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1934 - 1939 ORIGINAL GROUP OF FIVE [5] DEPRESSION ERA DIARIES HANDWRITTEN BY THE MATRIARCH OF A FARMING FAMILY DOING QUITE WELL FOR THE TIMES

By: DAISY H. WOODS [Mrs. GEORGE WOODS]

Price: $2,055.99

Publisher: AUSTINBURG, OHIO, ASHTABULA COUNTY, 1934

Seller ID: 0002192

Condition: Good+


On offer is an interesting group of five [5] manuscript diaries exemplifying the life of a prosperous farmer's wife and her family in Depression Era and pre-war middle America. Handwritten by Daisy H Woods (nee Herrick), wife to Mr. George Woods, and mother to Dwight and John. Daisy and her family reside in Austinburg Township, Ashtabula, Ohio and her diaries span January 1st, 1934 - December 25, 1939, with the exception of her 1936 diary, which is absent. Daisy is in her mid-40s, a well-meaning Christian (who far too often misses church!) and the backbone of her comfortable, hard-working fami... View more info

1909 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A YOUNG RICHMOND INDIANA MAN WITH A FASCINATION FOR LOCAL CRIME AND POLITICS

By: DALE BARNUM

Price: $1,185.99

Publisher: RICHMOND INDIANA IN, 1909

Seller ID: 0001865

Condition: Good


On offer is a very interesting, original 1909 manuscript diary and journal handwritten by Dale Barnum of Richmond Indiana. Mr. Barnum is a young man using slang of the day. [He writes about concerts and plays he attends and mentions seeing, Mid Summer Nights Dream and says it was "punk".] He is also extremely interested in local crime, criminal arrests, politics and current events which local collectors and historians of the Richmond Indiana area will appreciate. Here are some snippets: "42 arrests last mon - drunks." "12 counties voted dry this week 42 dry now." "P... View more info

1941 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY OF A WOMAN WHO DETAILS THE NEVER ENDING HARD WORK OF LIVING ON A FARM AND THE SOMETIME CRUELTY OF THOSE SHE LIVES WITH IN AND AROUND THE AMISH AND MENNONITE COMMUNITIES OF OHIO

By: DALE SCHAFFTER [?]

Price: $1,495.99

Publisher: WOOSTER KIDRON ORRVILLE OHIO OH, 1941

Seller ID: 0001593

Condition: Very Good


On offer is an original manuscript relic of another time and another era being a 1941 diary handwritten by, we believe, a woman detailing her life on the farm somewhere near Wooster, Kidron and Orrville Ohio in and around the Amish and Mennonite communities. [While unidentified in the book recent research suggests it is that she was Dale Schaffter, who died in an Orrville, Wayne Co., OH nursing home 23 Feb 1988 at age 98. In 1940 (Ohio/Wayne County/Sugar Creek/Enumeration District 85-39, image 25 of 32), she was living in a household with her younger (apparently not very kind!) sister Blanche... View more info

Image for 1942 - 1946 SUPER, ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY AND JOURNAL OF NOTED BRITISH SOLDIER, MBE RECIPIENT AND THE FATHER  OF A DISTINGUISHED HERO OF WORLD WAR II

1942 - 1946 SUPER, ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY AND JOURNAL OF NOTED BRITISH SOLDIER, MBE RECIPIENT AND THE FATHER OF A DISTINGUISHED HERO OF WORLD WAR II

By: DALLAS H.W. YOUNG

Price: $3,855.99

Publisher: COBHAM SURREY ENGLAND, 1942

Seller ID: 0001707

Condition: Good


On offer is a superb, original World War II and beyond manuscript diary handwritten by Dallas H. W. Young dated January 1942 to October 1946 being a fascinating and eclectic melange of intelligent observation and commentary on the global war news, family business, his toy soldier hobby, malaria bouts, and his return to the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment [since the Commandos are being disbanded after the war] and many references to his distinguished, famous and future author, son Peter, including entries about big war events, with Young Sr.'s analysis: Stalingrad, Pacific war events, ... View more info

