This large set of documents, including leases, property records, utility and contractor bills, letters, cards, receipts, railroad investments and the occasional personal momentos appears to be the complete cache of business documentation from the Sawyer Family based in Milford, PA from around 1910-1930. Yes, DNA included as it seems like the Ideal Beauty Parlor of Port Jervis, NY mailed them some hair clippings. 😆
The Sawyer Family bought properties in PA and OH and rented out rooms in these properties. It seemed they had regular tenants because the letters requesting reservations are personal, friendly. They speak of illnesses, financial issues, babies, funerals and the like. The business documents are on the beautiful graphic letterhead of the time (receipts for Koal (sic) and China rental (but tenants had to bring their own rugs).
The documents are in excellent condition, even those on super thin vellum are readable. They were in an airtight chest for what appears to be the better part of 100 years. It’s hard to say how many pieces are included, a few hundred at least. The final pic of the three full document trays shows the volume of the entire collection. Suffice to say I think it will fill a large flat rate box and probably not go over (just).
it’s fascinating to look through for people interested in the time period, great for genealogy buffs, fascinating for anyone with an interest in property management, construction, real estate or innkeeping industry from the era.