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Maly's-Drinkers.jpg (123948 bytes)
Maly's Studio
517 Central Ave.

   Taverns-Bars-Saloons-Beer Gardens-Cafes, call them what you will Cincinnati and beer were synonymous with each other in the 1800's and early 1900's. In 1840 Cincinnati had 8 breweries to satisfy a population of 46,000 people. By 1860 there were 36 breweries for 200,000 people. Beer production in 1870 was 354,000 barrels. In 1862 there were 38 breweries. By 1870 production rose to 656,000 barrels and in another ten years it had soared to 1,115,000 barrels. This equates to a staggering total of  35,700,000 gallons of beer of which a little less than 1/2 was exported. The rest was consumed locally. The per capita consumption of beer nationally in 1893 was 16 gallons. In Cincinnati an incredible 40 Gallons for every man woman and child was consumed. In 1879 a reporter for the New York Times wrote an article about the incredible drinking habits of Cincinnatians. "At the Kauffmann  brewery the employees consumed 18 kegs of beer daily. They averaged 35 glasses apiece....The employees at Moerlein's brewery  averaged 25 glasses of beer per day. The J. G. Sohn and Co. brewery allow their 30 employees five kegs of beer daily." This was a common practice in those days and I don't understand how they actually accomplished their jobs without killing themselves or their fellow workers.
   In 1887 there were an amazing 1,837 saloons for a population of 225,000. In 1890 it dropped to only 1,810 for a population of 297,000. This meant since only adult males used saloons there were, in 1890, ONE SALOON FOR EVERY 37 MEN. In 1890 there were 34 saloons on Court St., 41 on Liberty St., 55 on both Walnut and Main Sts. Central Ave. had 100 saloons, but the all time high was Vine St. with 136. Between 12th & 13th Streets there were 23 saloons. On Fifth St. between Main & Sycamore Sts. (1 block) 20 saloons flourished. A corner location was preferred because it gave the bar the most exposure to potential costumers, and if it were illegally selling beer on Sunday, it was easier to spot the police.
  The person that is most well known for her hatred of saloons was Carrie Nation. She arrived in Cincinnati in 1901 with her famous hatchet to wage battle with demon alcohol. Most tavern owners knowing Carrie's propensity for taking her ax to glass windows, ordered new glass ahead of her visit. Carrie was asked later why she had not broken any windows was heard to say: "My goodness, child, if I had undertaken to break all the windows of all the saloons on your Vine Street I would have dropped from exhaustion before I had gone a block". Before leaving the Atlantic Garden, a woman lush laid her head on Carrie's shoulder and cried. She then left promising  the temperance leader she would mend her ways and lead a better life. Ten minutes later Carrie noticed that her earrings were missing. Carrie forgave the woman for lifting them.

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Carrie Nation - not postcards.


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    Cincinnati Breweries in 1890                        All Time Cincinnati Breweries


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   The two pioneer cards you see above are, by far, the earliest cards I have. The card shown above these, as you can see by the *, I do not possess. They were sent by the Frank G. Tullidge & Co. distillers of Cincinnati. I am unable to read the dates on these cards, so the only way I can estimate when they were sent is by the address given for the Tullidge Co. The address on both cards (back of cards on the bottom) is 37 & 39 Race Street. The Tullidge Co. moved many times during its existence but I have now determined that the 1881 directory first lists Tullidge's office & warehouse at 37 & 39 Race so these cards were mailed between 1881 & 1885 which is when they moved to 33-35 Vine Street. Remember these are considered postcards because of the stamp, or in the case of the second card a stamp box. They do not have a stamp imprinted on them which would make them a postal card. The first card is mostly in German so good luck in reading it. Some nit-wit trimmed the second card by removing the white border.


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   This is another very early card. The Guggenheimer - Becker Co, were only together from 1898 to 1899. The distiller than became the Guggenheimer Distilling Co. and was in business until 1909. When this over-large (7" x 5 1/2") card was mailed the company was located at 101-103 E. Pearl (se cor. of Pearl & Walnut Sts.). It looks like they added some sprinkles to the front and back to add a little pizzazz. (I hope it is just sprinkles!)


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Carey's Cafe.                      Chas. Hoffmann's Cafe.                     Columbia Cafe.                       Dreyer's Cafe  
   3832 Glenway Ave.                              422 Vine                                     541 Walnut                    1854 Baltimore Avenue


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           Exchange Cafe.                        Hoffmann's Cafe.                  Cliff Langdon's Cafe      
          8th & State                                520 Vine St.                       Peebles Corner. W.H. 


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             Centre Hotel & Cafe      2963-65 Colerain Ave.                                 Saratoga Bar 78 W. McMillan

   The 2nd photograph above shows the building as it looks today.


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  Imperial Cafe. 520 Vine  (same as Hoffmann's above) 

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Front & 3 backs of the Elm Cafe. S.E. corner 5th & Elm 

   I have three cards of the Elm Cafe with different backs, so I just put the front of one of them up.


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   Yesterday's Saloon                       Mogle's Cafe                             Geile's Cafe          
 941 Pavilion St. Mt. Adams               Lockland, Ohio                     n.w.cor. 9th & Vine         

   The Mogle card states that George Mogle was also a glass blower and he had turned his bar into a glass bar. There were 1200 pieces of mirror plate glass installed in the back bar and the serving area.


