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1906 Original Handwritten Letter Concerning the Chartering and Piloting of a Ship and the Many Details to to Be Discussed and Ironed out in the Process
Fort Sanders Knoxville Tn Tennessee, 1906. Folio - over 12" - 15" tall. Manuscript, On offer is a letter from a Mr. A.R. Shouse to a Mr. Lawrence Mossby, concerning the hiring of of Mr. Shouse to charter and pilot a ship to haul cargo for Mr. Mossby. The letter is written from Fort Sanders (spelled ‘Saunders’), in Tennessee, and was written in 1906. The ship appears to be hauling cargo to Port-aux-Basque in Newfoundland. Mr. Shouse answers a number of questions posed by Mr. Mossby in his last letter, giving 9 answers to his questions. It seems Mr. Shouse is a ship captain, being recruited by Mr. Mossby to pilot a ship that he has chartered. “Your letter of March 6th which I told you of my last (?) I now endeavour to answer in detail..I have answered the recent and will be wary of most on the 15th of June. Answer 2. The price is (?) $200. Could not do better. Answer 3. According to the account I have heard she is comfortable, roomy and clean.” The letter proceeds in this form, seeming to disagree with the price Mr. Mossby wants to pay for his ship, “Vessel is about 35 tons about 15 tons larger than (?) and as a vessel of 35 tons cannot be had at a price unless for a longer time. I chartered her for one + 1/2 months.” He goes on to say, “Answer 5. I will settle the price when you come I will not be too hard on you.” He also says he will arrange the men to work on the crew. “As you have altered your plan coming to Port au Basque I will not take any men from here. We can get them where we (?) to and returning here will pick up our men here thus saving expense. I will have them June 3rd for Port au Basque as I (?) little time to look after the vessel as I have not seen her having accepted her on recommendation. The men I take from here will get $2.00 a day. The Captain provisions his crew as you desired.” He then writes, discouraging Mr. Mossby from bringing his canoe on board, as “my boat will do and if we need one.we can have one. I am arranging to save expense but as far as the canoe is concerned it is certainly a matter of your own choice.” The letter is one double-sided page long, handwritten in black ink. The writing is legible, but the script can be a bit difficult at times to decipher. The letter shows signs of wear, and there is some small discoloration around the folded crease marks. The crease marks also make the words around them slightly more difficult to decipher. Good.
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Book number: 0009042
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Keywords: Keywords: History of, A.R. Shouse, Lawrence Mossby, Chartered Ship, Ship Pilot, Fort Sanders, Tennessee, Port-Aux-Basque, Newfoundland, Early 20th Century, 35 Ton Vessel, Americana, Handwritten, Manuscript, Document, Letter, Autograph, Writer, Hand Writte

1919 - 1920 Handwritten Journal Handwritten by a Crew Member of the U.S. S. Birmingham Flagship of the Pacific Fleet’S Destroyer Squadron As It Performs Post - Ww1 Duties, Exercises and Navy Publicity Along the West Coast of America
San Diego Los Angeles California Ca Panama Canal, 1919. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Manuscript, On offer is a journal and diary of A. N. Nelson, a crew member on the U.S.S. Birmingham, the flagship of the Pacific Fleet’s Destroyer Squadron shortly after the end of World War 1. The diary is entitled above the first entry, “Cruise of U.S.S. Birmingham with Pacific Fleet on West Coast.” This is an accurate description of what takes place in the book. From July 17, 1919 to November 22, 1920, Nelson recounts the passage of the Birmingham as it leaves the Boston Navy Yard, goes through the Panama Canal, and then anchors in San Diego to serve as Flagship of the Pacific Fleet’s Destroyer Squadron. The whole book is written in one long, continuous paragraph. There are no stops or paragraph breaks. For the most part, the book is a matter-of-fact retelling of dates, positions, and activities of the Birmingham. There are also small breaks where Nelson recounts what he sees on board the ship as well as his days of shore leave and pleasure. The book begins, “Left Boston Navy Yard Thursday, July 17 after near six months repair work..First run started on our way for West Coast. The night before we pulled out we had a draft of 200 new recruits to replace the men paid off. I was on deck when we pulled out and felt kind of blue leaving after being near home for so long.” The ship passes through the Panama Canal on route to the West Coast. “We could see the part of the Canal the French Government started to build some old rusted dredges and dirt cans and old twisted nails. Well it took us about six hours to go through the canal there being six locks to pass.” At the end of July the ship reaches Balboa, Panama. Nelson takes shore leave and goes to watch a bullfight and cockfighting, remarking that “I don’t think much of their sports over here.” Leaving Balboa with a formation of 21 destroyers (all at the Birmingham’s stern) the squadron heads to San Diego, where they are met with scores of spectators. After a quick shore leave to Los Angeles and then San Francisco, the ship moves on to Portland, Oregon, going down the Columbia River. Nelson remarks often on the beautiful scenery and mountains of the Pacific Northwest. As Flagship of the Pacific Fleet’s Destroyer Squadron, Nelson writes of the various patrols, war games, and training that the Birmingham participates up and down the West Coast. There are also passages devoted to shore leave in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Portland, as well as the occasional boat race against another destroyer. At the end of January, 1920, the Birmingham receives an emergency call at 2 A.M. from the army transport ship Mt. Vernon which has sprung a leak 500 miles out of San Francisco. The Birmingham escorts her back to harbor. In April, the Birmingham anchors in Pearl Harbor, and the Nelson visits the “Volcano Kilauea, which is the only active volcano that you can look into.” For the rest of the year, the Birmingham goes up and down the West Coast, being more a representative of the American Navy than anything else. In the summer of 1940 it even represents “the Navy in the American Legion Convention.” in Astoria, Oregon. The diary ends at the end of November 1920, with the Birmingham heading for San Diego “making 21 knots,” arriving in San Diego where the ship is refueled “five hundred fifteen tons” of coal. There are three loose newspaper clippings accompanying the writing, all relating to WW1 or the Birmingham directly. The book has 14 pages of writing, with each page except the last being full of writing. The book begins with about 10 pages of blank space and finishes with about 35 blank pages as well. Nelson’s handwriting is clean and crisp, very easy to read in a slightly faded black ink. It seems at a later date, Nelson might have gone back over or expanded some sections, as they are in a distinctly darker ink. The cover is cloth and shows a good deal of wear, but is still fully attached, and the name “A. N. Nelson,” can be faintly read at the top. There are a few words underneath that look to be “301st section” but they are considerably more faint. The whole book is in good condition. (Background: USS Birmingham (CS-2/CL-2), named for the city of Birmingham, Alabama, was a Chester-class scout cruiser, reclassified a light cruiser in 1920. Entering service in 1908, the ship became known for the first airplane takeoff from a ship in history in 1910. During World War I, Birmingham escorted convoys across the Atlantic. The cruiser was decommissioned in 1923 and sold for scrap in 1930. Following America's entrance into World War I, Birmingham patrolled along the northeast U.S. coast until 14 June 1917, when she sailed from New York as part of the escort for the first US troop convoy to France. After returning to New York she was fitted for service in Europe and in August reported to Gibraltar as flagship for Rear Admiral A. P. Niblack, Commander, US Forces Gibraltar. She escorted convoys between Gibraltar, the British Isles, and France until the Armistice. After a short cruise in the eastern Mediterranean, she returned to the United States in January 1919. From July 1919 to May 1922, she was based at San Diego, California as flagship of Destroyer Squadrons, Pacific Fleet, and then moved to Balboa, Canal Zone as flagship of the Special Service Squadron. After cruising along the Central American and northern South American coast, she returned to Philadelphia and was decommissioned there on 1 December 1923, being sold for scrap on 13 May 1930. Commanders: Franck Taylor Evans: 28 April 1919 – November 1919; George Bertram Landenberger: 1920 onwards.). Good.
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Book number: 0009029
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Rare West to East to West Coast Travel Diary by Jo and Her Three Sisters
On the Road America Usa, 1908. Hard Cover, 32mo - over 4" - 5" tall. Manuscript, On offer is a really wonderful diary of a young Victorian woman during the year of 1908 as she travels aboard a train from the West to the East coast and then back to the West coast again. As the diary starts out she is leaving her home in California on January 7th and spends most of 1908 traveling with her three sisters and parents. In fact Jo does most of the writing but there are also many times when her sisters write. Jo gets sick at one point then the sisters take over writing and they talk about family being sick and some are quarantined. Her entries are descriptively written telling all about the sights and sounds along the way. In fact the first two entries really capture what this journal is all about. On the cover page is written; "Best wishes always to Jo from Marie, A line or two will quite suffice for the every day of life. Jot down things of interest while you think of it, lest you should forget." Then on January 1st Jo writes a small summary of what you can expect in the pages following: "This little book shall mostly tell of my trip to the dear "east" among people I know and love. I hope it will remind me of "feelings" more then of special events, of the things that are really living." The diary measures about 4 ¼" x 6 ¾" and is a "page a day" type diary which gives you lots of handwritten entries. She starts on January 7th and ends on August 7th and writes every day between those dates with most of the entries taking up the entire page. One could easily quote everyday as she has a wonderful way of writing. Here are some snippets: "The family rose early and we three girls walked to the train. I always feel unhappy enough when the time comes to say good-bye. Wallie rode as far as Napa with me and we saw a beautiful sunrise...Sidney and I were up in time for Los Angles things looked familiar. Rush was at the train but I could not tell him how glad I was to seem him, or how forlorn I was when he left. Such a feeling as the dingy tourist car gave me but Mr. Schnell he was fine. Kept the upper berth and talked to me through Banning, my first disappointment. We spent the evening in the observation car and saw Yuma...Today we found the country varied everglades and swamps, cotton, rice, lumber and sugar cane with cabins and Negroes. Mrs. DuBoss and I enjoyed the most gorgeous Texan sunset and we and the Warrums stopped at San Antonio. Saw the Alamo the narrow streets and enjoyed the sight of a southern city. Coffee and sandwiches on revolving stools...We were up early and had a poor breakfast, then I went to meet the Warrums. We took the "St. Charles" ride and the "Canal Belt" ride then out to Lake______. Had dinner at Fabecker's and then went to the wharf where we stayed and stayed...The sun was so warm that the eves dripped and the icicles melted. In the evening Roy and I went to see the people roller skate, caps and furs and ice skates look like the winters of old and the jingle bells gives me a queer longing. Wonder if I'll get a ride..We went to the concert that evening where I saw a good many friends. Mr. Hawthorne had already "squeezed my hand"...12:30 am, behold a figure with bare feet and bushy hair dressed in bathrobe, going up a stairway. Also three wet and most excited girls. Scenes in the sitting room in the morning told the tale...I sat with Aunt Ella and made a few button holes but came home to supper, she was so tired from washing. Uncle Jim sold the blacks...Such a beautiful day! People were able to wear white dresses and new hats and every one seemed to be having a ride in the afternoon. I was mostly new but my hide and Aunt Nell looked so well in her white suit..Drove across Still Water Bridge. Saw tobacco beds covered with cloth and the fields ready for the little plants and we saw tobacco barns. O these beautiful hills! And the wild flowers are appearing. Came home through the old historic town of Deerfield. The houses are old with barns attached. One had 1698 on the chimney. It was too cold for comfort but we'll remember the ride..My new dress promises to fade. Sadness...Were up early for our Westfield trip. The weather was some doubtful. The lively high school girls were so entertaining and the trolley ride was entirely beautiful but long. Mountains and streams everywhere. Orchards in white bloom, onion fields being weeded on the knee and tobacco fields, level and clean as well as beautiful clean, clean homes. Saw the logs on the river at Holyoke and the lumber yards and dams in the Connecticut with trees growing down to the water's edge...About a dozen Poles left for the old country on our train-tears..Were horribly hot when we went to bed but found morning damp and cold and we brought no warm garments. He took us on an auto sight seeing trip all historic Boston was shown to us from the huge car driven with such skill though the narrow winding streets...(she then goes on for the next couple of pages describing Boston)..Sailed down Narragansett Bay to Newport with Norma. It takes two hours. The shores were very green and the weather and the weather very fine. We took the ten mile shore drive and saw many great "cottages". Ate lunch on the beach in sight of the "cliffs". Returned by electric cars up the island of Rhode Island, across to mainland by ferry to Bristol and thence by electric train to Providence through Warren and Barrington...Shall not forget the view from Washington Monument. We're tired but have had a fine day. Band played "Abide with me" and the bell was tolled as we sailed past Mt. V. It and the tomb gave a very solemn feeling...Mrs. Sheffield and I had a delightful day, Mts. glaciers, snow rivers and torrents, also Jack from England and Mr. Seattle. Had a good storm at Glacier. Many got off at Banff but more got on. Wish it was full moon. I have a book that tells it all so won't attempt to write if the scenery but I've never seen the like before and shalln't soon forget the wonder of it...I went fishing down to the forks of the Skykomish. Fished without success for an hour then sat down and told stories awhile. It proved to be my first experience through the jungles. It's too deep to explain but worth your while to take the trip...We went up to Lena's (Index Washington). She has such a fine cozy spot on the river. After dinner we went up the train into the big timber and wonderful ferns. Sat in the shade of the house and I told about the East...The day passed quickly and very pleasantly. Read Hesper and sat on the upper deck. Mr. Allen, purser, and offers to send a wireless.." This diary goes on and on and you really get a great feeling of what it's like traveling during the Victorian era. She mentions tons of names, some of which are; John Warner, Bowie, Doyl, Gardiner, Hawthorne, Hirschy, Charley Ware, Robinson, Ed Childs, Hittabrand, Grossman, Upper, Hershaw, Rowbottom, Scheiffer, Morrison, Hopkins, Wilson, Packingham, Bertha Fox, Maggie Franceway, Katherine Brando, McGee, Whitaker, Dr. Love, Letha Watts, Dickerson and more. Places mentioned are; Washington D.C. Lancaster PA, Buffalo, Oberlin, St. Paul, Glacier, Banff, Mission Junction, Everett, Snomish, Index, Startup, Seattle, Bakersfield, Los Angeles, El Paso, San Antonio, New Orleans, Memphis, Chicago, Granville, Tonica Minonk, Rotterdam, Conway, Westfield, Holyoke, Claremont, Cambridge, Mt. Auburn, Wesley, Providence, Newport, Nantucket, Narragansett, and much much more. Good+/No Jacket.
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Book number: 000011b
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Keywords: Hand Written, Personal, Americana, Memoir, Handwritten, Hand Written, Autograph, Autographs, Signed, Letters, Document, Documents, Manuscript, Manuscripts, Writers, Writer, Author, Holograph, Travel, Stagecoach, Train, Personal, Americana,Antiquité, Contr

