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Image for 1937-1941 Diary of an Unremarkable American Housewife Living and Travelling in Pre-War America, Maintaining an Awareness of Remarkable Global Events

1937-1941 Diary of an Unremarkable American Housewife Living and Travelling in Pre-War America, Maintaining an Awareness of Remarkable Global Events

By: Addie E Bowden Podransik

Price: $759.99

Publisher: Chicago, Illinois, Brookfield, New Hampshire, 1937-1941

Seller ID: 0011001

Condition: Very Good with no dust jacket


Manuscripts; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 365 pages; On offer is a fine 5-year diary written by a woman in the years leading up to America's entry into WWII. The author is Addie E. Podransik. She was born in 1876 in Illinois and married Wallace Wilson Robinson on October 28, 1903 in Chicago. They had one child together. She later married Joseph Nikolaus Podransik. They had no additional children. Addie passed away in 1951 at the age of 75, and was buried in Brookfield, New Hampshire. Informal research has discovered no additional biographical information about Mrs. Podransik. Her diary is writte... View more info

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Diary of an Early 20th Century Female Teacher Experiencing Loss Due to Typhoid Fever, Working, and Travelling in Rural America

By: Anna Sophia Musser

Price: $489.99

Publisher: Lancaster County, Pennsylvania PA, Lancaster, Paoli, Middlesex County, MA: 1900s

Seller ID: 0011002

Condition: Good


On offer is a fine diary written by a young woman in Lancaster County, PA in the early 20th century. The author of the diary of Anna Sophia Musser. She was born in Lancaster County, PA, likely in the village of Robertstown. At some point she married a man named Ashton and moved to Middlesex County, MA, where she passed away in 1953. Informal research has not turned up any additional biographical information about Musser. The diary opens on a sad note: "The family was around all day and a very sad New Years for us as our sister was lying dead and we couldn't realize it was New Years. Friends an... View more info

Image for 1899 Detailed Letter by an American Meeting Famed Native Warrior, Chief Chula (Chief Bull's Head) , on the Sarcee Reservation in Calgary

1899 Detailed Letter by an American Meeting Famed Native Warrior, Chief Chula (Chief Bull's Head) , on the Sarcee Reservation in Calgary

By: Anthony Wayne Robinson

Price: $585.99

Publisher: Sarcee Reservation, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Chief Chula Bull's Head Sarcee Reservation 1899: 1899

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 0011032

Condition: Good+


On offer is a remarkable letter written at the end of the 19th century from western Canada. The letter is written by Anthony Wayne Robinson to his then 9 year old son. Robinson was born in 1861 in Philadelphia PA. He passed away in 1939 at the age of 78. The letter was written while Robinson was on a trip to western Canada. Dated July 14, 1899, the letter details his visit to a Sarcee Reservation where he met their chief, Chula, also known as Chief Bull's Head. Bull's Head was a plains warrior from the Sarcee tribe. Assuming the leadership of his people after his older brother was killed in co... View more info

Image for 1954-1958 Fascinating Diary of Ardis J. Barbee, Wife of Cecil Barbee, Los Angeles Coca-Cola Executive VP, Living the High Life in Post-War California

1954-1958 Fascinating Diary of Ardis J. Barbee, Wife of Cecil Barbee, Los Angeles Coca-Cola Executive VP, Living the High Life in Post-War California

By: Ardis J. Barbee, Wife To Cecil R. Barbee

Price: $3,580.00

Publisher: Los Angeles, Coca-Cola Franchisee, Los Angeles, California: 1954-1958

Seller ID: 0011012

Condition: Good


On offer is a wonderful 5 year diary kept by the wife of the Executive Vice-President of one of America's iconic corporations, Coca-Cola. The diary covers the years 1954 through 1958. The author of this diary is Ardis J. Barbee. She was born in 1907. Her adult life was spent in California, where she lived in Beverly Hills. She passed away in 1996 at the age of 89. She was 47 when she began this diary. Although her full name is not inscribed in the book, context clues confirm irrefutably that she is the author. Ardis Barbee married Cecil R. Barbee in 1949. He was born in Manhattan in 1889. At s... View more info

Image for 1894 Handwritten African-American Plantation Song, DE Ol Rusty Hoe

1894 Handwritten African-American Plantation Song, DE Ol Rusty Hoe

By: C. R. Evans

Price: $295.89

Publisher: Pierce College of Business, 1894 Plantation Song: 1894

Seller ID: 0011026

Condition: Poor


On offer is a fascinating example of African-American music dating from the late 19th century. This one-page piece of music is written on a page that is glued (either purposefully or through time) to a piece of letterhead from an American business college. It measures approximately 12.75 inches by 7 inches. The paper is in fragile state with some creases partially torn. All of the words are clear and visible and the handwriting is quite legible. The song is entitled DE Ole Rusty Hoe. The name C. R. Evans and the date, December 1894, are noted on the bottom, as well as on the reverse. African-A... View more info

