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Garden City Brewery Employee Benefit Association

Garden City Brewery Employee Benefit Association Club Button Museum
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GARDEN CITY BR'Y EMP. BEN. ASS'N
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Red text over an illustration of a barrel on a white background

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ADCRAFT MFG. CO. CHICAGO

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At one time, Chicago had 166 breweries. The Garden City Brewery existed at 21st Place and South Albany Avenue between 1902 and 1925. It probably closed due to national Prohibition which started in 1920. Prohibition ended in 1933, and the brewery reopened that year before finally closing in 1951.

Benefit associations are essentially employee non-profit insurance companies. Members pay dues and might receive retirement pensions, health insurance, or help with funeral expenses. Before public or employer-offered insurance, benefit associations helped people get by.

For another butten from Garden City Brewery, see #BE0144: https://www.buttonmuseum.org/buttons/garden-city-brewery

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Garden City Brewing Co. - IL 93a | Old Breweries Information | Breweriana Values. Oldbreweries.com. (2020). Retrieved from http://www.oldbreweries.com/breweries-by-state/illinois/chicago-il-166-b....

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CL0469
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