It's whiskey business. 🥃
Hip flasks became symbols of public intoxication and promiscuity during prohibition. In New York, hip flasks were banned. In 1922 the New York Times reported, "Uncle Sam Starts War on Hip Flasks: Broadway Resorts Warned by Squad that Diners Must Not Bring Liquor In."
This sterling silver hip flask belonged to George Albert Zabriskie (1869-1954), our Museum's 22nd president. Zabriskie served as an officer in a "wet" advocacy group, and was involved in the anti-prohibition movement, of which this hip flask may have been a personal statement.
It's #NationalBootleggersDay, also known as the day that #Prohibition went into effect in 1920. Can't find a juice joint? No worries since this Tiffany & Co hip flask is handy. (For all the teetotalers, we agree that there's no need for anyone to get blotto.)
📷 Tiffany & Co., Hip flask, 1907–1925, Silver; Gift of George A. Zabriskie.