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

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

Image for 1915-1927 Manuscript Poetry Collection of Tufts University Newspaper Editor with Distinct Literary Talent Who Died before She Could Achieve Notoriety

1915-1927 Manuscript Poetry Collection of Tufts University Newspaper Editor with Distinct Literary Talent Who Died before She Could Achieve Notoriety

By: Elinor Presson Richardson

Price: $1,145.99

Publisher: Tufts University, Essex, Massachusetts, Tufts University Sigma Kappa C1920s: 1915-1927

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 0011033

Condition: Good


On offer are two volumes of poetry and prose written by a talented young American writer. These two books are soft-cover, lined notebooks. They are in excellent condition. Included with them are a number of loose-leaf pages and a black and white photograph of an unidentified woman. The author of this collection is Elinor Presson Richardson. She lived in Essex, MA. She was born in 1905 and passed away at the young age of 24. Following secondary school, he attended Tufts University and was a member of Sigma Kappa sorority. The book of poetry opens with an entry dated October, 1919, written when ... View more info

Image for 1913-1914 Diary of a Single Morris County, NJ Woman with Close Familial Ties to the Col Hiram Smith, Mayflower Settlers, and an Heir to the Smith/baldwin House, Writing As WWI Commenced

1913-1914 Diary of a Single Morris County, NJ Woman with Close Familial Ties to the Col Hiram Smith, Mayflower Settlers, and an Heir to the Smith/baldwin House, Writing As WWI Commenced

By: Emily Caroline Smith

Price: $1,289.99

Publisher: Morris County, New Jersey, Morris County, New Jersey, Mayflower, Baldwin House: 1913-1914

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 0011005

Condition: Good with no dust jacket


On offer is a very well-written diary of a New Jersey woman, written at the beginning of WWI This diary measures 6 inches by 3 inches and contains 365 pages. It is approximately 85% complete. The covers are in good condition with some light wear marks. The spine and binding are also in good condition as are the pages. The handwriting is legible. The author of this diary is Emily Caroline Smith. She lived in Boonton, NJ. She was born in April, 1876 and lived her entire life in Morris County, NJ. She passed away in 1956 at the age of 80. Smith is 37 when she writes this diary. The diary covers 1... View more info

Image for 1939 Fascinating Working Southern American Woman's Diary, Focused on Her Romantic Entanglements, Social World, in the Midst of the Outbreak of World War Two (WWII)

1939 Fascinating Working Southern American Woman's Diary, Focused on Her Romantic Entanglements, Social World, in the Midst of the Outbreak of World War Two (WWII)

By: Essie Nash

Price: $859.99

Publisher: Hemp, Robbins, North Carolina, Virginia, Southern US, North Carolina, Virginia, Hemp, Robbins: 1939

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 0011006

Condition: Good


On offer is a wonderful look life in a small town in the U. S. South through the eyes of a young working woman. The diary was written in 1939 by Essie Lee Nash. Nash lives in Hemp, North Carolina (now renamed Robbins) and works in one of the mills in town. Our informal research has not turned up any additional biographical information about her. In her diary, she recounts in detail her daily routines and the many people she interacts with. One key consideration is her social life, especially with young men. One such entry reads: "Dear Diary. I just made a mistake but I'll let this be the '... View more info

Image for 1919 Diary of American Soldier from the 56th Infantry, Ezra Skow, Stationed in Occupied Germany following WWI, Describing the Duties and Daily Life of a US Soldier

1919 Diary of American Soldier from the 56th Infantry, Ezra Skow, Stationed in Occupied Germany following WWI, Describing the Duties and Daily Life of a US Soldier

By: Ezra Skow, Co. I, 56th Regiment Infantry

Price: $510.99

Publisher: Coblenz, Germany, Benton, Pa,, Occupied Germany, Coblenz, Benton, PA, 56th Infantry: 1919

Seller ID: 0011016

Condition: Good


On offer is a superb pocket notebook kept by an American soldier in occupied Germany in the months immediately following World War One (WW1). The author of this notebook is Ezra Skow. Little is known of Skow's early life. He was born in 1892 and enlisted in the U. S. Army in about September, 1918 at the age of 25 or 26. Burial records in Benton PA indicate that he was attached to the 156th Infantry Regiment. However, there was no 156th Infantry in the United States Order of Battle in WWI. In his notebook, Skow records that he served in the 56th Infantry. This accords with the record of service... View more info

Image for 1930s Multi-Year Interwar Diary of a Middle Class Jewish New Yorker, Age 16, Untouched by the Great Depression, and Unaware of the Inequities of the Time

1930s Multi-Year Interwar Diary of a Middle Class Jewish New Yorker, Age 16, Untouched by the Great Depression, and Unaware of the Inequities of the Time

