In our new house, my room is on the ground floor and used to be a Kneipe way back in the day. It used to be called “Viskulenhof” and the proprietor was Heinrich Martens. Here are some pictures of back then….

Date unknown: mid 1940’s perhaps. I’m basing this on the photo quality and exposure settings. Also there are no wrong-way and “Radfahrer erlaubt” signs. It also doesn’t appear to have rain gutters on the roof like in the next pictures.

These two next photos are dated August 1950. I assume this is the same guy. In these pictures he is a little heavier and a little older than in the previous. He is also wearing glasses.

My landlord grew up in the house as did his parents. I’m not sure if Herr Martens was related or not. He recalled from when he was a kid seeing horse-drawn wagons come down that street to deliver beer barrels to the Kneipe and bring other goods to the river which is just at the end of the street.

This is the house today. Sometime between 1950 and today the 3rd story was extended. It felt weird to be standing in the same spot taking the same picture. If walls could talk, I’m sure my room would have quite a few stories to tell.