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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

1934 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT DIARY OF A SMART CHARMING AMERICAN HIGH SCHOOL 'GIRL NEXT DOOR' DURING THE DEPRESSION ERA

By: DOROTHY MAE SMITH

Price: $985.99

Publisher: Syracuse, Eastwood New York NY, 1934

Seller ID: 000964

Condition: Very Good


On offer is the original handwritten manuscript 1934 diary authored by Dorothy Mae ["Dodo" or "Dot"] Smith a 17 year old high school in the Eastwood and Syracuse New York areas. She writes about everything - her family, girlfriends, boyfriends, school and daily activities +++. She has a crush on someone named "Al" who plays in a band and obviously is older. Tucked in the diary was a letter from Al in which he refers to an encounter they had during his last visit. Dorothy sends for photos of the popular Radio Stars, worries about her clothes, sneaks cigarettes and write... View more info

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1952 Diary of an American Seaman Posted to the USS Marsh During the Korean War

By: Doyle O. Crain

Price: $385.99

Publisher: Korea, Korean War USS Marsh: 1952

Seller ID: 0011025

Condition: Good


On offer is a fascinating first-hand account of a young American sailor in the Korean War. This slim notebook measures 6 inches by 3.5 inches and contains 136 pages. It is 10% complete. The cover, binding and pages are all in good condition. The handwriting is quite legible. The author of this notebook is Doyle O. Crain. Born in Tulsa, OK, Crain was 18 when he entered the United States Navy. Crain passed away in 2009 at the age of 75. Casual research had not turned up any additional biographical information. Crain's notebook begins on June 13th, 1952 and ends on August 6, 1952. He was posted t... View more info

1920s ORIGINAL SCRAPBOOK OF EDUCATIONAL AND CHRISTIAN OUTREACH BY THE AMERICAN PRESBYTERIAN MISSION AS A PENNSYLVANIA DOCTOR OF BIOLOGY AND ZOOLOGY SPENDS 7 YEARS IN INDIA TEACHING

By: DR. and MRS. H.G. KRIBS

Price: $3,855.99

Publisher: ALLAHABAD INDIA BOMBAY JAMUNA RIVER SANGAM, 1920

Seller ID: 0001452

Condition: Good+


On offer is a sensational original scrapbook compiled and owned by Dr. H.G. and Mrs. Kribs of Pennsylvania. The book details their journey to India and their social life and meetings with the upper strata of East Indian society and many, many government leaders with the background of their educational missionary work. That said much of the content shows that they were attempting to bridge the cultural gap between societies as many of the invites reveal 'mixed race' parties and functions. The diary is packed - to the point of the covers bursting and off though present - with invitations, letter... View more info

Image for 1921 - 1922 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A YOUNG MAN WE SEE EVOLVE FROM STUDENT TO TEACHER, SWAIN TO HUSBAND AND ONE DAY PRESIDENT OF THE COLLEGE HE ATTENDS

1921 - 1922 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A YOUNG MAN WE SEE EVOLVE FROM STUDENT TO TEACHER, SWAIN TO HUSBAND AND ONE DAY PRESIDENT OF THE COLLEGE HE ATTENDS

By: DR. BISHOP LESLIE R. MARSTON

Price: $1,355.99

Publisher: GREENVILLE ILLINOIS IL, 1921

Seller ID: 0002252

Condition: Good+


On offer is an intriguing, original 1921 - 1922 manuscript diary handwritten by a young man, only identified by the initials L.R.M. who through some extensive detective work has been deduced as Leslie R. Marston notably the future Dr. Bishop Leslie R. Marston. Of note this diary has the unique characteristic of having a gift inscription from his then girlfriend along with notes and entries by his College girlfriend and later wife! Inscribed in one hand: "Christmas 1920; To Leslie from Grace" and then below in another hand: "My girlfriend during the First War" and under that in... View more info

1910 - 1911 ORIGINAL ARCHIVE OF TWO [2] MANUSCRIPT DIARIES DETAILING THE LIFE AND ILLNESS OF A BROOKLYN DOCTOR FROM DIAGNOSIS TO DEATH

