A Glut of Publishing
In 1907 there were 9,260 books published in the United States according to the New York State Library Bookboard.
Compare that to 2010 when there were 316,480 books published by traditional publishing companies according to Bowker.
Add to that another 2,776,260 on-demand titles produced by reprint houses specializing in public domain works and by presses catering to self-publishers and ”micro-niche” publications.
That is over 3 million books published in one year.
No wonder it is so hard to separate the wheat from the chaff. Continue reading
Some Vintage Advertisements of the Era and What Americans Paid in Taxes
The World Almanac was called The World Almanac because it was published by The New York World newspaper, not because it contained everything about the world. A version is still published every year even though the New York World has been gone for many years.
This edition was published in early 1929 when America was riding high. The stock market crash that caused the Great Depression in October was still months away. The almanac covers the past events of 1928 and has data on thousands of items that are no longer covered in modern almanacs.
The first 70+ pages were advertisements. The rest, useful information.
Here are a few interesting things I found looking at my copy. (click on any photo to enlarge and click again for high resolution)
You need a coffin? The Springfield Metallic Casket Company of Springfield Ohio has many to choose from including “old reliable.” My favorite Continue reading