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Christine Sismondo

Christine Sismondo is a Toronto-based writer and researcher whose most recent book is America Walks into a Bar: A Spirited History of Taverns and Saloons, Speakeasies and Grog Shops.

Articles by Christine Sismondo


Bathtub gin, blind tigers, and bootleggers: the language of the speakeasy

Bathtub gin, blind tigers, and bootleggers: the language of the speakeasy

We’ve a lot invested in the idea of Prohibition as an era of wild drunkenness, all-night parties and lawlessness. And such language! Back in the day – in this case from early 1920 to late 1933 – it became increasingly fashionable in urban areas for celebrities and the upper-middle classes to get dolled up in […]

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