MRS. ERNEST PRATT ?
Title: 1909 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT AND PHOTOGRAPHIC TRAVEL DIARY OF AN EXTENDED TRIP TO THE WHITE MOUNTAINS OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
Book Condition: Good+
Size: 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall
Publisher: WHITE MOUNTAINS, NEW HAMPSHIRE  1909
Seller ID: 0002179
On offer is a super, early, detailed 1909 manuscript and photo automobile travel diary of a trip to the White Mountains in New Hampshire and then later to Philadelphia. The 6¾ x 4 inch flipbook style diary has over 100 pages of handwritten entries and 30 or so photographs of the trip and party. [While there are no ownership signs the writer refers to her husband Ernest and when joined by other family members she includes 'Pa Pratt' leading us to assume her married name is Pratt.] Here are some snippets: "Left Middleboro on the 7-48 train for our trip to the White Mountains we left North Station, Boston promptly...first stop at Lynn where four people joined our party. There are about 25 of us. We stopped at Salem and Newburyport...The train stopped 5 minutes at Portsmouth NH, Louise and I walked down the station platform but nothing seemed very thrifty…We could see Mt Kearsarge and all the others. Had a fine breakfast and at 7 started on a carriage ride to Jackson. Not a cloud in the sky...We saw white horse and cathedral ledges, moat, iron, Kearsarge Mountains. The ride was splendid 18 miles and Jackson was a beautiful Mt village. Glen Ellis Falls are certainly wild and picturesque. He noticed the fir balsam as it made the morning air fragrant…At 11 we boarded a train for Crawford Notch and sat in the observation car all the way, never was anything so fine as that ride. The mountains and deep ravines thickly wooded were beautiful in their autumn splendor…After dinner we walked up to the ledges on Mt Willard and had a beautiful view of the notch. The railway curves in and around the sides of the mountains. At 3:40 we left for Bethlehem the highest town in New Hampshire, the scenery was fine. We changed cars at ? and again at Bethlehem. On our way we saw the Mt Washington house at Bretton Woods. Mt Washington itself has been very clear all day and 42 people enjoyed a wonderful view from the top at Bethlehem we transferred to the Uplands Hotel and were assigned to room 4 on the first floor…We climbed part way up Mt Deception but there was not much of a view on account of the tall trees…Here we visited the magnificent Mt Washington house. The views from the broad piazzas are not to be described and all the furnishings are almost beyond imagination…We started on our 32 mile ride through the Franconia Mts the roads were muddy and the way steep. The scenery was grand in all directions. We visited Echo Lake and heard our voices come back from the rugged rocks of the opposite mountain." The cover is damaged and stained but overall G+.
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