The era is Prohibition.
Speakeasies are common, and bootleggers quench the country's thirst for that banned substance, alcohol.
It's a fascinating piece of American history, an element known here in Lycoming County as well as the nation at large.
When two bottles of Prince Farrington's Prohibition-era moonshine whisky recently landed on the auction block, local historian Robert E. Kane Jr. wasn't going to let the opportunity to own one slip through his fingers. Another local man with a passion for historic preservation, Edward Lyon, was the successful bidder on the second bottle.
"This item really appealed to me when it came up for sale," Kane said, "This item is something he actually touched and was actually his."
Kane, president and CEO of Divine Providence Hospital, explained the bottle was a valuable addition to his collection of "a couple hundred" bottles, which can have their roots traced back to the area.
The "life-long bottle collector" found himself with the opportunity to be only the bottle's fifth owner since it was first filled with its illegal contents during Prohibition.
"This passed through very few owners from Prince Farrington to me," Kane said.
Farrington, the bottle's original owner, was a bootlegger - one who produced and sold liquor illegally during the years of Prohibition - in Lycoming County.
The second owner of the bottle of moonshine was Harry Lewis Williams Jr., a driver who would deliver Farrington's illegal packages to the customers. Kane said Williams once spent six months in prison because he was caught with the alcohol.
Williams' son was the next owner. Kane said the son was a "teetotaler" - someone who doesn't drink alcohol - and didn't want anyone to find the bottle in his house when he died, so he gave it to a close friend before it wound up at auction.
Kane said like the journey from Farrington to him, the bottle itself, tells a story of the years of Prohibition.
"This is a pre-Prohibition whisky bottle," Kane said, "And Prince Farrington used any bottle he could get his hands on."
Though producing, selling and consuming alcohol was illegal during Prohibition - 1920 to 1933 - the bottle doesn't hide what it contains, clearly stating it as a whisky bottle on its label.
Kane explained since it's a pre-Prohibition bottle, the label was made before alcohol was banned.
"Of course he would never put his own labels on a bottle."
Kane's bottle collection includes medicine bottles, soda and beer bottles but Farrington's bottle will add something extra to it.
"Prince Farrington was so much a part of local history, whether it is about illegal activities or the many good things he did, it's important to the local heritage," Kane said.
Kane's interest in local bottles caused him to create his own display of products from a Williamsport brewery.
"One of the things I've collected ... is memorabilia from Flock's Brewery," he said.
The company - started by Henry Jacob Flock - was in business from 1856 to 1954 and located where Lycoming College is today.
"Much of this collection came out of the Kast Hotel in Newberry," Kane said of the display.
Kane's collection includes beer steins, mirrors, advertising displays, ash trays and foam scoopers - a tool used in bars to knock the foam off of a glass of beer.
"You have everything from punch sets to lighted clocks," he said.
In 1943, Flock's was sold to a group of investors that brought new products to the company.
"They actually bottled things such as soft drinks and it was known as Bald Eagle Soft Drinks and Ales," he said.
From a local bootlegger to a brewery, Kane's collection is more about stories of the area than just a piece of glass.
"I think it all tells the story of progression and evolution of not only Williamsport but of the United States at that time," he said.