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ELIZABETH CALAWAY
1936-1940 Pennsylvania Diary Highlighting the Immense Burden and Resilience of Middle Aged Womanhood and the Power of Community
Girard, Pennsylvania Penn PA, 1936-1940. Hardcover. On offer is the Five Year "A Line A Day" diary of Mrs. Elizabeth Strobel Calaway (1889-1983) from Girard, Pennsylvania. Calaway was a teacher and she wrote religiously and extensively from 1936-1940, when she was aged 47 through 51. Elizabeth was married to George Arthur Calaway [sometimes Caloway], who worked as a contractor. They had one child, Alice Calaway (1916-2010). Elizabeth’s diary demonstrates the unbelievable (and sometimes unbearable) burden on a middle class working woman in 1930s America. Each morning she was up and off to work at her job as a teacher, walking in all weather. When not at work she was supporting her adult daughter, Alice, who still lived at home, and her husband, whose health was always tenuous. She was also volunteering for the Church, sewing and crocheting, attending events at the IOOF (International Order of Odd Fellows) , playing games with friends (the game ‘500’ was a particular favorite). She was tending to the garden, canning veggies and attending lectures, theater productions and concerts. She also never missed a school party with her beloved pupils. Somehow, in her ‘spare time’, she managed to cultivate a massive social circle, almost too many friends to name, though she name drops constantly - a treat for any genealogy buff. Her best friends seemed to have been the Graftons and the Stancliffes. Elizabeth writes simply but tells us everything that happens in her days, for example: “First ride we had in our new Coupe. A very large crowd to hear “Landon”. He was a splendid speaker…George came to Chautaugua. Alice and I came home” [Aug 24, 1936]. Life became increasingly complicated for Elizabeth in December of 1936, when her journaling becomes a hybrid of her daily activities and a log of George’s health status. At first her notes were simply little additions to descriptions of her rich days: “George sick” and “called Dr. For George”. In January, 1937, her entries became more focused on George. One day George seemed better, the next day he could not even move. On January 5, 1937, she moved their marital bed downstairs to accommodate George. Soon, the Calaway’s community began pitching in, helping to care for George. Elizabeth’s diary for the rest of 1937 oscillates between commenting on her robust work life and social life, and commenting on George’s condition.. Exactly one year before George’s eventual death, Elizabeth’s diary entry reads: “Much cooler. George felt sick all day. I sewed. Fixed a quilt for Miss Monahan. Picked my tomatoes” [Aug 23, 1937]. Her Memoranda for 1937: “George sick all year long. Sometimes better than worse. It has been a hard year”. George eventually died on Aug 23, 1938 at age 51. Clippings of his newspaper death announcement and obituary are tucked into Elizabeth’s diary. The day of George’s death, Elizabeth wrote: “Very cool morning and night. George still breathing. We staid [sic] alone last night. At 8: 20 he passed away. Alice hadn’t finished her breakfast. We went to Erie. Bev Davison took us. Picked out casket. A very hard day”. With her usual energy, Elizabeth carried on. She did not have time to wallow in grief, though she did note visiting the cemetery on occasion. By 1940, her daughter Alice seems to be working in nearby Erie and Elizabeth visited regularly, bringing her home on weekends. Elizabeth and Alice also take a short vacation to New York City to attend the World’s Fair. Some excerpts to give the flavor of the diary in 1939 and 1940: “Very warm day. Singed and washed turkey. Worked quite hard until nearly two o’clock. Went to a lecture in evening very good” [July 21, 1939]. “Warmer. Quite a bit of snow but driving good. Let school out early. Went over home. Ate with Ma. We killed a rooster and picked it. Alice was home and had her supper. Miss Monahan staid [sic] here” [Nov 22, 1939]. “Very warm day. Got up early and started for New York City. Alice drove most of the way. Visit Picadilly Hotel. Cleaned up and went to see the Statue of Liberty. Didn’t get to bed until late” [June 12, 1940]. “Rather warm all day. Took Subway to the Fair. Took in many sights and walked until we were very tired. Sit on the Balcony of Pa. Building to see Colors of water and Fireworks. Got home at hotel rather late” [June 13, 1940]. “Very hot sun. The girls went to Church. We got up a little early. Done up work. Got chicken dinner. Made ice cream. Went for a ride. Looked at new houses. ” [June 16, 1940]. This diary would be an absolutely crucial addition to the collection of a women’s studies scholar as Elizabeth Calaway so completely explores every aspect of the middle age woman’s experience in the years leading up to World War II, though she does not discuss the war. This diary also contains a plethora of first and last names of friends and colleagues living in Pennsylvania at the time, a gem of a diary for a genealogist. The diary is leather bound and measures 4” x 5.5”. It is 100% complete (though she does not use the Memoranda or Special Notes sections, with one exception). The cover, spine and pages are all intact with only a small amount of age toning to the pages. The diary clasp is also attached. Overall VG. ; Manuscripts; 24mo 5" - 6" tall; 365 pages; Signed by Author. Very Good with no dust jacket .
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GORDON WESTOVER DOOLITTLE
1913 Diary of a Lovestruck, Flawed University of Toronto Student, Son of Prominent Canadian, Dr. Perry Ernest Doolittle
Toronto, Ontario Canada, 1913. Softcover. On offer is the 1913 coming-of-age diary of Gordon Westover Doolittle (1891-1972) of Toronto. Gordon was the son of prominent Canadian, Dr. Perry Ernest Doolittle (1861-1933) , a surgeon whose true love was transportation. Dr. Doolittle was well-known as the “King of Canadian Roads” and the “Father of the Trans-Canada Highway”. While our diarist did not achieve his father’s level of notoriety, his diary exposes a deeply sensitive, flawed and glaringly intelligent young man. Through his words the reader is transported back to early 20th Century Toronto in all its pre-war glory. [BIO NOTES on Gordon and Percy Doolittle can be found at the end of this summary]. Gordon Doolittle kept this diary August 27 through November 7, 1913, while he was a second year arts student at the University of Toronto, where he pledged Phi Delta Theta. During this time, Gordon was coping with challenges in the dating department, intense academics, pondering the meaning of friendship, and taking the lead in beginning a social club. He treats his diary like a friend and writes honestly and regularly. In his first entry he has just returned from a summer working construction on the Transcontinental Railroad in Grant, Ontario, which is now a ghost town. The next day, his entry introduces us to one of the many women in his life. An excerpt follows: “...called on Helen Jackson…We had a fine talk together and at last Helen realizes that I will always feel the same toward her as a brother so we celebrated the fifth anniversary of our fraternity” [Aug 28, 1913]. On August 30, Gordon begins talking about Doris, a young woman for whom he pines throughout his diary, and who repeatedly rejects his romantic overtones. Excerpts follow: “Doris came home to-day from Prouts Neck…she refused to let me hold her hand and says she must remain an ice box for some time to come” [Aug 30, 1913]. “Doris tried to teach me to do the new dance on the verandah but I do not approve. We danced all evening…Doris objected to seeing me smoking cigarettes…” [Sept 6, 1913]. “...I went down to see Doris and she told me I was not to speak to her or think of her as more than a friend. I wrote and told her that I would not speak but that I could not help thinking and said that my journals this summer were written to her as more than a friend they were wrong for her to have them and that I would like Irene to have them as she shared my love…” [Sept 17, 1913]. “My life has not been very good. Up till three days ago I have smoked. Doris then found out called me a Hypocrit [sic] and a coward and called off any idea of mine as to more than friendship. I have decided to do Gods will and prove that I am a man and work hard” [Nov 8, 1913]. In late September, Gordon begins to focus on the proposal and eventual development of a Social Culture Club he wants to form through the university. Its founding members will be Gordon and his friends. Meetings will be held at his home, 619 Sherbourne Street, and members are required to agree to a club constitution and give “serious consideration” to the club’s monthly discussion topics. The club would discuss “literature, music, art, religion, experiences, athletics”. He records their first meeting in early October. In between discussing his studies, his love life, his social life and his future plans, Gordon inadvertently writes a love letter to Toronto, dropping in references to places and events that would make any modern-day Torontonian nostalgic. Excerpts follow: “...went out to the Exhibition we had a fine time…we took in the midway and I was nearly sick..saw the grandstand performance…” [Sept 2, 1913]. “...we walked down to the Metropolitan and walked home…we took the car to Reservoir Park and walked to her place for tea…took Doris to church at St. Paul’s…” [Sept 7, 1913]. “Florence drove me downtown [to] the Royal Alexandra and we saw ‘The Blindness of Virtue’ a fine play on the dangers of not telling children the truth about sexual relations. We walked home. ” [Sept 13, 1913]. “I took Doris to the Strand then tea at Brown Betty. We called for a dress at Eatons and walked home” [Oct 11, 1913]. A particularly touching component of Gordon’s diary is that he transcribes letters he writes for his memories. Notably, he spends six pages transcribing a letter that he wrote to his best friend, Lillah Worthington, on the topic of friendship. He composed the letter to give to her to read while she was on a train