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Collection Number: P0079

Collection Title: P.M. Candle Moonshine Photographs and Letter, circa 1927

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Size 3 items (1.25 linear feet)
Abstract The original owner and possible creator of the collection was P.M. Candle, who may have worked for the United States Department of the Treasury. Candle sent the images to his wife enclosed in an envelope from the Office of the Federal Prohibition Director in Greenville, S.C. The Bureau of Prohibition, part of the Department of the Treasury, was responsible for the enforcement of the 18th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which prohibited the sale of alcohol, 1919-1933. During Prohibition, the Bureau of Prohibition regularly raided and dismantled moonshine and other liquor stills, arresting numerous people for the illegal manufacture and sale of alcohol. The collection consists of two images of moonshine stills near High Point, N.C., which were raided by Department of the Treasury prohibition officers in or around 1927. Also included is a letter about the individuals in one of the photographs.
Creator Candle, P.M.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
No image in this collection may be reproduced without the permission and consent of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of materials in in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the P.M. Candle Moonshine Photographs and Letter #P0079, North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Materials were purchased from Chapel Hill Rare Books in 2005.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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The original owner and possible creator of the collection was P.M. Candle, who may have worked for the United States Department of the Treasury. Candle sent the images to his wife enclosed in an envelope from the Office of the Federal Prohibition Director in Greenville, S.C. The Bureau of Prohibition, part of the Department of the Treasury, was responsible for the enforcement of the 18th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which prohibited the sale of alcohol, 1919-1933. During Prohibition, the Bureau of Prohibition regularly raided and dismantled moonshine and other liquor stills, arresting numerous people for the illegal manufacture and sale of alcohol.

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The collection consists of two images of moonshine stills near High Point, N.C., which were raided by Department of the Treasury prohibition officers in or around 1927. Also included is a letter about the individuals in one of the photographs.

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2 items

Flat Box 01

Folder P0079/0001

Moonshine stills, circa 1927 #P0079, Series: "P.M. Candle Moonshine Photographs and Letter, circa 1927." Flatbox 01, Folder P0079/0001

Black-and-White Photographic Prints

2 images

Men in front of moonshine stills near High Point, N.C. Letter included with images lists names of men in one photograph: "The three men in circle are prisoners. The other are, reading from right to left: 1. H.L. Bell, 2. Newspaper man, 3. J.H. Painter, 4. L.J. Bishop, 5. R.L. Wells, 6. J.W. Sanders, 7. Ford Bruce, 8. Behind Sanders is E.R. Austin."

Flat Box 01

Folder P0079/0002

Letter with envelope, circa 1927 #P0079, Series: "P.M. Candle Moonshine Photographs and Letter, circa 1927." Flatbox 01, Folder P0079/0002

Manuscript material

2 items

Letter and envelope from P.M. Candle. Letter describes photographs. Envelope is from the Department of the Treasury Office of the Federal Prohibition Director in Greenville, S.C.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Kait Dorsky, 2013

Encoded by: Kait Dorsky, 2013

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