INTEREST TO LADIES & GENTLEMAN 1889 San Francisco Advert ALARM BOX LOCATIONS. TITLE: Items of Interest to Ladies and Gentlemen. Thomas’s French Dyeing and Cleaning Works 318 & 320 Eleventh St. AUTHOR: Fernard and Gustave Thomas. PUBLISHER: San Francisco: F. Thomas’ French Dyeing and Cleaning Works No printer stated. DATE:  Inscription in ink, front cover, of unknown origin. 14 cm x 10 cm. CONDITION NOTES: VERY GOOD. With the exception of a later pen inscription on front cover, in FINE condition. Very light crease on some pages, and delicate cover due to age. Salmon wraps printed front and back. Stitches 1.5 cm width. NOTES: A thorough advertisement for a dry cleaning and dyeing service to San Francisco elites who could afford to wear starched collars and silk. An interesting feature is the helpful publication of San Francisco Alarm box locations inside the front cover. Built in the 1860’s, San Francisco’s alarm box system is a network of hand crank powered telegraph lines to each of the of the city’s neighborhoods (many of which are obscured from line of sight observation by the city’s hills from the central fire station). The system worked effectively at controlling fires until, of course, the major conflagration of 1906 which overwhelmed all of the city’s systems. Also notable would be the telephone availablity advertised in the pamphlet. Eleven years later, you could calle the cleaners with it! Listing and template services provided by inkFrog. This item is in the category “Books & Magazines\Antiquarian & Collectible”. The seller is “poetryinpower” and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Author: Fernard and Gustave Thomas
- Binding: Brochure/Pamphlet
- Language: English
- Original/Facsimile: Original
- Place of Publication: San Francisco, California
- Year Printed: 1889