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Now, Groves hopes to find someone who can appreciate each piece of history. Now, Groves hopes to find someone who can appreciate each piece of history.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

If walls could talk, they would probably have a lot of stories. That’s what one Spokane woman found out, in the bones of her house.

“We were gutting our kitchen and we were tearing it down,” says Suzanne Groves. “In the walls stuffed with insulation were all these newspapers.”

That’s when she got interested and read through what she could. They were Spokesman Review papers from December 1919, and offered a glimpse into what life was like.

One headline reads “Germany wants Allies to hurry up peace plane,” Groves says.

She also notices that traveling was a big deal based on the articles.

“Some socialite that visited her family here from Seattle for a wedding. It's weird how they kept track of things before Facebook,” she says.

And the advertisements showed they had similar concerns to ours in 1919.

“’Ladies attention: Have you wrinkles?’” Groves reads.

Although different methods for fixing them, “’If so we can remove them without cutting,’ oh my gosh did they used to cut wrinkles off?” Groves asks.

After looking at advertisement after advertisement, we decided to calculate how much it would be now. Five dollars for a trimmed hat – Today that would be nearly $70. Fifty cents to pull a tooth for one dentist - $7 today. The advertisement even had a guarantee, "If it hurts, don't pay me.”

Now, Groves hopes to find someone who can appreciate each piece of history.

“I think it's so neat but I know there's people that are more intelligent and well-versed in history that it will mean a lot more to,” she says.

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