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THE ILLUSTRATED DIRECTORY OF OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA COMPRISING VIEWS OF BUSINESS BLOCKS, WITH REFERENCE TO OWNERS, OCCUPANTS, PROFESSIONS AND TRADES, AND BRIEF HISTORY OF THE CITY
Oakland. 1896.. 104,[2]pp. including dozens of illustrations, with text printed in double columns. Oblong quarto. Original pebbled cloth, title in gilt on front board, neatly rebacked with original spine laid down. Titlepage and following three leaves with slight wear at foredge, else quite clean internally. Very good. A marvelous illustrated directory of Oakland, California, containing scores of photo- engravings depicting several blocks of the bustling city. The first seventy-two pages contain very detailed drawings showing downtown Oakland block by block. The focus is on the main commercial streets, the same then as now. Most prominent are Broadway and Washington Street, each shown for several blocks. San Pablo Avenue is also included, as are Seventh to Fourteenth streets; and Park Street in Alameda and Shattuck Avenue in Berkeley are also shown. The buildings are shown in great detail, reproducing store facades and business names. Most of the businesses in each block are identified, and information as to the nature and specialty of the company is given, along with their street address, hours of operation, and, in many cases, a telephone number. All manner of businesses are shown, including dry goods stores, dentists, photographers, hotels, banks, printers, lawyers, and newspapers (including the TRIBUNE and EXAMINER). The huge Hotel Crellin has its own page, as do the YMCA, Pacific Press Publishing Company, Eagle Box Company, Oakland Iron Works, and Oakland Gas, Light, and Heat Company. A two- page index at the rear of the volume identifies and locates each business. The rest of the text provides a history of Oakland and Alameda County, with much information on the economic development of the region. This portion is supplemented by several photographs, including the Oakland skyline as seen from the tower of the Masonic Temple, boating scenes on Lake Merritt, the shipyard and port, several schools and churches, the county courthouse, the Linda Vista Winery and vineyard, and the University of California at Berkeley. OCLC locates only eleven copies of this scarce directory, eight of those in California libraries. A valuable early illustrated history of Oakland, when there was still a "there" there. COWAN, p.171. ROCQ 817. OCLC 15530351.
      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana]
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