By: Florence Heller

Price: $445.59

Publisher: New York City, Interwar NY, Interwar Years, Great Depression, New York City Teen: 1930s

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 0011008

Condition: Good


On offer is a well-kept Jewish, middle class teenage girl's five-year diary from the 1930's in New York City. The author of the diary is Florence Heller. She lives in New York City and context suggests that she is 16 years of age when she begins it. Our informal research has not found any other additional biographical information about her. The diary covers the years 1933 and 1934 with several more entries scattered of the following 3 years. Her family is Jewish and as owners of a shop, occupy a middle class position in the community. There are no references to the widespread economic woes of ... View more info

Image for 1916-1927 Two Diaries by the Busy, Affluent Wife of US Navy Dr. John Murray Steele Detailing Life and Death in Annapolis, MD

1916-1927 Two Diaries by the Busy, Affluent Wife of US Navy Dr. John Murray Steele Detailing Life and Death in Annapolis, MD

By: Gertrude W. B. Steele

Price: $695.99

Publisher: Annapolis Maryland MD Usa, US Navy Doctor's Wife in Annapolis Maryland: 1916-1927

Seller ID: 0011028

Condition: Good


On offer are two diaries written in the early years of the 20th century, written by Gertrude Steele, wife of Dr. John Murray Steele USN. Gertrude Steele was born in 1865 and passed away in 1931 at the age of 66. Her husband had graduated as a medical doctor from the University of Pennsylvania in 1875 and had immediately joined the U. S. Navy, rising to the rank of Commander. They lived in Annapolis, MD. Our informal research has not turned up any additional biographical information. The first diary dates from 1916. Her entries show that she enjoyed a good standard of living, reflective of her ... View more info

Image for 1905 High School Composition Book of a Young Creative Writer with Fictional Stories and Real-Life Accounts of Life in Francisville, Indiana

1905 High School Composition Book of a Young Creative Writer with Fictional Stories and Real-Life Accounts of Life in Francisville, Indiana

By: Gladys Casteel

Price: $585.99

Publisher: Francisville, Indiana, Francisville, Indiana, 1905: 1905

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 0011024

Condition: Good+


On offer is an excellent example of English composition writing in early 20th century America. The author of this notebook is Gladys Casteel. She was born Mabel Gladys Casteel in 1888 in Redmon IL and lived in several communities in Illinois and Indiana. She was married at age 22 to Silas Kopka in 1910. Gladys Casteel Kopka passed away in Francisville IN 1965 at the age of 76. Our informal research has not turned up any additional biographical information. However, she helpfully includes an autobiographical story that covers her early life. This notebook is entitles "Compositions" and ... View more info

Image for 1938-1942 5 Year Diary of an American Teenager, Learning, Working and Dating, Naively Unaware of the Impact of World War Two

1938-1942 5 Year Diary of an American Teenager, Learning, Working and Dating, Naively Unaware of the Impact of World War Two

By: Hazel M. Stewart

Price: $389.99

Publisher: Colorado, Usa, Intrawar Colorado USA: 1938-1942

Seller ID: 0011029

Condition: Fair


On offer is a five-year diary of a young girls started in the late 30's and kept into the opening years of WWII. This diary measures 5.5 inches by 4.0 inches and contains 365 pages. It is approximately 80% complete. It has a padded leather cover and is in good condition. The spine is loose in a couple of places but the binding is intact as are all pages. The handwriting is legible. The diary was kept for the years 1938 through 1942. It was written by Hazel M. Stewart. Born in 1921, she was 16 when she began it. Our informal research had not turned up any additional biographical information abo... View more info

Image for 1931 Charming Original Manuscript Diary Handwritten by a Young Girl in the American Midwest during the Great Depression

1931 Charming Original Manuscript Diary Handwritten by a Young Girl in the American Midwest during the Great Depression

By: Helen Frances Horning

Price: $1,585.00

Publisher: Columbus, Indiana, 1931

Seller ID: 0010000

Condition: Very good


On offer is a fascinating diary in very good condition by Helen Frances Horning, a fifteen-year-old girl in the early days of the Great Depression in the American Midwest. Horning (married name Hoskins) was born in 1915 and lived in Indiana her entire life. She passed away in 2011 at the age of 96. Graduating from high school in 1934, she didn’t return to university until 1967. She became a teacher and taught for fifteen years, retiring at the age of 70. The diary was written when Horning was fifteen. It is chock full of the events and names of individuals that made up her busy adolescent li... View more info

c1915 ORIGINAL GROUP OF DOCUMENTS PERTAINING TO THE MILITARY SERVICE OF A LANCE CORPORAL IN THE 5TH BATTALION OF THE CANADIAN EXPEDITIONARY FORCE 2ND BRIGADE A.K.A "TUXFORD'S DANDIES", WHO WAS SERIOUSLY WOUNDED, AND SPENT OVER A YEAR AT MILITARY HOSPITALS

