1897 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT TRAVEL JOURNAL DETAILING A CROSS COUNTRY TRAIN TRIP FROM BUFFALO NY TO CALIFORNIA

By: UNIDENTIFIED

Price: $659.99

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On offer is a handwritten manuscript 1897 diary whose unidentified author has overwritten the printed dates using the book for an extended trip in May 1897. The book is a maroon leather, 3-1/2" x 5" flip book style with gilt edges. The diary begins with the handwritten date May 5th 1897. The writer, a young man as evidenced by entries of shaving one morning and comments wherein he notes that he is unmarried and without children., details a cross-country trip by train from Buffalo NY to California and back again. The first entry reads: "Left Bfo 6 pm on ORC Special Shenandoah No [looks like 55 or 5]. Have ME Murphy for partner. Had supper between Dunkirk and Erie. Badges passed to all on board after we left Erie. A very nice party on train. Exchanging cards. Presented everyone on train with bouquets. Changed engines at Dunkirk. Erie & Cleveland. Retired 11:50 pm." Other interesting snippets: "Saw graves of 4 where stage was held up…killed three and then was killed; went bathing, 3 of us inc one from Australia and from New Zealand; A total of 24 leaves providing 48 pages of entries with each page nearly completely filled. A very detailed account the author tells of card games, descriptions of other passengers, sightseeing notes, dinner observations, and much more. There is also a fair bit of 'California comparisons' in that the wirter spends a fair bit of time observing and commenting on the differences one sees in California and especially regarding the 'gals'. One entry where the author attends a fancy ball at a hotel he comments that it "was quite a jam with dresses the likes of which one has never seen." A very interesting travel journal from the perspective of a western New York man. The odd stain on the pages but otherwise, overall VG.

Title: 1897 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT TRAVEL JOURNAL DETAILING A CROSS COUNTRY TRAIN TRIP FROM BUFFALO NY TO CALIFORNIA

Author Name: UNIDENTIFIED

Categories: 19th Century Manuscript, Books and Manuscripts General Overview, 19th Century Diary,

Publisher: Buffalo New York NY to California CA, 1897

Book Condition: Very Good

Type: Manuscript

Size: 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall

Seller ID: 000746

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