein’s for the creamed crab.


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