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What is the Origin of the Criss+Cross Directory?

The term “Criss Cross” was coined prior to 1932 by W.L. Haines, founder of Haines & Company, Inc. It refers to a single cross-reference directory containing both addresses in sequence (arranged alphabetically by street within zip codes), and phone numbers in numeric order. The first directory was published in 1932. The words “Criss Cross” and […]

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Attention Real Estate Agents: We’ve Come a Long Way Since the Criss+Cross Directory

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Many real estate agents still recognize Haines & Company for our Criss+Cross Directory, known by some simply as the “big, blue book.” While times have changed since 1932 (the year the first Criss+Cross Directory was published), professionals nationwide still depend on the printed directory for invaluable research and sales. But did you know that Haines […]

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