No PulpFest for Me This Year

I’ve been silent here is because I’ve had to make a tough decision.

For the first time in seven years, I won’t be going to PulpFest this year.  This has been a very hard decision to make, and I have waited until now to really commit one way or another. I enjoy so much going to the convention and seeing everyone that I now consider my friends and also being able to find pulps and great books all in one place. I really do look forward to going every year.

But it’s been a hard year financially, with the coup de grace being gallbladder surgery last month that was unexpected. I also need to make another trip back east for research for the Daisy Bacon book, and finishing the book takes priority. But with everything that’s happened this year, even that trip is in question now.

Aye, it’s been a tough year in some ways, but I’m hanging in and holding my own. I appreciate everyone understanding, and I hope you’ll all keep me posted during PulpFest.

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Photos of the Street & Smith building, including a new one found today

I was doing some research today and found some interesting photos of the Street & Smith offices that were taken around 1906. Some of these photos are going to be familiar to some of you – they have been reprinted many times, such as in the FICTION FACTORY book  published in 1955, that was the 100th anniversary commemorative book for the company. But today, I found at least one that I had never seen before.

These photos were taken after the company built their “new” office building at 79 7th Avenue in 1905. Most of these were publicity photos, in which everything is neat and clean and organized, with every piece of paper in its place.

Exterior of building

Street and Smith exterior

reception room

S and S reception room

book department

book department 1

typesetters

typesetters

printing room

flatbed press

paper room

paper room

general offices

general office 1

freight bay

freight elevator

bindery

bindery

Here are the one that I found today on the Museum of the City of New York website. The website just identified this as “office workers.” As you can see, it’s a little different than the stages ones above.

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This photo, however, is more in line with what I’ve read about the Street & Smith offices: that they were packed to the brim with books, manuscripts, files, rolls of paper, and anything else that the co-owner, Ormond Smith, refused to throw away since before the turn of the century.

Here’s another photo of the exterior I found today. It seems more realistic than the one taken above.

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