Astor Place Vintage

Astor Place Vintage by Stephanie Lehmann
Amanda, a vintage clothing shop owner near Astor Place in New York City, finds a journal hidden in the clothing she purchases.  Her story alternated with that of Olive, the journal writer of a hundred years earlier.  The depiction of the life of a shopgirl in pre-World War I New York City is fascinating.  Olive is paid $7 per week at the department store.  Her rooming house, with breakfast and dinner, charges $6 per week, leaving just a dollar to cover taking the trolley (at 5 ¢ per ride), laundry and clothing!  Astor Place Vintage by Stephanie Lehmann