headed to Cleveland on holiday. A short excerpt follows: “They say one is judged by his friends and this must be because our character is shown by the choice we make as it is indeed shown by all our actions, and what a choice we have! Fat ones, thin ones, good or bad, we can really have any kind of friends we like…” [Sept 11, 1913]. While Gordon only writes for a few months, a very fulsome picture of this 21-22 year old man emerges, as does a picture of the beautiful city that was his playground. This diary is a gem as it is rare to find male diarists who give so much detail about their feelings and flaws. This journal measures 8.25 inches by 4.25 inches and contains 44 pages. It is 100% complete. The cover is a heavier paper and is in good condition. There is some light staining around the edges. The binding is coming loose but remains mostly in tact, and all the pages are in good condition. The handwriting is legible. Overall G. BIO NOTES: Gordon Westover Doolittle: Born September 29, 1891, Gordon was a graduate of the St. Andrew’s College Cadet Corps. He attended the University of Toronto and graduated with an Arts degree in 1916. During his tenure at U of T, Gordon enlisted in the Canadian Army during World War I. He served in England as a part of the Canadian Expeditionary Force with the Eaton Armoured Car Battery. Following university, Gordon worked for Burroughs Adding Machine Co and later with Geo. B Williams, selling real estate and insurance in Toronto. He spent time in Britain, and married Anne Muriel Lake Doolittle (1890-1952) there in 1916. While there, he joined the Great Britain Royal Aero Club Aviators’. He held the title of Lietenant in the Royal Flying Corps. Back in Toronto, Anne and Gordon lived in the borough of East York at 22 Glebeholme Avenue. Existing records do not show any children born to the couple. BIO NOTES: Dr Perry Ernest Doolittle (1861-1933) (These notes are taken from https: //www.mountpleasantgroup.com/en-CA/General-Information/Our-Monthly-Story/st ory-archives/mount-pleasant-cemetery/PE-Doolittle. Aspx and were written by Mike Filey in the bookMount Pleasant Cemetery: An Illustrated Guide Second Edition Revised and Expanded). “Recognized as "the father of the Trans-Canada Highway," This was the first of many of his cycling creations, and, between 1881 and 1890, Doolittle won more than fifty cycling trophies including the 1883 Canadian championship. Doolittle also constructed the nation's first motorcycle and it was his deep interest in riding his creations that made him such a strong advocate for improved roads. Doolittle became an even stronger advocate of good roads and with a few friends established the Toronto Automobile Club, forerunner of the modern CAA. In addition to advocating what would become years later the Trans-Canada Highway and a uniform set of traffic regulations from coast-to-coast, Doolittle was also largely responsible for officials in British Columbia, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island changing their respective province's basic rule of the road from "keep to the left" to "keep to the right." By doing so, as Doolittle kept pointing out, they too could take advantage of the money being spent by touring American automobile drivers. Doolittle died at his Sherbourne Street residence on December 31, 1933 at the age of 72.”; Manuscripts; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 44 pages; Signed by Author. Good with no dust jacket .
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HAROLD EDMUND (EDWIN) DRAKE
1918-1919 Diary of an Intelligent, Witty Us Army Medic Exploring France While Stationed in Rumaucourt As the War Drew to Its Close
Rumaucourt, France, 1918-1919. Softcover. On offer is an excellent, intensely detailed World War I diary kept by a bright, well-written young man named Harold Edmund (sometimes Edwin) Drake (1897-1987) , who would become a well-respected dentist in his home state of Ohio following his time in the service. Military records show that Drake was trained for service at Camp Crane. He was in the Camp Crane Unit #17 August Automatic Replacement Unit (Medical). Camp Crane was a World War I United States Army Ambulance Service (USAAS) training camp, located in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Its mission was to train ambulance drivers to evacuate casualties on the Western Front in France. In September 1918, Drake was deployed to France, sailing on the USS Maui. When Drake commences this diary (which he clearly states is his second since entering the service; his first entry begins “Continued from Book 1”) he is stationed in Rumaucourt, France. Rumaucourt is in the Pas de Calais region. This region was in the heart of the WWI conflict and one of the principal theatres of the war. Many major battles took place between 1914 and 1918, including Vimy Ridge, Arras, Artois, and Cambrai. Drake recounts his day-to-day existence at Rumaucourt, sometimes with a very wry sense of humour. “My diary as a US Soldier (I wasn’t really a soldier, just being attached to the army for rations, etc but it sounds swell) ” [Inside front cover]. He does not identify his unit but context confirms that he is a Sergeant, later promoted to Sergeant-Major. Context also suggests that he is serving in one of the many Convalescent Hospitals near the front. What makes Drake’s diary special is the level of detail in which he writes, both about his experiences as a soldier overseas and of his experience as a bright and engaged young man taking advantage of this accidental travel opportunity. His entries are long and he writes with wit and, sometimes, poetically. His entries take a turn after the Treaty of Versailles is signed in June, 1919, and he discovers he will not be immediately returned to America. His disdain for the army in which he is committed to serve is palpable. Some excerpts follow, to give a sense of how Drake wrote about his work and his play: “12: 20 AM and I am sitting at an oil-cloth covered table in the Red Cross hut at Is-Sur-Tille. Our instructions are to be at Rumaucourt station in time to catch the American Rocade for Chaumont. Well we arrived at about 12: 45 and started to wait. When it was about time for the train to arrive, the RLO announced that it would be a very crowded train so he would put us on the 3: 29 ‘Frog’ train. So we started in to wait once more. Time is the most abundant thing a French railroad possesses. 3: 29 came and passed…” [Feb 18, 1919]“Walked around the grounds in bright sunshine and climbed out on the cliffs, where we had a fine view of the cape and the town on the other side of the harbor. The sea of deep blue with the villas of white [together? ] with the red tile roofs made a most beautiful picture. On the shore to the left was the mountains with their tops enveloped in clouds. After dinner we caught the first car into town to take the trip there. The “Old City” and “Chateau Hill” which started from the “Y” at 2: 15pm. Saw a hotel in which Napoleon and a Pope or two had stopped, the Hotel de Hills or City Hall, and the ancient palace of the Duchess of Savoy, an ancient church which was begun about the 15th century. Very beautiful inside…” [Feb 20, 1919 - this is a brief excerpt of his four page account of a vividly detailed description of a guided evening tour of town that he took. On May 30, he travels to Versailles for another guided tour and writes another three vividly detailed pages about the history, sights and sounds of the place amidst war]. “…BH [Base Hospital] 52 and 58 left this afternoon on the first lap of their trip home. They were delayed a bit at the depot as their train of “ Hommes 40 Chevaux 8 “ was believed a wreck. This wreck was caused in a wood very near St. B... The pilot of an airplane fell from his machine at quite a height and fell near the track His machine flew for about a mile and then crashed onto the train smashing in and derailing a car of men Two men were injured and the observer is not expected to live. The pilot was found dead along the track. Probably first time in history that a plane has wrecked a train” [Mar 8, 1919]. “Work about as usual. Peace signed at 3 P. M. [he refers to the Treaty of Versailles]. Parade tonight - Lebanon can put on a better parade than that” [June 28, 1919]. “...No liberty for anyone. A grand and glorious fourth! From the news at present it looks as tho we would be here for a while. Am disgusted with the army and all pertaining to it” [July 5, 1919]. For a historian, this is a superb, first-hand account of a soldier’s daily life at the close of WWI. In plain but well-written English he describes events and circumstances that never make it into the history textbooks but are the all-too-real experiences of life in the army during wartime. This is a fine addition to any collection of first-hand accounts of WWI and is an excellent example of primary-source documentationBIO NOTES ON HAROLD E. DRAKE: Harold Edmund (sometimes called Edwin) Drake (1897-1987) was born to parents Frank and Ida in Lebanon, Ohio. He enlisted to the US Army on July 20, 1918 and was honourably discharged on October 2, 1919. Upon returning to Ohio from his service, Drake became a dentist. Dr. Harold Drake married Dolla Pauline Spencer in 1947. Sadly, Spencer’s father passed away shortly before the wedding, so it was an understated affair. The couple had no children. Harold was accepted as a member of the Sons of the American Revolution as the direct ancestor of Private Joseph Drake (b. 1744) of New Jersey. Joseph Drake was his great-great-great paternal grandfather. This diary measures 5.5 inches by 3.5 inches. It is a standard-issue pocket notebook, a precursor to today’s Field Message Pad (FMP). Each page is printed with a faint grid pattern overlay. The notebook has 100 pages and is about 90% complete. The cover is in good condition save for some chipping and loss of leather at the spine. The binding is intact and the pages present age toning that does not interfere with readability.. The handwriting is legible. Overall G. ; Manuscripts; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 100 pages; Signed by Author. Good with no dust jacket .
