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1905 - 1909 ORIGINAL ARCHIVE OF MANUSCRIPT JOURNAL, AUTOGRAPH LETTERS AND PHOTOGRAPHS HANDWRITTEN AND COMPILED BY A YOUNG MAN WHO RAN AWAY TO THE SEA AND WAS PART OF THE FAMED US ATLANTIC BATTLESHIP FLEET AROUND THE WORLD TOUR

By: CASMIRE G. BONKOSKE

Price: $2,585.99

Publisher: ASEA ABOARD THE USS VIRGINIA, 1905

Seller ID: 0002053

Condition: Good


On offer is a modest, original 1905 - 1909 archive of letters, diary, map and photographs handwritten and compiled by one United States Navy sailor aboard the USS Virginia. The very large, very well filled 11 x 7 inch diary of a fun loving, enthusiastic young man who went off to sea to become a man and seasoned seaman as demonstrated in this excellent diary/journal/scrapbook of Casmire G. Bonkoske's around-the world adventures beginning with training on the USRS Franklin and then on to the USS Virginia. The letters, about 20, mostly to his sister and in-laws Mrs Vincent and Francis Turkiewicz,... View more info

1917 - 1936 ARCHIVE OF HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT LETTERS BY AN AMERICAN ENGLISH TEACHER IN JAPAN TO THE FOLKS BACK HOME

By: CHARLES COPP

Price: $1,685.99

Publisher: Japan, 1917

Seller ID: 000803

Condition: Very Good


On offer is a very unique archive of correspondence between Charles Copp and his family back home in the USA. Spanning the years 1917 through 1936, Copp apparently was an American living in Japan as an English teacher. The letters are long and full of content about the life of this man in pre-war Japan. Charles has definitely embraced the Japanese culture and his letters are very instructive in culture, manners and his detailed observations of the Japanese. He lived in Hiroshima, Yokoyama, Matsumoto and other cities. There are at least 40 full pages over 17 handwritten and typed letters which ... View more info

1932 SUPER, SIGNIFICANT ORIGINAL TYPED MANUSCRIPT LOG BOOK DETAILING AN EARLY AVIATION EVENT OF STUNNING ACHIEVEMENT IN AN OPEN AIR BI-PLANE BY AN EARLY AVIATION PIONEER AND GREAT FRIEND OF CHARLES LINDBERGH

By: CHARLES DAWSON MCALLISTER; GAYLORD GILBERT

Price: $8,455.99

Publisher: DAYTON OHIO TO PORTLAND OREGON, 1932

Seller ID: 0007020

Condition: Good+


On offer is a superb and quite rare logbook detailing a cross-continent flight in an open-air biplane. Measuring 11 inches by 8 inches, the log book contains 19 typed pages plus 2 pages of orders The log book has a hard bound cover and it is in excellent condition. It is one of only five copies made. The log details a cross-country flight in 1932 in a two-seat open-cockpit BT-2B Douglas biplane, by First Lieutenant Air Corps Charles Dawson McAllister and Captain Gaylord S. Gilbert, Cavalry, National Guard. The flight was a training flight authorized by the chief of the Air Corps via Special Or... View more info

1932 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A 15 YEAR OLD PITTSBURGH PAPER BOY, STUDENT AND DEVOTED SON WHO UNCOMPLAININGLY WORKS IN THIS ENDEARING DEPRESSION ERA RELIC

By: CHARLES DENGLER JR.

Price: $2,055.99

Publisher: PITTSBURGH PENNSYLVANIA PA, 1932

Seller ID: 0001678

Condition: Very Good


On offer is a fascinating, original, very charming 1932 manuscript relic of the Great Depression as experienced and observed by a young boy named Charles Dengler Jr. living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He celebrates his 16th birthday on July 3rd. Commencing January 25th Charles proves a very diligent young man in his work, school and home duties and keeping up his handwritten diary. Charles details his hard life, delivering newspapers, Church meetings, moving dirt and dozens of other odd jobs but never with a complaint and most of his entries are endearing. A busy, simple life one of his great... View more info

