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SIBA – A Visual Approach to Explore Everyday Life in Turkish and Yugoslav Cities, 1920s and 1930s

Officers posing behind the equipment of an illegal distillery

Officers posing behind the equipment of an illegal distillery, © Cengiz Kahramanenlarge


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Object:Officers posing behind the equipment of an illegal distillery
Description:Seven men standing behind wooden barrels that are scattered in front of them. They are all looking towards the camera. A man with moustache and a dark veston is standing in the middle of the photograph. He is resting his left hand on a an iron construction, probably part of a destillator, which is placed on top of one of the barrels. Standing next to him are two uniformed police officers and three men wearing suit and tie. On the right side of the scene, a seventh man who is also wearing a suit is leaning against the corner of a wall. A raw wall mounts up behind the men.
Comment:The men who are wearing suits are probably judical officers. The photograph was published on 1 September 1931 in Yeni Gün newspaper. According to the related article, the distillery has had a production capacity of up to 150 litres of rakı per day. Illegal distilleries were a prominent topic in Istanbul in the late twenties and early thirties. In these years, the local newspapers published many articles reporting on rakı consumption and alcoholism as well as on the discovery of such production facilities – often featuring very similar photographs.
Country:Turkey (contemporary)
Turkey (historical)
Type:Photographic negative
Keywords:270 Drink, Drugs, and Indulgence > 274 Beverage Industries
270 Drink, Drugs, and Indulgence > 273 Alcoholic Beverages
690 Justice > 693 Legal and Judicial Personnel
620 Community > 625 Police
620 Community > 624 Local Officials
Bibliography:Yeni Gün 215, 1 September 1931, 1.
Copyright:Cengiz Kahraman
Archive:Cengiz Kahraman, Istanbul (Collection Private collection), Inv. No.: KACAK ICKI IMALATHANESI - 001
Editors:Yorick Tanner, Cengiz Kahraman