Notebook excavated at one of the digs on the Commonwealth Block between 1988 and 2003. This notebook is unique in that it has Chinese characters, English words and Italian words in it.

Little Lon was home to a diverse population. Germans, Jews and Irish arrived in the mid 19th century; Chinese, southern Europeans and Syrians (Lebanese) in the 1880s; and Italians in the 1890s. Immigrants sometimes brought objects with them to remind them of home, or purchased new items that re-affirmed national loyalties. Pipes, vases or plates were decorated with flags, military heroes, an Irish lyre or English roses. The amount of foreign currency excavated also attests to diversity of the immigrants who frequented Little Lon.

Physical Description

Rectangular note book with cardboard cover and tie. The pages have sums as well as writing in Chinese, English and Italian.

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