Every year for many collectors, dealers and friends one of the highlights of the Tucson Show is our party. Each year we have a different theme, and this year’s party was inspired by the Roaring Twenties. For the evening we stepped back in time …
As most of you will know this was the era of gangsters like Al Capone, Lucky Luciano, Moe Dalitz, Joseph Ardizzone and Sam Maceo, just to name a few of the most famous characters.
America indeed seemed to be the land of milk and honey. Culture, art and science were flowering during the so-called “golden twenties”.
But before we show you more of the dazzling outfits of flapper dresses and gangster black ties we would like to give you some interesting facts about the 1920’s:
–> The passing of the 19th Amendment gave women the right to vote.
–> The Chrysler building was constructed. The tallest building of its time.
–> In 1928 “Lights of New York” was the first all talking feature.
–> “Lady Chatterley’s Lover” by D.H. Lawrence was published and declared the most scandalous novel of its time, because of its explicit description of sex.
–> Charles Lindberg was the first pilot to cross the Atlantic, non-stop.
–> The famous musical “Gold Digger of Broadway” became the highest grossing film of its decade.
–> The manufacture, import and export of alcohol was prohibited (1920 – 1933) in an attempt to alleviate various social problems which led to the rise of “Speakeasies” – an establishment that illegally sold alcoholic beverages.
And how was the term “Speakeasy” (also called bling pig or blind tiger) first coined? After the state raised the fee for a saloon license from $50 to $500 the number of bars in the towns and cities plummeted considerable, so for many the only way to keep their businesses open was to run them illegally. Regular, rowdy customers were frequently advised to keep their voices down “Speak easy boys! Speak easy!”
Once again, the most amazing food was prepared by Albert Hall and his team from local Tucson restaurant Acaia. Ian was a really lucky boy earlier in the day and was able to attend a cooking lesson with Albert. Albert showed him how to prepare Beef Wellington, which was served on the party evening with mixed vegetables and rice. Albert is one of the best chefs in the States and has had a passion for food since his early teenage years. He likes to serve traditional dishes from all over the world with a unique twist. Albert Hall has won the Iron Chef twice with his impressive cooking skills! What an honor to have him cooking each year for our party! THANK YOU Albert.
For those guest who needed some help to get into the mood, Stephanie was ready to hand out strands of Pearls
As the party went on several bottles of Moonshine appeared amongst the party guests…
The party was in full swing when we could hear the sirens of the Tucson Police in the distance…are we about to get busted?
Thank you to everyone for another great party in Tucson!