C1927 Original Manuscript Notes of a Trip to Holland That Would Later Be Published: The Flavor of Holland by an Accomplished Children's Author, Biographer and Travel Writer
The Netherlands Holland Belgium, 1927. 16mo - over 5¾" - 6¾" tall. Manuscript, On offer is an interesting, original circa 1927 manuscript diary of a research trip to the Netherlands and a 1929 trip to Belgium by children's author, travel writer and biographer [Edith Cavell, Amelia Earhart] Adele de Leeuw who over her career wrote 75 books. The 4 x 6 inch flip style notepad is filled with 55 or so pages the majority about 35 pages regarding Holland include: notes on the sights, culture and history of all the cities and towns she visited. These notes undoubtedly ended up published and as identified by her handwritten inscription the title of the book she is working was "The Flavor of Holland" which was in fact published in 1928. The book is overall VG. Very Good.
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Book number: 0002271
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Keywords: Keywords: History of, Flavour of Holland, Adele de Leeuw, Dutch Authors, Female Authors, Children's Authors, Biographers, Amelia Earhart, Netherlands, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, the Hague, Friesland, Dordrecht, Brussels, Bruges, Travel, Europe, the Low Countri

1902 Super, Original Manuscript Diary and Log Book of the Travels and Diplomacy of the Flagship Admiral of the Asiatic Fleet on the China Station at This Most Perilous Time in China and Japan Relations
Aboard the Uss New York, 1902. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Manuscript, On offer is a superb, fascinating original soft bound 1902 China Station diary and personal log handwritten by Admiral Frederick W. Rodgers (1842 - 1917). Rodgers was a Rear Admiral in the United States Navy. He fought in the American Civil War and ascended to be the last commander of the Asiatic Fleet. He was a grandson of U.S. Navy Commodore Matthew Perry. In May 1901, Rodgers became Senior Squadron Commander within the Asiatic Squadron. On March 1st 1902, he became the commander of the entire Asiatic Squadron, which was engaged in combat during the Philippine-American War at the time. He was the Squadron's last commander. At the end of his tour on 29 October 1902 the Asiatic Squadron was abolished and its responsibilities were assumed by the new United States Asiatic Fleet. This logbook documents his ship the U.S.S. New York while stationed in Amoy, China and Nagasaki Japan during a critical time in the area's history. The log begins March 27th with a final entry on - July 26th, 1902. The log recounts the daily workings of the ship, and personnel deployments, lists of repairs to various ships within the Asiatic Fleet. What is of real importance is Rodgers encounters with the Emperor of China and Prime Minister of Japan. He also mentions other naval vessels from Britain, Germany and Japan listing the ship's numbers and armaments. This log contains important information about the fleet in this very historical period when the United States emerges as a world naval power. The 60 pages of handwritten narrative and notes make for some revealing entries regarding American efforts at diplomacy in the area; Rodgers' diplomatic contacts with the Emperor and Dowager of China are well noted as are intelligence reports on fortifications in China. He mentions brief reports from missionaries concerning conditions in the interior of China, contact with British troops who are guarding parts of Peking. While in Peking Rodgers meets the British Foreign Minister and writes about the looting that took place at the summer palace blaming it on Russian and Italian troops during the Boxer Rebellion. Furthermore he discusses positioning gunboats along the rivers near Peking due to further disturbances. Rodgers also mentions meeting the Prime Minster of Japan encounters with the Japanese navy, and various dignitaries, princes, and barons. Here are some snippets: U.S.S. New York -March 27th, 1902 Cable arrived from Hong Kong French Cruiser Arriau called on the American Consul no information from him - he informed me that there was nothing new to report here. A missionary who had just returned from an extensive trip into the interior had informed the consul that he had been treated with much consideration. U.S.S . New York - March 31st, 1902 Woosung China - Visited Chinese Cruiser Hai Chai cable from Widdes asking change of officers from G.C.M. not practicable - one case of Cholera in Cavite - condition in Manila improving. Glaicer arrived Cavite - Drake commanding Muntrey officially visited ship brought in 3 cases for G.C.M. U.S.S. New York April 2nd , 1902 Left ship at 3 pm for Shaug Hai 30 min from ship to station Woosung road is bad anchorage . The tides were up to more than four knots - ships at single anchor are liable to drag. Went to French hotel De Collmines - it is fairly good but the rooms are most uncomfortable - Captain Tah of the Chinese navy accompanies us. Friday April, 1902 Intelligence reports from Monterey Fortifications of the Yangsee River - Forts on Silver Island Black Dragoon forts -Forts at Chu San Knan Forts at Kiaung Yri Required examination of the county between Woosung and Shanghi copy of railroad maps mark chart examination of Woonsung river regards fortifications. U.S.S. New York- April 22nd 1902 New York sailed for Yokahma at 9am Weather raining: A German steamer came in last night with Prince Imperial on board - made preparations for a national salute address ship but found steamer had carried no distinctive flag boarding officer at 4am countermanded order for salute and dressing ship. U.S.S. New York Yokahama Japan Monday April 28th, 1902 Rear Admiral Evens hoisted his flag exchanged salutes Went to Tokio Made official visits to US. Minister To Prime Minister of Japan To Minister of War Called on Baron Kaneko. Wednesday June 18th, 1902 Arrived off Tokio and anchored nearly 10 miles out - Tug ordered previously met ship - left the ship at 10:15 am and went to Tokio took the train to Peking. Col Brown of the British Army Kindly offered the use of his car which was accepted. Taku forts are still being leveled by the international force those on the south side are all destroyed. Arrived at Peking at 7pm.was meet by a gentleman from the legation and a guard of honor from the 9th infantry. Went to the U.S. legation with my personal staff as a guest of Hon E.S.Conger. Thursday June 19th Visited the temple of Heaven discussed affairs with minister he informed me that the principal questions now between the Chinese Government and the internationals are: First as regards the transfer back to civil administration of the Tuiu Suen and Peking rail road and 2 the return of the city of Tien Sien to civil administration. The rail road is now under English military management. Called on the various foreign ligations - only met two personally the German and the Japanese. Friday June 20th, 1902 Visited the Summer Palace of the Emperor. A special permission from the Foreign office was required to visit the Palace it is the most interesting place about Peking but the effects of the results of the trouble in 1900 is very apparent and the destruction was very great - Repairs have been made to a very limited extent this place was occupied by the Italians and Russians who must have looted it to the fullest extent. Peking Sunday 22nd, 1902 Diplomatic dinner at the legation - meet the English Minister than the Austrian Charge of Affairs also the Russian Minister. Peking Tuesday June 24th, 1902 By Previous arrangements was given was audience by the Empress Dowager and the Emperor at the Winter Palace. The logbook has one torn page, one page detached from the binding and four blank pages and is overall G+. Good+.
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Book number: 0002347
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Keywords: Keywords: History of, Admiral Fredrick W. Rodgers, Asiatic Squadron, Logbook, China Station, Japan. Turn of the Century, Early Twentieth Century, Naval, Marine, Mariners, Warships, South China Sea, United States Navy, Usn, Flagships, Diplomacy, Nautical,

1914 - 1918 Original Manuscript Diary and Journal of a Religious Massachusetts Man Detailing the Bad Economy, Spiritual Matters, Societal Conditions and Suffrage Efforts Within His Church
Wellesley Massachusetts Mass Ma Boston, 1914. 16mo - over 5¾" - 6¾" tall. On offer is an original 1914 - 1918 manuscript journal handwritten by Albert E. George of Wellesley, Massachusetts. It appears that Mr. George was a clergyman as he writes about many religious topics, mentions giving sermons and speaks of others as "other clergyman". Entries paint a detailed picture of the times as he writes about many topics including the bad economy, poor living conditions, socialism, insane hospitals and he mentions the women in the church being involved in suffrage plus much, much more. Albert also does a good job as a diarist outlining his visits: Jamaica Plains, Lincoln School, S.J.C.D, Parker House, Harvard +++. Names mentioned include Judge Michael J. Murray, Mayor Curley, Dr. E.H. Bradford, Jack Rese, plus many others. There are approximately 100 pages and save for rubbing and the spine cap missing the book is overall G. Good.
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Book number: 0001546
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Keywords: Keywords: History of, Albert E. George, Wellesley, Massachusetts, Clergyman, Social Studies, Suffrage, Boston, Religion, Christianity, Christian Outreach, Americana, Handwritten, Manuscript, Document, Letter, Autograph, Diary, Journal, Log, Keepsake, Writ

