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 the Anti-Saloon League building in Westerville, Ohio.
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.
A hard copy of this pamphlet can be found at the Anti-Saloon League Museum: Box#1; Folder#4.
Cover of The American Issue Publishing Company 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.
Slideshow of images of the American Issue Publishing Company from a booklet titled A Little Journey
To give some idea of the level of printing and readership, the total circulation for The American Issue in 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, Twenty Eventful Years details circulation figures. Read the full report.
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