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1911 + 1914 - 1915 SUPERB ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A KEENLY OBSERVANT AND DEDICATED DIARIST OF THIS BRITISH NAVAL COMMANDER'S SERVICE IN THE EARLY YEARS OF WORLD WAR I

By: ALFRED FREDERICK BELL WOODHOUSE, COMMANDER ROYAL NAVY

Price: $3,355.99

Publisher: ASEA, 1911

Seller ID: 0001529

Condition: Good+


On offer is the original pre-World War I and early commencement of the War manuscript diary of Commander Alfred Frederick Bell "AFB" Woodhouse Royal Navy. Entries date from June - August 1911 and May 1914 - April 1915 providing a unique pre-War commentary and then leading up to the actual conflict. Woodhouse begins on HMS Fantome off north west coast of Australia surveying: "...Shifted camp to Byron Islands for 4 days. Got there by 11am. Comber went away sounding in steamboat. I first saw the camp rigged up & then went away coastlining in 2 whaler......Away coastlining again at 7am... View more info

1909 - 1910 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT JOURNAL AND NOTEBOOK OF A YOUNG BRITISH MAN SENT BY HIS FATHER TO SOUTHEAST ASIA TO ANALYZE AND PURCHASE RUBBER AND TEA PLANTATIONS

By: ALFRED WILLIAM LAFONE

Price: $4,895.99

Publisher: CEYLON SRI LANKA MALAYA MALAYSIA SUMATRA JAVA, 1909

Seller ID: 0001445

Condition: Good


On offer is an original, sensational October 14th 1909 through April 2nd 1910 manuscript diary detailing a six month visit to Ceylon [Sri Lanka], Malaya [Malaysia], Sumatra, Java, Singapore and Calcutta, India. Of great significance are detailed reports on twenty-nine tea, rubber and sugar plantations handwritten by the author Alfred William Lafone (b. 1853) wherein he writes on 68 pp of the 85 pp folio notebook. The first sixteen pages consist of a businesslike diary of the trip, starting at Charing Cross Station, London, on 14 October 1909, and ending with Lafone's return 'home' on 2 April 1... View more info

1920 - 1926 ORIGINAL GLOBAL MULTI TRIP MANUSCRIPT TRAVEL JOURNAL AND PERSONAL DIARY OF A YOUNG WEALTHY WOMAN AND BRYN MAWR ALUMNUS

By: ALICE CROSS JONES

Price: $2,055.99

Publisher: AKRON, OHIO, PONDFIELD CROSSWAYS, BRONXVILLE NY, 1920

Seller ID: 0001970

Condition: Fair+


On offer is a super, original 1920 - 1926 manuscript multi trip travel journal and personal diary handwritten by Alice Cross Jones as stated in stamped gilt "Alice Cross Jones, June 26th, 1920." in a once premium book. Then inside is written "Alice Cross Jones 1215 Medina Road Akron, Ohio, USA. Pondfield Crossways, Bronxville, New York." Alice came from a very wealthy and notable family her father being the Chairman New York Tunnel Authority and a graduate of Princeton University class of 1896. The diary has 85 pages of densely written, small legible cursive of narrative and su... View more info

1916 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT DIARY OF A NEW ENGLAND SCHOOL TEACHER DURING WORLD WAR I

By: Alice M. Preston

Price: $859.99

Publisher: New Hampshire/Massachusetts, 1916

Seller ID: 000124

Condition: Very Good


On offer is the handwritten diary of Alice M. Preston during the year 1916. We are not certain as to the town Alice lives in, but we believe it is either in Massachusetts or New Hampshire, because she mentions the following places; Peabody, Windham, White Plains, Salem, Laconia, Danvers, Northfield, Jackson, Beverly, Plattsburg, Ashfield and Nashua. Alice is a schoolteacher and a fairly dedicated diarist and this diary is over two thirds full having over 250 entries with many very interesting and historical entries. Here are some snippets: "Still warm. Ice nearly all gone from ponds. Grace... View more info

1920 ORIGINAL, REMARKABLE MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY THE KEEN EYED, VERY BRIGHT TEENAGE DAUGHTER OF A NOTED COVINGTON, VIRGINIA LAWYER WHO PROVIDES A LIVELY ACCOUNT AND EXCELLENT ILLUSTRATIONS OF THE ROARING 20s THROUGH THE EYES OF A SMALL TOWN GIRL

By: Allen, Frances

Price: $2,255.99

Publisher: Covington, Virginia, 1920

Seller ID: 0008023

Condition: Good


On offer is an original highly detailed diary covering three months in life of a teenage girl living in a small Virginian town in 1920s. Frances Allen was the youngest daughter of William Edwin Allen, a noted lawyer from Covington, Alleghany County, who was a commonwealth's attorney for the county in 1890s and 1910s, and whose biography can be found in Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography published in 1915. Frances just turned 16 by the time she started this diary in August 1920, but she seems rather independent with her parents often being away. She describes her life of a typical teenage girl... View more info

