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Nickel beer, whiskey, sandwiches at downtown Lexington bar, 1949

Posted on May 13, 2016 | in Uncategorized | by
For a couple of hours on June 14, 1949, Fisher's Bar, 105 North Limestone Street, was jammed packed with patrons. The reason? Nickel been and whiskey and five-cent sandwiches. Nearly 600 male customers were served from 2-4 p.m. and the scene in the picture shows only about half of the crowd. Popular brand blended and bonded whiskey's and beer and a variety of sandwiches sold for five cents. George West, the bar's owner said, "The drinks and eats are on the house - almost." The bar is not the location of Sam's Hot Dog Stand. Published in the Lexington Herald June 15, 1949. Herald-Leader Archive Photo    Crowd in Fischer's (cq) Lunch (cq) during five-cent sale. George West is operator of bar. Published in the Lexington Herald June 15, 1949. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

For a couple of hours on June 14, 1949, Fisher’s Bar, 105 North Limestone, was jammed with patrons. The reason? Nickel beer and whiskey and five-cent sandwiches. According to the Deptment of Labor, a nickel then had the same buying power as 50 cents today. Nearly 600 male customers were served from 2 to 4 p.m., and the photo shows only about half the crowd. Popular-brand blended and bonded whiskeys, beer, and a variety of sandwiches sold for five cents. Bar owner George West said, “The drinks and eats are on the house — almost.” The bar was where Sam’s Hot Dog Stand is now. Published in the Lexington Herald on June 15, 1949. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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