1941 Original Manuscript Travel Diary of a Visit to Educator Martha Berry Mere Months Before Her Death and Handwritten Literary Notes and Comments by a Noted Author and Scholar
Mt Berry, Rome Georgia, 1941. 24mo - over 5" - 5¾" tall. Manuscript, On offer is a very interesting, original manuscript diary handwritten by the noted author Albert Shaw, who did the Review of Reviews, and many other works in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Of the 35 pages of entries including his noteworthy trip to visit American educator and the founder of Berry College in Rome, Georgia Martha Berry at her school in Mt Berry, Georgia in 1941 there are a number of pages of literary and scholarly commentary. It says in part: Dated June 1941 Trip to Mt. Berry - Cincinnati. "Left Winter Park 5:28 PM in Jacksonville for Rome Georgia to spend day at Berry Schools. Sent Carbon Copy by express today to AS Jr which I will probably call Ohio as I remember, will try on this trip to revisualize old scenes and note changes. Arrived Rome 10 AM met by Tracy Byers and Inez Henry, guest rooms in log cluster of buildings, very beautiful..At lunch, Mrs Wright widow of Judge Wright of Rome, Judge W was trustee and adviser, Mrs W is Martha Berry's sister, motored about by Tracy Byers, many improvements since last visit, summer school now on, commencement was about May 25, Boys all at work, harvesting, finest in US built up grad way, as easy to create well as to let things..Now have beef herd too on with more than 100 brood cows, slaughter for school..New dairy plant for Jerseys brick and red brick tile roofs most picturesque, boys made bricks and built one building after and then over a period of seven years, Cooper and Cooper of Atlanta architects nothing haphazard..Today and tomorrow cattle and dairy experts are coming from state and govt to inspect herds and plant note educational feature of construction work..Asked to have catalogue and up to date reports sent to me..Virginia took 3 small kodachrome films about 150 feet altogether. Visited Martha Berry at 5:30 PM in Berry Mansion, ill with bronchitis and heart trouble will improve, we think, with further rest, guest room in look houses quite perfect..Miss Watkins is from Arkansas highly trained and very original in designing rug patterns, carvings.." BIO NOTES: WIKIPEDIA: Albert Shaw (July 23, 1857 - June 25, 1947) was a prominent American journalist and academic of the early 20th century. Born in Shandon, Ohio to the family of Dr. Griffin M. Shaw, Albert Shaw moved to Iowa in the spring of 1875, where he attended Iowa College (now Grinnell College) specializing in constitutional history and economic science and graduated in 1879. While a student, Shaw also worked as a journalist at the Grinnell Herald. In 1881 he entered Johns Hopkins University as a graduate student. Shaw was elected professor of international law and political institutions at Cornell University but resigned the post in 1891 to accept Stead's invitation to establish an American edition of the Review of Reviews. Shaw served as editor-in-chief of this publication until it ceased publication in 1937, ten years before his death at the age of ninety. Shaw married Elizabeth Leonard Bacon of Reading, Pennsylvania on September 5, 1893. Overall VG. Very Good.
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Book number: 0002070
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1912 Original Manuscript Diary Handwritten by a Rebel Seventh Day Adventists Preacher and Theologian
Sheridan and Winslow Illinois IL, 1912. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Manuscript, On offer is a sensational, significant 1912 manuscript diary handwritten by rebel Seventh Day Adventist preacher Edward Ballenger. [While the diary does not have a name inside many other family members' names are mentioned plus there are other innumerable clues confirming ownership.] Edward and his brother Albion are easily found in a number of online websites for their troubles within the Church and authorship of a number of books and mentions in many more books. Bio notes below details much of their story. The diary begins with Edward living in California and then in the summer he sells his ranch and heads back home to Sheridan and Winslow Illinois. He talks about his brother Albion and mentions Mrs. White. At the end of the diary in December there's a supposed suicide of a friend or family member which is thought to be a murder. BIO NOTES: Research finds that Edward Ballenger (1864-1955) and Albion Fox Ballenger (1861-1921) his brother [whose original manuscripts #0001986 we list separately] were raised as 7th Day Adventists and later became preachers. Albion started the "Receive Ye the Holy Ghost" movement which helped inspire the Holy Flesh movement in the Seventh-day Adventist Church and later was dismissed from the church. However after a trip to England on missionary work Albion started teaching a "new theology" and because of this and him turning away from the 7th Adventist Church he became somewhat of an enemy of the 7th Adventist movement. That's when he began writing books on the subject (one being the original manuscript in the other archive listed) and was even involved in a trial because of it. Online sources find "On Trial for Heresy, The A. F. Ballenger Story" which is a very detailed history on both of the brothers; Edward and Albion. Another site provides: "Albion and Edward Ballenger were leading critics of the Seventh-day Adventist Church beginning in the early days of the 20th Century and carrying forward to the death of Edward. In Edward's latter years, Donald Mote began helping him in his work. After Edward's death, Mote continued the work until the early 1990's. The trio were primarily against the sanctuary view commonly held by most Seventh-day Adventists. They also opposed the authority and position of Ellen G. White. Besides tracts and small publications their main voice was "The Gathering Call" magazine." Here are some snippets: "January 1st, We are still on the Cypress Ranch trying to sell but don't expect to be able to tell the crop is started. Ida's and Nellie's families are still at Tropico. Albion is traveling among the heretical and his family is at Riverside. Ethel is book keeper at Paradise. Pa is at Rellis (?) for a week. Am taking treatment of Dr. Hoar three times a week. Have a smoke a little twice a night. I have cut down my magazine and expect to read more books this year." "January 9th, Finished the water in the chicken yards and filled up the ditch. Mr. W. R. Miller came for me to go over to his place about 6. He and Mrs. M. had been having a racket. He was so drunk that he was foolish. He accused his wife of many things and among them of being familiar with other men. She kept very quiet. I don't think I accomplished anything. Yet I hope he may mention it to me when he is sober." "January 25th, Set some gopher traps in A.M. Pa, Em and I went with Milton Miller's to aviation park to see them fly. Mr. Miller took us in his auto for $1.50. Lincoln Reachy did some very fine and daring manoeuvrings. It was quite windy so much of the program was not carried out." "February 12th, Fog and cloudy but no rain. Mr. Miller has been drinking hard. I went over and helped him feed the horses and got his bottle of whisky. Mrs. M. and her mother came over and slept here for fear of him." "February 17th, Mrs. Miller came over before we were up with the baby and took breakfast with us, staying till we went to church. He declared he would take the baby to the city with him. Em and I went to Centralia where I spoke on war and money. Had good freedom. Mrs. M. was with us most of P.M. She just insists on my going to the states attorney and helping her to arrange for sending Mr. M. to Patton for drunkenness." "March 24th, Attended the conference in A.M. and spoke 30 minutes to the Japanese in the Gless St. Chapel in P.M. on Arming the Nations. My second experience in speaking, three and an interpreter. Eld. Warren followed me. Bro. Blunt managed the affair. 13 Japs were present. Em and I came home in eve. Found two letters, one from Albie the other from Bro. Pooler telling of Gust's death the 18th. He died very suddenly of apoplexy." "March 26th, Had a good rain last week. Planted some radishes and lettuce in morning and then Em and I came to the Convention and to Tropico. Had Dr. Dreffenbacker pull a tooth of me. Dr. Hoare gave me another treatment. The convention closed today. Eld. Andross was elected P.M. convention president, Reaser, Reg. Lib. Sec. and Prof Lucas Ed. Sec. There was a pull for me but some one said I was unsafe." "April 7th, Didn't have to smoke today. Em had a very restless night. Her neck didn't seem to be any better. Didn't do anything but keep house and take care of Em. Pa and Albion came out in eve to stay all night. Albion gave a reading in eve on "Spirit of Prophecy." He certainly has some new light on the subject. It is so foolish for our people to teach that Sr. White is the spirit of prophecy. Everyone has the testimony of Jesus who is a Christian." "April 20th, Road my wheel to Artesia and Dr. Oatis took me to Norwalk. Spoke on Matt. 24:14. Had good freedom. Called on Maud Daniel and her father and Bro. Patton. Maud is quite discouraged and almost rebellious. Her father is very poorly. Confined to his bed and can hardly speak in a whisper. Sr. Foster brought me back to Artesia and I rode the way home. Very strong S.W. wind. Haven't had to smoke since the 4th, and have gained 5 pounds." "April 29th, Had to smoke but once. Mr. Will Miller has been drinking heavily for a few days and he was pretty badly used up today so he wanted me to go to the city with him to see a Dr. I took him to Dr. Leadworth and he gave him an examination. Said there was a little valvular difficulty but no serious organic trouble. Took him to Dr. Diffenbaucher to have a double set of teeth made. He felt pretty bad all day." "May 6th, Didn't have to smoke. Had Mrs. King irrigate for me and I went to Bro. Uborall's funeral. He had an operation about a month ago and had a reaction which caused his death. Dr. Fullmer conducted the service and his wife sang two selections. The Dr. only talked about 15 min. and I never heard him do so poorly. I feel that I have lost a very warm friend. Bro. W. was in good condition spiritually. His niece Mrs. Frank Pomeri was there with her father. Albion was down and spent most of forenoon with him. Brought a new pair of rubber boots." "May 8th, Irrigated all day or till 5. Then Em and I drove Miller's rig to Centralia prayer meeting where after a good meeting we took up 80 sub. for the 6 weeks. R. L. Signs and the absent members will probably raise it to over 100. United Hiram R. Kay, age 48 to Helen Cargill, age 50, in marriage. This was Sr. C's 3rd marriage. The church had been expecting it but the particular time was a surprise to them. Bro. Kay gave me $5.00 the first fee I ever received or took." "June 7th, had to smoke about every 2 hrs. till after midnight then slept pretty well. Feel much better this A.M. This spell of asthma has been coming on for several weeks. Have been loosing weight for several weeks and my digestion has been poor. I have been greatly disappointed in not being able to sell. The irrigating has been very slow and while it has been easy I have dreaded it every day. I never was so anxious to sell in my life and yet I suppose it is best for me to stick to it for a time as it is poor discipline to run away from a job when it is in a discouraging condition...." "July 11th, called to see Sr. Dayton about cancelling the mortgage and then came to Artesia to meet Em and sign the deed but when I came. Em told me the Young's were at our house wanting to back out so we came right home. Had quite a talk with them and finally they decided to take the place and he paid me $500.10" "August 1st, Em and I came back to Tropico. I spent the day in the city. Bought my ticket to Sheridan for $47.05 via Denver, Kansas City, St. Louis and Chicago." "August 4th, Spent the day preparing to go east. Took the Salt Lake at 8 P.M. Dave and Litta came to train with us. The partings were all very hard because of the uncertainty of my return but the saddest of all was the farewell to Pa at Riverside. When I saw the tears rolling down his cheeks it broke me all up. I hope I may regain my health so I can make a pleasant home for pa and show him the kindness and love he deserves. He has been more than a father to me. I didn't think Litta thought so much of us till we come to part." "August 5th, Had a bad night. Had to smoke every 2 hrs. and then was very restless. I got all fagged out packing and would have had a bad night anyplace. Started out to be a very warm day. Crossed into Nevada a little after 8. It has been a sandy, alkali waste with a variety of palm cactus at intervals. As we neared Utah the monotony broke and it got a little cooler. Had to smoke several times during day and felt very stuffy." "August 7th, Had to smoke 3 or 5 times. At daylight we were 10240 ft. high in Tennessee Pass surrounded by snow and a heavy frost. The run thru the Royal George was fine. Had quite a thunder shower just before we reached Denver. Lightening struck the Catholic's Church and knocked off the cross. Reached Denver at 4 nearly an hour behind. Em and I went to the Colorado Tract Society 1112 Kalamath St. and then out to see the place. Em went on at 9:45 and I took a room at the Columbia Hotel. Have a large south room at $3.50 a week." (He's in Denver until the 29th of August where he attends lots of religious camp meetings) "August 29th, Took the 7:15. C. B. & A. for Omaha and when I reached there I found I had to go right on or get to Kansas City late at night so I went right thru. Reached K.C. office but they had moved so I took a room and then went out to Electric Park. Saw a man run an auto around a wall 67 ft. in diameter with one wheel on a 90 degree L and the other on 75 degree L. They had a fine ladies band of about 40 nice modest Y.L. (young ladies?) who played very fine. One girl played a comet solo as well as I ever heard. A very hot day." (On to St. Louis, then Chicago and now back in his home town of Sheridan) "September 3rd, In old Sheridan again. Didn't have a smoke. Rested fairly well for me. Ate no breakfast and took it easy all day. The folks all look quite natural. Amos is looking fine. Mother hasn't changed but very little. Lyde has turned somewhat grey and Vieve isn't very plump. Allie is about the same. Sheridan is the same old stagnant place only a few residences have been built. It is about as stagnant a place as I ever saw. No paper, no water system, no electric lights. A very hot sultry day." "September 18th, We all went to Ottawa to the fair. Had our dinner on the grass. Rained in the P.M. so it was very sloppy. This is the first fair except World's Fair I ever attended. Em and I went to Clarence Reed's and the rest of the folks retuned on the freight. My left hip kept me awake last night." "October 2nd, Jim Ells and I walked to Freeport about 2 ¾ miles and took the freight to Winslow. Took us until about 11 to get there. The Ill. C. runs but one passenger and one freight per day. After walking up town for a few minutes I went over to Aunt Wennie's and then up to Phene Black's where I ate dinner. Neither of them would have known me had they not known I was coming. The old home looks quite natural only the forests are gone. The old white oak tree near the front yard is gone. A number of windows have been taken out. After visiting awhile took a stroll up to Martintown thru the big woods. They are nearly all gone except a little piece on the east side. The sand bank has been deserted. Met old man Deets and his wife. They have been married 63 years. Martintown has grown smaller. The old grist mill and saw mill are still there. Wood Roocker runs them. He furnishes light to Winslow. Road down to Winslow and went up to see Cora Steckel at school. She didn't know me. She looks quite old, warn and thin. Went home with her. Aunt Winnie looks about as usual only her right hand trembles quite badly. She still chews her tobacco." "October 5th, Didn't get up till nearly 9. Read awhile before dinner and then took a walk thru Cope's farm to Buchannan's pond and to Klasey's Mill and back via of Block's place. But what a change. Both ponds are no more; neither the mills. The ponds are now farm lands. The spring is filled up, the barn is torn down and the house is moved down to Sweeley's old place. Took supper with Cora. Went to town in eve. A nice day. Have had a smoke once each night." "October 16th, Wrote most of A.M. and went to Freeport in P.M. Called on Clara and Mary Swazey, Belle Taggart and Cora Farnum Burnwood. Took supper with Frank Richardson and then spent the eve with Charley Burnwood and family. Mrs. Farnum was with them. Charley is an active Christian worker now. Has two girls who sing nicely. Came back and stayed all night with Frank. He and his wife are the most deluded couple on religion that it has been my privilege to meet. They believe we live on the inside of the earth. There is no fact of science that they will not twist or destroy to carry their point. Didn't get to bed till after 11:30." "October 20th, Taught Jelma to make hammocks and then Jim brought me to the I. C. train. Reached Dixon at 11:10. Olive and George met me at the train and took me to the Evangelical Church where Pastor Smith spoke. He invited me to speak in eve so I spoke on Will the Old Book Stand. Didn't have very good freedom tho it seemed to be well received. Received a telephone message from Em telling me to come home as Frank Robertson had killed himself. Olive's home is a sad place. She can't talk five minutes without referring to Elgin's trouble. Rella, their eldest girl is a very fine girl and good reader. She recited several selections for me. Amos and Seymour went to Milwaukee to get Frank's body." "October 24th, Didn't have a smoke. The remains of Frank R. came on the 10:45 but the folks missed the train in Chicago so they came to Savannah at 1:12 and auto's met them. The funeral was conducted at 2:30 from Grandma R's home. Eld Barash conducted the service. Two girls sang Jesus Savior Pilot and Abide with Me." Amos and Seymour seem to be completely bewitched by the two girls. Frank's wife and her sister, they both defend the girls and the only reason they have for their opinion is the testimony of the girls. Amos thinks his death was an accident or done in a delirious dream. It seems that Frank was drinking some again. The girls testified that they were out with men, one at least married till 2:45 and drank at least 20 beers. I pity Vieve and Lyde for they are awfully chagrined at his defense of the two beer wretches. Will Kibben and Yada called to see me this morning. He expects to go to Cal to spend the winter." "November 18th, Am 48 today. My health is somewhat improved. Have not had to smoke much for a month. Have had a few light spells of asthma. My eyesight is as good as it ever was. Have never had to use glasses. My hearing is normal. In fact I feel pretty good for one my age except some stomach disturbance and the asthma. I am thankful for the health I enjoy. Weight 153. Lowered Knapp's auto floor so he could run his auto in without lowering the top. Worked pretty hard and felt very tired at night. A nice day." "December 4th, Rained a little last night. A very pleasant P.M. Went after water cress in P.M. Amos returned from Milwaukee at 11. He has changed his mind regarding the death of Frank. He believes he was murdered and that his wife had a hand in it. Made a couple of sets of cards." "December 17th, Rained last night and was threatening all day. Trimmed up some brush and chopped the wood. Finished reading "The Call of Dan Mathew's" by Harold Bell Wright. It is a story of a young minister in the Ozark Mts. His analysis of the condition of the church is very true but his characters are so unnatural and overdrawn that it is almost ridiculous. I can give no reason for its popularity than that it tries to overthrow the church." The covers of the diary have fallen off but are accounted for though really in awful shape. The tex block is otherwise G. Fair+.
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1912 Autograph Letter Signed [Als] by Famed Neurobiologist
Woods Hole Massachusetts Mass Ma, 1912. Soft Cover, 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Manuscript, On offer is an original manuscript letter dated July 17, 1912 Wood's Hole handwritten by Alexander Forbes to Mr. C W Estabrook saying there is NO Boat available for his client. Alexander Forbes was a Famous Neurobiologist. Normal wear and light folds but overall VG. Good.
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Book number: 0001199
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1942 - 1945 Handwritten Original Archive of 37 Hebrew Language Letters Sent by a Jewish Soldier in the British Army Depicting His Life and Service As Well As His Intimate Fears and Desires While Stationed in the Middle East
Israel, British Mandate of Palestine, Egypt, Libya, 1942. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Manuscript, On offer are 37 letters sent from Alexander Aviram Wiesel, a Jewish soldier in the British Army from 1942-1945. Alexander had volunteered into the British army beginning in 1942 during the height of World War Two. He was assigned to the 1st Camouflage Company and later to the Mechanical & Electrical Company No. 544, which was part of the British Royal Engineers in the Eighth Army, where he was sent to Egypt and to the Western Desert. The company operated the water supply system installed by the British. They were split into small units scattered along hundreds of kilometers of the water pipe. Early in 1945 the company was transferred to southern Italy and was in charge of maintenance of electrical installations, water supply and hospitals. The company was dismantled in 1946 and he was discharged and returned to Palestine. These letters were written by Alexander to his Jewish teacher and friend in British Mandated Palestine. All of the letters are handwritten in Hebrew script, and some are written on Jewish Brigade stationary. All were sent during his army service in Egypt (Mersa Matruh), the Western Desert, and Libya (Tobruk and Tripoli). They describe in intimate detail his experiences throughout his service, from the time he reached Egypt, to his move to Italy in 1945 until his return home. These letters capture some insights on his difficulties and loneliness as a soldier. In a letter dated October 8, 1942 he speaks candidly of his fear of death in the World War. On the opposite spectrum of emotion, his pride and joy when the Jewish flag is hoisted on the pole for the first time in their army camp is palpable and fascinating (February 15, 1943). He also speaks of the anger against the British government’s accusations that the Jewish soldiers are serving in the army for the sole purpose of obtaining weapons for the Haganah (the Jewish paramilitary force in the British Mandate of Palestine (30 Nov 43), and much more. The archive also includes two photos of Wiesel. The first is a loose photograph, showing Wiesel in casual clothing. It has the year 1941 written on the back. It is wallet sized. The other photograph, measuring no more than 2 inches by 1 inch is pasted onto a 1943 New-Year greeting card with a red seal mark depicting a rifle and a Star of David. This will make an excellent addition to any collection of Jewish Military History in WWII as well as a great addition to detailed and intimate Hebrew language experiences of 20th century warfare. Good.
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1911 + 1914 - 1915 Superb Original Manuscript Diary Handwritten by a Keenly Observant and Dedicated Diarist of This British Naval Commander's Service in the Early Years of World War I
Asea, 1911. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. On offer is the original pre-World War I and early commencement of the War manuscript diary of Commander Alfred Frederick Bell "AFB" Woodhouse Royal Navy. Entries date from June - August 1911 and May 1914 - April 1915 providing a unique pre-War commentary and then leading up to the actual conflict. Woodhouse begins on HMS Fantome off north west coast of Australia surveying: "..Shifted camp to Byron Islands for 4 days. Got there by 11am. Comber went away sounding in steamboat. I first saw the camp rigged up & then went away coastlining in 2 whaler...Away coastlining again at 7am nearly finished Byron Islands by evening. Enormous number of small islands had to be put in....Coastlining longcreek about 5 miles in & then small mangrove swamp..Dozens of flies about appallingly stung..Practically no sleep last night owing to bites. Away 7am, started near Beehive. Fixed one point & when turning found myself in whirlpool pass. Went down with flood.. Whaler hole in side. Camp - no rum, no sugar, no flour, no tea, very little water..". Then HMS Research (May 1914) off Ireland and Scotland: "..Weighed at 9.30 after the first mail had come on board & proceeded to the entrance to Wexford. Picked up tide pole & then to Blackwater Bank. Went away in motor boat with Hazlefoot but too misty to see anything. Returned at 3.30 & ship started for Larne. Then HMS King Alfred (August 1914): "..After dinner joined King Alfred from Research as my war appointment...We are at present ammunitioning & getting ready as quickly as possible. Invincible in harbour. (List of officers)...12 Midnight War declared against Germany..My first gun crew do not appear to know much about their drill but they are enthusiastic which is something & I have an excellent gun-layer..Submarine gun crews told off & stationed..Everyone pleased we are getting away but do not know where we are to go. Azores seems popular...Received orders to proceed to Scapa Flow..Ships here are all King Edwards 1st Battle Cruiser Squadron. Drake & 2 Edgar Cyclops & a good number of scouts, light cruisers & destroyer. All are painted light grey in different parts & black elsewhere so as to be difficult to take ranges on & also distinguishes them very well....We are painting our funnels & masts light grey & are chipping as much paint as possible off the ship...proceeded round west of Orkneys. At about 11.30 the Drake stopped a Russian barquentine but allowed her to proceed later. We stood by for firing practise...The Drake stopped & boarded a Norweigan steamer but let her proceed afterwards. Sighted a battle cruiser in evening. Heard that a German submarine had been sighted..Received news that German ships were in Norweigan fjords. Ordered by c-in-c to support Alsatian who is to patrol 20 miles from coast..Sighted Alsatian an enormous liner carrying as far as I could see only 8 4.7in or 6in. One shell would probably finish her..In afternoon intercepted signal from c-in-c to destroyers to attack enemies submarines which were apparently sheltering in Linza Sound Stronsea (Orkney Is)...Our army according to Poldhu message has held its own in Belgium but has had 2000 casualties, German losses unknown but believed to be very heavy..Heard the Monarch had a torpedo fired at her which only just missed...Sighted Drake in dog watches she told us that 1 BCS had had a scrap on friday morning with a good deal of success. Light cruisers, destroyers & 1 BCS raided near Heligoland & intercepted German cruisers & destroyers returning on friday early. Result 2 German L cruisers & 2 destroyers sunk, 1 L cruiser & several destroyers badly damaged..At 6.30 suddenly sounded off night defence stations. Falmouth had seen a submarine following the G??? into harbour & had waited till her conning tower came up & then fired at her. She says she hit her twice..Superb fired twice at supposed submarine..First shots fired in earnest today...We have received orders to convoy floating dock from Pentland Firth to Cromarty..The Pathfinder & Speedy have been blown up by mines but little loss of life..Got news that the Aboukir was sunk by submarine & that the Hague & Cressy going to her assistance were also sunk. It appears that a flotilla of submarines attacked them. 21 is the first score to their submarines. Ships are not much but loss of life was heavy I believe..Ships company & officers warned by captain about spreading any information about movements of ships or anything else...Proceeding to the HMS Devonshire (October 1914) "..Drove to Scabster in a motor lorry, got the mail packet at 4am to go to Scapa Flow. Arrived 7am got on board at 9am The Anglia one of the LNWR steamers which is acting as a fleet ??????..There was a big submarine scare during the day & all ships have left. Destroyers were hunting the submarines & say they got 3 but I rather doubt it..Went to a funeral in charge...Received orders to proceed on board Cyclops for passage to Devonshire in the Dryad...At 7pm the Dryad ran on to the rocks near Stromness..By 6pm I was on board the Devonshire after a week trying to get to her...I am to be tanky & prize officer & keep 4 watches...Proceeded on 24th 4pm & swept down to Heligoland way. Our aeroplanes bombed Cushaven & ships there on christmas day..Rear Admiral Pakenham hoisted his flag in Devonshire..Rendezvous with grand fleet & proceeded southward. Battle cruisers & light cruisers fought an action with German B Cruisers sinking the Blucher & severely damaging Deiflinger & Molke. We chased after them..The Lion was badly damaged by mine or torpedo as well as gun fire. The ships hit were only Lion 18 times Tiger 3 times the rest not at all...There are some dummy ships in harbour (Liverpool) with wooden turrets & superstructures, they are very good imitations from a little distance...Left Scapa Flow & joined 3rd CS at sea. While proceeding into harbour on afternoon of 14th we passed down a whole line of submarines each one near a sailing ship painted white. We opened fire at them all but I dont think hit. They did not seem to fire at us but one cannot be sure..". Covers measure approx 7 1/4" x 4 3/4" (18cm x 12cm) Cloth bound with 91 sides of entries. Covers heavily marked, with some ink staining and wear, some minor marking inside, about fair condition. Overall G. Good+.
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1920 - 1926 Original Global Multi Trip Manuscript Travel Journal and Personal Diary of a Young Wealthy Woman and Bryn Mawr Alumnus
Akron, Ohio, Pondfield Crossways, Bronxville Ny, 1920. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Manuscript, On offer is a super, original 1920 - 1926 manuscript multi trip travel journal and personal diary handwritten by Alice Cross Jones as stated in stamped gilt "Alice Cross Jones, June 26th, 1920." in a once premium book. Then inside is written "Alice Cross Jones 1215 Medina Road Akron, Ohio, USA. Pondfield Crossways, Bronxville, New York." Alice came from a very wealthy and notable family her father being the Chairman New York Tunnel Authority and a graduate of Princeton University class of 1896. The diary has 85 pages of densely written, small legible cursive of narrative and super illustrations concerning different trips, important events and social activities concerning her life from 1920-1926. She was at the esteemed Bryn Mawr College and details some exam and classes she took. While her diary narrative is an 'A' sadly her marks are not, at best the odd 'B' but many 'C's. Most of those are trips to Europe with even some wonderful drawings inside. The diary starts off with her boarding S.S. Venezuela on her way to Hawaii and so many more incredible places. Her writings leave little doubt that she is on a world tour: at the outset of the diary she has a list of places visited; Chicago, San Francisco, Honolulu, Yamaha, Tokyo, Kyoto, Kobe, Shanghai, Manila, Hong Kong, Singapore, Java, Ceylon, Egypt, France and London. She sailed on 6 different ships and the last one being the famous White Star Line "Olympic". She tours many of the battlefields of France as the war had just ended. After her trip she's got several entries about being at home and attending school, sometimes summarizing her adventures. One summer she writes about spending it at Camp Yokum, Becket Massachusetts. Then in 1926 she boards another famous ship the TSS "California" and heads on a trip to the United Kingdom. The covers of the 6 ½" x 8" book are off but are accounted for, very worn especially around the edges, some loose pages but overall Fair+. BIO NOTES FROM "Princeton Alumni Weekly, Volume 66, September 21st, 1965": "Alfred B. Jones born at Mt. Holly N.J. October 9th, 1874. Graduate of Princeton University class of 1896. Married Helen Cross on December 27th, 1900. Had one daughter, Alice C. Jones who was born December 10th, 1901. Worked a lineman with the Pennsylvania Railroad, then Diamond Rubber Co. later consolidating with B. F. Goodrich which he finally became vice-president. Major in WWI and then in 1925 became associated with the late Jesse H. Jones of Houston Texas in organizing and conducting his real estate interests in New York City and planned, financed, built and operated many large office building, apartments and the hotel May Fair House. Was president and director of numerous companies. In 1936 he was appointed chairman of N.Y. City Tunnel Authority building the under river tunnels, notable Queen's Mid Town and Brooklyn Battery. Owing to long hospital confinement he developed a crippling arthritis that confined him to his home in Mt. Holly under the devoted care of his daughter until his death. His wife died some years ago.". Fair+.
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Keywords: Keywords: History of, Alice Cross Jones, Akron, Ohio, Pondfield Crossways, Bronxville, New York, New York Tunnel Authority, Asia, Egypt, Hawaii, Camp Yokum, Becket Massachusetts, Travel, Americana, Grand Tours, Global Travel, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, Wome

