Pontiac and Port Wine

I got off the ‘L’ at Lawrence one day and found this scene across the street from Goldblatt’s Department Store. Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood was cluttered with bars and liquor stores. On any given Saturday or Sunday morning in the mid-1970s, you could find a scene like this somewhere in Uptown. Enlargement will show that one of the bottles is labelled as Port wine, hence the name “Pontiac and Port.” Port is usually a strong, sweet red wine often served as part of dessert. It leaves a strong aftertaste. In this case, it looks like the partiers had to clear their palettes with Schlitz and Budweiser.

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