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EVA MAE BENDER EATON
1949 Diary of a Stoic Liverpool, New York Widow and Woman of Faith, Making Ends Meet by Keeping the Homes of Others
Liverpool, New York, 1949. Softcover. On offer is the simple diary of Eva Mae (Bender) Eaton (1887-1969). Eva was born in upstate New York to parents Wilson and Clara (Rowe) Bender. She married Ransford Chas Eaton (1878-1939) in 1908. Between 1913 and 1918, Eva and Ransford had three children, Francis, Eugene and Howard. In 1927, they had baby Lois, who died at age 17 after a long illness. Eva kept this diary five years after Lois died, and 10 years after she was widowed. Eva writes most every day of 1949. She writes only the facts of what occurred each day, betraying absolutely no emotion, even when writing on the 5th anniversary of her daughter’s death (July 4, 1949). However, her entries paint the picture of a 57-year-old woman who is hanging on and surviving all alone, finding moments of joy in outings when possible. While Eva has three living adult children, she doesn’t mention them. The only names she writes are those of her employers - local women who have given her work - and their children, for whom she provides care. She works long days as a domestic helper…and then she returns to her own home and continues working to maintain the house. In some cases Eva writes of working for the same women she socializes with. Although Eva had only a sixth grade education, she made the most of her skills. She was a deeply religious woman and despite toiling all week long, she was a devout church-goer on Sundays. Some brief samples of her entries follow: “Fair and mild. I worked for Mrs. Pfohl from 9 AM until 3 PM and stopped at Mary’s house on the way home” [Jan 13]. “...I painted the bed in the small bedroom in the AM and ironed all PM and evening” [Mar 27]. “Fair and cool. I worked for Mrs. Montague from 9 AM til 3 PM. Mary and I went to show in the evening ... Saw Family Honeymoon” [Mar 31]. “Slight rain and cool. I worked for Ella Mae in AM and stayed with Edna’s children in PM while her and Mary went to Memorial Hospital…” [Apr 23]. “Decoration Day. We went to see Parade in AM. I went to cemetery and washed in the PM” [May 30]. “Fair and mild. I did our wash and did Mrs. Gettiman’s wash in PM. Helen went to city shopping. Rained in PM and night” [Sept 19]. While her entries are simple, the rhythm of Eva’s life gives a sense of her intense focus on survival and finding joy in the small moments. This diary provides a clear picture of a widow who never established herself independently before the death of her husband, now doing what it takes to get by. This small volume contains 52 pages and is 100% complete. It measures 6.25 inches by 4.0 inches. The covers are intact but there is notable surface damage to the front cover. The binding and spine are in good condition as are all of the pages. The handwriting is legible. ; Manuscripts; 16mo 6" - 7" tall; 52 pages; Signed by Author. Fair with no dust jacket .
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HENRY CLAYTON ELIASON
1918 Manuscript Diary of a Baltimore Man in the Us Navy’S 54th Aviation Company, Sailing to, and Serving in, Paulliac, France As the War Drew to an Close
Paulliac, France, Philadelphia, Usa, Baltimore, Maryland, 1918. Softcover. On offer is a detailed record of Baltimore native Henry Clayton Eliason’s (1892-1983) service in the U. S. Navy during WWI. Eliason was the youngest of four children born to William and Mary in Baltimore, Maryland. Following his service in WWI, Eliason returned to Baltimore where he married Katherine Ridgely Mercer in 1920. They had one child, Mary, in 1926. Eliason lived and worked in Baltimore for his entire life, running the Eliason family automotive business and later working as a marine engineer. During World War I (WWI) , Eliason served in the US Naval Reserve Force (USNRF). He was shipped out to France in July of 1918 on the USS DeKalb [see HISTORICAL NOTES below]. Eliason held the rank of Chief Machinist Mate, serving in the 54th (Aviation) Company. In July, 1918, he was posted to the U. S. Navy base that had been established in Paulliac, France to support the U. S. Navy’s air operations. Eliason begins his diary on June 17, 1918, shortly after he entered service on June 11 (he uses the empty pages for Jan-May, 1918 to record many other things, which are described below). His early entries describe his onboarding into the military, which begins with a stay in “detention” at the Philadelphia Navy Yards, from June 19 through July 3. On July 4th, Eliason leaves detention for “regular camp”. An excerpt follows: “Reported Rec. Ship office for Bedding [and] 1 mattress 1 blank, 1 hammock, got bug cover…Barracks 315 many yards…. Vaccination and 1 shot arm. Some hot walk carry bedding mattress etc. Badly bundled to detention. Never forgotten. Oh yes! Regulation hair cut - bath - identification tag made, etc. ” [June 20, 1918]. Following his detention, Eliason is allowed to go home for a few days, where he takes a business meeting about his auto shop, has dinner with his girlfriend (future wife) , Katherine, and spends time with family. On July 9, 1918 he writes one line: “French Line Draft. Friend sailor Joseph N. Garrrety” On July 16, he begins writing in earnest, every day, recording his experiences for a number of weeks. He boards the USS DeKalb on July 17 and they are at sea by 5: 00pm on July 18. They arrive in France on August 3rd. Some excerpts of the diary follow: “...Forming protection us and enemy. Only 2 or 4 ships in sight. Moving pictures in hold deck by YMCA assemblies this afternoon. Cleared up enough to see all ships at one time but nasty again. Foly hummed all night. Did not turn in until late joking about what different ones would go in accident” [July 27, 1918]. “A machine gun range is about 500 yards off in front of my hangar and you can hear them picking away at great rate testing. When they get about doz going you can only imagine being on front line scouting party say some who have been there” [Aug 19, 1918]. “Very chilly caught cold self. Wrote home (3) All fellow out on benches singing and with bongo [and] fiddle all Chinks lined up across road it wa funny on fellows and Chink song they clapped at great rate. Business smooth” [Sept 3, 1918]. “Cloudy. Hurrah! Received 3 letters and some paper today. Oh! Yes some nice pictures too. They made the day full of sunshine anyway” [Oct 25, 1918]. “...Might think getting ready to go into action…” [Oct 29, 1918]. “Foggy and chilly. Told armistice was signed 3: 45 this AM…” [Nov 11, 1918]. Among his notes of fellow soldiers names and addresses, Eliason uses some of the early pages in the diary (between January and May) to note other things about his life in the navy. For example, he fills a full page with the “Schedule Phil. Yards /Schedule of Day” and lists his activities at the Philadelphia Navy Yards from 5: 30 am (Reveille) to 10: 00pm (Lights Out) , plus everything in between. On other pages he makes notes about his finances. In the Memoranda at the back of his diary, Eeliason notes his financial particulars, giving a picture of how he was paid and where the money went. Interestingly, Eliason returned twice to add notes about his time in the service in the Memoranda section. On Aug 11, 1926, Eliason notes down the timeline of his service and adds up his time spent: “Ent service June 11…Transport DeKalb July 17-30…Paulliac, France Aug 3rd 1918-Feb 8, 1919…. Final Honorable Sept 30, 1921…Overseas duty 216 [days] 9 mos service”. Eliason makes a memo on March 15, 1930 about the death of two fellow soldiers, one recent, and one long past: “Heard that our Lieut Molton died from an accident before leaving France. Was with his brother fell from a rock cliff…Trent Tinker died recently in this country”. Tucked in among the pages are several interesting items. One is his shoulder patch displaying his rank. There is also a 20 Franc banknote in excellent condition. Other ephemera within the diary include what appears to be a draft board card that had been mailed to him plus 4 small folded pages that contain notes and jottings which he seems to have kept on days he forgot to write in his diary. For a historian, especially a naval historian, this is an excellent primary source document from WWI. Badge collectors will value the shoulder flash that was worn over a century ago as will collectors of currencies from that long-ago time. For a genealogist, his list of names and complete addresses would be invaluable for tracking down family member, fellow sailors and those who served in Paulliac. This small diary is titled “The Soldier’s Diary and Note Book”. It measures 5.0 inches by 4.25 inches. It contains 92 pages of diary entries plus over 50 pages of printed information. The leather cover is in good condition with some natural wear on the corners. The diary came with a sleeve on the spine for a pencil and the pencil is present. The binding is in good condition as are the pages. The handwriting is all in pencil and is fairly legible. HISTORICAL NOTE: The USS DeKalb. Was a German mail ship Prinz Eitel Friedrich. At the outbreak of WWI, she was requisitioned by the German Navy and served as an auxiliary cruiser. Prinz Eitel Friedrich entered US waters while the United States was still a neutral nation. When the United States entered the war, Prinz Eitel Friedrich was tied up in Newport News and subsequently seized by the US government. Renamed DeKalb after the American Revolutionary General, she served as a troopship.; Manuscripts; 24mo 5" - 6" tall; 92 pages; Signed by Author. Good with no dust jacket .