1920 Original, Remarkable Manuscript Diary Handwritten by the Keen Eyed, Very Bright Teenage Daughter of a Noted Covington, Virginia Lawyer Who Provides a Lively Account and Excellent Illustrations of the Roaring 20s Through the Eyes of a Small Town Girl
Covington, Virginia, 1920. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Ill.: /. Manuscript, On offer is an original highly detailed diary covering three months in life of a teenage girl living in a small Virginian town in 1920s. Frances Allen was the youngest daughter of William Edwin Allen, a noted lawyer from Covington, Alleghany County, who was a commonwealth's attorney for the county in 1890s and 1910s, and whose biography can be found in Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography published in 1915. Frances just turned 16 by the time she started this diary in August 1920, but she seems rather independent with her parents often being away. She describes her life of a typical teenage girl who spends much time with her friends, her friend Annie is mentioned most often, plays ball, goes to the cinema almost every day, goes to school and practices the piano. Her light-hearted account is full of small details and observant remarks. She gives characteristics to local residents and school teachers. She is concerned with being overweight mentioning it several times: "I know that I nearly mashed Marion into a pancake because I was sitting on her lap, and a sixteen-year old girl weighing 110 pound is no light weight", and again "At night I went to church and everyone told me how fat I was getting". Her elder sister Lucia is getting married in October, and there are going to be 6 more weddings in their church, so she devotes 2 pages to it: "Frances showed me the things for the luncheon and told me all about it. The favors are little old-fashioned bouquets made of colored candy covered with paraffin paper with little funs, tin foil and even the little flower pins. Then there are little cups that are to be filled with nuts that are made of crepe colored paper tied with contrasting ribbon..Charlotte Mason will be a cupid without any clothes on carrying a bow and an arrow and also a telegram. She will be out on the table and will walk over and hand the telegram to Mrs. Luke.." She also describes Jackson camp races and a two-day trip to the Natural Bridge and to Washington: "We left about three, and instead of going over North Mt. we took the Carrs Creek road. I had never been that way before and the scenery was lovely ..We arrived at Lexington at six and met Mr. Young out at Castle Hill playing golf..On the way over we had lots of fun singing songs..". Though she often seems light-minded and childish, writing about clothes, games, pillow fights, and gossiping about some of the town residents, she is often serious and is worried about her mother: "Papa hasn't been home for three days..He is just worrying mother's life out of her..I certainly do wish that I could go to work and earn a little money to help mother out". She also mentions political and cultural events, including Wall Street bombing and November elections. The diary contains numerous names of local residents, many of which were well known in the county, like DR. J.A. Riffe from Clifton Forge hospital, characteristics of school teachers and students. It also includes multiple details about lifestyle and interests of young girls in those days, including clothes, hairstyle, sport and reading preferences, and many names of the movies she watched. The diary has over 100 densely filled pages covering the period from August 20, 1920 to November 11, 1920, some entries taking several pages. First several pages are falling out. Good.
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Book number: 0008023
USD 2255.99 [Appr.: EURO 2035 | £UK 1733.75 | JP¥ 248505]
Keywords: Keywords: History of, Allen, Frances, 20th Century, 1920s, United States, Virginia, Alleghany County, Covington, Clifton Forge, Jazz Age, Roaring Twenties, Engagement Parties, Wedding Parties, Films, Schools in Virginia, Jackson Camp, W.E. Allen, Young Pe

