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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

1928 - 1929 UNIQUE AND FASCINATING TRAVEL SCRAPBOOK AND JOURNAL OF A YOUNG MAN WITH A KEEN ARTISTIC EYE AS HE TRAVELS AROUND THE WORLD PHOTOGRAPHING HIS TRAVELS AND COLLECTING ENGROSSING POSTCARDS AND COMPELLING EPHEMERA

By: ARTHUR GORDON

Price: $4,855.99

Publisher: AROUND THE WORLD, ASIA, EUROPE, SOUTH AMERICA, 1928

Seller ID: 0009075

Condition: Good


On offer is an exceptional, thoroughly fascinating and definitely unique scrapbook by a long time seaman, navy officer, and author by the name of Arthur Gordon. It cannot be understated how interesting this document of travel in the late 1920s is. It is in such excellent condition, and absolutely filled with interesting photographs, postcards from numerous contents, and ephemera that lend a tremendous amount of meaning and significance to the documents around it. The scrapbook dates from 1928-1929 right after he graduated from college at NYU. There are probably close to 200 photographs and pos... View more info

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1919 ORIGINAL, MASSIVE MANUSCRIPT DIARY OF A YOUNG MAN, ALREADY AN OLD SALT, WHO PINES FOR A SHIP AFTER SERVING IN THE NAVY AND WHO ONE DAY GOES ON TO WRITE ABOUT THE SEA

By: ARTHUR GORDON aka ARTHUR SHIRT

Price: $6,955.99

Publisher: 1919

Seller ID: 0002557

Condition: Good


On offer is a super, fascinating 14 x 12 inch 300 page diary and manuscript relic of post-World War I adventures and nautical life handwritten by Arthur Gordon while he served as Third Mate on the S.S. Rheem dated Nov, 4 1919 through to May 8, 1920. Elevating this diary of life aboard a working ship en route to Central America is that this wonderful account is written by an aspiring author whose keen eye and gift for narrative are revealed early in the journal. [Gordon would later write stories on naval, sea, and air themes, the Merchant Marine and books on sea history such as "The Years o... View more info

1906 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT LOG BOOK OF A DETROIT AREA MUSICIAN'S CLUB - P.R.O.S.T.

By: Arthur Lelliot

Price: $1,155.99

Publisher: DETROIT MICHIGAN, 1906

Seller ID: 000802

Condition: Good


On offer is a very unique, funny and rather curious handwritten log book from a musicians club beginning in 1906 and up to about 1915 but it was after their fifth anniversary that there was less writing and more ephemera. The theme was nautical and under the guise of characters in Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island. The members were all musicians from leading theatre orchestras. The club was started by Arthur Lelliot, B.S. Tomlinson and James Thompson. Also 'aboard' were members of the Detroit Federation of Musicians and the Detroit Musicians Union. Two blank letter heads, one from each ... View more info

1942 - 1945 ORIGINAL GERMAN WORLD WAR II HOME FRONT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY OPERA STAR AND THEN GERMAN-AMERICAN WAR BRIDE FROM THE CITY THAT WAS THE SPIRITUAL HEART OF HITLER'S THIRD REICH

By: AUGUSTA MARIE WATZLAWIK [stage name GUSTY RAINHOFF] [later HART]

Price: $5,255.99

Publisher: MUNICH MUNCHEN GERMANY GDR, 1942

Seller ID: 0001290

Condition: Very Good


On offer is the remarkable, original World War II manuscript German home front diary handwritten by renowned European Opera star Augusta [Gusty Rainhoff] Marie Watzlawik [later then Hart]. The 6 ¼ x 7 ¼"diary, written in German, is dated 1942 through 1945 with over 67 ½ pp handwritten entries pages Gusty provides a riveting and intimate narrative. Culture and love, fate and practicality with the backdrop of war collide as the writer has to deal with the realities of war, the tangled web of her personal life as well as concern about her career if she should become pregnant. Intimate and ... View more info

1919 - 1923 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY THE CHARMING, LIVELY BRANCH LIBRARIAN OF MEMORIAL SQUARE LIBRARY

By: AVIS MATHEW MORISON

Price: $2,255.99

Publisher: SPRINGFIELD MASSACHUSETTS, 1919

Seller ID: 0001262

Condition: Good+


On offer is the fascinating original manuscript diary of Miss Avis Mathew Morison a noted resident and for 31 years (1914 - 1945) the branch librarian at Memorial Square Library in Springfield, Massachusetts. Miss Morison was renowned for her collection of bookplates and beloved among the patrons of the Library. The five year diary has entries dating from 1919 through 1923 but has many later notations through to the 1950s. The first two years are full and the remaining three years to a much lesser extent. Avis was a woman of verve and charm as evidenced by her entries which besides her daily d... View more info

ARCHIVE LOT OF 38 DIARIES 1890s THROUGH 1930s HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT DIARIES, JOURNALS, LEDGERS AND NOTEBOOKS OF FRED P. BAILEY OF CHARLESTOWN NEW HAMPSHIRE

By: Bailey, Fred P.

