Seven part still for making alcohol. Consists of two large buckets: one copper one metal, connected by copper tubing with a small copper cylindrical can in the middle. Larger copper bucket has lid and funnel at top, larger metal bucket has coiled tubing inside, open top.
This still, a device for producing alcohol, is typical of the kind used during Prohibition in Chicago for making alcohol at home.
This still, a device for producing alcohol, is typical of the kind used during Prohibition in Chicago for making alcohol at home. It helps document gangster activity in Prohibition-era Chicago. The 18th amendment to the Constitution banned the production, sale and transport of alcohol in the U.S. Chicago's gangsters saw a business opportunity and used simple home stills like this one to illicitly produce alcohol. This type of distilling provided the main source of alcohol during Prohibition and helped usher in an era of organized crime, with crime syndicates controlling the profitable production and distribution of alcohol to secret bars and speakeasies.