The other day I mentioned Mr. Thurston. It turns out that he and business partner, Mr. Leonard, produced and published their first directory of Pasadena and local environs in 1902-03. All sorts of bits of information are found in the work that took them "more than three months' painstaking labor".
The Introduction continues, (this)" is a the result of a careful fhouse-to-house canvass by experience men, not only of every house, office, store and shop within the city limits , but of those also in North Pasadena, South Pasadena, and Altadena.
All of this and advertisements - bunches of them - in a slim little volume not much wider than my thumb.
"The increase or decrease of population must correspond with the number of names in a reliable directory, and therefore more to be depended upon than a census".
|Courtesy of the Archives of the Pasadena Museum of History|
It seems to be a book where the are fellows who were a part of the Who's Who in the city are found in the middle of, and surrounded by, cartoons of the era. To someone reading this close to a century later it feels like looking at a high school yearbook. Lots of inside jokes being share; not being a part of the group I don't get it.