Price: $4,855.99

Publisher: Charlestown, New Hampshire, 1890

Seller ID: 000057

Condition: Good+


Fred Bailey's life history is detailed in this lot of 25 diaries along with 13 notebooks/account books/ledgers, which appear to be kept by the same man, and date from 1903 - 1928 (1916 is missing). He did not write his name down in any of the books, but research finds that these were all kept by Fred P. Bailey of Charlestown, NH. He was a farmer, who got married during the course of these diaries and had a son George. He talks of the usual things such as the weather and chores, and also talks of family, social engagements and visiting Walpole, NH and B. Falls (Bellows Falls, VT). The notebooks... View more info

1912 - 1923 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT JOURNAL AND DIARY OF A YOUNG NEW YORK CITY JEWISH GIRL WHO YEARNS FOR LOVE, FEELS UNDESERVING OF LOVE BUT THEN REJECTS THE ONE MAN WHO PLEDGES HIMSELF TO HER AND MUCH MUCH MORE

By: BEATRICE STAHL

Price: $2,255.99

Publisher: New York NY USA, 1912

Seller ID: 0001288

Condition: Good+


On offer is the remarkable original 1912 - 1923 manuscript diary handwritten by Beatrice Stahl, a Jewish girl of about 13 years old when she started writing. Collectors or historians interested in the life experience of a young Jewish girl, or of a developing pianist or of women's and gender studies will be thrilled at this very intimate peek into the life and times of this girl: Beatrice is a bright, wide eyed New York City girl who in between bouts of self criticism, local and world events Beatrice confides all to her diary and her writings know no limits as she writes about everything from ... View more info

1924 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT FIELD JOURNAL DETAILING THE CONDITION OF CONSTRUCTION CAMPS FOR THE SOUTHERN POWER CO. - 'DO NOT' CHECK FOR MALARIA CARRIERS

By: BELDRIDGE, F.M., Southern Power Co.

Price: $439.99

Publisher: South Carolina USA, 1924

Seller ID: 0MV1641

Condition: Very Good


Very scarce North American malaria content in this manuscript field book of F.M. BELDRIDGE, Southern Power Co., Charlotte, N.C.. 10 pages, 8vo. handwritten written text; leatherbound. Interesting entries regarding conditions at construction camps in South Carolina including not to "check laborers and look for malaria carriers." Water supply checked at each camp. Signed on leather cover View more info

1945 - 1946 ORIGINAL HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT DIARY AND LOG OF A SOLDIER ON THE USS PROVIDENCE, PATROLLING THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE END OF THE BLOODIEST WAR IN HUMAN HISTORY

By: BERNARD B. STONE

Price: $3,055.99

Publisher: ABOARD THE USS PROVIDENCE IN THE MEDITERRANEAN, 1945

Seller ID: 0009085

Condition: Good


On offer is a “Diary of Trip to Europe,” by an enlisted soldier of the USS Providence (CL-82) almost immediately after the end of World War 2. The name on the back of the book is Bernard B. Stone. His address is listed as Bellflower, California and “Long Beach Army Air Base” is written under his name. This fascinating document, traces the entirety of activities and duties, everyday, of the officer from November 7th, 1945 to June 25, 1946. The ship departed Boston, and travels first to Piraeus, Greece, in December. Throughout the trip, the ship anchors at numerous cities and countries a... View more info

1923 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A VERY YOUNG BOY WHO WOULD GO ON TO TEACH AT PURDUE AMONG OTHER NOTEWORTHY ACTIVITIES

By: BERT A. HINDMARCH

Price: $2,055.99

Publisher: INDIANA ILLINOIS, 1923

Seller ID: 0008105

Condition: Good


On offer is a fascinating little diary written by a boy in 1923. Measuring 5 1/2 inches by 2 1/2 inches, this slim, hardbound volume has 52 diary pages and a number of additional memoranda pages. Each page is laid out as a week-at-a-glance and the diary is complete for 15 weeks (mid-April). The spine of the diary is cracked but all of the pages are intact and in good condition. The writing is neat and perfectly legible. The author is Bert A. Hindmarch and as research finds some articles about a Bert A. Hindmarch, we believe the one and same who was born in 1913 or 1914 [making him 10/11 at the... View more info