1943 - 1944 Original Manuscript Diary Handwritten by a Jewish Volunteer from Jerusalem in British Mandated Palestine Who Helps Fight Germany Serving in His Majesty's Royal Navy
Jerusalem Israel Palestine, 1943. 48mo - over 3" - 4" tall. Manuscript, On offer is a super, original World War II manuscript relic of one Jewish Brigade soldier's service in Britain's Royal Navy. Handwritten primarily in Hebrew by Amnon Ish-Shalom H/MX 595216 who lived at Hayeshiva Street in Jerusalem begins Monday September 18th 1944 through to September 1945 to detail his personal and service duties in the small though near full 3½ x 2½ inch book in Hebrew. [Ironically we note his name Ish-Shalom translates to Man-of Peace.] His personal details and his experiences as a Jewish soldier who was recruited from volunteers in the Jewish community in what was then British Mandated Palestine are herein given in this very rare personal account. Historians and researchers will find Amnon's writings filled with technical and personal details; places he served, army units, military courses, meetings, members, and all manner of his experience. The text block is pulling back from the cover but still intact and overall G. BIO NOTES: One online source provides: Amnon Ish-Shalom (b. 1925), who served in the Palmach and the Royal British Navy. [1940s]. Ish-Shalom fought in Gush Etzion with the Jerusalem HISH companies. Ish-Shalom suffered a head injury and was taken as prisoner by the Jordanians upon the Gush Etzion surrender, one day prior to the declaration of the State of Israel. He was discharged from prison on February 22 1949. Later in time Ish-Shalom founded the "Ein Bokek" hotel on the shore of the Dead Sea. Good.
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Book number: 0002204
USD 3255.99 [Appr.: EURO 2937 | £UK 2502 | JP¥ 358658]
Keywords: Keywords: History of, Amnon Ish-Shalom, Jewish Soldier from Palestine Serving in the British Royal Navy, Wwii, Ww2, World War II, the War Against Germany, Allies Vs Axis, Middle East, the Levant, North Africa, Hebrew, Jews, Judaica, Britain, England, Ein

1945 - 1949 Original Manuscript 5 Year Diary of an East Bay Oakland Socialite, Tycoon and Wheeler Dealer
Oakland, California Ca, 1945. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Manuscript, On offer is the fascinating, original 1945 - 1949 post World War II manuscript diary handwritten by a Bay Area - Oakland California business woman Amy Requa Long, later Mitten (1876-1960), a.k.a. Mrs. Oscar Fitzalan Long, who was one of the East Bay's most prominent socialites who later became a successful businesswoman in her own right. When her husband died she made headlines purchasing two banks in Willits, this coming on the heels of a number of successful real estate deals. Amy Long got involved in real estate when she led the effort to subdivide the Requa Estate on Highland Avenue in Piedmont near their home at 65 Hazel Lane. The Requa house was known as "The Highlands" and could be seen from San Francisco. It contained 40-acres of gardens, but was razed in 1923. After Long's death, she remarried Homer Mitten of Willits. She was also the President of the Women's Athletic Club of Alameda County and served on their board of directors for many years. She was a regular fixture in the local society pages. Here are some snippets: April 27, 1945: "Four years today! SK was very sweet. Stayed here and gardened and had fun. He gave me tin ???, two files. We had a very happy day." Jan. 31, 1946: "Sadie and I did the work. Alexis still has cold and complains of side. I can't get her to see any doctor about it." Sept. 3, 1947: " SK and I off early to Ukiah. Braziers office. To court for trial with Cecil Woodruff. All day session. I stayed hour twenty minutes. Tired out. To see Joan Walter Moore testified for us. Vic ? and Satchwell for Woodruff. Glad to get home." The 8 x 5.5 inch book, about two thirds full is in rough condition, the leather cover and spine is stained and worn but overall G. BIO NOTES: Obit Online: Amy Requa Mitten Services Held Today in Oakland Private services were held today at the Albert Brown Mortuary, Oakland, for Mrs. Amy Requa Mitten, a socially prominent member of a pioneer San Francisco family, who died Friday at her Piedmont home. Well known in this area, Mrs. Mitten had spent considerable time at her home in the north end, of Redwood Valley, the Mariposa ranch. She was a charter member of the Board of Directors of the Ukiah Community Concert Association and a member of the Ukiah Garden Club. Mrs. Mitten was a daughter of the late Issac Requa, who made a fortune at Virginia City during tlie Comstock boom, and was a sister of the late Mark L. Requa, former Republican national committeeman and chairman of the commission which selected the site for the Bay Bridge. The widow of Brig. Gen. Oscar Long, Mrs. Mitten was married in 1941 to Homer Mitten, Redwood Valley rancher. She is survived by her husband, her daughter, Mrs. Joseph Toppero, two grandchildren and six great-grandchildren". Good+.
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Book number: 0002190
USD 1655.99 [Appr.: EURO 1493.75 | £UK 1272.5 | JP¥ 182413]
Keywords: Keywords: History of, Amy Requa Long Mitten, Oakland, Mining, Politics, Industry, Real Estate Magnate, Mrs. Oscar Fitzalan Long, Willits, the Highlands, Women's Athletic Club of Alameda County, Socialite, Post World War II, Ww2, Wwii, Americana, Handwritt

1949 Original Post War Manuscript Diary Handwritten by a Charming Russian Studies Sorority Sister and University of Mississippi Coed
1949. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Manuscript, On offer is a charming, original manuscript diary dated 1949 handwritten by a University of Mississippi coed enjoying Campus life and academics. Beginning, in the largish 8 x 5 inch page a day book, February 1st and while a little sporadic at times she does a good job detailing her life through to August. Being this was her senior year and she was a popular student with many friends and activities we note her sorority and social life were a whirlwind all while she studied Russian history. Of some small note she was an extra in the filming of the INTRUDER IN THE DUST movie, written by William Faulkner. It was a scene filmed in Oxford. While her name is nowhere to be found we are confident local genealogists or researchers will no doubt discover her name.Some soiling but overall G. Good.
M. Benjamin Katz, Fine Books/Rare ManuscriptsProfessional seller
Book number: 0002552
USD 1155.99 [Appr.: EURO 1042.75 | £UK 888.5 | JP¥ 127336]
Keywords: Keywords: History of, University of Mississippi, Ole Miss, Deep South, Lake Providence, Louisiana, Vicksburg, Oxford, Booneville, Grenada, Tupelo, Southaven, University of Mississippi Medical Center, University of Mississippi Field Station in Abbeville, N

1950s Original Manuscript and Typed Notes of One of France's Foremost Mid-20th Century Art Critics
Paris, France, 1950. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Ill.: /. Manuscript, On offer is a rare group of manuscript and typed notes written by one of France's most influential art critics and exhibition organizers. The collection comprises 58 loose-leaf pages, 8.5 inches by 11 inches and dates from the 1950s or 1960s. The typed manuscript is single-sided and accompanying notes are for the most part double-sided. The entire collection is in French and is in very good condition. Andre-Berne-Joffroy was born in 1915 and passed away at the age of 93 in 2007. He worked for twenty five years at the Museum of Modern Art in the city of Paris as mission manager. He was responsible for many of the important Paris exhibitions of modern art from the 1950s through the 1980s He created a number of significant exhibitions such as Lam, Matta and Penalha in 1968, Kandinsky in 1972, Music in 1972-1973, Hartung in 1980. But the most important of his initiatives were presented outside his home museum: "Pierre Loeb" at the Loeb Gallery in 1979. He is also credited with the rediscovery of the Italian master artist Michelangelo Caravaggio with the publication in 1959 of the book Le Dossier Caravage. Caravaggio had a formative influence on the Baroque school of painting. The manuscript is titled La Peinture Byzantine and refers to a particular style of painting. Another page has the notation Staël (Galerie Dubourg) at the top of the page. This refers to the great French painter Nicholas de Staël who Berne-Joffroy knew and had written about. This is a rare collection from one of France's great art critics and writers. An art historian would find them most valuable for the insights gleaned from Berne-Joffroy's notes and drafts. Certainly, they are important to anyone studying France's overwhelming importance in the world of art. Good +.
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Book number: 0008067
USD 3355.99 [Appr.: EURO 3027.25 | £UK 2578.75 | JP¥ 369674]
Keywords: Keywords: History of, France, Andre Berne-Joffroy; Museum of Modern Art, Paris; René Héron de Villefosse, Carravaggio; Loeb Gallery; Galerie Dubourg; Nicolas de StaêL; French Art; Byzantine Painting; Byzantine Art; History of Art; Art Historians; French A

1950s to 1960s Original Memory Book and Letter Copy Book of a Viet Cong Soldier Leaving His Friends for the War in the South
Vietnam, 1955. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Vietnamese, On offer is a fascinating, original manuscript relic of the early Vietnam War dating back from the mid to later 1950s to the early 1960s. Handwritten by a Vietcong soldier called Mao [full name Ðang Van Xuân], the book is comprised of poems, letter copies and diary like entries and pages that remind one of memorial albums with entries by friends and admirers with whom he studied political courses by the Communist Party in Hanoi for 3 years. The writings include; sentimental, patriotic love poems about the role of love in war and love in general; also the lyrics of popular songs which our research finds are still known in Vietnam today. Our research suggests he lives in the North and the book commemorates that he is going far away. We know he is heading South on a 'mission' and likely combat as names mentioned include southern provinces: 'Nghe An' and 'Ha Tinh'. Interestingly the book had a dual purpose. When reversed the last 10 pages or so were used for mounting stamps; tax stamps, payroll stamps, we can only surmise but the stamps have since been removed but not by us. The book is in poor shape, the text block loose but all accounted for. Some old water damage but all the narrative and entries are legible. Poor.
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Book number: 0002429
USD 2455.99 [Appr.: EURO 2215.5 | £UK 1887.25 | JP¥ 270536]
Keywords: Keywords: History of, French Indochina, Vietnam War, VC Van Sam, Bao Tien Phong Tang, Viet Minh Communist Party, Viet Nam ÐEc Lep ÐEng Minh Hei, League for the Independence of Vietnam, Communist, Nghe an, Ha Tinh, Battle of ÐIen Biën Phe, He Chí Minh, Ngö

