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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • VINTAGE ALASKA, c. 1920s

Kentucky Tavern: 1940

Kentucky Tavern: 1940

August 1940. "Tom Moore distillery near Bardstown, Kentucky." Medium format acetate negative by Marion Post Wolcott for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

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Thank you Dave!

I‘ve been with you from early on although not signed up for several years and just wanted to thank you for posting a photo of my home, Bardstown. It’s the “Bourbon Capital of the World” and the inspiration for Stephen Foster to write “My Old Kentucky Home”. With bourbon skyrocketing in popularity these days, new warehouses have been continuously going up around the county and new distilleries have come online and bourbon tourism is very popular. It was so surprising to see something very familiar (minus 80 years) in Shorpy. I had no idea those warehouses and the Hilltop Inn existed in 1940. I hope Walcott shot a few more photos around the area. What a treat to see.

Cars and Stripes

The road markings seen here might puzzle modern-day drivers, due to the use of a solid line to separate lanes instead of today's dashed line, which was not standardized until 1956. While the double solid line seen deeper in this 1940 photo prohibited passing, as is the case today, the lack of an available dashed line eliminated the option of prohibiting passing in one direction but not the other.

No food, no gas

The Tom Moore distillery was bought in 1944 by the Barton Group, and this is now the Barton 1792 distillery. Bard's Tavern expanded, got a brick veneer, and became the Hilltop Inn, but you can still see the original roof line and windows on the end. The Hilltop Inn closed a few years ago when the owners retired.

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