Fall River Bookseller

20 Sep

From an eBay listing:

“This is another rare, unused, divided-back, real photo post card from an old Fall River collection labeled “1908 – Bamford Book Shop, Granite Block, F. R. M.” This is a great interior view of George E. Bamford’s book store which was located at 27 South Main St. in the Granite Block. Of special interest is the large (6 foot high or more), revolving display featuring a huge assortment of post cards, numbering in the hundreds, for sale. On the right are wall shelves of books with some section signs for boy’s books, devotional books and miscellaneous books, etc, which can be seen with a magnifier. Displays on the left and in the center appear to be of calendars, art prints, ink containers, stationary, desk sets, writing instruments, office supplies, etc. This is a card rich in details which capture the ambiance of an early 20th century book shop. The store’s tin ceiling was both decorative & practical as it helped to deflect heat in winter months while offering sound-proofing. This interior view looks toward South Main St. and City Hall Square with the entrance door and store windows at the east end of what was a fairly narrow store. The store was established in 1836 and was located in the old Granite Block which was totally destroyed by fire in 1928. City records show that at the time of that fire the store was owned by a Herbert A. Borden, a bookseller and stationer rather than Bamford. Near mint condition and great subject matter, make this 99 year old card a very rare and unusual find.”

It’s possible Lizzie Borden ordered books from this store prior to or after her acquittal. What I got kick out of was that display rack of penny postcards. I’ll venture some of those very cards have popped up on eBay a century later!

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Posted by on September 20, 2007 in Fall River History


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