1986 - 2007 Super Original Archive of Five [5] Manuscript Diaries & One [1] Photo Album Detailing the Life, Loves and Singing Career of a Drug Taking, Sexually Confused Woman Who Intimately Details Her Highs, Lows and Constant Cravings for True Happiness
Dublin Ireland, 1986. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. On offer is a super, very intimate archive of five [5] original 1986 - 2007 manuscript diaries and one [1] circa 2007 photo album detailing the life, loves, career and sexuality of a late 20th, early 21st Century young woman who experiences the almost typical 'Sex, drugs, rock and roll' lifestyle. We read the diaries as a fascinating epic soap opera: lesbian relationships and dalliances include a very loving and secure lesbian relationship with her companion Monna [only to find out later that the author is actually married], smoking pot, losing her virginity [heterosexually], interest in Tony Robbins, new age exploration, religious exploration, an attempt [somewhat successfully] at a singing career are all tangential as we follow Angela A. [we withhold the last name here for privacy concerns] from 1986 through 2007. Angela also details much of her life retrospectively: parental issues, sexual abuse by an uncle, her religious devotions etc. A great deal of time is spent in Dublin Ireland and some in the United States. Collectors, researchers and historians of women's studies, drug abuse and gender/sexual issues will find the archive a treasure trove. Here are snippets: Diary 1 "July 30TH 1986 - Hi My name is ANGI .. cum N2 my world.. I have 2 worlds .. this is the 1st ..PERSONAL U will C that the 2 intertwine themselves N2 1 .. 2gether they make me WHOLE.. I shall only write in ink because words cannot B erased .. EVER.." "AUGUST 26TH, 1986 - Hola! Boy do I have alot to tell..I was on the road last weekend and I sort of got myself in a bad position. Actually, its a good position.. but I am unable 2 deal with how good it really is. U see ..Louie is a friend of my BAND and he is so sweet. I like him alot..I often thought it would b neat 2 go out with him..The band was performing at this wedding and Louis came up 2 me ..and as he always does .. offered words of praise and encouragement. I guess that kind of drew me 2 him 2 .. he was so kind and helpful 2 me. Anyway.. I had a friend at the wedding ..her name is Sandy. She had a crush on Louis 2. We were both calling TINA a BITCH cause she was born lucky..Anyway..Sandy told Louis. Louis told Sandy that he liked me 2. I was overjoyed. But then... I feel though as he expected 2 much.. He's a wonderful man, and he started kissing me.. my heart began beating faster and faster, but so did my insecurities. I was XXXXX (omitted for privacy) for 3 years XXXXX. XXXXXXX (omitted for privacy), and I haven't really been with anyone..He told TINA 2 go home, and she didn't. So he got another room and invited me over. I was supposed to stay with Wayne and Betty Anne. I kept saying I had to go and he kept persuading me not 2..I like Louis but not enough 4 SEX. I am ashamed I slept all nite with him. I did nothing "wrong" - except what I did not feel right for me yet.." "September 10TH 1986 - Well I sort of got myself out of the mess. I told Louis my feelings and he still cares 4 me and I like him as a good friend..Now however..I find myself in a ridiculous situation. BOBBY, a bass player in the band, is the main heart throb in my life..I dont want him 2 be going back 2 LOUIS and telling him all the things I do. If I should kiss him its none of LOUIS business right? Anyway, he's the biggest sex freak in the world. Rumour has it HE''S SCREWED 12 DIFFERENT GIRLS in 14 DAYS. So thats strike 2. I need a man who loves me. And I will go 2 bed with him ..I need to know he'll treat me even better the next day. I want a long term relationship..Strike 3 - he's in the band. That's a major No-No in business. But whenever I am around him..I cant help it. Theres something in his eyes that makes me feel a way that I've never felt B4. I could just throw myself at his mercy. Its scary." "September 24TH, 1986 - Today I became a woman. I closed the doors 2 my past and made room 4 my future." "JUNE 27, 1991 - ..Sometimes out of a group of men, I single one out in my brain as the one I want to want me. If they do - my confidence soars and Im great in the studio and am all happy and cheerful. But if they dont show me proper interest, I get bummed out and dont sing as well. I know Im weird..I have a wonderful man at home who loves me more than anything, but I cant help it. I get bummed. POCKET. Weird name..WEIRD GUY..and so blunt and unreachable. He probably doesn't have the slightest idea of WHAT TO DO WITH HIS DICK OR HIS TONGUE..but he doesnt even notice me, which drives me crazy. I'd NEVER EVER HAD AN AFFAIR on Mark, but these thoughts constantly permeate my brain, EVERYTHING IS SEXUAL to me.." Diary 2 (120+ pages) "October 30, 1995 - Dublin, Ireland - I awake this morning feeling quietly refreshed and rejuvenated .. in the mood to create, in the spirit to explore.. in the will to take everything that is imperfect to my perceptions and make it perfect. Last night was one of the most wonderful nights I have had in a long while. I thoroughly enjoyed myself as I read aloud for hours to the attentive and sometimes slumbering Monna. I enjoyed sharing thoughts with her and talking about some of the things we have read. I also enjoyed her reading of 2 lines of BLAKE to me. At first she would not read a word aloud to me..and finally when I begged for one line and then another I delightfully thought how wonderfully romantic and dramatic just those two lines had sounded and I felt inwardly.. that she hadn't a right to keep that from me any longer. I think I will enjoy hearing Blake and Shelby and Byron and anyone else that cross our literary path.." "1995 - Continued ..Monna and I just got back from the Dublin Mountains. At first thought we were journeying there to visit the piece of land I am hoping to purchase in about six months. However, we wound up finding the perfect album cover location in a place known as Sally's Gap..There was an old man on this road with a cane and a couple of dogs ..I longed to interact with him..just be there to see what this man was about. Did he live alone? Had he lived in Dublin Mountains all his life? Did he have children? He was obviously OLD IRELAND and I found his personna quite fascinating as I do most of the elderly people I observe here. There is a spirit within them that no young person can possible exude..their presence demands a smile of respect. In AMERICA OLD PEOPLE ARE HIDDEN and less spirited - here their EYES DANCE with 'I'VE SEEN IT ALL, I'VE LIVED IT ALL ..and I CAN LIVE A LITTLE MORE.." "November 4, 1995 - Dublin, Ireland - Monna took me on an outing today. We were originally going to do more test shots but we were both so P.M.S.'d I dont think it could have happened - besides it was a bit too dreary outside. At any rate MONNA loaned me her overcoat and it FELT SO WARM and COMFORTABLE and like I HAD HER RIGHT NEXT TO MY SKIN. IT REALLY FELT SO GOOD.. I really really love her and I am so lucky to have her in my life. I have needed her for so long and am glad that we are both finally together.." "November 5, 1995 - Dublin, Ireland - ..Today my fears ran the gamut. You name it I felt it. BEVERLY WILSHIRE ATTACKS ..HAGGARD ATTACKS..CLAUSTROPHOBIC FEELINGS..people phobias..every single fear knocking hard on my doors and throwing pebbles at my windows allowing me no rest in my sanctuary.. I look down at my legs and I see huge, huge, huge..and I instantly think OH MY GOD..How did that happen? and I mind F____K myself and bwgin the mental .." "1995 - Dublin, Ireland - ..I literally become paralyzed in bed and dont want to come out and die if I hear footsteps coming toward my room. I always ask myself "What will happen if I come out?" I always answer "I will feel uncomfortable and rejected." There is nothing more PAINFUL than sitting in the LIVING ROOM WITH MY LOVER and not being comfortable to SIT ON THE COUCH DRAPED OVER HER and having to sit in a chair far away as possible because her .." November 8 , 1995 - Dublin, Ireland - ..This probably sounds like a massive mental masturbation attack..so let me stop here.. and say..The next three months must be spent on MAKING THE ALBUM A BIG SUCCESS. I have waited nearly 20 YEARS to be successful..lets not make it 21 or 22 and so on. Lets end the waiting now. I am not daunted by fame now. I have the MOST LOVING FRIEND AND PARTNER in MONNA and I live in a manic but tranquil place and I am so willing and able to be at my best NOW - in a way that I never was before.." "November 18 or 20, 1995 - Dublin, Ireland ..Last night MONNA and I made some new rules for ourselves. ALWAYS AVAILABLE unless otherwise stated ..TEA TOGETHER in the morning .. I must pursue my interests while she cannot spend time with me instead of wallowing in sadness..and the new sleeping at eleven and waking at four..and well..after the argument a brilliant bond emerged stronger and closer than the one before and the MOST INTIMATE AND PASSIONATE EXPRESSION FOLLOWED. All is well.." Diary 3 (200+ pages) details include family life, men, life on the road as a singer, money, life in the band as a singer, her life as a virgin which is described in the beginning pages, the loss of her virginity on September 24, 1986 and the days leading up to it and actually how she felt at that very moment and the days afterwards, her addiction to sex as she later states that everything is sexual to her. Further entries include reference to her marriage to a guy named Pocket or Mark and then the diary skips from 1986 to 1991. Her colorful life is filled with fun, love, sex, rock and roll mixed with a triple dip of emotions and feelings that are sure to make Dr. Phil blush. Diary 3 (100+ pages) Dublin "October 22, 1995 - "Monna really needs to relax. I really need to spend time with her as strictly my lover and friend without my concern over interruptions and being caught.." "August 27, 1995 - Am I wrong to be irritated sometimes? Is it so bad for me to desire physical expression at certain times and have a pregnant longing to express it when I want? I find it difficult to adjust to a planned sex life .. and find the plans falling through loads of times. Anyway..I'm done moaning. It just feels weird sometimes and sometimes it hurts. And sometimes all the rallying and longing and competing and rallying and longing and not winning at the end of the day really takes its toll on my head. This is the frame of mind I've been most challenged by..As I was writing Monna woke up and she asked me to read this and we laughed. She beautifully remedied my frustration and I felt better.." "August 31, 1995 - ..I am married now - but really have a best friend that I get to plunk whenever its allowed..which I wouldn't mind as much if everything else was cool. (Monna called me an asshole for writing that) Maybe I am - I don't know everything seems in disarray.." "September 18, 1995 - ..The guy downstairs brought over some pot on Friday - no Saturday. I've had a lot of fun smoking over the weekend. It was interesting being near Sarah in an altered state and listening to her vocal inflections. She is not what I have made her out to be. I would take the ultimate care of her if ever it was needed, but I find her very very ridiculously arrogant and spoiled. The spoiled part is alright because all kids should be spoiled but the arrogance is quite annoying. I suppose not if she were mine - but because of the constant competition for Monna's affections - I find it unbearable.." Diary 3 helps one to understand why, as described in the other diaries, during her days in Dublin Ireland (1995) why she became first in love with men to making a transition in life whereby she was in love with Monna and Sarah. A few quotations from the other diaries just to illustrate: Excerpt: "October 22, 1995 - "..Monna really needs to relax. I really need to spend time with her as strictly my lover and friend without my concern over interruptions and being caught.." "August 27, 1985 - Am I wrong to be irritated sometimes? Is it so bad for me to desire physical expression at certain times and have a pregnant longing to express it when I want? I find it difficult to adjust to a planned sex life .. and find the plans falling through loads of times. Anyway..I'm done moaning. It just feels weird sometimes and sometimes it hurts. And sometimes all the rallying and longing and competing and rallying and longing and not winning at the end of the day really takes its toll on my head. This is the frame of mind I've been most challenged by..As I was writing Monna woke up and she asked me to read this and we laughed. She beautifully remedied my frustration and I felt better.." Diary 4 (300+ pages) "MAY 23, 2005 - Anyway - had my first predator dream in a long time. I woke up this morning in absolute terror. I think I even cried. I murdered my predator - brutally..and boy was I affected. Monna and Sarah were in the dream and they were behaving as if it was no big deal. I on the other hand was thinking I had fled the crime scene, etc..It was weird the predator turned out to be Etair in the end - even though throughout the dream it was a "Irae Type." After I retaliated as the predator was dying - the hair started growing and he turned into Etair. It was terrible when I realized the predator was her and I had actually killed her. Jesus - it ranks as probably the third scariest dream I've ever had." "JUNE 7, 2005 - ..Who the hell is Sarah to hurl any kind of insult or bad feeling my way? And what kind of idiot am I to fall into the trap of it? She's just an arrogant spoiled "I love you - No - I hate you" kind of person. I mean just fuck off. And as for me.. I need to get my shit together..because this petty nonsense is an insult to my existence. Fuck all the politics under my roof - at the studio - and under the stars. Just fuck off to every stupid asshole in existence." "September 14, 2005 - Yesterday was awesome - Mand I went to DUN LAOGHAIRE and just had a really relaxing time together to celebrate the commitment of 80,000 euro to our record fundraising." "September 18, 2005 - ..Monna is spending the night at Mary's .I don't exactly know why we all could not go. - but she wanted to go alone. I wonder how she is doing. It feels weird her not being here. - but curiously enough I feel so solid in knowing she will be back and that all is well..I felt so happy that I'm not in a conventional relationship.." Diary 5 (140+ pages) "I start this journal as I start a new journey.. last evening I had 1000 euro's to squander.. all to my little self. I spent 92 euro's and got a pair of DOC MARTINS. Cool ones Red with zippers. It was weird..Sarah's grown - we're leaving IRELAND for awhile. My dreams in tact.. I'm in tact - better than ever.. unscathed by life - only enlightened..Today got a great guitar..cherry red..beautiful already started a new song on it. I'm in awe..I was thinking about getting a new YORKEE.. I still am..but realistically it has to wait until after we are done working MY RECORD..I am looking forward to putting in so much work on the album ." "MARCH 31, 2007 - OLIVER AND BRIAN WENT THROUGH FINAL BREAK-UP. I feel bad for Oliver in the short term and really good for him long term. Brian would be nothing but a futile burden at the end of the day..Brian told Monna that he didn't want to be in a relationship - that he wanted to be a free agent. Well Brian - Free you are! I know Oliver must be devastated. He really, really likes Brian. Personally I am glad its over. The finale was quite scary. Oliver had to leave his apartment last night and Monna arranged for Jimmy to get Brian out of Ollie's apartment this morning. Monna and Jimmy felt sorry for Brian until Monna had the free agent conversation. Then she realized that BRIAN HAD STOPPED LOVING OLLIE - IF he ever did at all. Poor Ollie - He deserves to be loved ..He deserves to find that perfect relationship - LIKE MONS AND I HAVE - NO NONSENSE - TRUST (EVEN IN PMS!!)." "SEPTEMBER 10, 2006 - ..An hour ago my XXX (Intentionally omitted for privacy) called me to tell me my XXXX (Intentionally omitted for privacy) shot himself last week. He had been XXXX (Intentionally omitted for privacy) since 1976 and had been experiencing a pain in his right arm and apparently he left a note for his XXXX (Intentionally omitted for privacy) explaining he didnt want to burden him anymore. He SHOT HIMSELF THROUGH THE HEART. I feel guilty for not feeling very much. I suppose I feel that all of the men in my XXXX (Intentionally omitted for privacy) were/are stains on this earth - even though those stains are part of my blood. I just feel that the XXXXXX (Intentionally omitted for privacy) turned the women in their lives into EMOTIONAL PRETZELS ..twisted, soft, and convoluted. Scarred by their fists .. scarred by their words..scarred by their stupid actions.." "SEPTEMBER 3, 2006 - I am very happy I suppose. We PAID FOR THE ALBUM yesterday.. [MELODIES OF 547] and that deems it officially finished from where I am sitting. There is nothing more that I can do creatively. It is born..and now the job of rearing this album must begin. Getting it out there.. doing it justice in the best possible way .. while making a difference ..which is the point of the album.." "JANUARY 17, 2007 - Well I have found my work footing and I actually finished our BALLYDOWD plan. I think Jimmy is going to end up buying Ballydowd for a million. That means Monna and I will have about a hundred grand at the end of the day.. Not as much as we thought intially, but we can do everything we need to. Buy a house, do the record - just not as much to play with as we thought .." "JANUARY 26, 2007 - The Ballydowd guys are asking until next thursday. Funnily enough Jimmy asked until next friday. We have 2 weeks to put some kind of deal for Glenmore House together. As of today there is an offer for 2.4 MILLION which she is ready to take.." "MARCH 9, 2007 - I love Sinn Fein .. and Sinn Fein is becoming more popular in IRELAND which makes me feel excited because to me they are the one hopeful party that would work to create a United North and South. I would love to see the UK out of the North someday - and all counties - (the 6 in the North) gone back to the South.. the HEAD OF THE TEDDY BEAR REUNITED TO ITS BODY." An undated photo album, though showing a youngish woman we estimate in her early 20s frolicking with her intimate circle of friends. Overall VG. Very Good.
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Book number: 0001657
USD 2285.99 [Appr.: EURO 2062.25 | £UK 1756.75 | JP¥ 251809]
Keywords: Keywords: History of, Ireland, Rock and Roll, Singers, Musicians, Late 20th Century, Early 21st Century, Gender Issues, Sexuality, Lesbianism, Lgbt, Lesbian, Gender Identity, Women's Studies, Women's Issues, Drugs, Addiction, Pot, Marijuana, Homosexual, S

