N.p. N.p., n.y. Hardcover. Narrow folio. Grey cloth with elaborate black lettering and rules and burgundy cloth rounded corners. 400pp. Very good. Binding a bit edgeworn and age toned; old but neat and discreet brown cloth tape inner hinge reinforcement front and rear; internally nice, with faintest of age toning. Item #46815
Typically cryptic mas-produced blank record-keeping "Day Book," this example with pages 3 through 231 filled in with columns of ink figures (sometimes rectos only, sometimes versos only, sometimes both) by an unknown merchant of historic Galena, Illinois, in Jo Daviess County in the northwest corner. Almost certainly located in that town's noted Main Street and judging from the entries possibly a grocer of some sort. Starting in 1927 and ending in 1942, this journal records mostly checks written on a daily basis, with well-known meat packers such as Armour & Co. and Swift & Co. appearing quite often, along with merchants of every sort as well as utilities (gas, telephone, electric, etc.) and numerous individuals who may well have been suppliers. Although the shop's identity and exact address remain unknown, this is a fascinating glimpse into the day-to-day expenses of a small shop in mid-20th century Illinois.