Image for 1950s to 1960s ORIGINAL MEMORY BOOK AND LETTER COPY BOOK OF A VIET CONG SOLDIER LEAVING HIS FRIENDS FOR THE WAR IN THE SOUTH

1950s to 1960s ORIGINAL MEMORY BOOK AND LETTER COPY BOOK OF A VIET CONG SOLDIER LEAVING HIS FRIENDS FOR THE WAR IN THE SOUTH

By: Ðang Van Xuân [MAO] et al

Price: $2,455.99

Publisher: VIETNAM, 1955

Seller ID: 0002429

Condition: Poor


On offer is a fascinating, original manuscript relic of the early Vietnam War dating back from the mid to later 1950s to the early 1960s. Handwritten by a Vietcong soldier called Mao [full name Ðang Van Xuân], the book is comprised of poems, letter copies and diary like entries and pages that remind one of memorial albums with entries by friends and admirers with whom he studied political courses by the Communist Party in Hanoi for 3 years. The writings include; sentimental, patriotic love poems about the role of love in war and love in general; also the lyrics of popular songs which our res... View more info

1965 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT LETTER SIGNED [ALS] HANDWRITTEN BY VIETNAM COMBATANT AND DEDICATED FATHER

By: DAVE MORRIS FN USN

Price: $355.99

Publisher: USS TURNER VIETNAM, 1965

Seller ID: 0001198

Condition: Good


On offer is a vintage handwritten letter on ornate letterhead dated Sept 28, 1965 from Dave Morris FN USN USS Turner Joy FPO San Francisco CA to Mrs. M. A. Mulvaney Des Moines Iowa [FREE POSTAGE from warship Postmarker from Turner Joy ship]. A two page letter about shelling Viet Cong camps; shore bombing S. Vietnam E & W Coast; spotter plane said overall a good effect on targets; also on Saturday 7 targets, 6 were shot at, a 7th at an island was overcast weather so they couldn't bomb; also talks about a 1962 Harley Davidson Motorcycle purchased at Yokosuka Japan Navy Exchange Auto Sales. Then ... View more info

1966 - 1967 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DUTY JOURNAL AND PERSONAL DIARY OF A MUCH DECORATED SPECIAL FORCES CHAPLAIN SERVING IN VIETNAM

By: DAVID G. BOYCE, SPECIAL FORCES CHAPLAIN

Price: $4,495.99

Publisher: VIETNAM, 1966

Seller ID: 0001918

Condition: Very Good


On offer is a very interesting, original manuscript relic dated September 6, 1966 through October 1, 1967 of the Vietnam War and American involvement handwritten and typed by US Special Forces Chaplain, David G. Boyce [b.1928 - d. March 4th 2013]. One part "Duty Log" and moreso a diary of all his movements and his personal thoughts regarding his service this is a very intimate personal history. (There are even some movie plots he has imagined and poetry and songs - Boyce was quite a Renaissance man it appears!) Using yellow legal pad paper, originally handwritten, the author changes ov... View more info

1932 + 1935 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARIES HANDWRITTEN BY DEPRESSION ERA SCION OF THE UNDERHILL SOCIETY AND ONE TIME LIBRARIAN OF THE NEW YORK LIBRARY

By: DAVID HARRIS UNDERHILL aka 'DHU'

Price: $3,455.99

Publisher: NEW YORK CITY NY LINCOLN VERMONT, 1932

Seller ID: 0001229

Condition: Fair


On offer are to very interesting manuscript relics of Depression era Americana being the original handwritten diaries of David Harris Underhill (1850-1936) the rather well-known founder of the Underhill Society of America. "DHU" as he was commonly known, was a librarian at the New York Public Library and also at St. John's Methodist Episcopal Church in the Williamsburgh section of New York City. DHU was married to Caroline F. Green and they had 2 children, Stephen Greene and Lucinda Harris [a census record of the Harris household also included an adopted daughter Emma and an adopted gr... View more info

