The Tirocchi business archives contain many miscellaneous types
of records. One is a slim volume labeled "Girls Address
This little book recorded the names and addresses, and sometimes
a phone number, for the shops employees. However, not wanting
to waste a perfectly good address book when there were few employees
to fill it, someoneprobably the bookkeeperalso used
the book to record information about merchants, suppliers, and service
firms. There are notations in this book for a plasterer and a plumber;
for the Singer Sewing Machine Co.; and for appliqué work.
In the very back of the book are several pages devoted to notations
regarding a wedding party. There are descriptions of the dresses
for the bride, four women in the wedding party, and for the mother
of the bride. Also included is a description of the brides
What this little book demonstrates is that researchers should never
take something at face value. The "Girls Address Book"
does list information about the workers; but it also contains much
more information that sheds light on unexpected aspects of the business.
The process of discovery, which is at the root of all history, is
embodied in little volumes like this one.
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