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When petrol cost just 1.65p a litre!

HIstorical finds at G Grace and Son in Tring have been put on display in the shop window.

HIstorical finds at G Grace and Son in Tring have been put on display in the shop window.

Historic treasures discovered during a loft clear out have been turned into an eye-catching window display.

The owners of hardware and ironmongers G Grace and Son decided to put their finds on show at their Tring High Street store.

The display includes a clock presented by the famous Rothschild family in 1899 to thank Mr Grace for teaching Walter Rothschild the art of lathe turning.

There are also purchase invoices dating back to 1924 and throughout the Second World War, a letter from the Ministry of Supply dated October 21, 1941, informing the store that rifles, guns, revolvers and ammunition would be requisitioned and a petrol invoice when it cost 1s-6d per gallon, which today would be around 7.5p – or 1.65p per litre.

The family business, now under Gilbert Grace, pictured, who started helping out under his father Gilbert Harold when he was just 13, has been in Tring since 1750. It was originally established by Sebastian Grace and has been at its current base since the 1890s. The window display, covering from 1899 to 1953, will remain place until the end of next week.

 

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