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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Turn-of-the-Century Barroom

Turn-of-the-Century Barroom

A real neat barroom scene. Think of the pictures they would show at the start of the TV show "Cheers." This is from the collection of Charles Gallienne, my wife's great-grandfather. Is this Liverpool or is this southern Alabama? Help!

Not a barroom

Now that I look at the picture, Dewey is right. It is some sort of diner. By the way I have a blow up of the cans that are stacked. Chili ConCarni. What is that used for?

[Eating. - Dave]

Barroom?

I don't think this is a barroom. It looks more like a diner to me. Notice the salt and pepper, sugar bowls, and oil and vinegar cruets on the counter. There is a large coffee urn in the rear. I don't see any liquor bottles or beer taps at all.

As to where it is located, I don't have a clue.

An educated guess...

If you are able to date the photo on or after 1915, you can be sure pretty sure this wasn't in Alabama. The state went dry by legislative act that year, five years before the Volstead Act of 1920.

 
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