Talk:Dick & Fitzgerald

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Please note that one of my great, great-grandfather's brothers was the Fitzgerald of Dick and Fitzgerald. His complete name was: Lawrence Rees Fitzgerald (sometimes spelt Laurence).

He was born August 11, 1825 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and he hooked up with William Brisbane Dick, who was also in Philadelphia, though I am not certain it was not coincidence that they both wound up in New York, and met at that time, even if it does seem unlikely.

I do not yet know if Lawrence ever had a family, but it appears to me, at present, that he did not. I have his will. I also have a considerable bit of information about him that relates to the volumes written.

Vincent E. Summers —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talkcontribs) 23 September 2006.

Vincent, thanks for your comments. It would be wonderful if you could expand this article with the information you have. Don't worry too much about formatting it correctly or whatnot; others can come behind you and do that sort of thing. The important thing is that the information be verifiable and from reliable sources, so that others can find and check behind us. But please feel free to add information directly to the article or here on this talk page. You can even email me if you wish to discuss this privately first. (Click on my name, then click "email this user" at the left side of your screen). Thanks again. -- BrianSmithson 00:05, 27 September 2006 (UTC)

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Note that the unknown FITZGERALD was my great-uncle, Lawrence Rees Fitzgerald.

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—The preceding unsigned comment was added by vsummers (talkcontribs) 12 February 2007. moved from article page

I found a book printed by Dick & Fitzgerald Publishers in an antique and flea mall in Leeds Al. It is a very small book on short-hand, titled "The Young Reporter Or How to Write Short-Hand", "Complete Phonographic Teacher". I believe it is what they (Dick & Fitzgerald) call a "Bound in boards" edition. It measures about 6 1/2" by 4 1/2" by 3/8". The price printed at the bottom of the cover is 50 cents (spelled out). Inside the front cover are 5 pages of ads for "Books on Games". The last 37 pages of the book seem to be a catalog of their books for sale. The first page of this section states what we day might call 'Terms and Conditions, and Return Policy'. It gives their company name, street and post office box addresses (18 Ann Street; Post Office Box 2975). Following this is the conditions under which they will sell you one of their books, their return policy and other terms and conditions. Back then, these terms, conditions and other policies were so simple compared to today.

Their terms, conditions, return and other policies: "Upon receipt of the price, any books advertised in the following pages will be sent by mail, postage paid, to any Post Office in the United States, Canada, and the Universal Postal Union. No Books Exchanged No Books sent C. O. D. Not Responsible for Money or Books sent by Mail, unless Registered Parcels...."

The rest of the page explains "How to Send Money". The print is too small for me to accurately type. There is no copyright information or date. The only date found that might relate to when it was published so far is at the end of the Preface under the "Editor's Note". It simply says "Phonetic Depot, New York, October, 1855." It's kind of an interesting little book. (talk) 02:04, 30 September 2014 (UTC)[1]

  1. ^ the actual book titled above