[NetBehaviour] Handbook of Lumber Information, 1925
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Mon Nov 28 03:12:45 CET 2022
Handbook of Lumber Information, 1925
http://www.alansondheim.org/Lumber.mp3 the reading/sound
I recently found this Handbook, from New York City, and was
fascinated by the diary portion, an office worker entering
almost daily phases - the work of an anonymous employee in an
anonymous company from 1926-1927, two years before the Great
Depression. The Cadillac 630 was an extremely expensive car in
its day. He seemed to live in the City, traveling up to
Providence and elsewhere, but details are unclear. It was a
kind of daily grind involving a lot of local travel. I'm
fascinated by the minute details going nowhere, as if written
by one of the existentialists. A few entries are below. I read
most of the diary, recording it with a hoarse voice and fair
exhaustion; it shows, and where is Beckett now. I also wanted
to record it with the 90-year-old sarangi I have (estimated
age), which appears to have original strings, and is incredibly
difficult to tune and play. It growls. It's work of a sort as
well, perhaps not very musical. I speed through harmonics, but
most of the sympathetic strings are almost impossible to set.
There's something beautiful about it as well; it reminds me of
steam locomotives. The voice and sarangi work together as
impetus, kinetic energy. I thought a long time about this. It's
about someone always on the go in a flat terrain, effect, not
affect. Or some such. It's about being there in Stein's "no
there there," or contradicting Stein, as if every there was
somewhere, for something or someone, otherwise not there at
all, not even not there. This was visionary labor on my part.
Some entries (in order) below; punctuation and spelling reflect
Sunday, November 22
Tuesday, November 23 In office, saw Meberson about Mortgage at
Wednesday, November 24 In office at Ain. To Merican Bomd mt.
Saw Cadillac car
Thursday, November 25 In Providence
Friday, November 26 In Providence & Boston
Saturday, November 27 In Providence
Sunday, November 28 Home from Providence Mary Fraser with us
Monday, November 29 To American Br.m in Bronxville
Wednesday, December 1 Fred Shaw in town Paid rent for Nov to
Rafalsky Mr Savalle Here Mr Rice called says Bartnett gummed up
deal with Brown Bros. To Beau geste.
Nov 30 Tuesday To American Bond and Mortgage with Mr Bradley
Thursday, December 2 To White-Plains with 100.00 for Gordon
Friday, December 3 To Bronxville with American Bond man (Mr
Wendel) Bradley and Shaw
Saturday, December 4 Stayed home all day
Sunday, December 5 Stayed home all day
Monday, December 7 Mr Lee in office in morning Lunch with
Wednesday, December 8 In Springfield on Bronxville job
Thursday, December 9 In Springfield on Bronxville job.
Friday, December 10 In Springfield on Bronxville job.
Friday, December 17 In Springfield with Breadley
Saturday, December 18 Home from Springfield with Breadley
Sunday, December 19 Home all day except Went to see Landadio
Monday, December 20 Phoned Memberson Saw Garett " Fleischman,
Empire Bond " Southtack & Bally
Tuesday, December 21 To American Bond saw Moore & Mewkerson
about getting rid of Longacre. will make loan of 350 at 6 1/2
Wednesday, December 22 Payed interest to Garrett 2040.-- and
Thursday, December 23 Drove from NY to Prov with Jean & Mary
Friday, December 24 In Providence Phoned Lavalle
Saturday, December 25 Christmas
Sunday, December 26 1926
Monday, December 27 Springfield
Tuesday, December 28 Springfield
Wednesday, December 29 Springfield
Thursday, December 30 Springfield
Monday, January 25 In NewYork
Tuesday, January 26 In Providence
Wednesday, January 27 In Providence
Thursday, January 28 In Providence
Friday, January 29 In New York
Saturday, January 30 In NewYork
Sunday, January 31 In Osaige
Monday, February 1 In New York
Tuesday, February 2 In Phila with Breadley and Lavalle
Wednesday, February 3 In Providence
Thursday, February 4 In Prov at Bank job
Friday, February 5 Left Prov at 10 am To Hathaways to dinner
Saturday, February 6 In office till 12 -- walked to 125th
Thursday, February 7 At garage for a few hours
Monday, February 8 In NewYorkoffice
Tuesday, February 9 To Prov at midnight In Phila all day with
Wednesday, February 10 In Providence on bank job
Thursday, February 11 To Springfield to see Mr Green about
Friday, February 12 In Providence on bank job
Saturday, February 13 Moved from 6th floor to 3rd for in
Sunday, February 14 Home all day.
Monday, February 15 In NewYork
Tuesday, February 16 In NewYork
Wednesday, February 17 To Providence on sleeper.
Thursday, February 18 In Providence on bank job to Movies with
Friday, February 19 In Providence on bank job.
Saturday, February 20 In Office Gordon called.
Sunday, February 21 Home all day.
Monday, February 22 Washington Birthday Gordon started for
Tuesday, February 23 Mr Bradley called on Brown Brothers Lease
back from Harriman Bldg.
Sunday, March 7 Home all day.
Monday, March 8 Maryion sick with grip.
Tuesday, March 9 Home
Wednesday, March 10 Home
Thursday, March 11 Home
Friday, March 12 Home
Saturday, March 13 Home Come in town with Jean to dentist
Sunday, March 14 Home all day
Monday, March 15 In office for a while
Tuesday, March 16 In Providence for Bank job
Wednesday, March 17 In Providence for Bank job.
Thursday, March 18 Arrived from Prov on sleeper Went to see
Podell at 10 oclock and to Saul Levy about case. Called at
Friday, March 19 In office all day
Saturday, March 20 In office (Jean to dentist) To garage in
afternoon new gear in Cadillac
Sunday, March 21 Home Went for short ride in P.Mi. Put new axle
Monday, March 22 Drove in Marjorie & Fran went to Prov on train
With Van Arsdale in evening.
Tuesday, March 23 Mr Lavalle called in morning Appointment with
Mr Irvine (Straus)
Monday, April 19 Saw Irioni and Fey at Strauss ffice
Wednesday, April 21 Drove to Prov with Gordon
Thursday April 22 In Providence
Friday, April 23 In Providence
Saturday, April 24 Drove from Prov to Ny. with Gordon
Sunday, April 25 Home all day
Monday, April 26 To Nicks office approved to take Footes stock,
1,000 a month until 5 is paid. Nick to turn over 25 shares of
his common. Mr. Hathaway & Hoyts' at house in evening.
Tuesday, April 27 To Uricks office to exchange certificates. To
see Mr. Goss John W, about changing zone at Bronxville.
Wednesday, April 28 To Dartuetts office with Lavalle and
Thursday, April 29 Drove to Providence met Lavalle at NewHaven
Telegram from Bartuett
Friday, April 30 In Providence
Saturday, May 1 In Prov let at 12 oclock for N.Y. in Cadillac
Sunday, May 2 Home
Monday, May 3 In office
Tuesday, May 4 In office in Newyork
Wednesday, May 5 In office. Directors meeting of O.E.B.Ine.
Thursday, May 6 In office.
Friday, May 7 In office.
Saturday, May 8 New Cadillac 63 in office in a.m.
Sunday, May 9 To hathaways in afternoon.
Monday, May 10 In office in Newyork Had bumpbers adjusted in
Tuesday, May 11 Men put in door frames in office Mr Allen in
town in evening went to Norfolk wrote to Bartnett
Wednesday, May 12 Went to Providence in auto with Jean and
Thursday, May 13 InProv
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