1944 - 1945 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT WARTIME DIARY OF JEWISH COAST GUARD CADET ABOARD THE USCGC SASSAFRAS ON ‘AID TO NAVIGATION’ AND U-BOAT DETECTION DUTY IN NEWFOUNDLAND AND THE NORTH ATLANTIC

By: DAVID MEYEROWITZ

Price: $3,455.99

Publisher: PORT-AUX-BASCUE NEWFOUNDLAND NL CANADA, 1944

Seller ID: 0009027

Condition: Good


On offer is the wartime diary of David Meyerowitz, a Jewish cadet aboard the USCGC Sassafras. The diary is entitled by Meyerowitz, “Newfoundland Diary” and details his time spent onboard the Sassafras, performing Aid to Navigation (ATON) duties throughout. It begins: “On october 24, 1944 the Coast Guard ship SASSAFRASS pulled into the harbor of Port-aux-basque in Newfoundland. Aboard her were the regular crew and construction unit 192, which she had brought there and which I was a member of. This was that part of the world where I was going to spend six months or even more. We had come f... View more info

1943 DIARY OF DEAN YOUNG, A YOUNG ENLISTED MORMON MAN SUFFERING DEPRESSION FROM HIS BAD MARRIAGE

By: Dean Young

Price: $1,455.99

Publisher: 1943

Seller ID: 000030

Condition: Good+


Fascinating diary kept by a young Mormon enlisted man from Utah or Idaho named Dean Young, who spent the year Stateside in training to be an airplane mechanic. He also attempted to become an aerial gunner but failed the physical. Mr. Young made an entry every day from January 1, 1943 to July 30, 1943, in blue fountain pen, at which point the diary abruptly stops. I think, from reading it, that it is the result of his depression over the precarious state of his marriage, which he agonizes over on many a page. This young man had a child as well, and most of his entries deal with his training, KP... View more info

1871 & 1907 ORIGINAL PAIR [2] OF MANUSCRIPT DIARIES HANDWRITTEN BY SISTERS BOOKENDING THE LATE 19th CENTURY TO THE EARLY 20th CENTURY IN MASSACHUSETTS

By: DELIA MARIA BATES AND MRS. HIRAM BATES

Price: $2,255.99

Publisher: Massachusetts, 1871

Seller ID: 0008124

Condition: Good +


On offer is a fascinating. original pair (2) of interesting manuscript diaries that belonged to members of the Bates family in Massachusetts - Mrs. Hiram Bates (nee Ellen Francis Thorpe, in the second marriage Mrs. Charles W. Merry), and her step-daughter Delia Maria Bates. The first diary, authored by Delia Maria Bates in 1871, measures 3'9 x 2'5, and almost 100% complete. The second authored by Ellen Francis Thorpe, measures 3'9 x 2'5, is for 1879, but the entries are for March 3rd to April 10th, 1881 and for May 1st to June 12th, 1907. Both diaries are in very good condition. Delia Maria B... View more info

1941 ORIGINAL GROUP OF NOTEBOOKS [5] DETAILING THE EDUCATION, PROCEDURES AND PREPARATIONS BY THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION AS THEY TRAINED G-MEN TO COMBAT HITLER'S AGENTS, HOMELAND SPIES, COMMUNIST AGITATORS AND JAPAN'S NEFARIOUS PROPAGANDA MACHINE

By: DENNIS E. McFEELY

Price: $4,485.99

Publisher: WASHINGTON DC USA, 1941

Seller ID: 0002073

Condition: Good+


On offer is a super grouping of five [5] notebooks in three-ring binders detailing in superb detail the education and training and thoughts of a real life 'G-Man' as he trained for and with the Federal Bureau of Investigation mere days after the War with Japan was declared. Created, compiled and handwritten by Dennis E. McFeely, he describes specifics in his copious notes [two books are his personal notes and the other three are more course related] from addresses by the Director J. Edgar Hoover [Dennis states that one of the most memorable events that happened to him on his first day was gett... View more info