1932 Original Handwritten Diary of a Young Woman’S Trip from Coast to Coast on a Greyhound Bus, Seeing Sights, Visiting Friends, and Living Leisurely in Great Depression Era America
Waltham Massachusetts Ma Los Angeles California Ca, 1932. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Manuscript, On offer is the 1932 travel journal kept by Anna P. Hastings, a young woman travelling by Greyhound bus across the United States to tourist spots and friends homes along the way. Beginning in her home town of Waltham, Massachusetts, Hasting’s travels to California and then all the way back.This very scarce first person account of an early Greyhound cross country trip covers a mostly pleasant ride in the era before the Eisenhower Interstate System, however there are times where Hastings is obviously unhappy and disappointed with the trip, though they are few and far between. Along the route, she stops at National Parks, museums, Indian Reservations, roadside stops and stands, but most often at the homes of friends. It may be that Hastings had once lived in Southern California, as she seems to have many friends and acquaintances that she meets and stay with in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Berkeley, and Davis, California. The journal begins on June 3rd, 1932. She writes, “Left Waltham at 11:30. Went thru beautiful country Springfield to Leonx and Dalton and Pittsfield. The streams seemed very low but the gardens and laurels were beautiful and green. Think I drove all night when I wasn’t watching the stars come out. We are in Albany at one o’clock then had ? with in Syracuse and din’t stop till we got to Buffalo.”; “June 6, Mon. Saw acres and acres of corn and wheat growing. Coming into St. Louis we crossed the Mississippi on a very long bridge. Had a very nice diner in Ellington, Ill. Had supper in station at St. Louis. Arrived at 5.15and had to wait for bus to take us on our way to Kansas City. The natives say summer has just arrived here and it is hot.”; “June 7, Tues. Saw miles of wide open spaces. had breakfast at the Pickwick dinner in Junction City and super in Ellis. Never felt more dirty in my life. Nothing much to see but cattle and horses and mile & mile of grain fields with once in while a village with good looking school house and churches.” On the way to California, Hasting’s comments often on the scenery and the things she sees out the window. She especially likes the landscape and scenery of the Southwest. The bus even stops at the Grand Canyon which she describes as, “so vast and so wonderful it seems to get you more and more as you look at it and realize it has taken millions of years to create.” On June 10th, a week after leaving Waltham, Hasting’s arrives in Hollywood, California and stays with her friend Miriam for a month and a half. At Miriam’s, she sees a number of movies, goes shopping with Myra (Hasting’s bus companion) and Miriam, and visits the Forest Lawn Memorial Park, where she sees “the finest collection of statuary in the country and a stained glass window of The Last Supper I think I shall never forget. It was the most beautiful thing of its kind I ever saw.” For the time at Miriam’s, Hasting’s spends her time in leisure, waking late, enjoying the beautiful weather, and visits various touristy spots, including Laurel Canyon and the Huntington Memorial Library. A typical day in L.A. reads like this: “July 14, Thurs. It seemed as if the sky was never more clear and blue. We left about ten o’clock and drove to the San Juan Capistrano Mission arriving at noon. A guide took us there and told us how it was built in 1774 and the church was destroyed in an earthquake in 1812. The chapel was rebuilt and services have been held for 154 years. We drove home by the shore road about 190 miles in all.” On July 30, the 1932 Summer Olympics (Games of the X Olympiad) begin in Los Angeles, “with a very impressive ceremony. We read about it in the papers.” In early August, Hasting’s travels up to her friend Alina’s house in San Francisco. This is just for a few days, and after less than a week in San Francisco, she returns to Miriam’s. A week at Miriam’s and then she goes to Berkeley to stay with her friend Sadie. “Aug. 2, Sn. We slept later than we intended to and got thru breakfast a little after ten. June took Sadie + Alina + Margaret + me to Antioch where we looked up Caddie’s oldest sons Henry & his wife. He was very glad to see us & told us his son Harry was on a trip around the world on the S. S. President Pierce and would be in port in Boston in Nov. His next port of call for mail will be Alexandria, Egypt.” From Berkeley, Hasting’s goes to a friend’s (Edmund) home in Davis, then she begins a trip back home. “August 30, Tues. Arrived in Chicago after riding all night and were advised to spend the night. We decided to go on to Indianapolis. After supper we left for Indianapolis arriving at 2.30. Changed busses + left at 3 AM for Columbus. We were late leaving + missed the bus at 11.58. Had dinner then got the bus out after 5. It was a lovely ride over hill and dale past fine farming country full of fruit and grain.” The trip home is a bit longer as she stays with a friend (Edith) in Wheeling, Illinois, spending much of the time “talking and resting.” After a week with Edith, Hasting’s finally leaves to go back home for good. On September 9th, more than three months after leaving, she arrives back in Waltham. “Left N.Y. at ten o’clock and after many delays that seemed terrible long we arrived in Waltham and at about eight-thirty. Everybody seemed very glad to see us. Margarete phoned to Allan and he came right up and took us home. Talked awhile then took a bath and went to bed. 11 PM seemed too good to get into my own bed once more. Came home by way of Springfield, Worcester, Marlboro, Dudley and Wayland to Waltham.” Finally, there are 4 pages of “Cash Accounts” where Hasting’s has written down the item purchased, the date of its purchase, and the cost. Her ticket across the country and back cost her $108.3. In total, she spent more than $200 on her trip over the course of 3 months, a very significant amount in the midst of the Great Depression. There are also 15 pages of names and addresses of friends and family, mostly from Massachusetts. The diary is filled with approx 100 double sided pages full of material and each entry is fully filled out in Hasting’s easily read script. The writing is in pencil and is once or twice smudged, but the overwhelming majority of the book is very legible. The cover shows some wear, but is still in very good shape and has the word “TRAVELS” embossed in gold. Structurally the book is in excellent shape. It also contains a little holder with a pencil in it, possibly the one Hasting’s used, though that cannot be confirmed. Good.
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Book number: 0009031
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Keywords: Keywords: History of, Anna P. Hastings, Greyhound Bus, Travel Across the United States, Pre Eisenhower Interstate System, Waltham, Massachusetts, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Berkeley, Davis, Antioch, California, Young Woman Traveling, Feminism, Women's In

1959 - 1966 Original Manuscript Diary Hand Written by a Latino Los Angeles Senior Just Prior to and After the U.S. Political World Is Rocked and Her Mother Begrudgingly Accepts Her White Air Force Lieutenant Boyfriend
Los Angeles, 1959. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Ill.: /. Manuscript, On offer is a delightful collection of journal entries written by a young woman at the beginning of the 1960s in urban United States. This collection consists of 33 hand-written, loose-leaf pages 8.5 inches by 11.0 inches. The pages are unlined and in good condition. Her handwriting is quite legible. Anna Elizabeth Lee is a high school senior living in Los Angeles when she begins this record. Her entries are occasional and, in 33 pages, run from June, 1959 to April, 1966. In them, she recounts many of the things that would capture the interest of teenage girls - principally boys. ".. I think I'd better tell you about Steve (while everyone is downstairs). At first he was just a cute boy in my Spanish class - or before he was just 'Esteven Curry'. Then he became a cute boy in class and then Anita and Winda Weeks invited me to their party and "HE" was there.." [June 22, 1959]. Things had changed by July: "I hate the name Curry." [July 20, 1959]; "Still do". [Mar 28, 1961]. The next several pages offer a chatty series of observations and thoughts about other young people that she knows. In the infrequent entries, she mentions many of them by name and talks about things that they do as well as tasks she was responsible for: "Last night Jim, Roger, Lois, Don, [ ] (their dog) and I went to the library. We didn't get home until 10:00 pm. Then I did my work, cleaned the dining room, 3rd and second floor, stairs and halls, 1st and 2nd floor bathrooms. Princess Margaret's wedding. It was very beautiful. [May 7, 1960]. Things changed for her in 1962. ".. Have not said anything to you at all about my latest (and I hope last) flame - Pete Emker .." [Aug 1962]. Emker had joined the United States Air Force and been commissioned as a lieutenant. She comments that her mother likes him "enough" but is unhappy that he is Caucasian, leading a reader to suspect that she is perhaps latino - there are several passages written by Anna in Spanish. As of April, 1965, they were still together and she records a worried conversation with Emker's sister: "Pete was sent to the Phillipines .. about a week ago Monica phoned me on Monday and told me. She was pretty upset ("I've already lost my father in a war not my brother too") and so was I .." [April 19, 1965]. Her journal ends a page later - last entry written in April, 1966. She and Peter Emker got married in 1967. Short as it is, it offers an insight into the life of a late teen / young woman growing up in a turbulent time in America. A genealogist would appreciate the use of full names and references to locations in Michigan where her family originated. Good.
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Book number: 0008173
USD 2255.99 [Appr.: EURO 2035 | £UK 1733.75 | JP¥ 248505]
Keywords: Keywords: History of; 20th Century; 1950s; 1960s; Mid-20th Century; United States; California; Los Angeles; Anna Elizabeth Lee; Usaf; Peter G Emker; Philippines; Viet Nam War; Princess Margaret, Teenagers in 1960s; Youth Social Life in Mid-20th Century Am

1907 Detailed Handwritten Manuscript Diary of a Keen Eyed American Sailor - Guam, Manila, Hong Kong - Super Content
Hong Kong, China, Southeast Asia, Phillippines,, 1907. 16mo - over 5¾" - 6¾" tall. Manuscript, This is an early diary, thin leather covers, measuring approx. (4 1/4" x 6 1/2"). It is written in very easy to read period brown ink. There are a total of (66) pages filled out. The diary was kept by a U.S. sailor, who made entries from his departure date in San Fransisco on July 1, 1907 to Nov. 10, 1907 when he arrived in Hong Kong. The first page reads "DIARY OF MY TOUR AROUND THE WORLD". The sailor first writes "JULY 1, 1907 - SIGNED ON U.S. ARMY TRANSPORT SHERMAN AS AN OILER". The following pages are headed "AT SEA - HONOLULU - MIDWAY ISLAND - GUAM - MANILA - CAVITTE - HONG KONG". His voyage continues, ending in Hong Kong. His descriptions of the voyage, other sailors, experiences, native people, sights, points of interest, etc. are very interersting and quite descriptive. Much of the diary is concerned with his time in Manila. Once there, he takes a job as a stock clerk with Castle Bros. He then goes to work for the government and describes bossing approx. 200 men. After working in Manila for a month or two, he then sails to Hong Kong. During his trip, he describes: EVERYBODY BEING EXTREMELY HOT, HOMESICK AND SEASICK - DESCRIBES RELIGIOUS FESTIVAL IN MANILA - HAVING A JAPANESE MASSAGE THAT HE WILL NEVER FORGET - GETTING A TATTOO - STAYING ON A STEAMER AND BOSSING (200) MEN REPAIRING BARGES - SNEAKING INTO AN INVITATION ONLY HIGH LEVEL MEETING WITH WILLIAM HOWARD TAFT SETTING UP THE PARLIAMENT OF MANILA AFTER THE SPANISH AMERICAN WAR (HE DESCRIBES THE SPEECH AND DECORATIONS) - TELLS OF ENTERING AN ATHLETIC RACE DURING A LARGE CELEBRATION FOR TAFT - FAKING A FEVER TO BE ABLE TO STAY IN SICK BAY, ONLY TO BE FOUND OUT BY THE DOCTOR AND BEING KICKED OUT OF THE INFIRMARY PERMENANTLY - DESCRIBES GUAM - DESCRIBES MANILA HARBOR, PEOPLE, SIGHTS - MUCH MORE ABOUT MANILA: PARTYING, DANCING, ENGLISH, CHINESE, AMERICAN RESIDENTS, SIGHTSEEING - DETAILED AND GRAPHIC DESCRIPTION OF A COCK FIGHT - MEETS MANY 1898 AND 1899 SPANISH AMERICAN WAR VETERANS LIVING IN MANILA AFTER THE WAR - DESCRIBES HONG KONG AND IT'S PEOPLE - etc. There are too many stories, descriptions and anecdotes to list! He peppers some of his descriptions with racial slurs (n----r, c---k). Some of his exact entries include "TROOPS HAVE ARRIVED, 30TH INFANTRY, MUCH EXCITEMENT AND CONFUSION (description of leaving on his voyage) - BIG CROWD, FAREWELL, BAND PLAYING, LARGE CROWD - PARTNER OILER SMASHED TWO FINGERS - PHILIPPINO STUDENTS, AMERICAN EDUCATED, ON BOARD FOR MANILA - (HONOLULU) KANKA BOYS SWAM TO MEET US, DIVING FOR COINS - ROYAL HAWAIIAN BAND PLAYING, FAREWELL, MANY SOLDIERS WEEPING - MIDWAY ISLAND, LONG NARROW, SANDY REEF WITH NO POINT HIGHER THAN 10 FEET ABOVE THE OCEAN, ONLY GOVT. OFFICIALS ARE THE INHABITANTS - COMPLETED 1ST. MONTH IN GOVT. EMPLOY, HARDEST WORK IS HOLLERING "SIGI" AT ANY N-----R WHOM I SEE SOLDERING - FOUND MYSELF IN A "C---K (Chinese)" THEATER TONIGHT - THOUSANDS OF CHINESE SAMPANS HAVE SURROUNDED THE BOAT - etc. Overall, very nice condition. Very clean with no damage. The writing is colorful and very easy to read. The covers are well attached and the interior pages are tight. The edge of the spine is covered with a piece of cloth tape. Good+.
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Book number: 000013b
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Keywords: Keywords: History of Pre World War I, Travel, Navy, Naval, Seafaring, Orient, Phillippines, China, Japan, Handwritten, Hand Written, Autograph, Autographs, Signed, Letters, Document, Documents, Manuscript, Manuscripts, Writers, Writer, Author, Holograph,

