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1 MR. AND MRS. DANIEL SILVESTER 1935 - 1941 ORIGINAL ARCHIVE OF THREE [3] MANUSCRIPT DIARIES DETAILING THE LIFE, TIMES AND MUSIC OF NOTED WORCESTER MASSACHUSETTS SYMPHONY CONDUCTOR AND HIS WIFE
Worcester, Massachusetts 1935 Good+ Manuscript 
On offer are the original 1935, 1940 and 1941 manuscript diaries of Mr. Daniel and Mrs. Daniel Silvester of Worcester Massachusetts. Although "Daniel Silvester" is identified as the owner undoubtedly his wife is the writer and quite simply his day to day biographer she did a super job of describing the busy life and work of her husband's appointments, schedule, music played etc., etc. and the dealings of their music store called "Silvester Music House". Daniel, had an amazing and distinguished career, was also a conductor for the 60 piece Worcester Symphony Orchestra. His faithful diarist wrote nearly every day in the large day-a-page diaries also record the era's entertainments whether classical or popular music, plus records of their vacations in East Barnard Vermont, news of politics in Europe then all the latest WWII news but mostly their doings in the world of music. 1935 "First big snowstorm of the season started early A.M. and kept up more or less till noon time. Hazel and I did a lot of shoveling off and on. Nearly all A.M. radio "Aft" "New Years Party" featuring Ethel Barrymore, Noel Coward, De Wolf Hopper, George Olson and large orchestra…..Dan at home A.M. Dan in concert afternoon. Circus day. At studio till 4 P.M. At circus grounds and after. Salesman from Larkin called. Electric bill and poll tax paid. Very warm day. Arrived at Marion's from circus grounds about 7:30 P.M. Supper at Marion's. Some work on biography in evening….Something unusual last evening or rather afternoon. May and I saw and entire blue sky, not a single cloud anywhere. Never saw anything like that in my whole life that I remember. Helped May clean up stairs and get rid of a lot of rubbish. Afternoon worked till 4:30 P.M. After supper walked down for milk then played cards and reading till bedtime…" 1940 "H. B. C. Orch with Toscanim. Last concert of a wonderful series with a wonderful orch. (100 pieces) probably the best sever assembled in the whole world and the most wonderful conductor. Orch perfect, 100 percent in every respect. Tune, tonal quality, attire, etc…..Dan at store A.M. and pupil. Rehearsal 12-2, concert 3. At store all day after 11 A.M. Take Wentworth pupil for Dan. War news, etc. Queen of Holland address the London in regard to the horrible aggression by Germans. Greatest battle in history now going on between allies and Germany…..Dan at home A.M. and concert 12:45, 3 P.M. At store all day and prospects, 2 new 12 bass rentals from Walberg. Ellis, pupil 4-6:30. War news, radio. Looks bad for the Allies so far as they are ill prepared to fight such a terrible and ruthless war with the German's. Hitler's gang, brutal and stops at nothing…..Dan at home A.M. and concerts 1 P.M. and 3:30 P.M. At store all day and prospects. Supper down street. Germans using nearly everything they have in drive on Paris. Nearly 2,000,000 men and 3500 tanks and sacrificing their men by thousands in order to get through. Their loses enormous….Ball games afternoon. Radio. Brooklyn vs. Cinn. Brooklyn lost both games. France gives up in the war in Europe to the German and Italian hordes. Hopelessly outnumbered. Terms of surrender not given out yet. Britain says she'll continue the war alone…..War news from Europe. Britain gives Hitler warning that if London is bombed they will retaliate on Berlin although as Churchill says it is not the policy of Britain to kill civilians, women and children…Hitler is now very mad and says he will destroy Britain. I think he is nearly at the end of his rope……." 1941 "British war relief program. Big naval battle in the Mediterranean Sea between British and Italians. The British knocked the tar out of the Dagos sinking 6 battleships without losing any themselves and very little causality. The Italians are nearly all cleaned out of Africa also. Wonder how Muss and Hitler like that!......Holiday, store closed. Left Worcester at 7 P.M. by way of Holden, Hubbardston, Gardiner and Keene and then Bellows Falls to Charlestown and across the toll bridge, up the river to Windsor, Woodstock and East Barnard. Arrived at 12:15 after 2 stops, 142 miles and seems to be the shortest and best route. Rained off and on at start of journey then cleared up about 10 A.M. Had lunch on the way and a nice supper early…..East Barnard. After breakfast and a little work around visited store to see the paper and get the news. After dinner and rest did a little more painting then cleaned up and walked over to the cemetery. Invited the Moore's for supper and had a very nice feed and visit and some accordion music and singing then sat out on their piazza until dark. Apparently the Russians have stalled the Germans almost to a standstill during last 2 or 3 days. Hope they can keep it up….War news! N.Y. Phil Orch 3 P.M. Piano Concerto Brawms with Orch. Arthur Rubenstein interrupted by announcement just came in from Hawaii, Honolulu, that J*ps (she spells it out) had started war by bombing over there. Great excitement today and eve as Japan put on a dirty Hitler trick and got in the first lick on Philippines and other islands and are the American people mad! Hitler and his German thugs are stalled before Moscow and also in the south after losing tens of thousands of men……" Each of them measures about 5 ½" x 7 ½" one of the diaries cover is in bad condition with water damage. The cover itself is coming loose from the binding. Pages are and binding itself are in good shape though. The other two diaries are in fair to good shape. 
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