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Monday, April 5, 2010

The Dig Report - April fooled

With the weather as idyllic as it was there should have been too many decent sales to choose from. However, there are a few weekends during the year that always spell urban archeologist blight - this past weekend was one of them: Easter (you know, that holiday where Americans celebrate the resurrection of aging splinter-giving baskets and pray to god all this sugar won't make them or their kids diabetic).  Now, as you may know tag sales are not agnostic, atheistic, mono, nor polytheistic, except the ones held in church basements.  They know no observance, and can happen anytime, anywhere, for any reason.  Statistically, there are going to be fewer sales, due to the holiday, when people often travel and are less likely to stop and dig.
  This weekend was no different.  Of the 3 sales my captive audience and I visited, none were of the type or kind that I like to write about, because none of them were stocking the kind of trash I consider treasure. Rats! But that's okay, it gave me an opportunity to look in to my vault and pull something out I have been meaning to scan:

This is the title page, I would show you the cover but there isn't much to see.  The date is correct, and I picked it up at a tag sale (yes, a tag sale - sometimes the oldest things come from the unlikeliest sales) for $5.  It is about 544 pages and despite the condition, has a neat list of useful information.

 And some cool advertisements:
 So hard to get good help in those days.  With poor girls and working class girls not permitted to attend public schools many of them left home to earn a wage working 16 hour days with one afternoon off a week as a domestic servant.

The best part of the book is the directory itself, which lists everyone in NYC and the address (h). =house, or (n) = near, or (c) = corner where they lived, but most importantly...their occupation.

 The greatest challenge with this book so far, has been the warped pages which make it impossible for sharp scans.
See anyone you know?

I think I am just satisfied that I can turn the pages without having them fall out.  If you are interested in genealogy and want me to look up a name, just leave a note in the comments.

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