The prohibition of alcohol in Indiana began with a 1790 – 1795 Northwest Territory law that prevented the sale of alcohol to soldiers or Native Americans. Over the next 118 years, the state legislature and local authorities implemented and repealed a variety of alcohol related regulations. In 1908, ten years before the entire state of Indiana went dry, a local option was established, allowing individual counties to vote on the issue. Marion County and Indianapolis did not “go dry,” prompting Frank Naegele to send a teasing Penny Post to his friend in dry Grant County, encouraging him to come visit the William Brommer Saloon where he tended bar.

42 Virginia Avenue was doors down from the Pembroke Arcade (image courtesy IUPUI Digital Archives)

Postmarked: Indianapolis, IND., MAR 8, 1909 – 1 PM


WM. BROMMER, 42 Virginia Ave., Indianapolis


The author of this postcard, Frank C. Naegele, was a bartender at the Brommer saloon in 1909.

Come in and see me when in the city. Sorry to hear Marion went dry.
Frank Naegele

Addressed to:
Mr. G. B. Sprowl
Marion, Indiana

W. 9th St

A penny for your thoughts … Were you or your relations effected by Prohibition when it reached Indianapolis in 1918?