A while back my friend Sue found this in an antique store and thought I might like it:
She was wrong - I LOVE it! :D
Here's another formerly ubiquitous book that has been relegated to the trash heap - the city directory! I wonder what percentage of businesses still bother to purchase a city directory anymore. When I worked at The Reporter, I remember the circulation director complaining about having to buy it -those babies were $85 apiece! I believe the last time they purchased one was 2005.
LinkedIn account and use whitepages.com and you're pretty much covered.
Even so - isn't this wonderful? This particular directory is from 1982. I love the old logos on the front and surprisingly (and happily), many of the businesses listed on the front cover are still in business. Some have different names and have been purchased 8 times over by various international conglomerates (Giddings and Lewis is now MAG) but hey, it's still in business! :D
When I worked at the Press-Gazette in Green Bay I would pore over the old directories and imagine how Green Bay was in, say, 1946. The P-G had quite an extensive library and in those halcyon days where newspapers actually turned a hefty profit, they actually employed a librarian! I'm sure she wondered why I was interested in those books.
I even used part of the green pages of this directory for the "lawn" in this recent collage - I love the use of text within my torn paper pieces and I think it added some interest. :D