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Wallpaper Tax

From 1712 to 1836, Britain (The Original Home of Weird TaxesTM) had a tax on all painted, printed, and patterned wallpaper. The fee could be as much as 1 shilling per square yard of wallpaper. Adjusted for inflation and converted to real money, that's about $4.24 in today's currency. Per square yard. We're guessing that a lot of people at that moment realized that bare walls didn't look that bad, all things considered.


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