By: HERBERT ARSCOTT

Price: $2,855.99

Publisher: 1936

Seller ID: 0008003

Condition: Good


On offer is a collection of 19 historically significant documents pertaining to military service of Herbert Arscott, including a war-time photo, a booklet with handwritten notes, an active service pay book, and post-war correspondence from the Board of Pension Commissioners for Canada. These documents represent milestones of his wartime experience, and also of many Canadians fighting in the Great War. As the majority of Canadian soldiers at that time, Herbert Arscott was born in Britain, in the town of Wellington, and enlisted almost immediately after the war was declared. He served at the 5th... View more info

Image for 1861-1863 Archive of Five Civil War-Era Manuscript Letters Relating to the Robust US Banking System, Army Units, Debts, Corporate Elections

1861-1863 Archive of Five Civil War-Era Manuscript Letters Relating to the Robust US Banking System, Army Units, Debts, Corporate Elections

By: J. C. Anderson, S. R. Drury, E. R Bell, Robert Jaffray

Price: $1,850.99

Publisher: United States, Civil War America, Bank of America, 115th Ohio Infantry: 1861-1863

Seller ID: 0011015

Condition: Very Good+


On offer is a unique collection of five letters that detail several financial transactions during the American Civil War. The first letter details a financial transaction between one J. C. Anderson and a Mr. D. McLaren. McLaren is identified further on in the note as "Brigadier of the 115th Ohio Volunteers". The 115th Ohio Infantry was organized Massillon, Ohio, and mustered in September 18, 1862, for three years service under the command of Colonel Jackson A. Lucy. After being raised, they were moved to Cincinnati, Ohio. They were assigned to duty by detachments as provost guard and g... View more info

Image for 1870 Original Letters Copy Book of Noted and Renowned Builder, Architect and Civil Engineer Responsible for Many of Virginia's Important Infrastructure Projects

1870 Original Letters Copy Book of Noted and Renowned Builder, Architect and Civil Engineer Responsible for Many of Virginia's Important Infrastructure Projects

By: JOHN A. BYERS

Price: $5,875.99

Publisher: Virginia, United States of America, 1870

Seller ID: 0008028

Condition: Good


On offer is a very special 1870 letter book of the noted American Civil engineer, John A Byers. The book measures 11 inches by 9 inches and contains 500 pages. Other than the faceplate, there are only 2 pages of tucked in entries - an unfinished letter. The book's cover has separated from the binding but all pages are intact. John A. Byers, noted Civil Engineer known for his groundbreaking work on internal improvements in 1850s Virginia. Byers was born in 1806 in Lewes, Delaware, and died in 1872. Among many roles he had over his distinguished career he was the Civil Engineer and Superintenden... View more info

Image for 1913 Detailed Diary of Leading Member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, L. Flora Plummer, Sabbath School Secretary and Author, in Washington D. C.

1913 Detailed Diary of Leading Member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, L. Flora Plummer, Sabbath School Secretary and Author, in Washington D. C.

By: L. Flora Plummer

Price: $3,789.99

Publisher: Indiana Illinois, Washington, Dc, Minneapolis, MN, Sabbath School, Seventh Day Adventist, Indiana, Washington, Minneapolis: 1913

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 0011011

Condition: Fair


On offer is a diary kept by a leading person in the Seventh Say Adventist Church. The author of the diary is Lorina (sometimes spelled Lorena) Flora Plummer. Plummer was born in 1862 in Indiana and passed away in Washington DC in 1945 at the age of 82. She is best known for her work with the Seventh Day Adventist church as Sabbath School Department secretary (the equivalent of today's Department Director). She and her husband, Frank, were public school teachers in Iowa when she became an Adventist in 1886. Soon afterwards she joined the Iowa Conference's Sabbath School Department, and then the... View more info

1850 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT LETTER HANDWRITTEN BY A PROMINENT MONTGOMERY PRESBYTERIAN WHO COVERS LIFE AND TIMES FROM CONSUMPTION TO HUMOROUS ANECDOTES

By: L. M. WADDEL

Price: $1,350.00

Publisher: MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA AL, 1850

Seller ID: 0002292

Condition: Good+


On offer is a fascinating, original 1850 manuscript letter handwritten by L. M. Waddel, of the prominent Montgomery Presbyterian family who writes dear Cynthia Ann from Montgomery, a long chatty letter full of local news and gossip touching upon many of the sad and happy times of the era including the death of a dear friend from 'consumption' [tuberculosis], marriages, politics, a humorous quote about Presbyterians having plenty of children and plenty poverty. The 8.25 x 10.75 letter has the original fold creases; some soiling and age wear but overall G.; Manuscript; 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾&... View more info