Mystery Signage

On my way to a party in the old part of the city last weekend, I spotted this mysterious sign painted on an old wall:

no admitance to strangers

No Admitance To Strangers...with one 't'

You grammar buffs might notice that “Admitance” is spelled with only one ‘t’. Aside from that, what kind of establishment was this sign referring to? The sign overlooks a parking lot, and if there was ever an entrance to be admitted through, it’s long gone.

The sign is also printed in English only, so it was probably posted way back before any of our language laws were in place.

Was it a bar? Or maybe an opium den? How would one go about becoming ‘not’ a stranger?

Who did you have to know to get in??

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