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A few months ago, I ran across a few interesting items of memorabilia buried in a stack of antique sheet music that an acquaintance had given me. There were several school essays for students attending Alba School nearly a century ago. There was also an old phone directory. The cover was decorated with individually hand lettered cut-outs and newspaper clippings. Inside were 26 pages of directory listings with old family names including Bosarge, Naylor, Pendarvis, Sprinkle, Wintzel to name a few and next to each name were the call numbers to their phone. The directory is in very fragile condition due to age and wear. It was stored in an outside building amid a box of old sheet music for decades and it shows evidence of creepy crawlies munching down on it, but overall it is still very readable. I love the look of the handwritten pages, some in perfect penmanship and other pages less pristine. The ink on some pages is beautifully black after all these years and on other pages it shows up as brilliant blue when scanned. I removed the brads and scanned the entire document so that it can be easily shared, I think many folks would find the contents as interesting as I have. I am not sure if this was for private use or was used by the phone operators. There are several different signatures at the bottom of each set of listings which leads me to believe it was used in the operator’s office.
If you go to the gallery, you can download any or all of the pages you want of this directory. The digital download password is gulfcoastinspired.