By: DR. HARRY H. BAKER

Price: $3,285.99

Publisher: BROOKLYN, NEW YORK, CHICAGO ILLINOIS, 1910

Seller ID: 0001520

Condition: Good+


On offer is a very interesting archive of two [2] handwritten diaries and 14 early photos handwritten by Dr. Harry H. Baker of Brooklyn New York and at one time Chicago Illinois. The diaries relate specifically to his life and practice but of particular note are entries detailing his own illness from diagnosis to death. [In fact he writes right up until the last week of his life.] Historians, researchers and collectors of medical writings of a personal and intimate nature will find this a unique perspective within the two small leather bound diaries that the doctor kept in 1910 and 1911. He li... View more info

1928 - 1932 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT MEDICAL AND PATHOLOGY STUDY BOOKS [2] HANDWRITTEN BY A MAN WHO WILL BECOME A RENOWNED CLEFT PLATE AND FACIAL SURGEON

By: DR. JACOB J. LONGACRE

Price: $1,485.99

Publisher: BOSTON CAMBRIDGE MASSACHUSETTS MASS, 1928

Seller ID: 0001575

Condition: Very Good


On offer is a super manuscript relic of medical education at the Harvard Medical School in the 1930s. The notebooks [2] are compiled by Dr. Jacob J. Longacre, M.D. [1907 - 1976] while a student. There are copious notes and hand drawn illustrations, charts in the hand of a young man who would become a nationally renowned clef palate and facial surgery specialist who practiced in the Cincinnati, Ohio area. Headings include Clinical Pathology and Parasitology in one book and the second book is almost entirely medical illustrations of organs and other parts of the body. The 3-ring binders measure ... View more info

1922 + 1928 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARIES HANDWRITTEN BY ONE OF AMERICA'S MOST NOTED CHEMISTS

By: DR. JOHN ARTHUR WILSON

Price: $1,385.99

Publisher: Milwaukee, Wisconsin WI, 1922

Seller ID: 0001235

Condition: Very Good+


On offer are original 1922 and 1928 manuscript diaries handwritten by noted chemist Dr. John Arthur Wilson. Dr. Wilson was one of the most distinguished chemists in America at the time and was so renowned that his scientific articles and papers were translated into many foreign languages and published in scientific journals throughout the world. These diaries detail and document his busy business and social life: he writes of working in his lab, writing his book, doing research, going to Jones Island, attending matinees, giving lectures at different universities, attending many dinners & meeti... View more info

1982 FASCINATING ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT JOURNAL OF SAYINGS, QUOTES, MEMORIES AND DIARY OF A NOTED HISTORIAN, SPIRITUALIST AND SANSKRIT SCHOLAR

By: DR. RUTH REYNA

Price: $3,955.99

Publisher: BELLFLOWER CALIFORNIA LOS ANGELES CA, 1982

Seller ID: 0001789

Condition: Very Good


On offer is a fascinating manuscript relic of many years study of Indian literature, history, philosophy and all matters spiritual and New Age thought being a journal dated 1982 handwritten by Indologist Ruth Reyna Ph.d. dedicated to her Grandson. Dr. Reyna used the book as a collection of specific quotes or writings she had written over a four decade period. This passage gives the gist of it: 'My special diary tintinnabulations of the mind refers to soft ringing in the ear which heralds my innermost thoughts'. There are approximately 90 pages of writings and notes including a retrospective di... View more info

1912 - 1915 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT TRIP AND TRAVEL DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A DEDICATED YACHT RACING DENTIST AND ALL AROUND 'OLD SALT'

By: DR. SWEPSON J. BROOKS

Price: $1,655.99

Publisher: HARRISON NEW YORK WESTCHESTER COUNTY BLOCK ISLAND, 1912

Seller ID: 0002221

Condition: Good+


On offer is a super, original 1912 - 1915 manuscript relic of one man's utter dedication to sailing and yacht racing. Dr. Swepson J. Brooks of Harrison New York in Westchester County from August 1912 to March 1915 keeps a remarkable travel diary detailing his sailing, sometimes motor boat, trips. As he states at the outset: "An account of my wanderings by sea chiefly in the good ketch Sindbad". The 150+ page book begins with a first voyage that appears to be Long Island Sound oriented and it soon becomes evident that Swepson is a real salt and a dedicated, highly experienced sailor and... View more info

