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Thursday, August 1, 2013

The Hustle

A moonshiner's shoe with a sole modified to leave cow hoof prints.
A moonshiner's shoe with a sole modified to leave cow hoof prints. 

From the website Now I Know, I recently learned there was a winner in the whole prohibition thing and it wasn't a gangster. It was a chain of pharmacies that still exists today: Walgreens.

In 1919 there were 20 Walgreens stores in Chicago. By 1930, the company had expanded exponentially and gone nationwide. Some sources state Walgreens had swelled to 350 outlets while others claim it was closer to 550. Either way, that's quite a jump. The Walgreens family historians quick to link the dramatic growth spurt to their selling of a delicious beverage that was hard to find at the time: milkshakes.

Super cute but pretty unlikely.

More believable is the fact that during prohibition, doctors could write a prescription for booze and that's the refreshment responsible for the remarkable surge.

And to this I say: goddamn, does everybody have a hustle except me?




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