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That is a picture of my favorite old book.

It is a diary, complete.

It once lived in Pennsylvania.

It belonged to a young soldier who went to the Philippines in the Spanish-American War.

It is titled  "Diary 1902" in black, impressed by an old fashioned printing machine, on the red cloth cover.

Inside, it is filled with notations of the day, such as

"I arose at 5:30 o'clock. The day started clear and cool. We had drills. We had some new rations too. The day ended cloudy and cool."

Each and every day from January 1st to December 31, the lines are filled with the penned ink words written in Victorian handwriting, a beautiful style of cursive.

I don't want to give the story away, I intend to write a book about this diary one day, I have done a lot of research and have some drafts, so someday, I hope someday...


...I'll write that story about its author, complete with photos of every page of the diary, to share with interested historians and old book lovers. I do have some photos of it I can share, in the forum here, since the pictures can be seen fairly well in that section of EP.

This book has been a huge part of my life since around 1988. I know every word, have traced the writing, have taken photos of it, photocopied it...I will never forget its poignant story, nor its place in history that I have preserved. It is 109 years old, having been made in 1901 for the year 1902.

Maybe I'll write some more about it here later, for now, I will leave it at this: I love this old book!

LeisaWolf LeisaWolf
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2 Responses Mar 5, 2010

I added some pictures of the actual diary to the forum here, if anyone wants to see it.<br />
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Thanks, squigglefish, for tht enlightening and worthwhile comment. People know too little about America's history and how it was driven by the same motives as today.<br />
The most interesting part about the diary itself is the time period, that age when we went to help "our little brown brothers" in the Philippines, and took over the place. "Dewey Day" once celebrated the massacre of Spaniards in Manila Harbor.<br />
The whole history of America is filled with clues to what is happening today, even the forefathers knew it was coming.