Newly Released Documents Give Boozy Insight Into Prohibition Era (PHOTOS)

Warning: some of these images may be disturbing to those who love beer.

In newly released documents and photos obtained by and, the height of the Prohibition Era comes to life like never before. As agents knocked down doors and dumped and destroyed beer and liquor, criminals like Al Capone and Enoch "Nucky" Johnson became some of the major players in Prohibition crime from 1920 to 1933.

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With the enactment of the Volstead Act in 1920, Prohibition agents were called upon to do the often unpopular work of enforcing the law, which included shutting down speakeasies and stills and interrupting the trafficking of bootleg alcoholic beverages. This collection contains identification card files for prohibition agents, prohibition inspectors, prohibition directors, warehouse agents, narcotics agents, and narcotics inspectors in the Bureau of Internal Revenue’s Prohibition Unit. Each card includes the date, agent’s name, photograph, residence (city or town), and title and were obtained from the National Archives in Washington, D.C.

Drink a nice cold beer and check out some of the collection below.

Prohibition-Era Photos