opium-den

Opium Den in Singapore, 1941 - Despite being targeted by law enforcement across the globe at the start of the 20th century, opium and opium dens were prevalent fixtures in east Asia, the United States, and Europe up until the mid-1950′s. In the above photograph, opium smokers in Singapore relax in a sparsely furnished opium den, suggesting that the clientèle were mostly working class.