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Bootleggers and Klan-chasers? What’s not to like here? Fun photo!
Often people think the Klan were just anti-black They were/are also virulently anti Catholic, Jewish, immigrant etc. Particularly in this period where there second era of mass popularity was focused on catholic and jewish immigration. Mostly from Eastern and Southern Europe.
Birger was a second generation Jewish immigrant from Russia.
They went with "Charlie Birger gang"? When "Birger Boys" was RIGHT there?
I don’t know who was driving the marketing there but there’s a reason this is the first time I’ve heard of these chaps.
Jesus, they have the 100 round drums for those thompsons
I have two distant cousins in this photo. Birger is still a big topic of interest here in Southeastern Illinois.
Bootlegging must have paid well, because those Thompsons cost a couple months pay for even someone making a professional income.