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      Sale 2377 | Lot 516
      Price Realized: $22,500With Buyer's Premium
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      • Sale 2377 Lot 516

        (TRAVEL.) GREEN, VICTOR. The Negro Motorist Green-Book, Hotels, Taverns, Night Clubs . . . 48 pages. Small 8vo, original printed stiff, green wrappers evenly faded; text-block parted from the covers, spine partially perished; contents fine. New York City: Victor H. Green, 1941

        Estimate $7,000 - 10,000

        the fifth year of this once indispensible guide for african american travelers in the united states. There was once a time when black families in the North-East and Midwest of the country would be filled with apprehension about the prospect of a car trip "down home." Finding lodging, or even a place to fill the tank and relieve ones' self could become a real problem.
        Victor Green's little guide solved the problem. Friendly service stations, hotels, taverns, night clubs and restaurants on all the major and minor arteries leading to and through the old south were provided. The Guide was in virtually every African American glove compartment until the Civil Rights Struggle began to bear fruit. The last Green Book was printed in 1966. Curiously enough, for something so common at one time,
        copies of the green travel guide are extremely rare today.


        Price Realized (with Buyer's Premium) $22,500

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