1928 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY THE WIFE OF A NOTED BOSTON SURGEON DETAILING A LIFE OF CULTURE AND WEALTH

By: AMELIA MARIA [ELY] HOWE

Price: $1,495.99

Publisher: BOSTON MASSACHUSETTS MASS MA, 1928

Seller ID: 0001129

Condition: Very Good+


On offer is a absolutely super original 1928 diary handwritten by Amelia Maria (Ely) Howe who was the wife of noted Boston surgeon, Dr. Walter C. Howe [who would die 1931]. The diary offers up an amazing intimate look into the life of a prominent and wealthy family during the 1920's. This diary offers up some amazing historical reading including many high society events such as the theatre, fancy dinners, traveling, and several social functions around Boston; most taking place at some of the prominent "hot spots" during the 1920's. She also talks about their annual trip to their summer... View more info

1943 - 1944 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A JEWISH VOLUNTEER FROM JERUSALEM IN BRITISH MANDATED PALESTINE WHO HELPS FIGHT GERMANY SERVING IN HIS MAJESTY'S ROYAL NAVY

By: AMNON ISH-SHALOM

Price: $3,255.99

Publisher: JERUSALEM ISRAEL PALESTINE, 1943

Seller ID: 0002204

Condition: Good


On offer is a super, original World War II manuscript relic of one Jewish Brigade soldier's service in Britain's Royal Navy. Handwritten primarily in Hebrew by Amnon Ish-Shalom H/MX 595216 who lived at Hayeshiva Street in Jerusalem begins Monday September 18th 1944 through to September 1945 to detail his personal and service duties in the small though near full 3½ x 2½ inch book in Hebrew. [Ironically we note his name Ish-Shalom translates to Man-of Peace.] His personal details and his experiences as a Jewish soldier who was recruited from volunteers in the Jewish community in what was then ... View more info

1945 - 1949 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT 5 YEAR DIARY OF AN EAST BAY OAKLAND SOCIALITE, TYCOON AND WHEELER DEALER

By: AMY REQUA LONG MITTEN

Price: $1,655.99

Publisher: OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA CA, 1945

Seller ID: 0002190

Condition: Good+


On offer is the fascinating, original 1945 - 1949 post World War II manuscript diary handwritten by a Bay Area - Oakland California business woman Amy Requa Long, later Mitten (1876-1960), a.k.a. Mrs. Oscar Fitzalan Long, who was one of the East Bay's most prominent socialites who later became a successful businesswoman in her own right. When her husband died she made headlines purchasing two banks in Willits, this coming on the heels of a number of successful real estate deals. Amy Long got involved in real estate when she led the effort to subdivide the Requa Estate on Highland Avenue in Pie... View more info

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1949 ORIGINAL POST WAR MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A CHARMING RUSSIAN STUDIES SORORITY SISTER AND UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI COED

By: AN UNKNOWN COED AT OLE MISS

Price: $1,155.99

Publisher: 1949

Seller ID: 0002552

Condition: Good


On offer is a charming, original manuscript diary dated 1949 handwritten by a University of Mississippi coed enjoying Campus life and academics. Beginning, in the largish 8 x 5 inch page a day book, February 1st and while a little sporadic at times she does a good job detailing her life through to August. Being this was her senior year and she was a popular student with many friends and activities we note her sorority and social life were a whirlwind all while she studied Russian history. Of some small note she was an extra in the filming of the INTRUDER IN THE DUST movie, written by William F... View more info

1950s ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT AND TYPED NOTES OF ONE OF FRANCE'S FOREMOST MID-20th CENTURY ART CRITICS

By: ANDRE BERNE-JOFFROY

Price: $3,355.99

Publisher: Paris, France, 1950

Seller ID: 0008067

Condition: Good +


On offer is a rare group of manuscript and typed notes written by one of France's most influential art critics and exhibition organizers. The collection comprises 58 loose-leaf pages, 8.5 inches by 11 inches and dates from the 1950s or 1960s. The typed manuscript is single-sided and accompanying notes are for the most part double-sided. The entire collection is in French and is in very good condition. Andre-Berne-Joffroy was born in 1915 and passed away at the age of 93 in 2007. He worked for twenty five years at the Museum of Modern Art in the city of Paris as mission manager. He was responsi... View more info

1986 - 2007 SUPER ORIGINAL ARCHIVE OF FIVE [5] MANUSCRIPT DIARIES & ONE [1] PHOTO ALBUM DETAILING THE LIFE, LOVES AND SINGING CAREER OF A DRUG TAKING, SEXUALLY CONFUSED WOMAN WHO INTIMATELY DETAILS HER HIGHS, LOWS AND CONSTANT CRAVINGS FOR TRUE HAPPINESS

By: ANGELA A.

