There are ten or more customer address books in the remaining Tirocchi
records, and these have been very valuable to the curators and scholars
working on the project as they worked to identify the clientele
of the shop and track it over the course of the shops history.
As with many of the shops other records, however, the books
are confusing in many aspects. Not all of the books are dated. A
couple are large journals, but most are small books. One of the
smaller ones seems to have been for traveling, for inscribed in
the front is "Property of Madame Anna Tirocchi" with her
The entries are quite messy in some cases. These really do appear
to have been working books. Names are crossed out or marked with
an "X." This could possibly have been done when the information
was transferred to a newer book. The markings do not seem to indicate
that a client had departed. The names are listed alphabetically
for the most part. One book (from 1930) also has several pages devoted
to Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable listed by month for
several months. In typical fashion, shop vendors and household expenses
were recorded alongside each other [vendors Monte Sano, Brigante,
and Altman, along with bills for gas, electricity, and telephone].
With regard to the latter, however, an argument can be made that
part of these expenses were expenses of the shop. How Anna sorted
them outor wrote off the business portionis unclear.
There remain, also, loose typewritten pageson the back of
the shops Di Renaissance letterhead--with over 200 customers
listed (with some duplications.) To this list were added handwritten
namesRev. Father Tirocchi, Natick, RI; Rev. Father Dunn, St.
Marys church, Broadway, Providence, RI; Judge & Mrs. Capotosto,
Shawomet Beach, RI; Rev. Father Parente, Holy Ghost Church, Providence,
RI. We have wondered if perhaps this was a Christmas card list.
On the back of one sheet was a list of workers.
The customer address books not only verify the names of clientele
listed in the customer ledgers and day books, they locate them as
well. This has been important in understanding the social set to
which these women belonged. Many of them, it turns out, were neighbors.
Often the address books carry the addresses for the clients
additional residencessummer homes or winter retreats. Even
though not all the books are dated, there are clues in some which
have allowed an analysis of how the clientele grew and shrank over
The shops bookkeeper was careful to keep old address books,
even though working from newer ones. The curators are grateful to
her now for her wisdom in saving these little books.
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