1855 BUFFALO, NEW YORK, CITY DIRECTORY with EVERY RESIDENT & BUSINESS + Cool Ads
The Commercial Advertiser DIRECTORY FOR THE CITY OF BUFFALO, to which is added a BUSINESS DIRECTORY, and Advertisements of Merchants and Manufacturers.
A directory of every resident and business in BUFFALO, NEW YORK, in 1855.
Published by Thomas & Lathrops Publishers, Buffalo, New York, 1855. This is the original directory printed in 1855.
Original hardcovers, paper covered boards, 6x9 inches, 303 pages. The title page states: "Embellished With A Correct Map Of The City", but either the MAP is LACKING or the directory was actually never published with the map, I do not know which.
This copy was deaccessioned from the Massachusetts Historical Society. There is a vintage bookplate of the Massachusetts Historical Society on the front pastedown that has the handwritten date of May 3, 1870, and its blindstamp on the title page There are also a couple other stamps and marks here and there. The bookplate has a blue overstamp that reads: Cancelled / Massachusetts Historical Society.
These directories were produced as advertising vehicles, so there are ads throughout, many are very interesting and some with cool illustrations.
FAIR CONDITION: The spine cloth covering is missing but the spine remains solid, the front and rear hinges are holding well, the front and rear boards are worn through at the corners and edges, are rubbed and soiled, and the printing on the rear cover is a little faded. Internally, there is a Massachusetts Historical Society bookplate, and some other stamps and marks, as noted above; overall the pages are still tight, bright, and clear.
A complete, original, vintage 1855 Buffalo, New York, City Directory.
A treasure trove of Buffalo genealogy.