1940s Original Group of Diaries [2] and Ephemera Relating to a Navy Serviceman Serving in the Pacific Theater Repairing Ships
United States, Asiatic-Pacific Theater, 1943. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Ill.: /. Manuscript, On offer is a collection of WWII period American military ephemeral. The collection consists of a 1945 diary kept by a naval rating, a diary kept by either a marine or army soldier [likely ANTHONY V DI BARTOLO as noted in one book], a Riot Control handbook, 2 large-size black and white photographs, a printed handbook about the U.S. Naval Training Center, a copy of a U.S. Army Field Order, a second 1945 diary, a 1949 diary, an address book, a tax return form and an appointment form to the United States Civilian Conservation Corps. The various documents are in good condition. They are not the property of one person but rather are items for the WWII and early post-war era. The 1945 navy sailor's diary contains 52 pages in a week-at-a-glance format plus some memoranda pages. It is approximately 20% complete. The author is unidentified. From an entry in March, we know that he is married and has a baby. From context, it appears that he is working at a U.S. Navy dry dock /repair base in the Pacific theatre. His first full entry states ".. Working on USS Pringle. She took a suicide dive in Leyte Gulf.." [Jan 6]. This reference is to the successful kamikaze attack on Pringle on Dec 30th, inflicting serious casualties and damage. He makes references to alarms and GQ (General Quarters): ".. Rumours of a mast job knocked off by a 'Betty". Plenty of work" [Jan 9]. A "Betty" was the nickname for a Japanese Mitsubishi G4M long-range bomber. "Turn To Underway GQ Passed islands off New Guinea Fixed all guns and worked on ships motors .." [Feb 19]; "Passed convoy of LST's that left Manus Saturday morning .." [Feb 21]. He mentions several ships he worked on including USS Borie, USS Haynsworth, USS Randolph and USS Leutze. The second diary is more of a journal. Its owner was Anthony V Di Bartolo of Lawrence, MA. Casual research has not turned up any additional biographical detail. The diary has 365 pages plus memoranda and is about 10% complete. Its printed year is 1943 but that has been struck out and 1947 substituted. It is tempting to suggest that entries date from 1943 but U.S. forces did not invade Guam, which is mentioned in the book, until 1944. The book was used as a notebook/journal. It contains comments, drawings and reference notes that clearly indicate that he was a private soldier, most likely in the U.S. Marine Corps. "We started off this morning 0730 with light marching packs helmets and rifles we were learning scouting on the march we went 5 miles into the jungle mud and clay up over our leggings we was guarding the body of troops from the right flank.." [Jan 21]. He mentions a base on Guam: ".. I hitchhiked up to Agana that is the capital of Guam .." [Jan 24]. Other pages contain lists and checklists. There are hand drawings of grenades and mortar shells and diagrams of various types of marching configurations. He has a detailed drawing of a ruck sack and the location of each piece of kit that it contains. The field order is a 1 page, 8 inch by 14 inch typed movement order dated Feb 13th, 1943 signed by a Captain Odell. This movement order relates to a training exercise on the Massachusetts Military Reserve, confirmed by specific geographic references in the order: "180 th F.A dismounted less detachments will prevent penetration of enemy reconnaissance patrols SOUTH of line: RR BRIDGE - BOURNE BRIDGE - GREAT POND - WOOD ROAD - ROUTE 130". The order goes on to detail the movements and responsibilities or individual units. The United States Civilian Conservation Corps certificate details the appointment of John Sullivan as an Assistant Leader. The commission is signed by FGE Carlson, USNR, Commanding Officer of the 1153rd Company. The Civilian Conservation Corps was one of the most successful New Deal programs of the Great Depression. It existed for fewer than 10 years, but left a legacy of roads, bridges, and buildings throughout the United States. Between 1933 and 1941, more than 3,000,000 men served in the CCC. The two black and white photographs measure about 9.35 inches by 8 inches (landscape). They are not annotated. The depict aerial views of what appear to be two islands. The Riot Control Handbook is an army training manual detailing riot control methods: "This manual presents the problems of riot control from the viewpoint of the platoon, company or battalion that suddenly finds itself pitted against a mob" [p vii]. It deals with theory, equipment, manoeuvres, training and examples. It is an excellent example of the type of training that a military organization would develop. The printed handbook about the U.S. Naval Training Center is interesting in that although it it's a glossy printed volume 5.5 inches by 4 inches, its cover is actually a mailing cover. Marked with the insignia of the U.S. Naval Training Center, Sampson, NY, it was mailed by Joseph Ciampo to Mrs Joseph Ciampo in Winthrop, MA. Casual research has not found any additional biographical information on Joseph Ciampo. It contains 32 pages of text and black & white photographs It is an explanation of the training and routines of the U.S. Navy and the Training Center. Interestingly, it is written in the 1st person and appears designed specifically for family members of recruits. There is a SEPARATION CENTER brochure from the U.S. War Department Personnel Center at Fort Devens, MA giving information to members leaving the U.S. military at that base. The second 1945 diary, the 1949 diary and the address book are all blank, the US income tax return is blank. There is also a catalogue from a military surplus/supply firm that is dated 1984. The remaining documents are a Blue Cross brochure and an unidentified page listing locations apparently in Europe, some flight times and some codes. Altogether, this is an interesting collection of ephemera. It gives historians and researchers a fascinating look into some of the day to day experiences of an ordinary sailor and soldier in wartime. The U.S. Naval Training Center Handbook gives a very clear description of the expectations and experiences of a U.S. naval recruit. The Riot Control manual outlines in detail what the role of the military would be in helping maintain order in a civil dispute up to and including the use of deadly force. Good.
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Book number: 0008110
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Keywords: Keywords: History of, Mid-20th Century, Anthony V Di Bartolo, 1940s, Post Ww2 Era, Second World War, United States, New England, Massachusetts, U.S. Army, U.S. Navy in Ww2; the Pacific Campaign; Asiatic-Pacific Theater, Uss Pringle; Uss Borie; Uss Haynswo

1940 - 1941 Original Manuscript Diary Handwritten by a Young Pennsylvania Girl Who Was a Student at the Southern College in Petersburg, Virginia in One of the Institution's Final Years
Petersburg, Virginia, 1940. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Ill.: /. Manuscript, On offer is an original 1940-41 diary authored by Arlene Beryl Manuel from McKeesport in Pennsylvania, who was a student at the Southern College in Virginia shortly before it closed down. The college was founded by the Davis family in 1863, was considered one of the finest female schools in the U.S. until early century, but then experienced financial problems, did not open for 1938-39, and finally closed down in 1942. The diary shows what life of students in junior colleges for women was like before WW2, though not as much in classrooms as in dormitories. Arlene writes mostly about her social life, which consists of shopping, playing tennis, bowling, dance lessons, swimming, and going to movies, and describes parties in the dormitories and coming after curfew hours. Arlene starts her records on September 26, 1940: "Had first class today. English teacher - Mr. Rusterholtz. Visited Country Club and played table tennis. Movie in evening "Dance, Girl, Dance". Several times she mentions Dr. Davis - Arthur Kyle Davis, the college president, a prominent educator and scholar, chair of the Virginia War History Commission, who was a son of the college founder, but not in the context related to studies: "Stayed home from club today because of a cold and sore throat. Had a pillow fight in smoking room. Dr. Davis was glad!", "Somebody hid the bell and kids who had dates got scolded by Dr. Davis". On September first students went on a Pilgrimage through historical battlefields: "Very interesting. Came back in time for supper. Dr. Davis gave a talk in assembly after which I wrote some letters and read". On November 5 she attends an art lecture by an art professor and artist R. Crawford Livingston, and on January 28th a lecture by Dorothy Draper, a famous American designer. Though her college life does not seem very stressful, she feels homesick, and when Chuck (probably her brother) leaves after a short visit she is upset: "Chuck and I sat in an ice cream parlour and talked instead of going to church. Wend for dinner and sat around a while. He left on the 2:15 train. How I hated to see him go. Cried a lot this evening." She describes Christmas party and a drunk party she had in her room, and Christmas holiday she spent at home with her family. The last entry is made on January 31, 1941. At the end of the diary she gives a detailed list of her expenses, and a list of college students with their home cities, and of teachers. The book itself is a Diary of the Travels issued by Samuel Ward MFG Co in Boston, it contains maps, distances, list of national parks and other information for travellers, has a leather cover with a picture of a sailing boat attached with copper screws. Good+.
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Book number: 0008024
USD 1655.99 [Appr.: EURO 1493.75 | £UK 1272.5 | JP¥ 182413]
Keywords: Keywords: History of, Arlene Beryl Manuel, 20th Century, 1940s, United States, Virginia, Petersburg, Mckeesport, Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh, Southern Female College, Petersburg, Virginia, Southern College, Female Education in the U.S. , Female Colleges, Wom

1942 - 1945 Original German World War II Home Front Diary Handwritten by Opera Star and Then German-American War Bride from the City That Was the Spiritual Heart of Hitler's Third Reich
Munich Munchen Germany Gdr, 1942. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. German Language, On offer is the remarkable, original World War II manuscript German home front diary handwritten by renowned European Opera star Augusta [Gusty Rainhoff] Marie Watzlawik [later then Hart]. The 6 ¼ x 7 ¼"diary, written in German, is dated 1942 through 1945 with over 67 ½ pp handwritten entries pages Gusty provides a riveting and intimate narrative. Culture and love, fate and practicality with the backdrop of war collide as the writer has to deal with the realities of war, the tangled web of her personal life as well as concern about her career if she should become pregnant. Intimate and a rather unique perspective on the war from within Germany makes for what collectors and researchers of the era will agree is quite rare coming from the heart of Hitler's favored city of Munich, the city known as Hauptstadt der Bewegung "Capital of the Movement". The diary begins with her personal conflict. Here are some snippets: "May 14 This book shall capture my experiences after my parting with Clemmens. I'll be alone, I hope..we want to be good friends and help each other in dismal Munich. May 15 Today is a new beginning in my life. I said my farewells with Clemmens, and it's serious, he's being posted to Africa. These two last days with Clemmens were not so nice, they perhaps made me unhappy.. in spite of the fact that he said he loves me.. but I know and feel it, that I love him much more. It is after all a farewell for ever or so I suspect, and it's probably for the best. I pray for him, that he remains healthy .. I tell .. I am engaged, that my husband is.. This is the role I will play now. I'm much more enthusiastic, I will write him letters, because in hot Africa, he will need me.. God grant that I don't have a child, I don't want one. I want to be free for the Theatre. I was too happy, now I have to pay. That's how life is. June 3. Rehearsals..I sing Elixsir. Mr ??? leads .. he was nice and very courteous. The men are interested, an officer.. the work gives me pleasure. June 7. Work and more work. It all works. Often I am lonely.. I love him so, I pray every evening for him. June 15. The premiere is over. All went well and I am satisfied.. Flowers.I am just tired because of the rehearsals. June 16 .. God give me strength. July 23.. the intrigues of Margot Adam have they backfired. August 8 Soon I will be 27 years old. I can't give up my career.. What's the matter with Clemmens? I love him. August 12. A letter came back. Lord God, what is the matter? I love him. yes, I don't know anything, it's enough to make me crazy. What is my life without Clemmens? There can't be anything, I can't stand it. Lord God, love him and keep him safe for me. August 17. Clemmens is wounded. I hope he'll be okay.. I can't work, how is he?" Along with the diary is an autograph letter, postmarked Beuthen 1944 addressed to her in Munchen [Munich], 4 pp written front and back for total of 8 pp. Overall VG. BIO NOTES: Originally from Austria she was a rather famous operetta soubrette soprano in Nürnberg in the late 40's and early 50's. She married an American officer, Major Charles J. Hart in 1951, and lived in Texas. Very Good.
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Book number: 0001290
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Keywords: Gusty, Hart, Rainhoff, Opera, Operettas, Singers, Sopranos, Home Front, World War Two, World War II, Wwii, Ww2, White Rose Movement, Germany, German, Third Reich, Nazis, Hitler, Watzlawik, Handwritten, Manuscript, Document, Letter, Autograph, Diary, Journ

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