POLK-HUSTED DIRECTORY CO'S FRESNO And COALINGA CITY And FRESNO COUNTY DIRECTORY 1914. Vol. VII.; Comprising an Alphabetically Arranged List of Business Firms Professional Men and Private Citizens, an Improved Stree Guide, a Thorough County Directory and Rural Free Delivery Routes, a Classified Business Directory and a Complete Householders Guide. California City Directory.
POLK-HUSTED DIRECTORY CO'S FRESNO And COALINGA CITY And FRESNO COUNTY DIRECTORY 1914. Vol. VII.; Comprising an Alphabetically Arranged List of Business Firms Professional Men and Private Citizens, an Improved Stree Guide, a Thorough County Directory and Rural Free Delivery Routes, a Classified Business Directory and a Complete Householders Guide.
POLK-HUSTED DIRECTORY CO'S FRESNO And COALINGA CITY And FRESNO COUNTY DIRECTORY 1914. Vol. VII.; Comprising an Alphabetically Arranged List of Business Firms Professional Men and Private Citizens, an Improved Stree Guide, a Thorough County Directory and Rural Free Delivery Routes, a Classified Business Directory and a Complete Householders Guide.

POLK-HUSTED DIRECTORY CO'S FRESNO And COALINGA CITY And FRESNO COUNTY DIRECTORY 1914. Vol. VII.; Comprising an Alphabetically Arranged List of Business Firms Professional Men and Private Citizens, an Improved Stree Guide, a Thorough County Directory and Rural Free Delivery Routes, a Classified Business Directory and a Complete Householders Guide.

Sacramento, Cal: Polk-Husted Directory Co., [1914]. 1st Edition thus, i.e., for this year. Cf Rocq 1848. 3, [1 (blank(], 492 pp. 3 pages of adverts at front, "Fresno's Leading Japanese Business Men." Yellow cloth edge tab at start of "Rural Routes" 9-1/2" x 6". Green cloth binding with black printing [adverts]. Edge printing. Slight cock. Bit of soiling & wear, with backstrip slightly darkened. Ink stain to top edge, sticker shadow to spine. Bookplate. Check slashes throughout. Still, a VG+ copy. Item #50151

"Fresno's Nihonmachi with its large concentration of Japanese businesses and associations became the center of social, economic, religious, and political activity for Japanese in the Central Valley by the early 1900's. After the first Japanese to the valley arrived in the 1890's to farm at a Muscat grape vineyard, ranchers began recruiting Japanese workers from Sacramento and Stockton; and by 1897, nearly 3,000 Japanese grape pickers were working on ranches in the valley. Because of the region's scale and distance between the large ranches, Japanese businesses were set up in small towns for the growing number of migrant laborers. Fresno's Nihonmachi was established adjacent to Chinatown, on Kern and G Streets, and along Chinatown Alley. Japanese would frequent Fresno's Nihonmachi from the surrounding towns of Selma, Fowler, Reedley, Clovis, Parlier, Sanger, Kingsburg, and Madera, and from Kings and Tulare counties. By 1910, the Japanese population in Fresno County grew to 2,233, with 122 businesses and 9 organizations; and doubled in size by 1920 to 5,732 residents with 187 businesses." [California Japantowns website].

This significant aspect of Fresno county recognized & reflected in the advertisements at the beginning of the volume, and documents their community presence & involvement.

Scarce work in the trade, we see no other pre-WWI Fresno directories currently on the market.

Price: $350.00

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