“Doctor Freeman. I realize this moment may not be the most convenient for a ‘heart-to-heart’, but I had to wait until your… 'friends’ were otherwise occupied. Hm.
There was a time they cared nothing for Miss Vance… When their only experience of humanity was a crowbar coming at them down a steel corridor. When I plucked her from Black Mesa, I acted in the face of objections that she was a mere child and of no practical use to anyone. I have learned to ignore such naysayers when… quelling them… was out of the question.
Still, I am not one to squander my investments… and I remain confident she was worth far more than the initial… appraisal. That’s why I must now extract from you some small repayment owed for your own survival. See her safely to White Forest, Doctor Freeman. I wish I could do more than keep an eye on you, but I have agreed to abide by certain… restrictions. Mmm
[to Alyx] Well… now… listen carefully, my dear. When you see your father relay these words: Prepare for unforeseen consequences.”

Identification Card for Prohibition Agent Isidor Einstein, 4/1/1920

From the series: Identification Card Files of Prohibition Agents, 1920 - 1925

Along with his partner, Moe Smith, Isidor “Izzy” Einstein was probably the most famous Prohibition agent in the 1920s.  An immigrant from Austria-Hungary, Einstein had no background in law enforcement, but combined imaginative disguises and a flair for publicity to obtain almost 5,000 arrests in his time with the Prohibition Unit.

Learn more about “Izzy” Einstein and other Prohibition Agents in the new eBook, and visit the new exhibit: Spirited Republic: Alcohol in American History, now at the National Archives Museum in Washington, DC!