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 Over the next 118 years, the state legislature and local authorities implemented and repealed a variety of alcohol related regulations.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.
Postmarked: Indianapolis, IND., MAR 8, 1909 – 1 PM
Come in and see me when in the city. Sorry to hear Marion went dry.
Mr. G. B. Sprowl
W. 9th St
A penny for your thoughts … Were you or your relations effected by Prohibition when it reached Indianapolis in 1918?