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      John C. Weber Cafe 522 Vine St.       Later Became       Alt Heidlberg Cafe                   Keller Bros. Cafe
                                                                                                                                                              11 E. 5th St.

    The Alt Heidlberg Cafe remained in business until the late 50s when it became The Isle of Capri.


The Turf & Field (532 Walnut).jpg (244116 bytes)       Tom L Johnson.jpg (120423 bytes)        Weber Bros.jpg (113786 bytes)    * Chic's Cafe 1229 Vine Street.jpg (99308 bytes)
The Turf & Field.                      Tom.L.Johnson.                 The Weber Bros. Cafe.                   Chic's Cafe      
532 Walnut St.                    S.E. Cor. Court & Vine                    1212 Vine St.                          1229 Vine St.  


Wielerts Cafe.jpg (113342 bytes)               Niemes Cafe.jpg (112142 bytes)    Niemes Cafe-2.jpg (107237 bytes)            Gaslight Restaurant.jpg (340970 bytes)
Wielert's Cafe. 1408-1410 Vine St.                    Niemes Cafe                S.W. Cor. 5th & Vine St.          Gaslight Restaurant & Lounge  
 For more Wielert's                                 9 West 5th St.                                                                           5479 North Bend Rd


Shevlins.jpg (101670 bytes)         Gehle's Cafe.jpg (168826 bytes)         Hess Cafe.jpg (121357 bytes)      * E. Caproni Cafe, 621 College St.jpg (92856 bytes)
Shevlin's 27 E. 6th St.                     Gehle's Cafe                         Joseph Hess Cafe                 E. Caproni's Cafe  &
                                                          427 McMicken Ave.                Court & Walnut Sts.          Restaurant. 621 College St.


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       Grammers Cafe  1440 Walnut St.                         Tavern in Westwood                Lake Edward Tavern
    (notice ladies entrance)                               Harrison Ave. & Kemper Ln.                North Bend

   Grammers began in 1872 on Liberty Street. When Liberty Street was widened all the buildings on the south side were demolished and so Grammers just swung around the corner, keeping the original bar,  to Walnut St. They are still in operation today.


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Jacob Pittner's Cafe                  Wishing Well Tavern                     Schultes Tavern                       The Old Tavern      
  Eighth Ave. & Vine                Located east of Milford                    4400 River Road                       Pleasant Ridge         


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Harry Welsh's Cafe                             Perkin's  Blu-Room    430 W. 5th Street                              Mercantile Bar       
1601 Main Street                                                                                                                                  410 Walnut St      


*Zinzinnati Cafe,Marshall and Colerain.jpg (81400 bytes)      ZinZinnati Cafe.jpg (286511 bytes)    *Zinzinnati cafe-lc.jpg (75357 bytes)    *Zinzinnati Cafe, Billiard Hall.jpg (75330 bytes)
Zinzinnati Cafe located at 2800 Colerain at the corner with Marshall Ave. 


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Baker's Log Cabin Lounge                  The Frontier                                Coach Room                    Scott Parmerton's Cafe  
    602 John Street                                Route 52                                 8th  &  race Sts.                   535 Central Avenue


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   Hi-Hat Restaurant                     Imperial Hotel Bar                  Fred Lewing's Saloon                Oscar Guth Saloon
124 E. 6th Street                  n. e. cor. 3rd & central                       549 Clinton                                                     

   The Oscar Guth Cafe/Saloon/Bowling alley was located at 3217 Jefferson Avenue. Oscar was a person of varied talents, in 1915 he was listed as a confectioner.


William Kimmerling Saloon.jpg (175381 bytes)        Saloon 151 E. Clifton.jpg (206396 bytes)
 William Kimmerling Saloon 151 East Clifton Ave.

   The 2nd image above is a photo of what the building looks like today. It is still a tavern and if you have any doubts about whether it is the same, look at the step the men are posing on in the 1st postcard.


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          Harvey Landon Saloon  11 East fifth Street                           Eddie Schubert's Cafe   
                                                                                                                  4th & Vine Street   


The card below has been scanned into 3 parts in order to fit the scanner. 

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The Mecca 431 Walnut St. 


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The New Cotton Club - 966 East McMillan                                                              The Galaxie Club  Newport, Ky.         

   The original Cotton Club was at 6th & Mound at the old Sterling Hotel, when it moved to East McMillan (misspelled on card) I don't know. The original Cotton Club was the only integrated nightclub in Cincinnati that saw hundreds of the greatest black orchestras and celebrities of the era. Stepin Fetchit was the mainliner on this card. How the Bossa Nova Twist was involved is beyond my limited knowledge. Fetchit was a star of stage and films and his real name was Lincoln Theodore Monroe Andrew Perry (1902-1985). His films (54 in all) portrayed him as the stereotype of the servile,  shiftless, simple-minded black man. He was criticized by civil rights leaders for the film roles he played but, in the end, he had the last laugh when in 1976 he was awarded a special NAACP Image Award stating that despite the stereotype his famous alter ego played, his had been a trailblazing career without which many Black film careers would have been much more difficult to make. Perry was inducted into the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame in 1978. His star is on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. I rarely show my Northern Kentucky cards on this site but I thought these two cards belonged together.