1936 ORIGINAL DEPRESSION ERA MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A PASSIONATE YOUNG OKLAHOMA GIRL1968
On offer is a charming, original 1936 manuscript diary handwritten by a young woman named Mavis Bazel. The book is dated from January 1, 1936 through June 15, 1936 with approximately 190 detailed pages. We estimate Mavis is 15 or 16 years old and as is typical of teenagers she has many passions: Mavis is crazy about Nelson Eddy, catching his show in Tulsa, igniting a desire to take singing lessons which would cost $2 per month. Seeing in person "the Dixie Melody Masters" and rolled up the rug and danced; learning to ice skate for the first time (she became obsessed with it); likes Duke a lot but he has bad complexion and need not see him anymore (she does continue to see him, then dumps him, he falls for her girlfriend and she likes him again), listened to many hockey games on station WVOO; intensely interested in local men and women's basketball games in surrounding towns of Norman, Dewey, Barnsdall, Bristow, Coffeyville, Copan, Tulsa, Phillips, Wann, Collinsville, Claremore+++. She's a regular girl without apparent physical or emotional ailments, except for frequent colds. She enjoys going to the drugstore for sandwiches and hot chocolate, plays the new game Monopoly on Feb. 14, 1936, writes poetry and hopes to go to college, preferring the school to be farther away from home. Mavis gets her hair cut/washed/set regularly and has a 10 year old sister, Peggy. She gets a summer job and the diary ends on June 14, 1936. Mavis makes noteworthy mentions of films an current events: (Jan 17, 1936) "Rudyard Kipling died this evening at 7", (Jan 21, 1936) "King George of England died - King Edward the 8th ascended throne", mentions "Bruno Richard Hauptmann the alleged kidnapper of the Lindburgh baby". Films/plays include, Anne of Green Gables, Becky Sharpe with Miriam Hopkins, which Mavis comments on as being "terribly over-acted", Magnificent Obsession, with Robert Taylor and Irene Dunn commented upon as "cool", and Small Town Girl, with Robert Taylor and Janet Gaynor. The 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" book's front cover is loose but attached, several pages ripped out towards the end of diary otherwise, the contents look great and is overall G.
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