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Today's house had a neighborhood bar in the walk out basement. It closed about 50 years ago, but was entirely intact. I got a chuckle out of the tax stamps dating back to the 30's that were posted behind the bar. Printed at the bottom of the stamps is KEEP THIS STAMP POSTED. Unfortunately, it doesn't say for how long. For eternity? I've got to think that after 78 years, it can be safely taken down.

It's interesting to see that the fee jumped from $20 to $25 between 1933 and 1934. That was a lot of money in the depth of the depression.

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Way up above the bar was another cool find. An addition added to the rear of the house left a perfectly preserved 100+ year old wood shingle roof. It's kind of hard to see under the thick layer of dust.

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The 1934 Ford Model 40 DeLuxe Coupe had a factory price of $555.

Divided by $25 = a factor of 22.2

If that car today cost say $22,000, that liquor licence would cost you $990, up from $793 the year before.

People were working long hard days for $1. "How much for a drink? Two bits? I'll have a double". [:-party]

Would those shakes be Red Cedar? They should be on the wall behind the bar, no?

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The shingles are especially cool.

I inspected two structures on one property this week - one circa 1799 and the other circa 1845. Here is a document found in the older building, which served as a store, post office and tavern:

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It's a document from the Postmaster General of the Confederate States of America declaring the store and tavern at Gravel Hill, Virginia as a Post Office overseen by the fella at the top. It was issued in March of 1864.

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