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ALBERT EDWARD ELLIS
1929-1934 Archive of a Depression-Era Beat Cop’S Log Books and Ephemera Documenting His Patrols of Downtown Boston
Boston, Massachusetts. Softcover. On offer is an archive of nine logbooks and associated ephemera kept by a Boston police officer patrolling in the downtown core during the Great Depression. The police officer who kept these log books is Albert Edward Ellis (1897-1986) , a patrol officer with the Boston Police Department. Prior to entering the force, Ellis served in the US Army during World War I. He married Irene A. Kelley and they lived in Roslindale, MA with their two children, Jeanne and Albert. Ellis became a Mason in 1925. He kept these logs while working in downtown Boston for the Boston Police Department in his 30s. His badge number was T229.For each day he works, Ellis notes, at minimum, the intersection at which he is posted, the officer(s) who relieve him on his breaks, and many 6 digit automobile reference numbers of cars he observed. On many days, Ellis’ notes are more in-depth. Ellis makes exceptionally detailed field notes when there are incidents he will need to officially write up and report back at the station. Some incidents he details include handling a pocketbook theft, describing automobile accidents he witnesses, responding to civilian complaints such as open manholes, breaking up fights, and more. Some excerpts from his notes follow: “About 11.40 this PM I found the rear cellar door of 754 South street open…Walter’s Candy store…secured same at 1150 PM with Patrolman Locke. Reported to the station 11.55” [Sept 9, 1925]. “About 9 this AM while directing traffic at the corner of Boylston and Exeter street I gave the traffic in Exeter street a hand signal to start... I then heard the horn and noticed a Police car #103 coming…. I then gave a signal for the traffic I had just started to stop and gave the police car a hand signal to proceed…The operator of the taxi which I had started said he did not see the hand signal that I gave him to stop…. [the police car] was struck and turned over by a Peerless 20 Century Taxi…” [December 19, 1933]. “... Wanted for murder on Div #16 2 men/#1 – 22 6 150 med comp Blue suit Brown hat/#2 – 22-23 6 150 Brown suit and hat which did not fit at Hotel on Huntington Ave” [Sept 14, 1929]. “I found Bernard D. Mann 40 years old married of 15 Tirrell street Atlantic Mass Laying on the sidewalk in Dartmouth street in front of the library near Huntington Ave. He was taken to Boston City Hospital in the ambulance…[he] was found to be suffering from post Epileptis [sic]…his wife was notified” [Jan 28, 1931]. “Opening day for Liquor End of 18th Amendment” [Dec 5, 1933, Ellis refers here to the end of Prohibition]. Ellis also notes his days off work, vacation days, and breaks during his work day. Ellis’ writing is consistently professional in nature, his personal opinions and feelings never overtaking his professional judgment. Tipped into several of the logbooks are some additional police-related ephemera including: detailed, completed arrest cards, an envelope with photographic negatives, a form that was supposed to have been sent to the Registrar of Motor Vehicles to record a driving infraction, an official report on an incident (addressed to Captain Perley S. Skillings of Division 16). The final piece of ephemera provides the one and only hint as to who Ellis was as a person outside of his job - a postcard sent from a friend named “Strip”. In the postcard, Strip refers to Ellis as “Bozo” and makes some jokes that are decidedly politically incorrect. This archive is an absolutely fascinating glimpse into the work life of a beat cop working in the heart of downtown Boston in the first half of the 20th century. The names of Boston locals and fellow officers paired with the locations mentioned by Ellis provide rich information for those interested in the Boston region. Since Ellis notes his patrol intersection each day, these books may fill in some historical knowledge gaps about Eight of the diaries measure approximately 6.75” x 4” and contain 60 pages plus an additional two typewritten pages providing instructions to police officers about how to “Ascertain and Note” facts about traffic accidents and the “The Importance of Preserving Fingerprints”. The ninth book measures 6” x 3.75” and contains 140 pages (it is not an official police log book as the first eight are). The diaries are between 90-100% complete. The diaries were kept in 1925, 1929, 1930, 1931 and 1934. Each diary covers a few months of the year. 1929 and 1930 are the most heavily covered with three diaries completed for each of the two years. The covers, bindings and pages of all nine diaries are in good condition. The officer wrote in pencil and pen. All writing is legible. Overall VG. ; Manuscripts; 16mo 6" - 7" tall; Signed by Author. Very Good with no dust jacket .
