temp-logo-ladyThe 1920-1940’s is a favorite period of time for me, hence the company name “Bootleg Lady” and the Logo featuring a vintage photograph of a “Dame” in stockings, short hair, fur draped nonchalantly across the shoulders quietly peeping over her shoulder with martini in hand.    She reminds me of a gal who’s just slipped into a Speakeasy, all dolled up and feeling rebellious while sipping her dry martini, Giggle Juice.  Giggle Juice during this time frame referred to an alcoholic beverage and another common phrase used was “Dip the Bill” meaning let’s have a drink.  From the 1920’s to 1940’s these two decades had it all; fashion, style, automobiles, natural rebellion due to Prohibition not to mention the language, slang and lingo that was spoken.  “Beat me daddy eight to the bar” was considered an exclamation of excitement or accomplishment or “Hey sugar, are you rationed?” meaning Are you going steady?  Fun, unusual and even common expressions have come out of the 1940’s with many still in use today; Decked out, In cahoots with, the Joint, and Sugar Daddy to list a few.

This blog will be dedicated to the two plus decades of the 1920-1940’s, with crossover into alcoholic beverages, hooch, moonshine and other items emerging from this wonderful era.  I titled this first blog “Speakeasy” as an introduction, a peek, inside this marvelous period of time when so much changed, grew and shaped how America is today.

Speakeasy: An unlicensed saloon, a place where alcoholic drink was sold illicitly during Prohibition.  The word(s) seems to come from speak + easy; from the practice of speaking quietly about such a place in public, or when inside, so as not to alert the police and neighbors. In the Irish and British dialect, a speak softly shop meant “smuggler’s den.”

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