From the LaRC: Huey’s Been Drinking Again

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The Louisiana Research Collection scored this great photograph of Huey P. Long, captured in August 1933 at the "Yes, We Have No Cabanas" debutante charity event at the Bath Club in Sands Point in Long Island.

There’s the Kingfish in the middle of the group:

The image was provided by Jack McGuire, the author of Win the Race Or Die Trying: Uncle Earl's Last Hurrah. He recently shared the backstory of this snapshot in the LaRC newsletter:

Long reportedly arrived at the club drunk. He sat down with strangers, took a plate of food away from someone because "she was too fat already," and shoved away the bartender and took over mixing drinks himself.

However, the night is most famous for Long's trip to the restroom. Complaining that the line was too long and the men too slow, Long committed "a gross indignity" on the trouser leg of the person in front of him, for which he received a black eye and a gash on his forehead.

When reporters later asked about his injuries, Long refused to discuss it and would not acknowledge that he had even been in Long Island.

Jack McGuire has donated this photo of Long with other attendees at the event (including Edward Mulrooney, head of the New York Alcohol and Beverage Board, on the right), that proves he was there.

Long's opponents were so delighted that they cast a medal (also donated by Jack) depicting a fist punching a crown-wearing fish in front of a bathroom sink. The reverse proclaims "By public acclaim for a deed done in private. Sands Point, August 26, 1933."

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