Notes: A rare Depression-era directory of Japanese-owned businesses in Southern California. The directory (which opens to the left in the style of Western books) begins with an alphabetical listing of Japanese businesses in the city of Los Angeles (essentially a "white pages" section), followed by a Buyer's Guide (a la the "yellow pages"), listing businesses by type. These two sections are then followed by alphabetical listings of businesses in the surrounding counties.
The listings include the name of the business in Japanese and English, the street address, and the phone number. The directory was published with the permission of the Southern California Telephone Company. This is the issue for February 1, 1933, at the lowest point of the Great Depression. It is remarkable how many businesses survived the economic downturn and were in a financial position to advertise.
, 162, , 62, 64 pages.
OCLC: 40442641 (no apparent holdings of this issue)
Edition + Condition: Covers tanned; notations by a previous owner in Japanese and English on several dozen pages.
Publication: Los Angeles: Teikoku Insatsujo / Empire Printing Co., 1933.
Item No: #307890