Belknap County, New Hampshire: 1888-1905.
Eight small account books, all approximately 16 x 9 cm, unpaginated. A collection of turn of the 20th century grocers’ account books for Mr. and Mrs. Dayton Shaw. In multiple hands. Eight manuscript account books demonstrate the groceries purchased and relationship between the Shaw’s and seven Belknap County, New Hampshire grocers: P. Berrley (1888), C.H. Watson (1895), A. Eugune Hill (1899), John Parker Smith Co. (1900, 1905), C.A. George (1903), and E.L. Cram (undated). The account books record items purchased, quantity, the date of purchase, and cost and also indicate when debts were paid. Purchased items include tea, butter, lard, oranges, vinegar, onions, apples, oats, oil, beef, tripe, veal, Bon Ami, pumpkin, cheese, and much more. Dayton O. Shaw, born in Belknap County, New Hampshire circa 1859, served as a State Road Patrolman who was appointed to Deputy Fire Warden in 1907. He and his wife lived in New Hampton, New Hampshire. Account books are similar in format: in beige wrappers with black cloth spine, cover featuring text and an image (a cupid in a grocery store or cow) and reminder to “Always Bring this Book”, each book is annotated to indicate the owner of the ledger (Shaw) and whom he was in account with (grocer). One volume is a product book for Baker’s Extracts and also includes printed recipes to final two pages as well as advertisements to each page header. Condition varies, rubbing, edgewear, and some minor foxing and discoloration, otherwise overall very good.