Sunday, January 3, 2016

The Curious Laws of Yesteryear

A hundred years ago, on January 4, 1916, this item appeared in the Hudson Evening Register, notifying the public of a new city ordinance soon to take effect. 

In the beginning of 1916, the Anti-Saloon League was getting close to achieving its goal: the passage of the 18th Amendment, on December 18, 1917, which brought about Prohibition in the United States. It would seem that this ordinance, passed by the Common Council in the City of Hudson, was inspired by the temperance movement and intended to eliminate any entertainment that might lure people into establishments where "intoxicating liquors" were served or entice them to linger.

1 comment:

  1. Brothels and the occasional gambling den on the other hand . . .