Polk's Salt Lake City (Salt Lake County, Utah) City Directory 1937 - Volume XLVI
Place Published: Salt Lake City, UT
Publisher: R. L. Polk & Co., Publishers
Date Published: 1937
Edition: First edition
Book Id: 32218
1316pp. Very thick quarto [27 cm] 1/4 red cloth with light brown and black printed cloth covered boards. Gilt stamped title on the spine. Fair condition only. The underlying boards are exposed along the edges, and the cloth is frayed. The boards are soiled and stained, and have a previous owner's name and an ink stamp. The edges of the text block are stained. Weak hinges. The pages are yellowed, and some are discolored. The text block is cracked multiple times. A page here and there has light soiling. The top corners of the pages throughout the last 1/3 of the text are gently bumped. As is. May require extra postage due to weight.
R. L. Polk & Co. was created in 1870 by Ralph Lane Polk. After serving in the Union Army during the Civil War, Polk began earning a living by selling patent medicines door-to-door. While traveling, he met an enumerator in Ohio who was collecting information for a directory publisher. Excited, Polk took a job with the publisher and served several years in the Midwest before he moved to Detroit, Michigan, at the age of 21 to establish his own company.