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Keywords: Notebooks Urban

 
ERIC D. FORSBERGH, WITOLD L. KLAWE, ENRIQUE L. DIAZ AND CUTHBERT M. LOVE
1966 Fascinating Marine Biology Scientific Logbook and Reports of a Research Team on the Pacific Ocean Completing a Multi-Year Oceanography Study
Bocas DE Cenzia, Panama Bright, 1965-1966. Hardcover. On offer is a manuscript logbook of extensive notes plus two typed reports from the Director of Investigations of an environmental commission responsible for the conservation and management of marine resources in the eastern Pacific Ocean. This collection feels particularly important when one considers the 21st century focus on environmental protection and climate change. This collection was compiled as part of a large project commissioned by the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC). The IATTC was initially established as a treaty between the United States and Costa Rica in 1949 with a mission to conduct research on marine resources in the ocean. According to its website, its reason for being is, “responsibility for the conservation and management of tuna and other marine resources in the eastern Pacific Ocean from Canada in the north to Chile in the south”. Additionally, the IATTC has significant responsibilities for the implementation of the International Dolphin Conservation Program. Between 1965 and 1966, the IATTC carried out four Augmented Colombian EI Nino Oceanography (ACENTO) research cruises. The ACENTO project was intended to study the area of the Panama Bright to determine correlation between tuna availability and environmental conditions. All four research cruises took place on the ship Bocas de Cenzia, which was owned and operated by Empresa Puertos de Colombia, and had previously been used by the United States Army during World War II. The 1965 cruises took place in May, August and November of 1965. The fourth and final cruise was scheduled for February of 1966. The collection on offer contains the printed report on the itinerary and findings of the November, 1965 cruise as well as all the field notes and final typed report of the February, 1966 cruise. The IATTC researchers on the 1966 cruise were lead by Director of Investigations, Eric D. Forsbergh. His scientific team included Witold L. Klawe, Enrique L. Diaz and Cuthbert M. Love. The expedition also included a large naval team to run ship operations. Finally, the research cruise was attended by Tuna Commission guests, including two professors from the University of Valle (Universidad de Valle del Cauca) in Cali, Columbia. The Scientific Logbook contains detailed, near constant handwritten notes from all four scientists. The notes take the reader through the minute to minute work of the research team. Through their notes we know exactly when they arrived at each research station and what they accomplished in each location. We get a sense of their ongoing challenges, such as nets that are not properly tied, mandated government labels that don’t stick to samples, challenges with the supplied specimen bottles that have leaks causing the oxygen to aerate, wire getting caught in their nets and compromising their abilities to catch fish, a broken down gas-powered alternator, inclement weather, and injuries to crew members. An excerpt that gives the flavor of how these issues are described in the logbook follows: “Dr. Patino and Regalado plan to get off…Dr. Regalado has been quite seasick…a Coke bottle fell on a crew member and broke his nose. He will also be let off at Tumaco for treatment at Hospital” [Feb 21, 1966]. Through the notes the reader not only gets a deep sense of the research being accomplished, but also of the personalities of the research team. For example, head investigator Eric D. Forsbergh becomes increasingly frustrated by technical issues on the ship, noting ongoing issues in all-caps and eventually using a red pencil crayon to write “THERE MUST BE A CURSE ON US ON THIS WRETCHED SHIP” [Feb 23, 1966]. Forsbergh also notes non-research related events at the research station. For example, at Station #18 on Gorgona Island, he writes “Yesterday the prisoners revolted…killed some guards and took over a boat” [Feb 23, 1966]. An example of the scientific research notes follow: “Apparently there is a very strong under current at bearing 00 which screwed up the nice timing we had made in the previous ACENTO cruises. Moved the boat several times until the direction of the current was estimated. Changed weights to a very heavy one ( <100 lbs ? ) Zooplankton haul went smoothly and got 5 bottles of samples; this seemsto be a rich area” [p 8]. Accompanying the manuscript logbook are two reports on the ACENTO missions, prepared and typed by Forsbergh. It seems that Forsbergh used his 1965 report for reference during the 1966 expedition. The 1966 report summarizes and expands upon the notes in the scientific logbook. One can assume the 1965 report does the same, though we do not have that logbook to compare. These are excellent examples of the work that was being done in the mid-1960s in an effort to monitor and manage tuna fishery in the Pacific. Through its Alcotines Laboratory, the IATTC provides a unique research ability for tuna and other pelagic species. For marine scientists or biologists, these reports offer a terrific view of the level of work being done at that time and an interesting comparison point to work being done today. The report consists of a hardbound notebook accompanied by two type-written reports. The notebook measures 10.5 inches by 8 inches. It contains 72 pages and is approximately 85% complete. The notebook is in good condition with undamaged covers, intact binding and legible handwriting. The two accompanying reports are single-sided, typewritten pages. They are seven pages and six pages respectively. The notebook contains data recorded from an expedition in February, 1966 and the two reports are dated Dec 1965 and March 1966 respectively. BIO NOTES ON DIRECTOR FORSBERGH: Eric D. Forsbergh. Forsbergh was a biological oceanographer who worked as a senior scientist with the IATTC. He was a Harvard graduate with a B. A. In biology and he lived in San Diego, California, until his death in 2014 at the age of 86. In his role with the IATCC, Forsbergh co-published several papers on topics associated with marine biology. ; Manuscripts; Large 8vo 9" - 10" tall; 72 pages; Signed by Author. Very Good with no dust jacket .
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Book number: 0010314
USD 3000.00 [Appr.: EURO 2765.25 | £UK 2366 | JP¥ 451515]
Keywords: History Aquatic Activism

 
E. W. FISK, NURSERYMAN
1901 Fascinating Human Resources Job Offer Letter to a Salesman from the Company’S Owner
1901. Manuscript. On offer is a typewritten job offer from the owner of a nursery wholesaler hoping to land a reliable new employee. Dated Feb 21,1901, and signed in ink by E. W. Fisk himself, this typewritten letter is a full page imploring a potential new hire to take a job as a salesman running a currently unmanned territory. Given the fact that each territory operator will work remotely, Fisk highlights the importance of hiring a man who is “strictly honorable and upright”. Fisk goes on to describe the benefits of working for his company: “We have been in business for a long time and this long experience enables us to place the very best grade of stock grown in the hands of our salesmen…it means you are able to sell over and over again in the same territory; that you are able to work up a better trade each season; that your customers will be glad to see you a second time…”Fisk even invites the candidate to verify their financial health with the First National Bank, before requesting the candidate reply by mail with their decision. For anyone working in a modern Human Resources or business leadership role, this letter is an absolutely fascinating look at how job offers were made and accepted over 100 years ago. The letter is typed on E. W. Fisk Nurseryman letterhead. It has minor age toning and creases. No rips or tears. A small ink blot is present on the letterhead. It does not obscure the readability. Overall G+. ; Letters; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 1 pages; Signed by Author. Very Good with no dust jacket .
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Book number: 0012041
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Keywords: Seeker Employment

 
FLORA
1940 Highly Relatable Letter from a Friend Who Just Could Not Make It to the Hospital for a Visit and Feels Just Terrible
Factoryville, Pennsylvania, 1940. Manuscript. On offer is a sweet letter written to Mrs. Daisy (Ball) Bailey (1897-1964) of Dalton, Pennsylvania from her friend Flora who lives in nearby Factoryville, PA. The letter was written on May 12, 1940 and addressed to Daisy at home in Dalton, although at the time of writing, Daisy was hospitalized, having undergone surgery. The letter is four pages (one single page folded in half with writing on four sides). Throughout the entire letter, Flora provides Daisy with multiple reasons (possibly excuses…) as to why she was unable to come to the hospital to visit her. Flora’s reasons include: she was packing, she was busy serving her husband’s colleagues meals, Daisy’s husband never told her the visiting hours at the hospital, and that she got lost on the way to the hospital. She then sends Daisy endless good wishes, including a wish that Daisy would come and stay with her soon. While it was written over 80 years ago, it will ring very true to any modern person who is trying and failing to do it all. This letter would be a great reminder that we are all doing our best and would look perfect framed in the office of a busy and hard-working 21st century person. The letter is written in pencil and is very legible. Paper shows some signs of age toning and folds are visible. No rips or tears. The envelope is present but the stamp has been cut out. Overall G+. ; Letters; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 4 pages; Signed by Author. Very Good with no dust jacket .
