House-painting in the West End | Register

From the time: August 11, 1920

The West End of London is no place for superstition right now. It includes a multitude of ladders on the sidewalks and leaning against house fronts. There is hardly a street or square in Belgravia and Mayfair without two or more houses being repaired. Decorating a house, whether outside or inside, has never been more expensive than it is today. Material and labor costs have increased tremendously, but decorators declare that their profit margin is lower than ever. Every written estimate includes a savings clause to protect the appraiser from sudden increases in material costs. The possibility of a strike is also envisaged. War restrictions on

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