1909, 1910 & 1911 ARCHIVE OF THREE [3] MANUSCRIPT JOURNALS AND DIARIES OF TWO DEDICATED CANADIAN MISSIONARIES BRINGING WESTERN HEALTH CARE AND CHRISTIAN OUTREACH TO THE SICHUAN PROVINCES WITH THE BACK DROP OF SUN YAT-SEN AND THE REVOLUTION

By: DR. WILL P. SHERIDAN and MRS MARY W. P. SHERIDAN

Price: $17,585.99

Publisher: CHENGTU SICHUAN PROVINCE CHINA, 1909

Seller ID: 0001418

Condition: Good


On offer is a simply super archive of three [3] historically significant manuscript diaries and journals authored and handwritten by Dr. Will P. Sheridan and his wife Mary W.P. dated 1909, 1910 and 1911. [Curiously inscribed noting that the diary is primarily Will's but Mary does the actual writing.] The largish two-days to a page Grand & Toy 8½ x 7 inch journal style books sent by Toronto friend Ethel Cassidy are filled with this extraordinary Canadian missionary and doctor's narrative while in China at the C.M.M. General Hospital Chengtu. Rarely missing days though the 1911 book was deliver... View more info

1910 - 1915 ORIGINAL, SIGNIFICANT MANUSCRIPT LEDGER BOOKS [2] DETAILING A BUSY URBAN OBSTETRICS PRACTICE HANDWRITTEN BY THE NOTED AFRICAN AMERICAN PHYSICIAN, ACTIVIST AND FATHER OF A ONE DAY HIGH PROFILE CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVIST IN EARLY 20th CENTURY ROXBURY

By: DR. WILLIAM WORTHY

Price: $6,655.99

Publisher: BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, 1910

Seller ID: 0008161

Condition: Good


On offer is a detailed and fascinating record of a busy physicians practice in the early 20th century. Comprised of 2 volumes, they measure 12 inches by 8.5 inches and contain 220 pages each. They are about 95% complete. The hardboard covers are worn but intact and all pages are secured. Along with the record books, are a number of prescription forms on which he has made notes. Dr. William Worthy was born in 1878 in Georgia and died in 1954 in Boston, MA. He was a black American who established a very successful obstetrics practice in Roxbury, a neighbourhood in Boston. The city states that Ro... View more info

1912 - 1914 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY OF A PETTY OFFICER ABOARD THE HMS KENT, A ROYAL NAVY ARMOURED CRUISER IN CHINA STATION, WORKING AND LIVING THROUGH THE VIOLENT AND CONSEQUENTIAL SECOND REVOLUTION OF THE 1913 CHINESE CIVIL WAR

By: E. W. D. SAYERS [?]

Price: $6,585.99

Publisher: China Station Shanghai Hong Kong England UK, 1913

Seller ID: 0009018

Condition: Good


On offer is an exceptional and significant piece of British naval history, the diary of a petty officer and watchman from the HMS Kent [The author's name is on the front but it is extremely faded. It appears to be "E. W. D. Sayers" but the name has not turned up researching the HMS Kent. The author does mention taking his petty officers exam on December 2nd, 1912 which may assist local historians in confirming the name], one of 10 Monmouth-class armoured cruisers built for the Royal Navy in the first decade of the 20th century. The 75+ page diary begins on August 24, 1912 and goes unti... View more info

1997 - 2000 ORIGINAL, INTIMATE MANUSCRIPT DIARIES [2] HANDWRITTEN BY A WOMAN STRUGGLING TO CONTROL HER ADDICTIONS TO ALCOHOL, BULIMIA, MONEY AND HER NEWLY OUT OF THE CLOSET LESBIANISM

