Beer had only been legal again in Charlottesville a few short years when Ralph Holsinger captured this image of a beer truck making a delivery to the Academical Village at the University of Virginia. Charlottesville had endured an especially long dry spell. In 1907 “Local Option” was voted on, essentially closing bars and pubs in the city limits and prohibiting the sale of alcohol. By 1916, the state of Virginia banned alcohol, and the entire country went dry in 1920. (Not that that really stopped people from drinking!) The 21st Amendment was ratified in 1933, ending Prohibition. Eighty years later, for better or worse, PBR and Natty Boh are regular favorites here at UVA.
Photo courtesy Holsinger Collection, Special Collections UVA Library