since the days of bathtub gin and flappers

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Wha does the bolded expression below mean ?

Wearing the fur, however, I understood by twelve-thirty on my first day, and it was just my luck—good or bad—that Bradley Easterbrook happened to be in Wiggle-Waggle Village at the time, sitting on a bench and eating his usual lunch of bean sprouts and tofu—hardly amusement park chow, but let’s keep in mind that the man’s food-processing system hadn’t been new since the days of bathtub gin and flappers.
Source: Joyland by Stephen King

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  • Minnesota Guy

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    American English - USA
    These are both references to the 1920s.

    In the US, Prohibition existed (a national ban on producing and selling alcohol). Therefore, people would try to make gin at home, in their bathtubs. "Flappers" was the name given to young women who pursued the fashions of the day...that may be enough of a hint to do more research, if you wish.
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