Handwritten Socialite Travel Diary - Lydia E. Dadmun Taylor - 1922 For SaleLydia Eberhart Dadmun Diary, 1922 - Unpublished Primary Source Material
Bibliographic & Physical Description Summary • One-volume manuscript diary engrossed in legible ink. Commercially part-printed color + black and white blank book manufactured by Kiggins and Tooker Co. copyright 1914, retailed by “Martin & Martin, Importers, 333 Fifth Ave., NY / Phila. and London” (retailer label present). Three-panel folding black leather binding with passport pocket and pencil sleeve (pencil absent). Gilt edged on 3 sides. Front cover gold stamped “MY TRIP / ABROAD / LYDIA DADMUN.” Sewn head- and foot-bands.
• Open and flat 12-3/4” x 6-3/8”, closed 4-1/4” x 6-3/8.” 14 pp. typical frontmatter including nautical flags, calculating velocity, foreign coins, how to distinguish lights, night signals, depth of the seas, etc. thence 110 pp. of travel entries thence 26 pp. thumb-indexed tabulated address section. Total pages = 150 pp. Inclusions comprise one small blotting paper and one business card of Rafael Sancho Minerva, “Guia e Interprete,” Toledo (Spain) with obverse annotated in pencil and ink on printed listing of “Monumentos principales de Toledo.”
• Condition very good to fine. Abrasions and minor bumps to corners. No binding loss, no leather cracking, interior block sewn and tight. Minor split on binding fold 1, 1/4”long. Condition appropriate to age and use.
Content SummaryLydia Dadmun sailed from New York on October 7, 1922 on the White Star luxury liner S. S. Majestic, and left England for America on December 11, 1922. She recorded her observations and experiences as a young lady from the American upper class as she traveled through England, France, and Spain. She details hotels, shopping trips, meals, and people.
Social Context• Lydia Eberhart Dadmun was the daughter of Philadelphia investment banker George Eberhart Dadmun and Emma M. Boyles.
• Her debutante activities are in the public record, appearing primarily in the New York Herald Tribune. Tribune publisher and editor Ogden Reid was a family friend and would host a reception for the bridal party at her marriage in 1943 to investment banker C. Newbold Taylor.
Selected Research Results• The Dadmun family appears in the 1930 New York Social Register (the Blue Book) as residing at 67 East 54, New York.
• Dadmun’s April 10, 1943 marriage to Philadelphia investment banker C. Newbold Taylor was reported in theNew York Times.
• Dadmun’s brother-in-law, Francis H. Taylor, was director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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