Excerpt from The Dual City Blue Book, 1885: Private Address Directory, Ladies' Calling and Shopping Guide, of Fort Snelling, Hamline, Merriam Park, Minneapolis and St. Paul; The Names of Ten Thousand Householders Arranged Alphabetically and Classified by Streets
The dual city blue book claims to be and wishes to be nothing more than a social and household convenience. The need of a publication which should supply in the family the place of the business directory in the counting-room, is one felt in every city. To supply that need is the object of the present publication. It is not, as erroneously imagined, a local and republican substitute for a book of the peerage. It does not pretend to draw a social line, above which all names shall be included and below which all shall be taboo. The projectors of this enterprise, acting on busi ness principles, have no inclination to play the part of social censors. But what they do claim is that they have here produced a list of the most prominent householders of the dual cities and the adjacent territory, inclusive of Fort Snelling, Hamline and Merriam Park, all of which appear in alphabetical order. The very design of the work, of course, imposes a certain limit upon its contents and liberty of selection. It is, primarily, a directory for the use of ladies. It will be found a most convenient book of reference in making out a calling list. It directs to places of amusement, to public buildings, to places of general resort, and includes a valuable shopping guide. And while disclaiming any intention of settling the vexed question, Who are society's elite? The publishers have spared no pains in so collecting and sifting infor mation as to secure their work against unwarrantable or offensive intrusions, and at the same time to omit nothing that is essential to completeness. A unique and valuable feature is the directory by streets and numbers. In return for the very great labor and outlay involved, they express the hope that this work may become indis pensable in every home within the dual cities and the territory most closely united thereto by business and social relations.
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