Southern Judaica: Store Account Books
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2 manuscript store account books for Cohn Brothers, including Julius J. Cohn, 1876-1884. Approximately 905 pp., in ink, leather bound, marbled endpapers, New Orleans bookbinder’s label.
Hundreds of detailed business transactions from the Cohn Brothers stores in St. Francisville, Bayou Sara, Louisiana (now a ghost town), and Clifton, Mississippi. Details of purchases made by hundreds of customers, probably including many formerly enslaved blacks. Meat, eggs, candy, pills, liquor, pork, tobacco, cinnamon, coats, cigars, shoes and pearl buttons are among the commodities. Business expenses of freight, wages and cash also noted. An important record of a Jewish merchant family’s business in the Deep South after the Civil War.