1933 Johnson’s Tavern

Ralph Johnson tends bar at Johnson’s Tavern, Main at Jackson, in downtown Oswego. Although the captions says the photo was taken on Sept. 1, 1933. The sale of “near beer” with 3.2 percent alcohol was allowed starting after June, 1933 when county voters approved the 18th Amendment and the Kendall County Board approved a county liquor control ordinance. Prohibition didn’t end until Dec. 5, 1933, when the sale of regular beer and hard liquor was allowed to be sold.

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