The Salt Lake City Blue Book [Householders' Directory] 1901-1902. Private Address Directory, Ladies' Calling and Shopping Guide. Volume 1
Place Published: Salt Lake City
Publisher: R. L. Polk & Co. Publishers
Date Published: 1901-1902
Edition: Original edition
Book Id: 45775
345pp. Duodecimo [18 cm] Blue cloth over boards with gilt lettering on the spine and boards. Beveled edges. All edges gilt. Advertisements throughout. Good. The extremities are rubbed and mildly stained. The endsheets are split along the hinges, and the text block is cracked multiple times. Pp. 101-108 are hanging on by a thread.
Includes "Hints on Etiquette." 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. R. L. Polk & Co. went on to publish over 1,400 city, county, state and national Directories.