1921 -1925 Manuscript Diary New York City & Long Island Business, Travel & Social History Content
(Americana - 20th Century - Manuscript - Diary - New York - Business - Social History)

New York, New York: Not Published, 1921. F About 130 (of 298) pages of handwritten entries in a standard lined-paper ledger-style book with numbered pages, we estimate 25-30,000 words. Entries beginning with the date of Tuesday, 15 November 1921 and ending Thursday 16 April 1925. The diary, in the form of a running daily log-book was kept by an executive of the NYC ship chandler's firm of Baker, Carver & Morrell. The first section tells in great detail of his marriage to Ivah Browne and subsequent travels; the diarist, not identified, appears to have been a former U.S. Navy officer and the newly married couple spend time in Annapolis at Carvel Hall, and viewing various Navy and cadet events, parades, visits with staff and brother officers. Usually there are daily entries, although dates and even months can be skipped before the diarist resumed. Much social activity: bridge games and clubs with players, scores, partners listed; movies and shows, clubs attended, with brief comments or reviews of the entertainment included. Clubs mentioned include the Lawyers', Alfalfa, Psi Chi, Propeller Club, Princeton Club and others. There is much on sailing and yacht racing, usually on the North Shore of Long Island, the owners' yacht "Dawn" calling Northport homeport, with chronicles of races & yacht club social events. Also with material on travel, a journey to Florida via boat, including a rough return journey; also several day or weekend trips on Long Island, including the East End. Local and national events mentioned, death of Harding, earthquake in New York, fires, auto accidents, illnesses and deaths of friends, relations, business acquaintances. Personal details include choosing a new apartment in Brooklyn, having to safeguard or transport family silver every summer season, hiring a "colored" servant to replace a surly former employee, choosing and buying furniture, radios, record player; with many lunches & dinners at the Bossert Hotel. The final 3 pages with a list of over 100 names and addresses of people who were on a Christmas card list for 1924 - 1925 and a loose sheet with a similar group of names laid-in. Small printing stationers' ticket of L.H. Biglow & Company 24 Beaver St. NY on front endpaper. Approx. 9" x 14" size; bound in pebbled-textured hardcover cloth, leather corners and spine, all edges tinted light green. Spine covering and corners chipped away; wear and rubbing to the boards; contents clean, generally legibly written in a clear inked hand and in very good condition. Very Good Hardcover (Item ID: 25685)


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