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Owens & Moore Company cashbook, circa 1876-1955 (bulk 1876-1878).
BANC MSS 2010/228 v.1; In process
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Owens & Moore Company cashbook, circa 1876-1955 (bulk 1876-1878)
Owens and Moore Company cashbook
Cash, 1876, O.M. & Co


Owens & Moore Company, creator


Bascomb, David, 1912-1985


Bound account book mostly containing daily entries for cash transactions of a grocery business for each month from January 1876 to Novermber, 1878. Also contains a few pages, made in another hand at a later date, circa 1909-1910, that appear to be daily entries for photographic supply orders and sales. Two pages of the later entries are titled, "Chinese Circuit Court" and "U.S. Post Office." and list photographs taken of several unnamed Chinese men, girls, and children, and the cost for each. Several pages have been torn out at the back and are missing. Also includes a business card, circa 1955, of David Bascomb, the chairman of the board of an advertising firm, with a typed note on the back of it addressed to "Sam" indicating Bascomb is making a gift of the ledger to him. Possibly writing humorously, Bascomb apologizes for the few remaining blank pages adding, "This [account book] should give your business an outward appearance of stability. Merry Christmas" and signed, "Dave."


1876 (issued)


Bascomb, David -- 1912-1985
Owens & Moore Company.
Grocers -- California -- Stockton
Photography -- Equipment and supplies


Owens & Moore Company cashbook, BANC MSS 2010/228, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Gift; of Alan C. Mendelson ; 20080819.
Photographs transferred to the Pictorial Collections of The Bancroft Library.
Owens & Moore Company was a grocery business partnership in Stockton, California. Benjamin Wiley Owens (1818-1884) and Edward Moore were its principal partners.
David Bascomb was chairman of the board of Guild, Bascom, & Bonfigli, Inc., an advertising firm based in San Francisco, California that was started in circa 1950. In 1967 the firm merged with a New York advertising firm, Dancer, Fitzgerald, Sample.


Account books
Business cards.

Physical Description:

1 volume (452 p.) ; 41 x 30 cm.




BANC MSS 2010/228 v.1
In process