1913 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY DETAILING THE LIFE OF AN EL PASO TEXAS LAWMAN, BODYGUARD, BOXER, BOUNCER, TEXAS RANGER AND HOTEL DETECTIVE WITH MULTIPLE ALIASES INCLUDING 'AUSTRALIAN BILLY'

By: CHARLES E. MATTHEWS aka WILLIAM E. SMITH aka AUSTRALIAN BILLY

Price: $3,255.99

Publisher: EL PASO TEXAS TX, 1913

Seller ID: 0002002

Condition: Good


On offer is a sensational, significant, original 1913 manuscript El Paso, Texas diary handwritten by we believe a fascinating man named Charles E. Matthews, who was once known as William E. Smith aka the noted boxer Australian Billy. [While the book has no identification extensive research matching names mentioned in the diary, public events and Matthew's career path lead us to conclude the author was most certainly Matthews. For example he writes: "January 4th, 1913. At Abilene Texas attending preliminary hearing before U.S. Commissioner, case no. 51077-D. Reported 238909." "Janua... View more info

1923 - 1925 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARIES HANDWRITTEN BY A DOCTOR'S ASSISTANT ABOARD THE NEWLY COMMISSIONED USS RALEIGH WHO DETAILS NAVAL LIFE 'BETWEEN THE WARS'

By: CHARLES F. BER_____, USN

Price: $3,485.99

Publisher: USS RALEIGH ASEA ICELAND CUBA GUANTANAMO BAY, 1923

Seller ID: 0001658

Condition: Good


On offer are a sensational pair [2] of original 1923 - 1925 manuscript diaries handwritten by a young sailor named Charles F. Ber_____ [it is difficult to make out his last name which is written on a fragment of the inside front cover but researchers with access to crew manifests will undoubtedly confirm the full name] who served on the USS Raleigh [CL-7] in the Sick Bay [medical department] as a senior assistant to the doctor. The two diaries cover almost three years from the USS Raleigh's initial commissioning with over 400 pages of writing with significant entries throughout for historians ... View more info

1900 - 1924 ARCHIVE OF SEVEN [7] HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT DIARIES OF AN EXTREMELY HARDWORKING MASSACHUSETTS MAN WHO STRADDLES THE WORLD OF RURAL AND URBAN LIFE: SUPER EXAMPLE OF THE NEW CENTURY'S LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT

By: CHARLES F. PAIGE

Price: $2,055.99

Publisher: Lunenberg, Jaffrey, Boston Massachusetts MA, 1900

Seller ID: 000730

Condition: Very Good


On offer is a handwritten archive of manuscript diaries written by Charles F. Paige. In all there are seven [7] diaries covering the years 1900, 1902, 1904, 1906, 1913, 1920 and 1924. These make for a fascinating period collection of an incredibly hard working man who straddles the rural and urban worlds. He is a farmer, itinerant worker for other farmers and also works for extended periods on more modern works for the Boston Elevated Railroad Co. Charles is also entrepreneur earning as much as $2.25 per day, he pays those who labor for him 50 to 60 cents per day. Truly interesting even in the... View more info

1914 ORIGINAL WORLD WAR I MANUSCRIPT NOTEBOOK HANDWRITTEN BY A BRITISH NAVIGATION OFFICER SOON TO BE IN THE MOST NOTED NAVAL BATTLE OF THE WAR

By: CHARLES FORD HAMMILL, LT.

Price: $3,855.99

Publisher: BRITAIN, 1914

Seller ID: 0008227

Condition: Good


On offer is a fascinating, original manuscript relic from one of the greatest naval battles in WWI. This book measures 6.25 inches by 4 inches and contains 164 pages. It is about 50% complete. The Journal was issued for the use of Junior Officers by the Royal Navy. The covers are a brown/maroon cloth over marbled boards. The pages are faintly lined. The style is flip-top. Both the covers and the pages are in good condition.The journal is entitled Navigating Officer's Note Book. The owners name is not on the book, just his ship. Research suggests that it belonged to Lieutenant Charles Hammill R... View more info

