1894 An Illustrated Directory of Hillsdale Michigan RARE ONLY ONE OTHER COPY EXISTS
An Illustrated Directory of Hillsdale, Michigan. 1894.
Compiled and Published by Nathaniel L Holmes. Issued at the Democrat Job Rooms, Hillsdale, MI. Hardbound in grey cloth with black printing on the front cover, 9" x 6", patterned endpapers, 72 pages, the directory lists the names, addresses and occupations of all the residents and includes histories of Hillsdale, Hillsdale College and the local churches, illustrated with 22 historic b&w photographs, additionally illustrated with advertisements for local businesses, and three pages of old ads printed on heavy paper in multiple fonts using black, red and green inks. There is an illustrated one page tipped-in advertisement for The Fredonia Washer Co. printed on thin pink paper and features young girl standing atop a stool using an old fashioned washing contraption that seems bigger than her - this ad does not appear in the University of Michigan copy (see my photograph). An extremely scarce Michigan County Directory, OCLC records only one copy held at the University of Michigan Bentley Historical Library. Condition: lacking the small fold-open map that the University of Michigan copy has, otherwise complete with the unrecorded advertisement. Covers show some wear, rubbing and smudging from age and use, and an old spilled ink stain to the front cover/spine, otherwise the covers are solid and bright, internally, some edge soiling from thumbing, a former owners name penciled at the top of the title page - Edward T. Beckhardt, a grocer who appears in this directory. The directory comes from the Napa, California library of his descendants. Mr. Beckhardt made black ink notations throughout, mostly lining out entries, making some notations "died", and a few corrections, the directory remains legible despite his markings.