[Ads-l] Antedating of "booze cruise" (1979 -> 1921)

Hugo hugovk at GMAIL.COM
Wed Jun 10 08:04:33 UTC 2015

Today's OED WOTD: booze cruise

OED: 1979

Here's a September 24, 1921 in The Judge magazine (page 25):

  The Booze Cruise—"Tell me about
your houseboat cruise."
  "When we'd gone about 10 miles
down the river, we tied up at the
bank and one member of the party
located a 'still.'"
  "Well, go on."
  "That's the end of my travelogue."
—Birmingham Age-Herald.

HathiTrust full view:

I didn't find the joke in the Birmingham Age-Herald, but I did find it in
five later 1921 newspapers in Chronicling America, but entitled "Brief
Trip", so "The Booze Cruise" may or may not have also been the title in the


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