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    Long ago relatives of mine at an unnamed bar in Lovington, Illiniois, probably in the 1920's. Although I'm not sure this is actually a bar...seems strange that there is a sign up advertising ice cream, and a counter opposite the bar which appears to have items for sale inside. That has to be a beer bottle on the bar, though...
    The place may have been a bare bones hangout with multiple uses in small town southern Illinois back then.

    Elvert Barnes, Shenanigan Kid, and 6 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. Joey Harrison 113 months ago | reply

      I'd love to have a magic wand I could wave and wind up in this room when the shot was taken.

    2. chalkdog 113 months ago | reply

      I know just what you mean, Joey.
      I'd almost have more longing to go back as a time traveller and take a look at the first three decades of the last century than go back to some spot in antiquity.

    3. pup707 112 months ago | reply

      wasn't prohibition going on then? in which case, the bar would have become an ice cream place (at least in its public face) to stay in business, but maybe continued to serve to it's loyal patrons?

    4. chalkdog 112 months ago | reply

      Could be, imo. I don't know a lot about the Prohibition Era and it's affects in this part of the country.
      Admittedly this is a very odd looking establishment and that could very well be the reason for it.

    5. brian sutton 112 months ago | reply

      look at how worn the bottom of the bar stools are and the bottom of the bar. some serious time was spent there.

    6. Bullet Eye [deleted] 111 months ago | reply

      Was in Eureka NV a few weeks ago. Very interesting place for 600 residents. In 1890 the town had 9000 residents and over 100 bars. (salons) So bars and booze were a great park of life back then.

    7. AnjouWu [deleted] 62 months ago | reply

      Utterly fascinating. It's a pleasure to look through these photographs of your ancestors!

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