BEATRICE STAHL 1912 - 1923 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT JOURNAL AND DIARY OF A YOUNG NEW YORK CITY JEWISH GIRL WHO YEARNS FOR LOVE, FEELS UNDESERVING OF LOVE BUT THEN REJECTS THE ONE MAN WHO PLEDGES HIMSELF TO HER AND MUCH MUCH MORE
New York NY USA 1912 Good+ Manuscript
On offer is the remarkable original 1912 - 1923 manuscript diary handwritten by Beatrice Stahl, a Jewish girl of about 13 years old when she started writing. Collectors or historians interested in the life experience of a young Jewish girl, or of a developing pianist or of women's and gender studies will be thrilled at this very intimate peek into the life and times of this girl: Beatrice is a bright, wide eyed New York City girl who in between bouts of self criticism, local and world events Beatrice confides all to her diary and her writings know no limits as she writes about everything from family to friends and all the activities and then some: Lusitania was sunk by German sub, Alfred Vanderbilt, Chas Becker police lieutenant was electrocuted for murder of Herman Rosenthal, Suffridge March, turned 16, played piano at Gimballs Dept store [Piano is very important to her and research finds she traveled the world playing piano for Nina Luise, a Spanish Flamenco star], prize fight with Jess Willard and Frank Moran, saw actress Pearl White in person, Spanish fellow wants to marry her she says small chance, went to Hotel Sagamore in Coney Island, talks about a parade of soldiers all out of step, went to a fortune teller who was probably a fake, her sister runs off and gets married, Roosevelt dies Jan 6th 1919, funeral on the 8th, Prize fight in Toledo Ohio between Jess Willard and Jack Dempsey worst beating a prize fighter ever had, went to central park to see air ships, Theatres on Broadway closed because of actors on strike, rode by machine to Broadway, making 25.00 a week now and can ride from Bloomingdales to Coney Island for 10 cents now, General Pershing honored all business is closed, the central Opera House, played a wedding, saw a woman killed on 14st subway which made her sick for the rest of the day, went to Hippodrome paid 55 cent a seat, her sister Emma is going to have a baby, ouiji board says its gonna be a boy, went to Carnegie Hall to hear new symphony orchestra, Crescent Theatre, played at Monticello, went and got candy at lofts, went to Greenwich Village. She talks about several boys, she talks about herself, she thinks she is unattractive and that no one worth while will notice her, not that she is anxious to get married she is just tired of being an old maid. One boy she talks about a lot is Teddy she really likes him but says to marry him she would rather croak! She doesn't see how he could like her because she is mean to him, yells at him and calls him names, and he never gets sore, 'I would like to fall in love but not with him.' She mentions funeral for a Jewish philanthropist Jacob Schiff, the funeral of an actress who accidently took poison, the election of Warren Harding. She mentions Teddy again who she is mad at for getting too smart and wanting to take her home, wonder how he will be without her talking to him. Sisters been married for three years now and is still pretty and lively you would not think she is married. Poor teddy wonder if anyone will love me like he does, 5 men killed in electric chair one was Jewish. Had an attack of the blues, don't know what makes me feel so miserable and disgusted, wish I was dead 21 years old no one wants me but lunatics like Teddy, why and I so homely. Went to Broadway for New Year's Eve made lots of noise with cowbells and rattles. Spent the night with a friend and tried smoking and had lots of fun. She mentions the East River, Central Park, the Bronx, Musuem of Art, the Titanic sinking with a loss of 1500 people, the beginning of the WWI. This is a very neat insight into the mind of a girl from New York, her father was a musician and she played with him as well. The book is a large 13 x 8 inch ledger book, the front cover of the diary is off but present, has 300 pages and last 3 or 4 or hard to read. Some smudges, some stains, yellowing but overall Fair.