1931 AND 1933 HANDWRITTEN TRAVEL DIARY AND DEPRESSION ERA RELIC AS A POOR GIRL TAKES A CRUISE SHIP TO CALIFORNIA VIA CUBA AND PANAMA IN SEARCH OF WORK AND A NEW LIFE ONLY TO RETURN TO PENNSYLVANIA

By: BETTY

Price: $1,655.99

Publisher: SLIPPERY ROCK PENN PA CUBA PANAMA CALIFORNIA, 1931

Seller ID: 0001069

Condition: Very Good


On offer is a super, very entertaining 88 page handwritten manuscript Depression era travel diary of two separate trips taken by our diarist, Ethel, who came from Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania. Ethel is a dream of a travel diarist; she is an all-American girl, capable, intelligent and has much in her personality to like and it all shows from her style of writing and observations. In many ways this travel diary reads like a novel; Ethel is on an odyssey. During the summer of 1931 aboard the ocean liner S. S. California, Ethel is bound for San Diego, via the Panama Canal to Havana, Balboa and Pana... View more info

1944 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT HOMEFRONT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A YOUNG ALL-AMERICAN GIRL IN THE NORTH STAR STATE

By: BETTY JEAN LENZ

Price: $2,655.99

Publisher: MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA, 1944

Seller ID: 0008108

Condition: Good +


On offer is a superb 1944 diary of a young woman working in Minneapolis MN during 1944. The daily diary measures 7 1/2 inches by 5 inches, contains about 380 pages is virtually 100% complete. The hard cover and pages are in very good condition. Included in the diary are 2 unidentified pictures of individuals in uniform and a number of items attached to individual pages. The writing is quite legible. The writer is Betty Jean Lenz. When she begins her diary, she is 22 years old and working at an unidentified business in Minneapolis. She lives with her parents. The diary details her everyday happ... View more info

1938 - 1941 ORIGINAL PAIR [2] OF MANUSCRIPT DIARIES HANDWRITTEN BY A NOTORIOUS EPISCOPAL BISHOP WHO WRITES AN INTENSE FIRST HAND REPORT ON THE 'GATHERING STORM' AND HIS RETURN TO AMERICA

By: BISHOP PAUL JONES

Price: $4,295.99

Publisher: UTAH USA PRE WAR EUROPE, 1938

Seller ID: 0001827

Condition: Good+


On offer is a sensational pair [2] of manuscript diaries handwritten by Paul Jones (25 November 1880 - 4 September 1941) who was at one time the controversial Episcopal Bishop of Utah (1916-1918). The two diaries relate to Bishop Jones' 1938 trip to pre World War II Europe wherein the activist-Bishop made copious notes of his political meetings that ran the gamut of high profile politicians at the time and provide a sensational take from Jones' perspective on the threatening conflict. Traveling throughout Europe Jones details his thoughts and opinions and observations country by country in an ... View more info

1903 - 1906 PAIR [2] OF HANDWRITTEN, EXCEPTIONALLY DETAILED JOURNAL AND LOG BOOKS DETAILING THE EXCITING LIFE AND WORK OF A YOUNG ROYAL NAVY OFFICER AND SHOWCASING HIS ABILITY TO DRAW INTRICATE DIAGRAMS, MAPS, AND ILLUSTRATIONS

By: BRIAN CAMERON GOURLEY

Price: $4,455.99

Publisher: ABOARD HMS JUPITER CAESAR DUNCAN ATLANTIC FLEET, 1903

Seller ID: 0009050

Condition: Good


On offer are two extraordinary pieces of Naval history and life in the British Royal Navy in the early 20th Century. Two intricately detailed and graphic log books books from a midshipman who served on the HMS Jupiter, Caesar, and Duncan. Across the two large hardcover books the midshipman, Brian Cameron Gourley records information, both technical technical nautical observations as well as various remarks each day. These two books represent a comprehensive and thoroughly fascinating look at the life of a British midshipman at the turn of the century, as well as including drawings, diagrams, an... View more info

Image for 1965 ORIGINAL UNITED STATES NAVY DIVER'S LOG BOOK DETAILING HIS WORK IN SAN FRANCISCO BAY AND AREA WATERS WITH DUTIES RANGING FROM RECOVERING BUOYS TO BODIES AND MORE

1965 ORIGINAL UNITED STATES NAVY DIVER'S LOG BOOK DETAILING HIS WORK IN SAN FRANCISCO BAY AND AREA WATERS WITH DUTIES RANGING FROM RECOVERING BUOYS TO BODIES AND MORE