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Book number: 0012042
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Keywords: Friends Illness Guilt

 
FRIENDS OF ELMER ROLAND FRANCIS
1920s Pair of Letters, One Angry and One Joyful, Written to a Pennsylvania Boy in Quantico and Then Back Home in Birdsboro
Quantico, Virginia, 1920. Manuscript. On offer are two letters written to Elmer Roland Francis (1903-1973) of Birdsboro, Pennsylvania. The first letter is written while Elmer is serving in the military and staying in the Marine Barracks in Quantico, Virginia in 1923. The second is an upbeat, newsy letter sent to Elmer once he is home in Birdsboro in 1927. The 1923 letter is of a terse tone and reads as though written by someone very close to Elmer. The author of the letter, Gerald Gordon, who is also in the army at the time (he discusses being “on watch”) expresses frustration with Elmer, who had canceled a planned trip to see them, after the person had gone to great lengths to prepare for his arrival. The author goes on to make suggestions as to how to make another visit work in the coming weeks, finally settling on the idea of coming to stay on the boat where Elmer is living over a weekend. An excerpt follows: ”It is a lot to ask of you kids but if it isn’t I may come up on the boat Friday PM and stay with you until Sunday. I don’t know, but you may half way work for me and we will get things straightened up…I will see what you think about me coming…it does not cost me any thing to come over there and come back…”The second letter is a congenial catch-up letter from a very confident young gentleman named V. L. Tucker to his buddy Elmer, who is now back home and out of the army. Written in 1927, Tucker, who is currently living in Chicago, writes with the overconfidence of a young man who has no idea what lies ahead for America and the world. For nearly three pages, Tucker writes on Hotel Carlton Chicago stationary. He refers to his buddy as “Rollie” and to himself as “Tuck”. He briefly asks after Rollie: “Well Rollie how does it feel to be free, white and twenty one again? I don’t guess you are planning to go back into the outfit again are you, what are you doing. I mean what kind of work or play? ”Tuck also updates Rollie on mutual friends he has been catching up with, such as Chuck Bulgar who is stationed at Quantico in 1927 and spent his 30 day leave in Chicago with Tuck, giving him the inside scoop on his work. Tuck’s favourite topic, of course, is himself. He writes with a hint of pride and a heap of bragging, about his job. An excerpt follows: “...I have been made general mgr. [manager]...for the people I work for out in Conn, so I suree have a swell job. And only been with them six months. If I keep this up I think I [ ] own the whole business in five years, ha, ha…”This letter is a fun look at male friendship in the Roaring ‘20s, made especially fascinating with hindsight, knowing what was to come in a couple short years with the onset of the Great Depression, followed by the Second World War. We know for certain that this letter’s recipient, Elmer, fought for the US in the war. Written on 8.5” x 11” standard sized paper and including addressed envelopes, the letters are in good condition. All pages show some minor age toning and fold lines from the letters having been kept in envelopes. The writing is in black pen and is clear and legible. No rips or tears. Overall G+. ; Letters; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 2 pages; Signed by Author. Very Good with no dust jacket .
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Book number: 0012040
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PAULINE E. GELSER
1936-1940 Incredible Diary Chronicling a Rural New York Farm Girl’S Life from Age 11 to 16, Meeting Her Husband and Becoming a Woman
Duncan, Short Tract, Hornellsville, Canaseraga, New York, Rural New York, 1936-1940. Cloth. On offer is the outstanding five-year manuscript diary of bright, chatty and boy-crazy Pauline E. Gelser (b. July 26, 1924) kept from age 11 through 16, as she completes her schooling, dates, supports her family’s work on the farm, socializes and meets her future husband [See BIO NOTES on Pauline at the end of the listing]. Pauline begins her diary at age 11, in January of 1936 and keeps it religiously until December of 1940, when she is 16. Pauline records her graduation gifts and discusses her graduation in the spring of 1940 (and records show she graduated high school in the class of 1940) however she does return to school in the fall of 1940 and we are unable to verify where this schooling was taking place. This coming-of-age diary shows Pauline growing from a young girl who doodles on her diary pages in 1936, to a young woman who is preparing to enter the adult world. It is a rare treat to find a young diarist so dedicated to her writing, allowing us to watch a Depression-era high school experience unfold in detail. The first year of Pauline’s diary includes funny anecdotes from school, jokes and doodles and, in some cases, just the names of boys she likes written in a huge hand. 1937 begins as the year of Gail Coombs. Pauline has a big crush on him, though he doesn't seem to share her feelings. She spends 1937 talking about the boys, school, her work on the family farm and her family. She is now a freshman. As Pauline grows and changes, she finds new boys on whom to focus and gains confidence in herself as a woman. Her entries become more insightful and more self-aware. However, she never loses her childlike quality. In 1940 Pauline realizes she is in a less-than-great relationship with a boy named Bill and finds her true love in Tommy, her future husband. Some excerpts from the diary to give a flavour of Pauline’s writing and growth follow: “The boys said the teacher was coming. They brookin [sic] the door when we opened it. They stayed after school, also apologized” [Feb 6, 1936]. “Had party, young folks. Danced with Johnnie, Francis, Vernon and Billy. Billy was good. (Oh I can never forget it) ” [May 9, 1936]. “I got 100 in civics, 100 in General Science and 48 in Home making. I am…not smart. Don’t know what happened” [Sept 16, 1936]. “I got a note to-day warning me to let Gail Coombs alone from my advisor whoever that is. It is my own business” [Dec 3, 1936]. “Gail was pretty good. Didn’t talk nor write any notes. I got a note today…but Gail never wrote. I hope he likes me. I sat by Johnnie, Francis, Claire, Billie…Gail went by and did not like it” [Jan 8, 1937]“Our new teacher was there today. She isn’t very good looking and some say she isn’t very bright” [Feb 9, 1937]. “I went to the Freshman party at the “Old Mills”. Walked down Gerald. He roasted a weiner for me and got my lemonade for me. My slip came down. I had a good time. Swim was there. I went wading and fell in. Gail said I didn’t have any pants on. Imagine! ” [June 2, 1937]. “Gail’s father hung himself today. Geo Gates came down and got Gail this noon. It’s too bad. He was 45 years old” [Oct 4, 1937]. "Mr. & Mrs. H. R. Jones were over to dinner. Guy has 2 boils, pretty bad. Grandma gave me a dress, apron and $.50. Pretty good Grandmother" [July 17, 1938]. “Have seen Bill every day this week. Boy! He sure is swell” [May 10, 1939]. “Went to Japland. About 20 min to 3 deadline. Margie and Laverne, Eleanor and Clair, and Bill and I. I fought with Bill. Eleanor sat out with Leighton…. ” [July 12, 1940]. “Election! Mother’s 43rd birthday. Old pie face Roosevelt won - Bah! Humbug! ! Tommy came over, went to Birdsall and around by Gawoods home. Sat to home on his lap” [Nov 5, 1940]. In nearly 2,000 daily entries, Pauline charts the course of her life as she grows up. This is an absolute gem of a find for anyone interested in the lived experience of a teenage girl during the Great Depression and the experience of living on a family farm while cultivating a thriving social, academic and church life off the farm. BIO NOTES: Pauline Gelser was the second of four children born to Paul and Frances Josephine (Hamilton) Gelser in Hornellsville, New York. She lived her entire life in that part of New York state. According to records, she graduated from Canaseraga Central School in 1940 (though in her diary she discusses attending school in the fall of 1940 and no post-secondary records have been located). In 1943 she married a farmer, Thomas J. Bennett (1918-2002). They lived on a farm in the Dalton, New York area, near Short Tract, and had a son, Thomas R. Bennett, Jr. This diary measures approximately 6.75 inches by 5.25 inches. It contains 365 pages and is 99% complete. The fabric covers are in fair condition with staining and lots of markings written by the diarist (and maybe her friends? ) Markings include the handwritten names of the author’s crushes and friends. There is a clasp closure but the strap is broken. The spine and binding are intact and the pages are in good condition. The handwriting is legible. ; Manuscripts; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 365 pages; Signed by Author. Fair with no dust jacket .
