|I'm plucking out cards from cancelled sales for typing use. This is the back of a card like the one below.|
|The story of one customer and his watch.|
|Each drawer held hundreds, if not thousands, of customer records. The earliest were from the 1920s and the latest from the 1960s. The entries from the '50s on weren't as interesting since they added small appliance repairs.|
There are many uninteresting stories in this collection, but that is made up for by the really interesting customer stories. I settled on this one because it contained a record of a house call to repair the dashboard clock on a "Ladies Red Buick". In looking at the customer addresses, I've come to the conclusion that this jeweler generally served the upper middle class and above in Kansas City proper. There are many monied addresses along Ward Parkway in the file.
The drawer full of record cards was one of many. In talking to the seller, I found out that the whole lot of drawers came from a single huge estate sale cabinet that was in very poor condition. So out came the drawers for sale to crafters, creative types and nerds.
I guess since I am using backs for typing, that makes me semi-creative. The fact that I am blogging about it places me squarely in the nerd category. At any rate, I have lots of fun reading material to pick through.
Typecast Courtesy of the Royal Futura 800 (Borg Edition)