1930s Mason City Police Dropping the Hammer on Illegal Gambling

Following a surge in illegal gambling during the Prohibition era and Roaring '20s, municipalities across the country began cracking down during the Great Depression. Just as caches of alcohol were often dumped out in public displays during Prohibition, confiscated gambling paraphernalia was sometimes smashed up for a similar effect.

Police officers breaking slot machines on April 18th, 1936. -- Mason City Public Library Archives

Police officers breaking slot machines on April 18th, 1936.

Mason City Public Library Archives

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