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Book number: 0012048
USD 1450.00 [Appr.: EURO 1336.5 | £UK 1143.75 | JP¥ 218232]
Keywords: Angst Teen Romance

 
HELEN LOUISE BURROWS STUETZER, RUTH BURROWS
1940s Manuscript Letters on Love, Child Rearing and the Polio Epidemic, Both Connected to a Prominent New England Artist
Charlottesville Virginia VA. None. On offer is a small archive of two manuscript letters that interestingly connect an ill-fated marriage, child rearing practices in the mid-20th century and polio virus control restrictions in 1945. Both letters are connected to the Stuetzer and Burrows families, specifically to the relationship and marriage of Helen Louise Burrows Stuetzer (later Sleeper) (1922-2008) and Thomas Stefan Neafsey Stuetzer Sr. (1923-1977). Helen was the third child of Ruth Griffin and Harold Melville Burrows and grew up in Charlottesville, Virginia, attending Lane High School and the University of Virginia. Helen was a well-known artist, opening painting studios in Gloucester, Rockport and Newburyport, Massachusetts. She was a Member of the Portrait Society of America and the International Society of Marine Painters, the Dunwoody Fine Arts Association and the Portrait Society of Georgia. Her paintings are being sold to this day. Thomas Sr. Served as a 1st Lieutenant in the US Air Force in World War 2. He later worked as a broadcast executive for the Associated Press in Dallas, Texas. Helen and Thomas married in 1944 and had one son in 1945. In 1953, Helen filed for a divorce, citing “desertion” as the reason. Helen went on to marry Jacob Henry Sleeper in 1957. Sleeper worked as a collections officer and had served as a PFC in the US Army during the war. The first letter is written by Helen from her family home in Charlottesville, Virginia, to Thomas Sr. While he was stationed at Moore Air Base during World War Two. The letter foreshadows Helen and Thomas’ future. However, when read without the benefit of hindsight, it simply reads as the letter of a girl madly in love with a boy, and asking the boy to love her back. Dated only “June 8th”, Helen writes to Thomas and asks him why he is continuing to hurt her when all she does is show him love. She is confused as to how he feels about her, and reminds him that she needs to give a month’s notice at her job and will move to be with him if he says yes. An excerpt follows: “Must you keep hurting me with bitter words? You know I can never stop loving you and that I want to be with you more than anything…Each time you’ve asked me [to come see you] I’ve said I would if you’d send me the money. Once you simply ignored it, then the next time you went on a spree…Tell me as soon as you can if you think I’m worth it”The second letter answers any question as to Thomas’ response to the June 8th letter. It is also sent from Helen’s family home. This time it is written by Helen’s mother, Ruth, and addressed to Helen, who is now Mrs. Thomas N. Stuetzer. Helen and Thomas married on August 15, 1944 and their son, Thomas Neafsy Stuetzer Jr, was born almost exactly nine months later, on May 10, 1945. Ruth writes to Helen on July 23, 1945, when baby Tommy (or Tom-Tom) is only two months old. For an unknown reason, Helen is living with Thomas Sr. In his hometown of Port Washington, New York, and the baby is with Helen’s parents. In the nine-page letter, Ruth writes at length to her daughter, Helen, updating her on baby Tommy and the care she is providing. It reads like a high-level overview of popular child-rearing practices of 1945. Ruth also shares details about neighbors and Helen’s younger brother, Harold Jr, who is deployed. As the letter draws to a close, Ruth requests money to help with Tommy’s care, and discusses the current health restrictions related to the polio epidemic and its impact on Tommy. Some excerpts follow: “...[Tommy] is really the most appealing young man I’ve ever seen. I give him the cod liver oil and orange juice and outside of a yell (and a funny face he always makes) he keeps it down and is glad to get to the orange juice. I’ve called Dr. Birdsong only once ‘cause he was having cold feet and he asked me about pajamas. I reminded him the little one was only two months old…he said put socks on him”. “He is asleep now as contented as the cows that give Carnation Milk for him…I know you want to see and be with him and you also want to be with Tommy [Sr. ]. I’ve been hoping you both could see your way clear to come down and be with us all some too but it may not be that you can…”“One of the neighbors and I have our eye on a colored girl we can use between us at 7 dollars each a week. So if you and Tommy can send us 10 dollars per week that will cover all expenses practically? ? I want to get…Little Tommy Jr. A Kiddie Korp which will be 37 dollars but he is bound to have that”“...since you wrote there’s a ban on traveling also the radio is broadcasting its polio epidemic: ‘keep babies away from people, crowds, etc. Swat all flies. Do not go in parks for swimming’. Tommy Jr. Is safe. I watch him every minute. No one comes near him”. Taken together, these two letters provide insight into wartime romantic entanglements and the lengths families go to to provide the best lives for their children, both their adult children and infants. The second letter provides surprising detail as to the daily life of an infant in the 1940s under the shadow of the polio epidemic. These letters would make an impactful addition to any collection that relates to WW2, pediatrics, family studies or sociology. Both letters are in good condition, with creases from where they have been folded but no obvious rips or tears. All writing is legible. Both include addressed envelopes but only one has its stamp. Overall Good. ; Letters; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 10 pages; Signed by Author. Good+ with no dust jacket .
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Book number: 0012051
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Keywords: 2 Childcare

 
ALBERT E. KINGSLEY JR.
1920-1928 Diaries of Boston University Superintendent, Describing the University’S Massive Expansion While Maintaining an Active Personal Life in Melrose, Massachusetts
Boston, Melrose, Massachusetts. Hardcover. On offer is a fine collection of seven diaries of a superintendent at Boston University, an American university listed today as one of 53 "international powerhouse" institutions. Albert E. Kingsley Jr. Was Buildings Superintendent at Boston University (BU) when it began its drive to create a major new campus centered along the Charles River. Lemuel Herbert Murlin, BU’s president, dreamt of a University in the heart of the city. In 1920, BU purchased a large tract of land between the Charles River and Commonwealth Avenue, hoping to unite on a permanent campus the colleges and schools scattered throughout Boston. Kingsley weaves his observations and experiences as a key player on the Boston University team during the expansion in with his musings about the larger world around him and his home life, particularly focused on his wife, Daisy, who mattered to him above all else. Kingsley writes copious notes of land, buildings and acreage purchased by Boston University at that time. Some excerpts from Kingsley’s diary give the reader a sense of how his writing follows the University’s process as it expanded: “The soft coal at 70 St. Butolph St. Caught fire, spontaneous combustion and did about $200 worth of damage”. [Jan 10, 1920]“A fire caused by a fire place on 2nd floor over Dr. Murlin's (our President B. U. ) apartments. Caused $2,000 worth of damage at 5 A. M” [Jan 19, 1920]. Kingsley notes the day BU made its large land purchase to begin its near decade-long expansion: “The B. U. Has bought 600,000 sq ft of land along the Charles River. Boston side about 15 acres” [Mar 8, 1920]“Mr. [ ] spoke to me about the new property they had bought on Bay State Road on Charles River. 10 apartment houses & hotels 15 acres of land” [Mar 29, 1920]. When not at work, Kingsley commented on other aspects of his personal life and the world around him. He keeps chickens and sells the eggs, meticulously noting how much was received from each sale. He notes the death of the Irish nationalist Terence McSwiney – who was considered an inspiration for Ho Chi Minh. Some excerpts follow: “McSwiney Irish hunger striker died today starved himself Bad time in Ireland" [Oct 25, 1920]. “The Federal officers raided the Turners our next door neighbors found a still. We did not think they had one. But they are good neighbors just the same…” [Sept 7, 1923]. “Registration Day at C. L. A and C. S. S... I took $15,000 to bank at 4: 00PM that I had put into $1,000 packages and banded $5,000 more before 5: 00 PM Big Day” [Sept 19, 1923]. The other diaries in the collection carry on in this vein One constant thread in his diaries is the illness of his wife, Daisy. In January 1927, her long suffering came to an end: “...DAISY DIED 4: 10 PM Daisy passed away quietly at 4: 10 PM Was conscious to the last and ready to go. Had suffered a long time…” [Jan 11, 1927]. Several days later he writes the most moving entry: “... DAISY LAID AT REST: No more pain I trust. A good wife. Why could she not have been spared alittle longer” [Jan 14, 1927]. The collection paints an excellent picture of life in Boston in the early years of the 20th century. From the grand plans of a growing university to the concerns and events of daily life, it is a valuable look at life in Boston at this time. His entries are clear and easy to read and are written in a way that breathes life into the pages. It would certainly be of value to local historians as well as genealogists, as Kingsley makes many references to friends and acquaintances who live in Boston. BIO NOTES: Albert Ernest Kingsley Jr. Was born to Albert Ernest Kingsley and Drucilla W. Spates Kingsley in September 1860 in Lewiston, Maine. His father, Albert Sr, was enlisted in Company K, Maine 1st Infantry and fought in the Union Army in the American Civil War. He was promoted to Captain in 1864. Albert E. Kingsley Jr. Married C. Daisy Barrett in 1890. They lived in Melrose, Massachusetts in the Greater Boston Are. Albert worked as Superintendent for the buildings at Boston University. He is listed as an Officer of the Boston University Masonic Lodge at its Constitution in 1926. Sadly, Kingsley Jr. ’s wife Daisy died in Melrose in January of 1927. Albert E. Kingsley Jr. Died in Melrose on October 6, 1931 at the age of 71. This collection contains seven diaries, each containing 365 pages and each is 100% complete. The diaries cover the years: 1920, 1922, 1923, 1925, 1926, 1927 and 1928. The 1920 diary measures 5.75” x 4.75” and all of the other diaries measure 6.75” x 4.0”. The cover, bindings and pages of all seven diaries are in Good condition. ; Manuscripts; 16mo 6" - 7" tall; Signed by Author. Good with no dust jacket .
