San Francisco: Issued by and property of Pacific States Telephone and Telegraph Company, 1905. 1st printing of this edition. xii, , 284 pp., plus 3 unpaginated, inserted advert leaves, blue, buff & pink paper respectively. 8vo. 9" x 6". Original printed grey paper wrappers, stapled, with hole for hanging-cord in upper left. Affixed to front wrapper a caution not to use the Directory until "4 A. M. November 12th. It contains many changed numbers which are not effective until that date." General wear & soiling, Very Good. Item #47286
Here offered a rare early 20th C. San Francisco telephone directory, the last one issued before the devasting 1906 earthquake & fire. The volume's listings are presented in alphabetical order, accompanied by the occasional exhortation to get a telephone: "You need a telephone. The rates are low. Order one now."
Of particular note & interest in this volume is the 14 page Chinese section at front, 8 pages in Chinese, providing names and numbers of those individuals listed on the "Chinese Exchange, 743 Washington Street" [first founded in 1894].
Interesting in its own right as an early California telephone directory, the volume also serves as a snapshot of San Francisco just months before the city was to suffer its most horrifying destruction, and too, as a document showing the increasing role of the Chinese in the San Francisco environs.
We find only one copy listed on OCLC: CSL.