[Five-year “Line-a-Day” diary.]. Grace W. Ingalls.
[Five-year “Line-a-Day” diary.]
[Five-year “Line-a-Day” diary.]

[Five-year “Line-a-Day” diary.]

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A 5” x 7” journal of 372 pages, handwritten by a Boston-area woman, spanning the years 1933 -1937. Full brown leather stamped in gilt to upper cover, with owner’s name and dated April 10, 1933; contents organized as a "Line-a-Day" Five Year Diary, in which each page is one day, with five subsections in which to enter each year’s entry; most pages are full, about 80% full overall (of the 1,825 days in this five-year diary, about 1400-1500 have entries.) Spine leather mostly missing and stripped down to its glue and sewing, with extremities rubbed and torn, spine still functional with all pages intact, but with leather chipping and flaking, fair condition overall. Grace works in Dr. Weston’s office. She describes her work duties and events ("President’s Birthday party – all over country – balls to benefit infantile paralysis victims”), and interactions with patients (“Norma Burnham [a child who dies at a year and half old] was brought home. Their bird died 15 minutes after she was brought into the house.”) She also provides vivid details of her active social life. There are eight or nine people in “the gang” who she regularly goes out with, participating in activities like ice skating, hiking, and bowling at Fenway Alleys, to name but a few (“heard Rabbi Israel from Baltimore speak at the Cong Church on ‘The Art of Living Together’ – beautiful speaker.”) Indeed, the places she visits reads like a tour of Boston, including Boston City Club, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, plus bus trips to Salem, Pittsfield, and Dorchester. Grace is also excellent at naming her contacts and companions, among them are Marty Alden, the Eastmans, Lita Elliot, Miss Leadbetter, Marjorie Lovell, Dr. Weston, the Marshalls, Ruth Brown, Dorothy Muriels, the Bogdens, Mattie Moore, Carl Richards, Norma Burnham, Bill Whittemore, Donald Winslow Thurston, plus many more. With a few bits of ephemera laid in: a humorous hand-drawn cartoon showing Grace and her friends tobogganing, a bookmark from the Williston Library (Easthampton, MA), a Certificate of Ascent for Mount Washington, NH dated 8/28/38, a typed passage from Somerset Maugham’s The Narrow Corner, and a small card with “Greetings from the Pilgrim Press”.


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Price: $600.00