By: BRIAN EUGENE MAYER USN

Price: $2,055.99

Publisher: SAN FRANCISCO ALAMEDA NAVAL BASE CALIFORNIA CA, 1965

Seller ID: 0002297

Condition: Very Good


On offer is a super, original 1965 - 1967 manuscript log book of United States Navy diver, Brian Eugene Mayer stationed at the Alameda Navel Base, California. The 8.5 x 6 inch book is about half full with details Brian's work duties from the mundane to the often gruesome and always dangerous job of diving throughout the San Francisco Bay area waters recovering buoys and bodies and much in between. Much of the writings are technical and statistical and Brian's no nonsense entries record standard underwater work and repairs, the diving conditions are stated along with the date and the type of eq... View more info

1923 ORIGINAL, CHARMING HANDWRITTEN DIARY OF A PRIVILEGED BOSTON YOUTH WHO SPENDS MOST OF HIS DAYS WITH MADEMOISELLE AND PLAYING GOLF, TENNIS, HORSEBACK RIDING AND MAH JONGG

By: BRINLEY MORGAN HALL

Price: $1,255.99

Publisher: BOSTON MASSACHETTS, 1923

Seller ID: 0002143

Condition: Good+


On offer is a super, original manuscript diary handwritten a charming 11 year old boy named Brinley Morgan Hall of 285 Clarendon Street in Boston Massachusetts. Obviously from a family of some means he mentions "Mademoiselle" often and his activities include horseback riding, playing golf, baseball, football and tennis. He is also a devotee of Mah Jongg! Brinley is also a dedicated diarist writing everyday everyday, sometimes a few lines, sometimes the entire page is filled. Given the diary book is 6 x 9 inches that is quite a feat for an 11 year old! Here are some snippets: "Jan 4... View more info

1932, 1934 and 1935 ORIGINAL ARCHIVE OF MANUSCRIPT DIARIES INTIMATELY REVEALING THE EARLY FORMATIVE HIGH SCHOOL AND UNIVERSITY YEARS OF A JEWISH BOY WHO WILL BECOME A HEROIC MAN OF MANY FIRSTS: NAVAL CAPTAIN, FLIGHT SURGEON, TEST PILOT AND MUCH MORE

By: BRODY, SIDNEY IRVING

Price: $5,285.99

Publisher: PHILADELPHIA PENNSYLVANIA PA, 1932

Seller ID: 0001553

Condition: Very Good


On offer is an amazing archive of three [3] original manuscript diaries [1932, 1934 and 1935] handwritten by Sidney Irving Brody, future medical doctor, Naval Captain, flight surgeon and the first commanding officer at the Naval Hospital at Quonset Point. Sidney was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [Extensive biographic notes follow the description.] The first diary was written during his senior year at Northeast High School where he was an excellent student. The other two diaries were written while he was attending the University of Pennsylvania with the latter written during the author's ... View more info

1936 THROUGH 1963 HUGE ARCHIVE OF 40 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT DIARIES DETAILING THE MIDDLE AMERICA EXPERIENCE FROM THE DEPRESSION TO THE DEATH OF PRESIDENT KENNEDY

By: BROWN, RAY AND ROSA

Price: $2,549.99

Publisher: Eugene, Oregon OR, 1936

Seller ID: 000111

Condition: Very Good


On offer is a very substantial 40 diary archive lot written by Ray and Rosa Brown. They lived in Eugene, Oregon. 27 of the diaries are written by Rosa. Starting in 1936 to 1963. Great shape, easy to read writing, 24 of them are full. 1943 is half full, and the 1944 and '45 only have one line or two in the whole diary. She explains this in the 1943 diary by saying: "August 13, 1943, I've really tried desperately to be myself, again but....three weeks have gone by & I still can't be interested in anything - It's no use - I give up - so to this diary, I write FINIS." She picks up the pen... View more info

ARCHIVE LOT OF NINE HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT DIARIES OF WALTER A. BURTON, AKRON OHIO INVENTOR TECHNICAL WRITER AND PHOTOGRAPHER

By: BURTON, WALTER A.

Price: $489.99

Publisher: Akron, Ohio OH, 1957

Seller ID: 000052

Condition: Good+


Burton, Walter A. [Ervin], late of Akron, Ohio (d.1995). Nine handwritten diaries detailing the life and work of this inventor/photographer/tech writer from 1957 through 1987, Akron, Ohio. Front joints of two volumes split o/w in very good condition. each 6" x 3.5". All 9 diaries have full-page entries for each day of the year, written legibly in ink: 1957, 1960-62, 1982, 1984-87. The first diary, when Walter Burton is 53 years old, sets the tone. Burton is a technical writer, photographer and inventor who works at home creating and/or researching mechanical projects and writing them u... View more info