1928 Scrapbook Handwritten Diary Trip to NY City DC Niagara Falls 88 Real Photos Opium Dens/Ghetto/China Town/Roosevelt High Students

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Seller: Top-Rated Plus Seller diaries (7,745) 100%, Location: Issaquah, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 401637274220 WELCOME TO SALLY’S DIARIES: Up for auction is a very large (10” x 12” and almost 2” thick) scrapbook that also acts as a diary and it represents a trip taken in the summer of 1928 by a group of students and teachers from Roosevelt High School in Ypsilanti Michigan. There are 91 pages of scrap and 51 handwritten pages of diary entries in the back making a total of 142 pages in all. There are brochures, original black and white photos (lots of them), souvenir photos, maps, newspaper articles, postcards, hotel and theater memorabilia and so much more; hundreds of pieces of incredible travel pieces. There’s even several photos of the bus they took with the group standing or sitting outside. There are a total of 88 original photos, 84 post cards and tons of other pieces of ephemera; well over 300 pieces. And most of the photos, postcards and some of the ephemera are attached with the corner mounts and not pasted entirely in. Some ephemera is pasted completely to the pages but the majority is not. On the very first page of the album there is a newspaper article that describes the trip in a nut shell and I quote…. “Normal Students Offered Eastern Trip This August: Tour will include Washington D. C., Mt. Vernon, Other Cities. Students of the Normal College are offered an opportunity to take a two weeks trip through the east at a total of 60 dollars. The college bus has been secured for the tour and, if possible, the party will start at the close of the summer session, August 3rd. The tour, which will include such points of interest as Washington D.C., Mt. Vernon, Annapolis, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City and Niagara Falls, returning by way of Canada, is sponsored by Louis Golczynski, instructor in biology and general science at Roosevelt High School…….” Not only are there the 51 pages of diary entries but she has also written under many of the photos in the album, giving them identification. I’ve given examples below of her entries but since this diary/scrapbook is so large, my quotes will be shorter. I particularly loved her amazing descriptions of New York City; the harbor seeing a large ocean liner come in and visiting the “Street Where the Sun Never Shines” where the opium dens were, and also the ghetto, etc. Then there’s her description of Coney Island and the boardwalk; absolutely incredible. And as you can imagine there are either photos and/or ephemera to coincide with her diary entries. I think her name and the name of her sister is “Mary and Wynona Rusch” as there is a letter and envelope attached to one of the pages with that name and address on it. Here are a few of the many quotes. 1928 “August 4, Saturday. Fair, warm. Arose at 6:10 A.M. Hot toast and coffee with Miss Callen at 131 College Place. Left Ypsilanti at 10:20 A.M. Roosevelt High School. Stopped at “Wel-Com-In” lunch 30 cents. This town was in Ohio 18 miles from Lake Erie. Bought postage stamps, 25 cents, 2 cones, 10 cents. Supper 25 cents and slept at farmhouse, $1.00 each. Chillicothe Tourist Rest. Bath. Good bed, electric lights, real home like. Engine trouble late P.M. beyond Chagrin Falls. White crosses mark death caused by automobile accident in Ohio.” “August 7th,……We two went with Bertha and Esther Lewis to the Washington Monument. There is an elevator to go to the top of the monument or one can walk up there by climbing the 900 steps. It was too late to go up. Then we four went to the capital (U.S.). Later we ate 6 o’clock dinner at Coronell’s Restaurant (fish dinner), 45 cents. Very good. We went to Library of Congress. It rained very hard so we took a taxi back to camp, 40 cents each. Slept on cot 10 cents each. My suitcase was soaked by the rain, my coolie coat and most of our underwear and all of our handkerchiefs were badly stained by the blue lining of the over night bag. Wynona slept in the third cot in the tent. Mine was a second and Miss Fernn slept on the outer cot…..” (rained all night) “August 11th, Saturday. Cloudy. Cool Mr. Blackburn took picture of us in bus ready to leave. Left at 8 A.M. Crossed new bridge (water falls, Conduring, ? Md). Bought pictures 5 cents of this bridge from Miss Penn. Carnival at Oxford. Sent card to Eunice H. and Mrs. Rice. Time in Washington D.C. same as our own. Philadelphia has daylight savings time so the time here is one hour ahead of our time. People in Philadelphia park on left side or in middle of street, as they wish……” “August 12th…….Took ferry to New York City, 5 cents each. Then trip on sight seeing bus about N. Y. City. Ate at Drake’s Restaurant, 2nd floor, each 80 cents. Very large and grand restaurant. Supper on second floor. Had to wait for vacant tables. People stand in line waiting for their turn. This restaurant seats 45,000 patrons and employs over 300 waiters and waitresses. Then we went to Roxy’s Theater. Here we stood in line for 2 hours. Guards (theater) forced people to stand four abreast and then the line of people who waited to enter theater covered sidewalk for over one side of block. We spent one hour on outside of theater and one hour going into the hall and lobby. Seats $1.00 each. Movie “Four Sons.” Quite sad war picture and very good vaudeville. Earl Carroll owns this theater. It’s the largest theater in the world……” (She goes on to describe the theater in detail. Wonderful description) “August 13th,…..(At New York Harbor). We saw the Italia, the new ocean liner come into the harbor from Italy. It stops at 42nd Street, Has been to N. Y. City only three times. It docked at N. Y. Harbor while we were waiting there for some of the people to go through the aquarium. We saw banana boats and trucks unloading fruit from Italy. Wharf rats, small boys, probably eight, then and twelve years of age, diving for nickels or other coin…..” “Street Where Sun Never Shines” Lower East Side, pretty dress shops here but elevated railway and high buildings keep light away. Stores must keep electric light burning. Stopped ½ hr. in China Town. Here everybody left coach except drive. We followed our guide through old cobble stone streets. We sat in basement where opium smokers have lived and now it is changed to a charity room for those who are down and out. We saw room where an American girl was killed by a Chinese man. She was a missionary who fell in love with him. This little room is now used for a stationery room for the welfare society. Then we went to a real Chinese Joss house. A Chinese girl (graduate of U. of M. Ann Arbor) lectured to us about all the gods her people worship……(She goes on for another full page describing this girl and her lecture, the different Chinese customs and religion and then….) This room was above the opium den and church. The main building has during late years been converted into a church and a room for the “down and out” or wanderers. We were told that people from every state of the union had been given food and rest here. This place was once an opium den. The welfare society has changed it. Our guide told us the history of each place as we passed through it and we were all allowed to sit a few minutes in the church or sit on the platform of the church. Then we went below into the real opium den. It is said to be scrubbed every day and looked very clean. Electric lights were left on as there were no windows here. Benches were arranged around the room and many army cots were piled up six or seven high at one end of this long room…..” (I scanned two of these pages that contain more descriptions on the ghettos of New York) I could go on and on. Her descriptions are really quite wonderful and very detailed and that’s just the writing. The ephemera that goes with these descriptions really ties everything all together perfectly. The scrapbook is in good shape as is the ephemera. Some of the scrapbook pages are torn a bit around the edges but it doesn’t affect the scrap itself. Condition: see Item description, Date of Publication: 1928, Language: English, Region: North America, Material: Paper, Original/Facsimile: Original, Type: Handwritten Manuscript, Author: Rusch, Subject: Travel

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