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Monday, March 9, 2015

Sarah Frances shops at Scribner Bookstore

Charles Watson Sidney & Sarah Frances Espy Sidney
to see more of their New Jersey residence, click here

Aunt Frances

I e-mailed this note to a cousin who is well-versed on The Big Apple:

I have a receipt dated 12/3/52 for a book Aunt Frances bought when she lived in New Jersey.  I guess she and Uncle Charles Sidney made their way to Manhattan on book-buying excursions.  If you happen to be in the area, it might be interesting to see if Scribner (or Scribner's) is still in business.
The Scribner Book Store
597 Fifth Avenue

His response:

Scribner's is no longer around.  It apparently shut down around 1989.  However, I have seen the building - it is a famous landmark on 5th Ave (in Midtown, between 48th and 49th streets, just down the street from FAO Schwartz).  It is now home to the flagship stores of Sephora (cosmetics) and Benetton (women's clothing).
That's an interesting little piece of family history you have. Scribner's was apparently a pretty special place.


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When I can locate that scan of the receipt, will add it here.

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