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23 November 2015

And We Provided Frances Crammer Greenman with a Model


The telephone rang in the Newspaper Room. It was
Francis Crammer Greenman. A friend had just called
from the Library to tell her
that a type she had been looking for for a picture
was sitting in the Newspaper Room.
It was an old man with a beard.

Would the assistant hold him until she got there —
she was six blocks away?
The man had left.
But they thought he had gone to the Magazine Room.
The call was transferred: the man was found
by Reference in our room.
He stayed. She came.
They left together.



From the Daily Happenings log of the New York Public Library Reference Room, June 1952. Submitted by John FitzGerald.

2 comments:

Daniel Galef said...

Should this be "Cranmer" or is the misprint original?

Gabriel Smy said...

It's 'Crammer' in the original.