Gusti Polak ca1903, Vienna to Bronx, NY
Gusti POLAK --from Vienna to the Bronx?
Years ago at a flea market near Pittsburgh, Pa., I bought atiny old leather-bound addressbook.What intrigued me about it was that the addresses were all written in German script, which I was learning to read.I wanted to see if I could translate the writing in the little book.Fortunately the writing is in a small neat hand, so I didn't have much trouble reading most of it.The first page of the bookshows "Wien den 22 Juni 1903"--Vienna, Austria,22 June 1903--and the name "Gusti Polak".Apparently Gusti was a seamstress.The addressbook seems to be a list of her customers in Vienna.There are 37 such addresses, of which 35 are females.After some of the addresses,there are prices. (In the back of the book, Gusti has listed separately some items of clothing she apparently was making for her mother and others identified only by first name; I assume these were Gusti's sisters.)Now back to the list of addresses: The last address in the book is different;it is "Simpson Str. Station, 993 West Chester Ave., Bronx, NY". We'll never know how her addressbook came to be at a flea market near Pittsburgh, Pa., but I would like to return the little book to someone who can prove a relationship to this woman.