Baptists, Bootleggers, and Everything in Between

Kathryn Smith
The outsize personalities and culture of the Prohibition era, modern-day Baptists and bootleggers...and cocktails to wash it all down
Created 15 Feb 2021
  • Cocktail of the Week: Mischief Managed
    10 Nov 2021 • 2 min read
    James and Wells Bolt are a talented young couple who own Charleston, S.C.’s first (and some would say best) craft cocktail bar, The Gin Joint, located at 182 E. Bay Street. When I began research on my...
  • Mrs. Culp's Diary, Wednesday, November 10, 1937
    10 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read • 1 1
    Walter was in St. Petersburg today so Mrs. Culp went downtown to pick up her car at the garage (“I had to wait for it,” she wrote) and squeezed in a visit with her friends Mrs. Overstreet and Mrs. Sch...
  • Mrs. Culp's Diary, Tuesday, November 9, 1937
    09 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read • 0 2
    Mrs. Culp took her damaged car to the repair shop, learning the fender would cost $10 to repair. (That’s about $190 in current dollars. Not bad!) She took the street car home, had a nap and endulged i...
  • Mrs. Culp's Diary, Monday, Nov. 8, 1937
    08 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read • 3 0
    Subscribe now At 6 a.m., the Culps’ younger son, Frank, and his wife Mickey arrived from Anderson, S.C. They went to William and Jackie’s apartment, where Mrs. Culp joined them for breakfast. She then...
  • Mrs. Culp's Diary, Sunday, November 7, 1937
    07 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read • 3 0
    Mrs. Culp was a disappointed mother today. “Waited all day to hear from Frank and Mickey,” she wrote, referring to her younger son and his wife, who were returning from a tour with a carnival. “Cooked...
  • Episode 6: Shirley Temple Is Missing
    06 Nov 2021 • 13 min read
    CHAPTER 11 (continued) Joan turned her attention back to the action on the set, where Shirley was sitting on the corner of President Lincoln’s desk. Joan knew the actor playing the part; she’d worked ...
  • Mrs. Culp's Diary: Saturday, November 6, 1937
    06 Nov 2021 • 1 min read • 2 4
    Subscribe now Mrs. Culp received a letter today from her son Franklin and his wife Mickey, who were winding down the tour with the World of Mirth. They had been in Anderson, S.C. (where I live, dear r...
  • Mrs. Culp's Diary, Friday, November 5, 1937
    05 Nov 2021 • 1 min read • 3 0
    Mrs. Culp concluded cooking school today but lamented “I didn’t win anything this time.” According to an article in the Tampa Times in May 1935, she had won a food basket at the cooking school sponsor...
  • Mrs. Culp's Diary, Thursday, November 4, 1937
    04 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read • 1 4
    Mrs. Culp returned to the cooking school at the Tampa Gas Company today. Walter took an early bus to St. Petersburg, as he had placed an ad in the St. Petersburg Times seeking a salesman. "3 came to s...
  • Cocktail of the Week: Ramos Gin Fizz
    03 Nov 2021 • 2 min read
    When I started researching my new book Baptists and Bootleggers: A Prohibition Expedition Through the South…with cocktail recipes, two years ago, I went to a bar on Charleston’s King Street called Pro...
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