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Image for 1952 Neatly Kept Original Handwritten Architect and Builder’s Diary Detailing the Daily Life and Work of an Architect in Postwar London

1952 Neatly Kept Original Handwritten Architect and Builder’s Diary Detailing the Daily Life and Work of an Architect in Postwar London

By: A.P. Chapman

Price: $859.00

Publisher: London, England, 1952

Seller ID: 0010007

Condition: Good


On offer is a 1952 diary that belonged to A.P. Chapman, an architect in England. This very unique journal was designed specifically for architects and builders in the UK. It contains an extensive reference section with notes regarding various materials such as concrete and brick, the tensile strength of steel, calculations, and much more. There is also a detailed cash record kept for the year. Casual research has not found any biographical information about Chapman, but references to some of his work projects suggest that he lived and worked in London. His wife’s name was Peg (Marg... View more info

Image for 1946-1957 Original Handwritten Journal with ephemera by a US Navy Chaplain Serving in Asia and the Pacific after World War Two

1946-1957 Original Handwritten Journal with ephemera by a US Navy Chaplain Serving in Asia and the Pacific after World War Two

By: Calvin H. Elliott

Price: $759.99

Publisher: UNITED STATES; MARSHALL ISLANDS; GUAM; SHANGHAI, 1946

Seller ID: 0010002

Condition: good


On offer is a fine hardcover notebook written by a United States Navy chaplain following World War Two. Included as well are a number of pieces of ephemera and legal documents, such as marriage licenses, an invitation to the wedding of the daughter of a US Navy Admiral, and various newspaper clippings. The author of the volume is Reverend Calvin H. Elliott, an Episcopalian minister and US Navy chaplain who served immediately after WWII. Not only does this detailed notebook provide insight into the thoughts of this Navy chaplain and his worldview, it also offers concrete and valuable geneal... View more info

Image for 1943 Engaging Manuscript Diary Handwritten by a World War II Private that Paints a Detailed Picture of Daily Life with the Aircraft Warning Service, a Little-Known but Fascinating Branch of the United States Army

1943 Engaging Manuscript Diary Handwritten by a World War II Private that Paints a Detailed Picture of Daily Life with the Aircraft Warning Service, a Little-Known but Fascinating Branch of the United States Army

By: L.W. Shatterly

Price: $2,255.99

Publisher: Tampa, FL, 1943

Seller ID: 0010003

Condition: Very Good


On offer is the engaging daily diary of L.W. Shatterly, a World War Two private associated with the Aircraft Warning Service (AWS), a little-known but significant element of the United States Army. His diary covers the period from March 2, 1943 until October 26, 1943, and contains intermittent entries until January 1, 1944. Also included is a pass that granted Shatterly an 18-hour leave. This accessible notebook paints a very human picture of a young man deployed away from home during WWII. For a military historian, it gives a detailed look at the daily routine of a private in a largely fo... View more info

Image for 1938-1941 Archive Lot of Four Original Manuscript Diaries, Four Ration Books, and a University of Michigan J-Hop 1949 Playing Card Case & Cards Belonging to a Very Successful American Finance and Accounting Professional

1938-1941 Archive Lot of Four Original Manuscript Diaries, Four Ration Books, and a University of Michigan J-Hop 1949 Playing Card Case & Cards Belonging to a Very Successful American Finance and Accounting Professional

By: Maurice Hahn

Price: $2,599.99

Publisher: Indiana and Michigan, 1938

Seller ID: 0010004

Condition: Fair to Good


On offer is a fine collection of diaries and documents belonging to Maurice S. Hahn, CPA, a very successful finance and accounting professional in the United States. The diaries detail the life of a young student from rural Indiana at the end of the Depression—a man who would go on to build a very successful career and make a positive impact on his community. For an historian, they provide a fascinating look at mid-century student life at a major American university. The card and case are an excellent piece of memorabilia from an exciting university social event, while the ration booklets of... View more info

Image for Scott Meredith, Pioneering Literary Agent's Biography, "Writing to Sell", Heavily Annotated by an Aspiring Writer, Plus Autographed Letter from Meredith

Scott Meredith, Pioneering Literary Agent's Biography, "Writing to Sell", Heavily Annotated by an Aspiring Writer, Plus Autographed Letter from Meredith

By: Scott Meredith

Price: $689.99

Publisher: United States, Scott Meredith Literary Agency: 1950

Seller ID: 0011023

Condition: Good+


On offer is a heavily annotated hard back piece of non-fiction by one of America's greatest literary agents - including a signed letter from him affixed to the book. The book is entitled Writing to Sell and is authored by Scott Meredith. Meredith formed the Scott Meredith Literary Agency in 1946 with his first client, P. G. Wodehouse. In the next 50 years, the agency sold 25,000 titles of which over 1,500 remain in print today. Scott Meredith was a pioneering literary agent. He was among the first agents to develop and sell movie tie-in books for films including "West Side Story" and &... View more info

1936 ORIGINAL DESIGN AND DRAFT STUDY OF A MAJOR US ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS RESERVOIR AND DAM PROJECT

By: U.S. ENGINEERING OFFICE

Price: $4,455.99

Publisher: WASHINGTON, DC, 1936

Seller ID: 0008066

Condition: Very Good


On offer is the original design study for a major dam project in the United States. The study is comprised of 2 documents. The main document is 10 inches by 8 inches, contains 123 pages and is in excellent condition. The second document is a technical specifications document that contains 37 pages. It too is in excellent condition. The Savage River Reservoir is a 360 acre storage reservoir in northwest Maryland. It was completed in 1952 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers which also currently maintains it. The reservoir was formed by the Savage Dam which impounds the Savage River. The reservoi... View more info