5 YEAR JOURNAL DETAILING THE TRANSITION OF COMFORTABLE EVERYDAY LIFE FOR A HOUSEWIFE IN CHICAGO,AMERICA TO THE OUTBREAK OF WORLD WAR TWO

By: Addie Podrasnik

Price: $759.99

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Book Condition: Excellent


On offer is a fine 5-year diary written by Addie Podrasnik, a woman detailing everyday life in America from 1937 until 1941. Born in Illinois in 1876, Podrasnik first married Wallace Wilson Robinson on October 28, 1903, in Chicago, Illinois. During this marriage she had one child. Following this she married She next married Joseph Nikolaus Podrasnik. They had no additional children. For a historian, the very unexceptional aspects of her day-to-day lives offers a wonderful window into the lives of millions of middle-class American women in the years before WWII. This little journal details the transition from a peaceful, mundane life to the worry of America entering into the devastating Second World War. During the first couple of years it is clear that Addie lives a comfortable, social life, for example the entry on March 22, 1938 reads; “ We shopped in Upland this A.M. Afternoon, went to Ontario to see movie. Fred Allen in “Sally Irene and Mary”. Warren arrived before we left. Home in evening.” Her diary was written between 1937 and 1941. In it, she recounts the day-to-day events in her life. She often mentions people she met with and places she visited, sometimes travelling across the United States. This diary perfectly portrays the life of an ordinary American housewife in the pre-war years; “My birthday. Oh Boy Getting old. Lots of cards and beautiful gifts. Up good part of the night. Adelaide sick & fainted & frightened me. So spent birthday at home. Nice day. Adelaide feeling better tonight. Ed Hilmann tel. this evening.” [Aug 30, 1939] It is clear as the diary progresses, international politics are becoming more turbulent. On October 25, 1940 Addie writes; “ Cloudy all today. Isobel and John left after 11. Joe gone to [ ]. Painter doing both rooms, all [ ] with a coat to match cupboards and rest of new woodwork. Annie & Paul down this evening. We listened to King’s speech.” On this date the British Royal Air Force bombed both Hamburg and Berlin. The mundane everyday tasks of a housewife in Chicago are here juxtaposed to world affairs. By 1941 it is clear that Addie no longer feels as removed from the horrors of WWII. On December 7 she writes; “I went to Hughes for dinner. Home at 6:30. Had such a nice time but news on the radio Japan fired on U.S. ships. War declared.” and by December 8 “War declared today on Joe’s and my anniversary. Listened to the President’s speech to Cong.& they later passed the declaration of war.” [Dec 8, 1941]. “Warmer today. I walked over town , did a few errands. Went to hospital til 3. Drove up to house and sat there few minutes and then back to hospital 5:30.Hustled our supper and then to see [ ] and Leslie in “Romeo and Juliet”. Played Rummy.” [Jan 26, 1937] Addie passed away in 1951 at the age of 75, and was buried in Brookfield, New Hampshire. Our informal research has discovered no additional biographical information about her. This diary would make an excellent addition to the resources for a Women’s Studies or Social History program. In a few short years, American society would be plunged into decades of unprecedented social change. The diary is in excellent condition. It contains 365 pages and is 100% complete. The cover is a hard leather cover with a zipper closure. The cover shows signs of wear at the corners but is in otherwise very good condition. The binding and spine are both in good condition as are the pages. The handwriting is legible, if cramped.

Title: 5 YEAR JOURNAL DETAILING THE TRANSITION OF COMFORTABLE EVERYDAY LIFE FOR A HOUSEWIFE IN CHICAGO,AMERICA TO THE OUTBREAK OF WORLD WAR TWO

Author Name: Addie Podrasnik

Categories: 19th Century Diary, 19th Century Manuscript, M. Benjamin Katz, Books & Manuscripts,

Publisher: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America, 1937

Binding: Leatherette

Book Condition: Excellent

Jacket Condition: Excellent

Type: Manuscript

Size: 5" x 3"

Seller ID: 0011001

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