1939 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT TAHITIAN TRAVEL DIARY, LETTERS AND OBSERVATIONS OF PRE WAR TAHITI BY FAMED POET, PUBLISHER AND ARTIST WRITTEN TO HIS PARENTS

By: DESMOND HARMSWORTH

Price: $4,455.99

Publisher: TAHITI SOUTH PACIFIC FRENCH POLYNESIA Egham Surrey, 1939

Seller ID: 0001080

Condition: Good


On offer is the remarkable, original handwritten manuscript journal and diary by Desmond Harmsworth regarding his travels in the South Pacific. Over 150 pp written as letters to his mother and father, Lady and Lord Harmsworth. Desmond and sometimes his wife Dorothy write long, detailed intimate letters detailing their travel, observations and growing concerns while in Tahiti on the cusp of the War. The original 3 ring style book is in terrible shape given the covers are distressed and the rear is present but off. Some pages are detached but otherwise holding well. Simply super one of a kind re... View more info

1936 - 1939 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT JOURNAL OF MURDER, MAYHEM AND TRUE CRIME BY AN ACTIVE SUBURBAN PITTSBURGH DETECTIVE

By: DETECTIVE ALBERT SHEDLOCK

Price: $2,855.99

Publisher: BRADDOCK RANKIN TURTLE CREEK PITTSBURGH PENN, 1936

Seller ID: 0001225

Condition: Very Good


On offer is the fascinating, original 1936 - 1939 manuscript journal of Police Detective Albert Shedlock. This handwritten journal details the cases and inner thoughts of the Albert over 138 pages for nearly three and a half years. While he has not identified himself in the book there are a number [11] of ephemeral pieces within the book that clearly prove his authorship. Collectors and historians in the Braddock, Swissvale, Rankin, Homestead or Turtle Creek suburban areas of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania or lovers of law enforcement and true crime relics will delight in this journal. Detective Shed... View more info

1915 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A YOUNG MASSACHUSETTS LUMBER MAN, FARMER AND TEAMSTER LIVING ON THE MOHAWK TRAIL

By: DICKINSON, ERNEST R.

Price: $985.99

Publisher: MOHAWK TRAIL CHARLEMONT MASSACHUSETTS MASS MA, 1915

Seller ID: 0001564

Condition: Very Good


On offer is the original 1915 manuscript diary of Ernest Dickinson, farmer, lumberman and teamster living on the Mohawk Trail Charlemont, Massachusetts. From his handwritten diary we get a one-year glimpse of this young man's life. He's a serious, dedicated young fellow living in the pristine woodland of the Mohawk Trail in western Massachusetts. He carefully records his daily activities: hauling sawdust or grain or manure, putting in fence posts, building a sawmill, pressing cider, gathering maple sap, hoeing, cultivating, hauling potatoes. We read of his encounters with Alice Whipple, notes ... View more info

1936 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT DIARY OF BRITISH MANDATED PALESTINE BRILLIANTLY WRITTEN BY A 16-17 YR. OLD BRITISH GIRL - HISTORICALLY SIGNIFICANT WITNESS TO THE FIRST ARAB INTIFADA - PALESTINIAN UPRISING, TERRORISM AND STRIKE

By: DOREEN C.

Price: $485,000.00

Publisher: Jerusalem, British Mandated Palestine, 1936

Seller ID: 000125N

Condition: Good+


Evidential to the roots of Middle Eastern terror, this is the extraordinary handwritten diary of Miss Doreen M. C., daughter of General and Mrs. J. C., sister of Cynthia. This British family witnesses the very beginnings of the modern era of Middle East tensions and terrorism having been residents of Jerusalem from January 1st to mid-June of 1936. Doreen writes a significant, extraordinary, insightful and well written diary. A young girl of 16 or 17 we estimate (too young for boys - she detests them - and too old for the usual games that girls play [paraphrase]) she writes of her time spent tr... View more info

