Last week, Gossips published a post, based on evidence found in 1851 issues of the Hudson Daily Star, about Hudson's idiosyncratic way of not using actual addresses to indicate the location of businesses and homes: "Our Ever Quirky Little City." This prompted a reader to send me an email informing me that in the 1851 Hudson City Directory, a facsimile of which was published in 1985, "all the residential and business listings include house numbers." She concluded, "Hard to believe that in a planned city, numbering houses would be overlooked, but easy to believe it [i.e., describing location by reference to well-known houses or businesses] was just the local manner of speaking."
Responding to the email, I suggested that the problem in 1851 was not that properties did not have numbers but that the owners of those properties didn't bother to display the numbers on the buildings. A letter to the editor published in the Star on May 30, 1851, offers evidence that this was indeed the case.
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