The Tirocchi Archives contain over 130 copies of bills to customers
spanning the years 1919 to 1943. Considering that copies were not
made of every bill sent, this number is helpful and representative.
The early bills were handwritten, with the address of the shop,
the clients name, "To Anna & Laura Tirocchi,"
and a description of each item with price, totaled at bottom of
By 1920s, they were typewritten, with carbon copies kept for the
file. They do not appear to have been typed on pre-printed bills
or letterhead because each bill carries the typed heading:
A. & L. TIROCCHI
Some, however, only have the shops address and the date as
in the handwritten bills. Customer bills in late 1930s and 1940s
are on typed Di Renaissance letterhead.
With their descriptions of merchandise purchased, and with prices
listed, the bills are quite a mine of information for the curators
and the scholars working with them. One bill from 1926, after the
shop had begun to carry readymade garments, was for "1 silver
silk evening gown made to order & 1 black and white sport coat"a
mix of made-to-order and ready-made garments on same bill. Other
details from some of the bills include:
- Black velvet gown steamed and pressed/no charge.
- Alteration to last years suit, furnishing 1-1/2 yards
of material for same.
- Alteration to Marine Blue Woolen Dress, chosen by [the husband
of the client] furnishing slip, and fitting same.
In 1932, the bill for one of Annas best clients listed 9
garments "made up," 2 strings of beads, 1 slip, 8 alterations,
2 pocketbooks "my compliments," and no charge on two items
of pressing and mending a garment; the total was $622.00. Analyzing
each charge and comparing it over time, and with prices gleaned
from other sources, gives the curators additional insight into the
A rare undated letter in the customer bill file reads:
Dear Sir: As Madame Tirocchi is leaving the eleventh of June for
Paris she would like to have all of her accounts settled before
she leaves. Your check on account would be greatly appreciated.
Thanking you, we are Yours very truly, A. & L. Tirocchi.
Letters in the Customer Letters files often deal with matters of
payment, so it seems the Tirocchis used the personal touch as well
as typewritten bills to cajole their clients into payment.
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