My thought is that Atlas Prager was big in the Polish neighborhoods of Chicago. For some reason, it reminded its drinkers – many of whom in the early days were first or second generation American – of the beer back home in Warsaw, Wroclaw, or wherever.
Now – does anyone remember Sieben’s Beer Garten on the Southside? My dad probably went there; my folks lived in Chicago in roughly 1936 through 1938 and again in the early 1940’s. Knowing him, he probably had a few there in the course of his rounds working for the U. S. D. A. as an inspector. He used to reminisce about getting to visit Hoopeston, Illinois, where the Illinois Canning Co. had a facility… there was a good tavern there with excellent food and a cafe with good cheap meals as well.
He also mentioned Star Union Beer to me one time. Strikes me it was made in Warsaw, Illinois – and that the brewery is still standing.
Nostalgically, Ort. Carlton in Chilly Athens, Georgia.