VINTAGE CRIME FBI COVERT OPERATIONS: Set of Four Bootleggers Police Raid Photos. Set of four silver images of a police-raided bootlegging operation. A still and grain alcohol along with various instruments are seen in these images. Police investigators are also present. 8 x 10 image with backtamps of Frank Stojack of the Tacoma Washington Sheriff’s office and also the Tacoma County Sheriff mount verso. Rum-running, or bootlegging, is the illegal business of transporting (smuggling) alcoholic beverages where such transportation is forbidden by law. Smuggling is usually done to circumvent taxation or prohibition laws within a particular jurisdiction. The term rum-running is more commonly applied to smuggling over water; bootlegging is applied to smuggling over land. It is believed that the term “boot-legging” originated during the American Civil War, when soldiers would sneak liquor into army camps by concealing pint bottles within their boots or beneath their trouser legs. Also, according to the PBS documentary Prohibition, the term “bootlegging” was popularized when thousands of city dwellers would sell liquor from flasks they kept in their boot leg all across major cities and rural areas.  The term “rum-running” most likely originated at the start of Prohibition in the United States (19201933), when ships from Bimini in the western Bahamas transported cheap Caribbean rum to Florida speakeasies. But rum’s cheapness made it a low-profit item for the rum-runners, and they soon moved on to smuggling Canadian whisky, French champagne, and English gin to major cities like New York City, Boston, and Chicago, where prices ran high. Frank Nickolas Stojack (February 11, 1912 in Wycliffe, British Columbia, Canada – August 30, 1987) is a former American football player in the National Football League and wrestler. He moved to Tacoma, Washington as a child, and considered that his home town. After graduating from Washington State, Stojack signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers of the National Football League, where he played for two seasons, and also played in the CFL and in 1940 for the Boeing Aero Mechanics semi pro football team. After his American football career was over, he became a professional wrestler. His favorite move was the airplane spin. In 1947 he won the first of four Pacific Coast Junior Heavyweight Championships. In the 1950s he was the light heavyweight champion of the world, defeating Gypsy Joe in Spokane, Washington on April 10, 1953, and holding it until November 30, 1957 when he was stripped of the belt by the NWA. He continued to defend the belt for another year. The item “VINTAGE CRIME FBI COVERT OPERATIONS Set of Four Bootleggers Police Raid Photos” is in sale since Thursday, July 27, 2017. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Photographic Images\Vintage & Antique (Pre-1940)\Other Antique Photographs”. The seller is “r_t_b_s” and is located in Collinsville, Illinois. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Original/Reprint: Original Print
- Listed By: Dealer or Reseller
- Subject: Crime, Punishment, Boot Leg, Rare, Liqour
- Color: Black & White
- Framing: Unframed
- Size Type/Largest Dimension: Medium (Up to 10″)
- Region of Origin: US