1905 - 1928 ORIGINAL GROUP OF SIX [6] MANUSCRIPT DIARIES HANDWRITTEN BY A YOUNG 17 YEAR OLD BOY WHO WOULD GO ON THE BE A KEY MEMBER OF THE US GEOLOGICAL SURVEY TEAM AFTER A STINT IN ARMY INTELLIGENCE

By: CHARLES H. DARCY

Price: $3,455.99

Publisher: SYRACUSE NEW YORK WASHINGTON DC, 1905

Seller ID: 0008221

Condition: Good


On offer is an excellent collection of six [6] diaries from a distinguished member of the U.S. Geological Survey The diaries span a 23 year period. 1905 diary measures 3.0 x 6.0, has 121 pages and 100% complete; 1913 diary is 6.0 x 3.0, has 183 pages + extensive memoranda, and 100% complete; 1914 - 6.0 x 3.0, has 183 pages + extensive memoranda, and 100% complete; 1916 - 4.75 x 3.0, has 183 pages + extensive memoranda, 95% complete; 1917 - 5.0 x 3.0, has 183 pages + extensive memoranda, 70% complete; the last diary covers 1922 through 1928, measures 6.5' x 4.25', has 365 pages and is 100% comp... View more info

1910 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT LETTERS COPYBOOK FILLED WITH ECLECTIC COPIES OF LETTERS TYPED AND HANDWRITTEN BY A GARRULOUS MARYLAND BUSINESSMAN, SPORTSMAN AND POLITICO

By: CHARLES P. LEVY

Price: $2,155.99

Publisher: FREDERICK, MARYLAND, 1910

Seller ID: 0002102

Condition: Good


Offered is a super letter copybook of 125 letters handwritten, some typed by Charles P. Levy of Frederick, Maryland. Mr. Levy is a bit of a character and somewhat garrulous as can be seen in his writings. The letters are an eclectic group some are business related, some personal; about getting a gun, repairs to it, a hunting dog and hunting in general [we note a letter to Governor Philip Lee Goldsboro on hunting laws] and also important legal and judicial matters involving the county and environs. They are all from 1910-1912 and are in good condition. Here are some snippets of this interestin... View more info

1905 ORIGINAL, OFFICIAL MANUSCRIPT JOURNAL OF THE VICTORIAN CLUB OF BOSTON

By: CHARLES S. SKINNER, FREDERICK CEASAR DE SUMICHRAST, FRANK H. JACKSON

Price: $1,695.99

Publisher: BOSTON MASSACHUSETTS MASS MA, 1905

Seller ID: 0001971

Condition: Very Good


On offer s a superb, original 1905 - 1906 manuscript trip back in time being the official handwritten journal of the Victorian Club of Boston. The unpaginated book is about 80% full and has approximately 100 pages of handwritten meeting minutes, election nominating ballots, banquet menus, published meeting reports and other related ephemera. For the most part the writer is Club Secretary Charles S. Skinner and later Secretary Frank H. Jackson. Changes to the handwriting indicate we believe additional notes by Club President Frederick C. de Sumichrast an esteemed author and renowned Anglophile.... View more info

1939 - 1951 ORIGINAL ARCHIVE OF TEN [10] MANUSCRIPT DIARIES HANDWRITTEN BY OUTDOORSMAN, FUTURE SKI HALL OF FAMER, GRADUATE OF HARVARD SCHOOL FOR BOYS WHO SERVED HIS COUNTRY IN THE NAVY DURING WORLD WAR II

By: CHARLES SCHOBINGER

Price: $2,255.99

Publisher: CHICAGO ILLINOIS IL ESTES PARK DENVER COLORADO, 1939

Seller ID: 0001693

Condition: Good+


On offer is a super archive of ten [10] original 1939 - 1951 manuscript diaries handwritten by Charles Schobinger, noted member of the Ski Hall of Fame in Estes Park Colorado, beginning at age 14 writing of his life as a student while attending the Harvard School for Boys in Chicago. The diaries continue through his years in college and the NROTC during World War II and the years following the war. His family was evidently well - off as he wrote of receiving a gift from the maid on his birthday. Mr. Schobinger had a real love of the outdoors, scouting and sports as a teen, and continued these... View more info