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KURT SCHWITTERS, FRED UHLMAN, HELLMUTH WEISSENBORN, HEINRICH FRAENKEL, ERNST SCHWITTERS-GULDAHL, SIEGFRIED OPPENHEIMER, BRUNO AHRENDS, FREDERICK SOLOMON, MICHAEL CORVIN, AND OTHERS
1940-41 Hutchinson Internment Camp Almanac Signed by Internees with Largely Hand-Coloured Artwork
Hutchinson Camp, Isle OF Man, Artists Camp, 1940. Softcover. On offer is a sensational and extremely rare copy of The Camp Almanac 1941, no.13-14, which was created and published at Hutchinson Internment Camp (see NOTES at end of listing) on the Isle of Man in December of 1940, amid World War II. This special presentation copy of the December 1940 newsletter, produced by the internees at Hutchinson Internment Camp, contains mostly hand-finished pages, some signed by contributors. This copy belonged to internee Frederick Solominski (Frederick Solomon) , who contributed a piece of art, “Elijah and the Angels”, to the Almanac. It is signed on the Preface and Thanks page by hand “To our friend and collaborator Fr Solominski”, by Michael Corvin (Leo Freund) (March 7, 1941). The Almanac was also hand-signed in pencil by the following internees and contributors: Walter Simmel, who signed his essay, “Madame X”; Dr. Bruno Ahrends, who signed his essay and accompanying images on post-war reconstruction of seaside resorts; and Erich Kahn, who signed his image, “The Philosophers”. The Camp newsletters included artworks, illustrations, cartoons and articles on camp life and the world outside. The edition on offer features contributions from the Dada artist Kurt Schwitters, who fled from Norway to Britain in 1940; the lawyer, artist and author, Fred Uhlman; the artist Hellmuth Weissenborn (who drew the cover page) ; the historian Heinrich Fraenkel; the photographer Ernst Schwitters-Guldahl; the art dealer Siegfried Oppenheimer; the architect Bruno Ahrends, and others. [Note: It was Oppenheimer who convinced the camp authorities to provide the painters and sculptors in the camp with artistic materials]. According to the article listing in the Table of Contents, this Almanac is close to complete, save for the missing “Maxim” article. As well, two pieces not listed in the Contents are present in this Almanac: Dudelsack Auf Capri by Dr. Richard Friedenthal (the only German piece in the Almanac) and Music-Review by Dr. Alfred Perlmann. The Almanac contains 13 full-page hand-coloured images plus a title page with beautiful hand-coloured zodiac frame and many smaller hand-coloured images on the pages with typed text. This Almanac contains 25 mimeographed pages. The book is hole punched and bound by string with a simple cardboard folder cover. The cover measures 15.5x9.5 inches while the pages themselves measure 13.5x8.5 inches. The Almanac is in VG+ condition with some minor age toning, bends and folds. A similar copy of this exact Almanac was sold by Christie’s in 2018 for 16,500 GBP (approx 21,000 USD). NOTES: Hutchinson Camp (also known as “P” Camp) , located in Douglas on the Isle of Man, was an internment camp. Initiated by Winston Churchill during World War Two, it was one of many camps opened to quell the anxiety of British citizens who believed spies were among them. Hutchinson kept “enemy aliens” - or those living in Britain with German, Austrian and Italian passports - jailed behind barbed wire in boarding houses. Tragically, many of those detained in Hutchinson were Jews who had fled the Nazis only to be imprisoned by the country they hoped would liberate them. Hutchinson became known as the artist’s camp as it housed many professors, artists, composers, writers and more. Notable artists interned at Hutchinson included Kurt Schwitters, Hellmuth Weissenborn, Paul Hamann and Eric Kahn. According to AJR Refugee Voices, “Despite the injustice of the situation, the internees quickly organised. The camp became a hub of creative endeavour, with a daily program of lectures, live music performances, poetry readings, and English lessons”. In fact, they even produced a camp newsletter (a special edition of which is offered here). Hutchinson was opened on July 13, 1940, housing up to 1200 men, and was in operation. In early 1942, most of the innocent men had been released from Hutchinson and, while it remained open until 1945, it became a camp for Prisoners of War and its cultural life faded. ; Manuscripts; 4to 11" - 13" tall; 25 pages; Signed by Author. Very Good with no dust jacket .
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OFFICERS OF THE IMPROVED ORDER OF RED MEN, MARYLAND TIOGA TRIBE
1919-1936 Set of Significant Ledgers of the Improved Order of Red Men Midland, Maryland Tioga Tribe No 126
Midland, Maryland: Improved Order of Red Men Tribe. Hardcover. On offer are two historically significant ledger books spanning 10 years, maintained by Chiefs of the Improved Order of Red Men of Tioga Tribe No. 126 in Midland, Maryland. PLEASE REQUEST FULL BIO ON THE RED MEN FROM SELLER (excluded due to word count restrictions). The first ledger spans 1919-1923 and the second covers 1931-1936. Each ledger contains the annual Roll of Chiefs, where attendance is kept for each weekly meeting. This is followed by hundreds of pages of meeting minutes, wherein the intimate detail of the tribe’s attendance, discussions, motions, officer nominations, elections and tribe finances are meticulously recorded. Excerpts follow to give the flavour of the ledgers: “...Moved and Sec. Charles Bevidge be suspended from all rights and privileges of the order carried. Moved and Sec we porospone [sic] class initiation until Dec 30 on account of Indusstrial condition. Carried…” [Oct 28, 1919]. “...Moved and second Bill of Brother Jas Albright for one load of cal be received and paid. Carried. $4.25. Moved and second that a committee of three be appointed and work in conjunction with the other lodges to see about getting a doctor on committee Bro Harry Sulser John Laslo James Albright Motion carried” [March 16, 1920]. “Brother McGee reported on Halloween social to be held between Red Men and Ladies Bible class. The committee desires that the Red Men get up an entertainment and Ice cream and all members are requested to bring a parcel post” [Oct 18, 1921]. “Council fire was kindled for the purpose of burying our deceased brother William C. Muir. Sachem appointed. Bros Lindsey, Baiman, Leese and Sarage as pallbearers. Brother Muir died at the age of 81 years Sunday evening July 23 at 5: 30 o’clock” [July 26, 1935]. “This was a special meeting held in celebration of the 37th anniversary and 204 Washington birthday celebration. The order’s Washington Birthday Ritual was used. The slations were filled as follows: [long list of names and positions of tribe members]...At the close of the Ritualistic Service brother Taylor was called on and he read a history of the Tribe, after which the Tribe adjourned to partake of a Banquet prepared for the occasion. Dart Ball (? ) and the other amusements were indulged in” [Feb 22, 1936]. “Committee reported having visited Black Hawk Tribe at Westerport. That an open air District meeting will be held in Westernport Sat Sept 19 carried. Carnival committee reported progress…Moved and Sec Resignation of Bro Hunt be accepted and his successor elected. Moved and Sec we go into election of Jr. Sagamore carried…. Moved and Sec we paint the outside of building for Carnival. Carried” [Aug 6, 1936]. The ledgers are absolutely brimming with names of Officers and Members of this Red Men tribe, making them as interesting to a genealogist as they are to one who studies fraternal societies, Maryland in the early 20th century, or the Red Men more specifically. The ledgers measure 9x14 inches. They each contain hundreds of un-numbered pages. The pages ledgers are custom printed for the Red Men by Labor Saving Lodge Books in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. They contain handwriting on most pages, filling in the printed fields. There is tipped in ephemera and extra pages, particularly in the second ledger. Both ledgers show signs of their age. Pages are in tact but the spines are loosening and the cloth hardcovers are beginning to crack and peel. Writing is legible. Overall Fair++. [Note: Ask seller for a link to the 19th Century ledger of a New York tribe of the Red Men being sold separately]. ; Manuscripts; Folio 13" - 23" tall; Signed by Author. Fair with no dust jacket .
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Book number: 0012221
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