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I toured the Ernest Hemingway home today and this guy was definitely a character but a talented one. The time frame that Hemingway was in Key West was 1931 to 1940, the depression years, or at least the first depression years.

The shots of Soppy Joe’s Bar I posed a few days ago are of the second location. Seem that in 1936 Joe was told his rent was going up at the original location on Green e Street, two doors away from the current location on the corner of Duval and Greene.

This link shows the area and Sloppy Joe’s Bar is on the southeast corner of Duval and Greene. Capt Tony’s is the second building southwest of the same corner.

The story goes like this. Moving out starts within minutes of getting the word the rent was increasing (Joe might have already locked in the Duval location but no one is talking about that). Not only were all the tables and other furniture items removed, so were all the fixtures, lights, toilets, everything. At the Hemingway home there is one of the urinals (laid horizontally) that still acts as a watering trough for the 45 six toed cats that roam the Hemingway property, many of these are decedent from the “Snowball” original his son brought down in the ‘30s

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