Image for 1915 ORIGINAL EXPEDITION JOURNAL AND TRAVEL SCRAPBOOK TO WEST AFRICA AND THE ISLANDS OFF THE WEST COAST FOR HIS DAUGHTER RUTHIE HANDWRITTEN AND COMPILED BY A TRUE RENAISSANCE MAN WITH THE BACKDROP OF WWI LOOMING

1915 ORIGINAL EXPEDITION JOURNAL AND TRAVEL SCRAPBOOK TO WEST AFRICA AND THE ISLANDS OFF THE WEST COAST FOR HIS DAUGHTER RUTHIE HANDWRITTEN AND COMPILED BY A TRUE RENAISSANCE MAN WITH THE BACKDROP OF WWI LOOMING

By: CHARLES WELLINGTON FURLONG

Price: $6,655.99

Publisher: 1915

Seller ID: 0002560

Condition: Good+


On offer is a remarkable, original 1915 illustrated manuscript travel journal/scrapbook by the renowned Renaissance man Charles Wellington Furlong of Massachusetts lovingly created, deliciously detailed for his daughter, Ruthie. The noted trip to Madeira and the Canary Islands 'Morocco Etc. A Story' was sponsored by Harvard [from which a number of academic writings from this voyage were written including the Harvard Alumni magazine publishing an article on the expedition written by Henry Amory citing C.W. Furlong as a representative of Harper's and Dr. Erving as the ship's doctor. [Researchers... View more info

1901 - 1905 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A CHARMED WISCONSIN MAN WHO GOES TO SEA AND LANDS A BERTH ON THE USS MASSACHUSETTS

By: CHARLES WIESEKE USN

Price: $3,255.99

Publisher: MAYVILLE WISCONSIN ABOARD THE USS MASSACHUSETTS, 1901

Seller ID: 0002216

Condition: Good


On offer is a super, original 1901 - 1905 manuscript diary handwritten by a Mayville Wisconsin man who enlisted in the United States Navy. Charles Wieseke (b.7/12/1879 - d.4/11/1965) who as he states in his first entry states, "Oct. 30th, 1901 - Enlisted in the navy in Milw for 4 years." We learn Charley served initially, during, the Spanish American War, as a naval seaman aboard the U.S.S. Massachusetts B2 which was frequently the Flagship and Charley endured Admiral's Inspections and he observes the many ships and boats that call on the flag. [He would return to his home of Maryville... View more info

1937 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A HOCKEY LOVING CANADIAN GIRL IN DEPRESSION ERA TORONTO IN WHAT WOULD BE LITTLE PORTUGAL TODAY

By: CHARLOTTE GRANT [MRS. IVAN GRANT]

Price: $1,255.99

Publisher: TORONTO ONTARIO CANADA, 1937

Seller ID: 0002203

Condition: Good


On offer is a charming, original manuscript relic of Depression Era Toronto being the 1937 handwritten diary of Charlotte Grant, wife of Ivan Grant, mother of Reg. [perhaps Reginald] who lived at 1285 College St. in the College and Landsdown area known as 'Little Portugal' today. The personal account of Charlotte's life makes for an interesting window into 1930s Toronto as the Grant's enjoy numerous and diverse activities: getting new washing machine for Christmas, trips to a variety of Churches and Lodges, road trips, Carlton Cinema, Sunnyside Beach and also at Toronto's famous summertime fai... View more info

1939 - 1943 ORIGINAL 5-YEAR MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A YOUNG FEMALE STUDENT DETAILING LIFE IN A TENNESSEE COMPANY TOWN CHURNING OUT DUPONT'S FAMED REAL SILK

By: CHERRIE ELLI BARROW

Price: $3,855.99

Publisher: OLD HICKORY, TENNESSEE, 1939

Seller ID: 0008172

Condition: Good


On offer is an interesting 5 year diary of a young American woman in the early years of WWII. Measuring 5.5 inches by 4 inches, it contains 365 pages. The diary is in good condition with all pages intact and covers sound. The handwriting is legible. The author of the diary is Cherrie Elli Barrow. She is a high school student living in Old Hickory, TN. Context suggests that she is living in a Girl's Dormitory at her school. The diary begins in 1939 and covers the time period 1939 to 1943. Casual research did not turn up any additional information on her. Old Hickory, TN was a DuPont Industries ... View more info

