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November 11 2004: <br>92 years ago
11-NOV-2004 Img_14986

November 11 2004:
92 years ago

A few weeks ago I talked of the ‘Old Brown Box’ that my Great Grandfather made and was subsequently used to keep all sorts of old family stuff in. Amongst the things I found there was this old receipt – it seems that my Great Aunt Esther had a passion for the piano – or should I say the pianoforte? She only came from quite a humble background and the so the outlay of Twenty-three pounds and two shillings probably represented the biggest single purchase she had ever made. Using average earnings as a measure, that would be like spending about £7,000 today.

By the way, note the seller’s signature across a penny postage stamp – we had a ‘Stamp Tax’ here in England, which I think may have continued up to the 1960’s, whereas in America I think you revolted against it pretty soon after us Brits try to impose it on you!.

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On 11 November last year; ‘Knaphill by Night’

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floradoragirl21-Nov-2004 10:34
Remember to keep this in the dark as much as possible Ray and keep it in a cool, dry room!
[but it's alright to photograph it once in a while, when the results are this good. ;-) ]
brother_mark19-Nov-2004 18:02
You seem to have survived the "tyranny" of the stamp tax. :) Cool find. Nicely photographed.
Guest 12-Nov-2004 16:16
Gary beat me to it! If you do still have it it would be worth a pretty penny... and it would make a GOOOOOD PAD!
Stu12-Nov-2004 10:35
Wow... what a lot of money! Lovely memories.
Gary Winters12-Nov-2004 00:09
What a find! Good story for a PaD. Don't suppose you still have the instrument in the family, huh?
Robin Reid11-Nov-2004 22:48
Fascinating story Ray.