Price: $2,285.99

Publisher: DUBLIN IRELAND, 1986

Seller ID: 0001657

Condition: Very Good


On offer is a super, very intimate archive of five [5] original 1986 - 2007 manuscript diaries and one [1] circa 2007 photo album detailing the life, loves, career and sexuality of a late 20th, early 21st Century young woman who experiences the almost typical 'Sex, drugs, rock and roll' lifestyle. We read the diaries as a fascinating epic soap opera: lesbian relationships and dalliances include a very loving and secure lesbian relationship with her companion Monna [only to find out later that the author is actually married], smoking pot, losing her virginity [heterosexually], interest in Tony ... View more info

1959 - 1966 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY HAND WRITTEN BY A LATINO LOS ANGELES SENIOR JUST PRIOR TO AND AFTER THE U.S. POLITICAL WORLD IS ROCKED AND HER MOTHER BEGRUDGINGLY ACCEPTS HER WHITE AIR FORCE LIEUTENANT BOYFRIEND

By: ANNA ELIZABETH LEE

Price: $2,255.99

Publisher: LOS ANGELES, 1959

Seller ID: 0008173

Condition: Good


On offer is a delightful collection of journal entries written by a young woman at the beginning of the 1960s in urban United States. This collection consists of 33 hand-written, loose-leaf pages 8.5 inches by 11.0 inches. The pages are unlined and in good condition. Her handwriting is quite legible. Anna Elizabeth Lee is a high school senior living in Los Angeles when she begins this record. Her entries are occasional and, in 33 pages, run from June, 1959 to April, 1966. In them, she recounts many of the things that would capture the interest of teenage girls - principally boys. "... I th... View more info

1932 ORIGINAL HANDWRITTEN DIARY OF A YOUNG WOMAN’S TRIP FROM COAST TO COAST ON A GREYHOUND BUS, SEEING SIGHTS, VISITING FRIENDS, AND LIVING LEISURELY IN GREAT DEPRESSION ERA AMERICA

By: ANNA P. HASTINGS

Price: $3,355.99

Publisher: WALTHAM MASSACHUSETTS MA LOS ANGELES CALIFORNIA CA, 1932

Seller ID: 0009031

Condition: Good


On offer is the 1932 travel journal kept by Anna P. Hastings, a young woman travelling by Greyhound bus across the United States to tourist spots and friends homes along the way. Beginning in her home town of Waltham, Massachusetts, Hasting’s travels to California and then all the way back.This very scarce first person account of an early Greyhound cross country trip covers a mostly pleasant ride in the era before the Eisenhower Interstate System, however there are times where Hastings is obviously unhappy and disappointed with the trip, though they are few and far between. Along the route, ... View more info

1930 THROUGH 1955 ORIGINAL TRAVEL DIARY OF A YOUNG JEWISH GIRL FROM REBELLIOUS HITCHHIKER TO A MATURE MIDDLE AGED MOTHER OF TWINS

By: ANNE BERNSTEIN [MRS. BEN BRADLEY later]

Price: $1,485.99

Publisher: DETROIT FLORIDA CALIFORNIA, 1930

Seller ID: 0001287

Condition: Good+


On offer is the fascinating original manuscript diary of Miss Anne Bernstein [b. May 28, 1914] of Michigan [the diary starts out with her first living in Dryden and then a year later the family moves to Detroit]. This is a very unique diary inasmuch it is a travel diary of the many, many trips Anne made from her teens as a high spirited young woman on road trips or hitchhiking on numerous short and long distance trips in 1930 to vacation trips, holiday excursions, hospital stays, weekned visits etc., a mature and sometimes married woman would take over the next 25 years until 1955. Through Ann... View more info

1937 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A WHIP SMART YOUNG WOMAN, STUDYING ENGLISH AT A WOMEN'S ONLY COLLEGE, PARTICIPATING IN ITS TIME HONORED TRADITIONS, AND TRAVELLING THROUGH THE GRAND CITIES OF PRE-WAR EUROPE

By: ANNE PATEAT

Price: $2,285.99

Publisher: MEREDITH COLLEGE, RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA, NC, 1937

Seller ID: 0009136

Condition: Very Good


On offer is the lovely and interesting diary of a young female art student, studying at Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina. Her name is Anne Pateat and she is quite the character, describing her life in a comprehensive and lovingly detailed way, writing of her many adventures and readings, her thoughts on art and shakespeare, and a myriad of other ripe topics for a young woman’s mind in school to think over. She is obviously quite the student, as evidenced by the fact that she is a member of Silver Shield Honors Society, Junior Editor of The Acorn (a campus literary magazine), membe... View more info