ARCHIVE LOT OF 5 DIARIES 1915 THROUGH 1920 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT DIARIES AND EPHEMERA OF FRED CHESEBORO [CHESEBRO] FAIRPORT UNION SCHOOL

By: CHESEBORO, FRED [later Changed to CHESBRO]

Price: $1,595.99

Publisher: FAIRPORT NEW YORK, 1915

Seller ID: 000056a

Condition: Good+


Charming unique collection of antique diaries, report cards and a post card picture of Fred Chesbro. The semi-quarterly reports date back to 1897 (first grade) from "Fairport Union School". The next year the name was changed to Fairport High School. They are cardboard pieces approximately 5" by 3" in size. The grade reports are for Fred Chesebro and signed by his teacher each year and also his mother or father, Paris Chesebro. There are 10 cards which represent each year until 10th grade. There is also an "assignment" card for Fred's completion of 8th grade. The p... View more info

1928 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT SCRAPBOOK AND JOURNAL OF A SOUTH AMERICAN VOYAGE OF THE STORIED HMS AMAZON BY HER CHIEF PETTY OFFICER

By: CHIEF PETTY OFFICER C.R. FOOKS

Price: $2,855.99

Publisher: ABOARD THE HMS AMAZON TO SOUTH AMERICA, 1928

Seller ID: 0001898

Condition: Good


On offer is a sensational, original 1928 scrapbook, photo album and log book compiled by Chief Petty Officer C.R. Fooks of the British destroyer HMS Amazon detailing a voyage made to South America. Fooks did a super job presenting life on this storied ship [we were delighted to read and enclosed multi page biography of all the ships that have had the name 'Amazon' in the Royal Navy]. Maps, pictures of the Commanding Officer of Amazon and the HMS Ambuscade, typed itinerary, photos of the ship, postcards, newspaper clippings, artwork, letters and entertainment programs all present an unparallele... View more info

1907 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIAY HAND WRITTEN BY AN ALL AMERICAN MAN, POSTAL CLERK AND PHILADELPHIA MAN ABOUT TOWN

By: CHRISTIAN AITKEN

Price: $2,255.99

Publisher: PHILADELPHIA PENNSYLVANIA PA, 1907

Seller ID: 0008129

Condition: Good


On offer is a very complete diary of a young man in the early years of the 20th Century. The diary measures 7.5 inches by 5 inches and has 365 pages. It is 100% complete. The book is in good condition and all of the pages are intact. The handwriting is legible and easy to read. The author is a young man named Christian Aitken. In the diary, he also wrote his first name as Crisfield, but census records list the young man as "Christian H. Aitken". The census lists his birthday as August 23, 1884 (noted in the diary also), which made him 23 years old in 1907. Aitken was single and lived w... View more info

1920 - 1927 ORIGINAL GROUP OF EIGHT [8] DIARIES HANDWRITTEN BY A RISING AND FOR THE MOST PART KEEN MEMBER OF THE MIDDLE CLASS ENJOYING LIFE AS BEST HE CAN

By: CHRISTIAN HENRY AITKEN

Price: $1,595.99

Publisher: WEST PHILADELPHIA PENNSYLVANIA, 1920

Seller ID: 0002101

Condition: Good


On offer is a super group of eight [8] very full original manuscript diaries whose dates cover the post World War I 'Roaring Twenties' era of 1920 through 1927 handwritten by Christian Henry Aitken [b. August 23rd, 1884 to Archibald and Caroline Aitken] a Scottish man married in 1914 to Eleanor W. Goettelman. From casual reading we learn they had a baby girl in 1921; they lived in West Philadelphia where Christian works as a bank clerk and then the U.S. Postal Service. He vacations in Atlantic City and other places along the Eastern Atlantic shore, plays a lot of poker, enough to detail the mo... View more info