American Issue Publishing Company
In 1909 the citizens of Westerville, Ohio, a village twelve miles north of Columbus tendered a site facing State Street and valued at about $10,000 to be used by the Anti-Saloon League of America for the erection of a printing plant. Their offer was accepted. In the spring of 1909 the construction was started. The building was dedicated in October of that same year. (photo of building) On June 13, 1909, The American Issue Publishing Company was incorporated. It was the holding company of the Anti-Saloon League of America. All of its printing capacity was used for the furtherance of the ideals of the Anti-Saloon League. (cover of catalogue)
Westerville became the smallest town in America to have a first class post office. The trains stopped daily and picked up carloads of the anti-alcohol printed material. The printing plant operated 24 hours a day and employed 200 people. To give some idea of the level of printing and readership, the total American Issue circulation for July 1920 (5 issues) was 1,746,184 copies. That month approximately 950 lbs. of ink were used and 50 tons of paper. A report written by Ernest Cherrington and titled, Twenty Eventful Years, details circulation figures.