Nashville, TN: The Chamber of Commerce (Nashville, TN), 1937. First Edition, First Printing. Original wraps. 9 X 11 1/4 Inches. 62 PP + Folding Map. Good +. Item #2527
Original February 5, 1937 Portfolio created by the Nashville Chamber of Commerce. A fairly incredible "time-capsule" glance and 20th Century Nashville in the making. This unique book was created specifically for the purpose of garnering the business of the Norvell & Wallace Lumber factory. We assume that other, similar copies were created on an individual basis when the city saw fit to "scout" major companies for the area. We have located "0" copies on OCLC and "0" auction records. The summary states, "The principal advantages Nashville offers to industry and other lines of business is summarized from this survey..."
The index includes: agricultural resources, altitude, area, assessed valuation, building and construction, city government, civic and social data (building permits, churches, civic-fraternal and welfare organizations, education, golf courses, hospitals and medical facilities, hotels, newspapers, office buildings, parks and playgrounds, Parthenon, postal receipts, public buildings, radio stations, streets, theatres, Tennessee State Fair), climate, financial instituions, living conditions, location, manufacturing (attitude toward new industries, industrial development in Nashville, Labor costs, Labor relations, Labor Laws and Regulations, Labor Supply, Workmen's Compensation Law), markets, mineral resources, population, public utilities, state and local taxes, transportation facilities (airlines, express, freight, local, passenger service, interurban service, motor truck, railroads, river transportation), vital statistics, wholesale and retail establishments.
A few of the stats that immediately jumped out at me - 1) The report predates any television station in Nashville 2) When polling races in the city, the report denotes 111,025 white citizens, 42,836 negro citizens and 5 of "other" races 3) only two airlines (American and Eastern) service the city and the municipal airport was dedicated only a few months before this report.
21 tables and graphs including rail distance and hours by train to other US cities, flying hours from Nashville, power rates, gainful workers, condition of the banks of Nashville and more. The folding map mounted at rear measures roughly 25 X 30 inches. Origianl stab binding intact. Pages and text clean. Covers are separated from the text. The map does exhibit a few closed tears and a bit of wear at folds.