1939 Community Pocket Directory

This is another Ebay find, and it is true ephemera: “Items of collectible memorabilia, typically written or printed ones, that were originally expected to have only short-term usefulness or popularity.”

The 1939 Community Pocket Directory covers more than just Racine. Kenosha, Union Grove, Sturtevant, Somers, Franksville, Burlington, and St. Rita (formerly Ives) all appear. It is great to see all the different places out on the highways where people could stop and rest and have fun.

One of our old friends, Big Ed Mandernack, appears when the pamphlet mentions Bob’s Lunch at Big Ed’s, 1347 State Street. I’ve heard that Big Ed and his wife ran everything including the diners, so I wonder who Bob was.