1938 ORIGINAL ENIGMATIC TRAVEL DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A STRONG WILLED WOMAN WHO SUDDENLY CHANGES FROM ENGLISH TO SHORTHAND

By: DORIS L. BERGLUND

Price: $695.99

Publisher: WAUKEGAN, ILLINOIS IL, 1938

Seller ID: 0001975

Condition: Good


On offer is and interesting and intriguing 1938 travel diary handwritten by Doris L. Berglund of Waukegan Illinois who left from Union Station likely in Chicago to New York by train and then to Holland via steamship. While the book is about 20 pages one cannot help but be intrigued: Doris is very headstrong taking charge to change her dining arrangements when it suited her: she was to sit with a Mr. B and she changed them to sit at another table with Bill Wright of Denver Colorado, headed to Paris to study - she notes that he "has girls on both sides of the ocean but doesn't seem to love a... View more info

Image for 1944 - 1946 ORIGINAL ARCHIVE OF 150+ MANUSCRIPT LETTERS  HANDWRITTEN BY AN ADORING BALTIMORE HOMEMAKER WORSHIPING HER HUSBAND FROM AFAR KEEPING UP HEARTH, HOME AND THEIR HAPPY BABY UNTIL HE RETURNS

1944 - 1946 ORIGINAL ARCHIVE OF 150+ MANUSCRIPT LETTERS HANDWRITTEN BY AN ADORING BALTIMORE HOMEMAKER WORSHIPING HER HUSBAND FROM AFAR KEEPING UP HEARTH, HOME AND THEIR HAPPY BABY UNTIL HE RETURNS

By: DORIS TIBBELS

Price: $2,055.99

Publisher: BALTIMORE MARYLAND TO NEW ORLEANS LOUISIANA, 1944

Seller ID: 0002421

Condition: Good+


On offer is a large archive of 150+ original 1944 - 1946 manuscript letters handwritten by adoring wife and new mother Doris Tibbels of Baltimore Maryland whose homey, loving letters make for an intimate look into the home front life of this charmingly head over heels in love with her adored 26 year old serviceman husband. Even when he is in Maryland at the Edgewood Arsenal and coming home many times she is still somewhat desperate in her detachment. Later while she writes of family and friends and her doings in Baltimore as the War winds down her husband is still active in New Orleans at the ... View more info

1933 - 1961 ORIGINAL GROUP OF FOUR [4] ORIGINAL 5-YR DIARIES HANDWRITTEN BY A TEENAGE TO MIDDLE AGE MARYLAND WOMAN

By: DOROTHEA H. ENSOR

Price: $3,055.99

Publisher: BALTIMORE, MARYLAND, 1933

Seller ID: 0007009

Condition: Good


On offer is a super collection of original manuscript diaries spanning 35 years handwritten by a Baltimore Maryland woman who over four [4] five-year diaries provides a fascinating, well detailed description of this all-American girl's evolution from teenager and student to young married woman and new mother through to middle aged matron. The diaries belong to Dorothea H. Ensor. She was born in 1915 and passed away in 2004. The diaries begin when Ensor is 16 years old. This first volume covers the balance of her teenage years up until she was 21. The entries are fill of the events and coming a... View more info

1928 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY YOUNG WOMAN STUDENT OF COLBY COLLEGE IN MAINE

By: DOROTHY L. MORTON

Price: $855.99

Publisher: WATERVILLE MAINE, 1928

Seller ID: 0001701

Condition: Good+


On offer is an original, charming manuscript 1928 diary handwritten by Dorothy Morton who provides an excellent view of a life of a young woman at Colby College in Waterville, Maine in 1928. Dorothy is an eager, attentive student. She writes about classmates who get caught going to a public dance and then punished. She notes advice on how to deal with men, sex, avoid smoking. Dorothy, from Melrose, Massachusetts, writes about her trips home, touring Boston and area, berry picking near Waterville, teaching Sunday School. Prof. Weber drives a friend and Dorothy to Boston, and they tour Boston hi... View more info