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Why Are Dollar Bills Pinned to Bar Walls? The Tradition Explained

Image Courtesy of The Original Owl Bar and Cafe

I was about to graduate from college when I pinned my first dollar bill on a bar wall, marking it with my name and finding a place for it amongst the many others. I didn’t truly understand then, but I was taking part in a time-honored tradition. For at least 150 years if not more, the ceilings of bars across the United States have been adorned with such tacked-on dollar bills, creating an unusual but powerful visual effect.