When we were kids in Sauk Rapids, Mn in the 1960s, there was a bar downtown called the Blue Eagle. It was among the "near ocassions of sin" that the nuns warned us about--
Of course, I couldn't find a picture of the building, but searching "Blue Eagle" found articles about FDRs New Deal and the Blue Eagle Pledge, 1933 to 1935. Did the two have anything to do with each other?
My sister Kath thinks she remembers hearing that the bar was originally a speakeasy, during Prohibition...but it could also have been a "blind pig":
The term "blind pig" originated in the United States in the 19th century; it was applied to lower class establishments that sold alcoholic beverages illegally. The operator of an establishment (such as a saloon or bar) would charge customers to see an attraction (such as an animal) and then serve a “complimentary” alcoholic beverage, thus circumventing the law.The difference between a speakeasy and a blind pig was that a speakeasy was usually a higher-class establishment that offered food, music, live entertainment, or even all three. But a blind pig was usually a low-class dive where only beer and liquor were offered. --Wikipedia
The idea was to enlist business people in a fairness pledge, and use social approbation to make it work.
The rest of this headline article (below) can be found here.