Jul 16, 2021
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Cow Shoes Used by Moonshiners During Prohibition to Disguise Their Footprints

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Photograph via Library of Congress

 

In this old law enforcement photo from 1924, we see a police officer trying on a ‘cow shoe’ used by moonshiners to disguise their footprints. In the United States alcohol was banned from 1920-1933 in an era known as Prohibition.

Moonshine (a type of strong, homemade whiskey) was often made by bootleggers in the middle of a forest or meadow. So the moonshiners would wear cow shoes like these to avoid drawing the attention of any law enforcement looking for human activity in the woods.

 

Library of Congress via yearlyfiscal on reddit

 

 

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