The owners of Tamworth's newest pizza cafe have uncovered a 70-year old mystery on the wall of their new premises.
The building, which had been clothing store Tamworth Town and Country, is being converted into what will be Papa Luigi's pizza cafe.
Luke Vitalone - Luigi to his friends - discovered writing on the wall dating to the Second World War.
Signed R Winter, the scribble is dated 1941.
"Yugoslavia joined the Axis group yesterday. Who cares? 16 March 1941," the writing reads.
Yugoslavia joined the German, Japanese and Italians on the Axis side of World War Two on March 25, 1941. They later switched sides to join the Allies.
In another section Mr Winter brags about his long run of children. His first was born in 1894, with the last of ten born on 18 June 1940.
Luke and Johanna Vitalone also discovered an old photograph of the staff of Skillin's cafe from around 1950 in the back of the building.
The couple said they hope to preserve the history of the iconic Peel Street shopfront as part of the new pizza cafe - and vowed to save the 70-year-old historic scrawl on the wall of the shop.
"I pulled a bit of ply off the wall and it was just there, it was beautiful," Luke said.
Johanna Vitalone has been trying to track down Mr Winter, but his identity remains a mystery.
"We're trying to track down him or any of his family so I can know who it is and try to get a picture so I can chuck it on the wall and frame it," she said.
The Vitalones already own Tamworth's Cold Rock ice cream franchise. The new pizza business is likely to open in the next two to three weeks.
"Tamworth is a great town. It gives you good opportunities in life," Luke said.
"We've come from Sydney, we've come from the big smoke. You have your dreams. But in Tamworth you can make your dreams come true."