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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

One Man's Treasure

Some essential source material for John Bridges's latest book—The Commercial Life of a Suffolk Town: Framlingham Around 1900—was found in seven dusty trash bags stored in a farmer's shed.

Inside were thousands of invoices and receipts - many a bit grubby - that chronicled the fortunes of a rural family business as it moved from the Victorian era to the limbo years between the end of rationing and the dawning of the swinging sixties.
They covered the period from 1882 to 1957, with more than 4,200 bills covering 165 different businesses in the Framlingham area alone. [Link]

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