By: E. W. SCHUSTER

Price: $2,055.99

Publisher: ST. PETERSBURG FLORIDA FL, 1997

Seller ID: 0001574

Condition: Very Good


On offer is a unique, pair [2] of desperately intimate 1997 - 2000 manuscript diaries of a near middle age woman [1978 alumni at University of Maine] who lays out the tragic, difficult life of this South Florida woman whose problems and the scope of those problems is sometimes mind numbing. Addictions, eating disorders, gender and social issues with a newly open lesbian, family disputes, work problems are all detailed by an obviously intelligent, well written woman who battles daily for her sobriety and sexuality. Her first entry is an introduction of sorts: Dated February 21 1997 "This bo... View more info

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1927 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A MICHIGAN MASTER OF MAGIC

By: E.B. WILHELM

Price: $1,595.99

Publisher: FRANKLIN, MICHIGAN MI, 1927

Seller ID: 0002242

Condition: Good


On offer is an original, super 1927 manuscript diary used as a notebook handwritten by popular Franklin Michigan magician E.B. Wilhelm. Using a large page a day book by "Dodge Reports - Yearbook" for 1927 not as a diary but more of a catch-all wherein he details many technical matters of his performances and acts including running orders, load notes, prop lists, stage blocking, scripting, secret codes, jokes, poetry and more. Historians, researchers and collectors of the Magician's trade will find insight into Wilhelm's life, personality, passion and his particular stage styling as the... View more info

1942 - 1945 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A LESS THAN ENCHANTED, CRITICAL ARMY AIR FORCE RADIOMAN FROM HONEYMOON IN QUEBEC TO THE PACIFIC THEATRE AND THE WAR AGAINST JAPAN

By: E.H. WITHINGTON

Price: $2,285.99

Publisher: PACIFIC THEATER SOUTH PACIFIC, 1942

Seller ID: 0002138

Condition: Good+


On offer is a fascinating, original 1942 - 1945 World War II manuscript diary handwritten by an American Army Air Force radioman Sergeant E.H. Withington who ultimately ends up in the Pacific theatre. Not a combat soldier the diary is a well-written, insightful, personal commentary on his call up all the more poignant as he begins on his honeymoon and then his adjustment to war. Historians and researchers of World War II will appreciate the very frank, sometimes very critical comments and observations that Sgt. Withington shares in his uncensored and sometimes provocative writings; the inducem... View more info

1911 SENSATIONAL, SIGNIFICANT, ORIGINAL TYPED MANUSCRIPT LOG BOOK DETAILING THE CALIFORNIA CONDUCTOR'S EXCURSION: A SUPERB, UNIQUE PIECE OF AMERICAN RAILROADIANA BY AND FOR ULTIMATE TRAIN TRAVEL ENTHUSIASTS

By: E.M. MARTIN

Price: $5,255.99

Publisher: NEW ORLEANS WASHINGTON DC NEW YORK USA, 1911

Seller ID: 0008136

Condition: Very Good


On offer is a rare and absolutely outstanding train log detailing a nearly 10,000 mile journey around the United States. The log book measures 11 inches by 8 inches and contains 60 typewritten pages. The heavy paper cover has a small tear but otherwise, the journal is in excellent condition. E.M. Martin is the author of the California Conductor's Excursion or A Trip of 9,800 Miles. The journal was written immediately following this 1911 odyssey. In 1911, between May 2nd and June 6th, 110 railroad conductors from California boarded a California Conductors Special and embarked on an epic journey... View more info

1930s ORIGINAL UNUSUAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A YOUNG BOY ON THE BRINK OF TEENAGE YEARS AND HIS SLIGHTLY OLDER SISTER WHOSE LIFE WOULD BE COMPLETE IF SHE COULD JUST MARRY BOTH TWINS

By: EARLE G HOGGARD, JULIENNE HOGGARD

Price: $2,055.99

Publisher: LOS ANGELES DOWNEY BELLFLOWER CALIFORNIA, 1935

Seller ID: 0008225

Condition: Good


On offer is the fascinating original manuscript childhood diary of a young 12 year old boy who would one day become a successful professional and noted Rotarian, growing up in Depression era pre-WWII California and his slightly older boy crazy sister! Diary measures 6 inches by 4.5 inches and contains 365 pages plus an extensive address section. This is a 5-year, perpetual diary, begun in January, 1935. Considering its 5-year span, the diary is approximately 25% complete. The cover is padded green leather and is in very good condition. The binding and pages are also in good condition. The hand... View more info