Lot 370: Japanese-American Blue Book 1952

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Lot 370: Author: Akahori, Masaru B., editor and publisher; Title: Town Crier Blue Book 1952-1953; Place Published: Los Angeles; Publisher: Town Crier Daily and Sunday News; Date Published: [1952]; Description: [8], 220 pp. In Japanese and English. Illustrated from photographs and other sources; numerous advertisements. 27.5x21 cm (10¾x8 ¼"), spiral-bound blue wrappers.Glimpse into Japanese-American society and culture in post-WWII U.S., primarily on the west coast. The advertisements are quite interesting in themselves. This is the fifth year of publication, as noted on the front wrapper. Quite scarce: OCLC/WorldCat lists only three libraries with runs of the Town Crier Blue Book (University of California, Berkeley; University of California, Los Angeles; and the Seattle Public Library), and one library with this specific issue, the California State Library, but it is a "special Spring issue, for the Japanese crown prince," with 56 preliminary pages not in the present example. Condition: Minor darkening and a little soiling to wrappers, very good. PBA Galleries' Sale 578: Americana, Travel/Exploration, Cartography, African/Asian Americana and Directories Thursday, 28th January 2016 Estimate: $400-600
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