Collection of Police-Sponsored Anti-Crime, Bunko-Squad Pamphlets, published by the Boston Better Business Bureau. All in the same format, printed via offset on 8.5x11 inch sheets. [Title in pencil: "Pamphlets on Fraudulent Business Methods and Schemes".] 1936. There are 34 in all, stapled sheets at left-top, each about 10pp long (making for about 350 leaves), with each having an example of a conversation between the consumer and the grifter. These are ex-library with the occasional stamp from the Library of Congress ("Pamphlet Collection"), via the U.S. Copyright Office. Good condition, if a bit dusty. $350 (If you were writing period crime novels of the 1930's, this would be prime resource material fo rcrimes of confience.)
They include: Bait Advertising (Window); Free Permanent Wave Scheme, Smuggled Goods Scheme, Bait Advertising Scheme, Business Opportunity Scheme, the Re-load Scheme, A Switch and Sell Scheme, Bucket Shop Scheme, Tipster Sheet Scheme, Sewing Machine Scheme, Memorial Park Cemetery Scheme, Heir Scheme, Bait Advertising Scheme, Song Writing Scheme, Is It Bait?, Action Sale Scheme, Stuffed Plate Scheme, Stuffed Flats (Furs), Buy Wholesale Scheme, Insurance Association Scheme, Partner Wanted Scheme, Long Distance Tailoring Scheme, Bait Advertising (T.C. System), Free Lot Scheme, Home Work Scheme, Furniture Club Lottery Scheme, Charity Merchandise Scheme, Suit Club Scheme, Picture Enlargement Scheme, Puff Sheet Scheme, Territorial Rights Scheme, Obesity Cure Scheme, Territorial Rights Scheme, Cash Bond Scheme, Unordered Merchandise Scheme.
These do describe crimes and there were victims involved, but the description of it all is quite delightful.