1907 DETAILED HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT DIARY OF A KEEN EYED AMERICAN SAILOR - GUAM, MANILA, HONG KONG - SUPER CONTENT

By: ANONYMOUS AMERICAN SAILOR

Price: $1,259.99

Publisher: Hong Kong, China, Southeast Asia, Phillippines,, 1907

Seller ID: 000013b

Condition: Good+


This is an early diary, thin leather covers, measuring approx. (4 1/4" x 6 1/2"). It is written in very easy to read period brown ink. There are a total of (66) pages filled out. The diary was kept by a U.S. sailor, who made entries from his departure date in San Fransisco on July 1, 1907 to Nov. 10, 1907 when he arrived in Hong Kong. The first page reads "DIARY OF MY TOUR AROUND THE WORLD". The sailor first writes "JULY 1, 1907 - SIGNED ON U.S. ARMY TRANSPORT SHERMAN AS AN OILER". The following pages are headed "AT SEA - HONOLULU - MIDWAY ISLAND - GUAM - MANILA - C... View more info

ORIGINAL AND HANDWRITTEN DRAMA-FILLED DIARY OF A PRIVATE IN THE ‘BATTLE OF HURTGEN FOREST’, THE LONGEST SINGLE BATTLE IN U.S. HISTORY AND ONE OF THE BLOODIEST BATTLES IN WORLD WAR TWO

By: Anthony Pasternak

Price: $5,855.99

Publisher: Hurtgen Forest, Germany, Belgium, Western Front, 1944

Seller ID: 0009006

Condition: Good


On offer is an exceptional and fascinating handwritten diary of Anthony Pasternak, a private in the 387th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion (Battery A) recording action in one of the deadliest and lengthiest battles of World War Two, the "Battle of Hurtgen Forest". Hurtgen Forest was a series of fierce battles that were fought from September 19, 1944, to February 10, 1945, between American and German forces on the Western Front. It was the longest battle on German ground during WWII, and went down in history as the longest single battle the U.S. Army has ever fought. Pasternak's anti-a... View more info

1940s ORIGINAL GROUP OF DIARIES [2] AND EPHEMERA RELATING TO A NAVY SERVICEMAN SERVING IN THE PACIFIC THEATER REPAIRING SHIPS

By: ANTHONY V DI BARTOLO [?]

Price: $1,485.99

Publisher: UNITED STATES, ASIATIC-PACIFIC THEATER, 1943

Seller ID: 0008110

Condition: Good


On offer is a collection of WWII period American military ephemeral. The collection consists of a 1945 diary kept by a naval rating, a diary kept by either a marine or army soldier [likely ANTHONY V DI BARTOLO as noted in one book], a Riot Control handbook, 2 large-size black and white photographs, a printed handbook about the U.S. Naval Training Center, a copy of a U.S. Army Field Order, a second 1945 diary, a 1949 diary, an address book, a tax return form and an appointment form to the United States Civilian Conservation Corps. The various documents are in good condition. They are not the pr... View more info

1940 - 1941 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A YOUNG PENNSYLVANIA GIRL WHO WAS A STUDENT AT THE SOUTHERN COLLEGE IN PETERSBURG, VIRGINIA IN ONE OF THE INSTITUTION'S FINAL YEARS

By: ARLENE BERYL MANUEL

Price: $1,655.99

Publisher: PETERSBURG, VIRGINIA, 1940

Seller ID: 0008024

Condition: Good+


On offer is an original 1940-41 diary authored by Arlene Beryl Manuel from McKeesport in Pennsylvania, who was a student at the Southern College in Virginia shortly before it closed down. The college was founded by the Davis family in 1863, was considered one of the finest female schools in the U.S. until early century, but then experienced financial problems, did not open for 1938-39, and finally closed down in 1942. The diary shows what life of students in junior colleges for women was like before WW2, though not as much in classrooms as in dormitories. Arlene writes mostly about her social ... View more info

c1915 ORIGINAL WWI BRITISH ROYAL NAVY DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A DEDICATED VOLUNTEER RESERVE SIGNALMAN

By: ARTHUR FENTON

Price: $3,455.99

Publisher: NORTH ATLANTIC TO MOMBASA, 1915

Seller ID: 0007030

Condition: Good-


On offer is a fascinating journal written by a Royal Navy sailor during WWI. The journal measures 7 inches by 4.5 inches and contains 144 pages. It is about 65% complete. There is damage to the front cover and several pages have also been damaged. The spine of the journal is broken and the front cover is partially separated. However, the writings are intact and the handwriting is legible. The SS Armadale Castle began life as a passenger cruiser. Laid down in 1909, she was requisitioned by the Royal Navy in 1914 and taken into service. Converted to an armed merchant cruiser, she sailed under th... View more info