Pre-War Directories


Many old international telephone directories are available at the New York Public Library. Pre-war telephone directories for Poland are among those available. Information included are name, occupation, name of business, business address and business telephone number, if one existed. Also included is a section similar to modern-day "yellow pages."

The New York Public Library has copies of:

  • Polish telephone directories for 1936/37, Spis abonenow sieci telefoniczynch panstwowych i koncesjonowanych w Polsce, under call number: *ZAN-9541.
  • The 1930 telephone directory of Poland, Urzedowy spis abonenetow, under call no.: Slav. Reserve-96-7788.

The Family History Library (the Mormons) has a copy of 1936/37 Polish telephone directories under film #1,344,446.

There is project underway to index the 1929 Polish business directories of all cities and towns in Poland. This is a project of Jewish Records Indexing - Poland, in cooperation with JewishGen. For more information, see the 1929 Business Directory Project. Click "Table of Contents" to reach the specific pages for scanned pages of the city of Lodz business directory, in PDF format.  
 


If you are interested in a pre-WWII business, you should also consider the many business directories for Poland.  I suggest that you read my article, "Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Polish Directories as Resources for Genealogical Information," in the Spring 1997 edition of Avotaynu.

Jeff Cymbler
E-mail: jcymbler@aol.com

 

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