Monday, April 21, 2008
1950 NYC Business Directory
I just listed this copy of the Greater New York City and Surrounding Territories Business Classified Directory: The Modern Buyers Guide 1950. It's a fascinating historical record of mid-century NY commerce and all of the phone numbers are in the classic tough-guy (cause I only hear it in gangster movies) format with the first two numbers of the exchange made into a word, ex: "PLaza 7-6300".
There are some really bizarre business categories included like "Adult Games -- Jbrs", "Doll-Voices -- Mfrs" and more, but most interesting to me was the full page of listings for book- related businesses; binders, publishers, book clothe manufacturers and more. Here's the book entries.
Page 1, Page 2
Amazing how many binderies are listed.
Please DON'T call these numbers.