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Rare 1930's Handwritten Diary W/ Photo Dallas Houston Arlington Ft Worth Texas For Sale
I have never had a diary like this one before, and it really tugged at my heartstrings! I was not expecting the diary to end the way it did, and my heart went out to Nancy Ann ... What an incredible love story this is!
This INCREDIBLE SPECTACULAR75 YEAR OLD handwritten antique diary / journal / manuscript book was written by a woman named ERMA E. MARTIN who lived in the cities of DALLAS,DALLAS COUNTY, TEXAS and TYLER, SMITH COUNTY TEXAS. Erma was born abt. 1894, and she married Charles R. Martin, andon March 6,1931, they had a daughter named NANCY ANN MARTIN. Nancy Ann was their only child. Erma kept this diary as a keepsake & memory book for Nancy Ann, it was a way of showing Nancy how much she was loved. Erma wrote about the families activities, and the focus of her entries was always on Nancy Ann. Oh, how they loved her !!! As an only child, she was center of their lives. Her father, a salesman, was often gone for days at a time, but when he was home, he spent much time with her and clearly he adored her! Her mother writes of taking her to see Shirley temple movies, going to Memphis to see "poppy & grandma Martin", going to see the Indians from New Mexico, going on a vacation to Colorado, trips to the beauty parlor, illnesses, birthday parties, and so so much more! Her mother started this diary when Nancy Ann was 7 years old. According to some of the entries, there were more diaries, but this is the only diary that I have from Nancy Ann's estate.
While Erma's entries are interesting & fun to read, and she wrote in the diary fromAugust 25, 1938 through November 13, 1940. Then the diary takes a shocking a twist, when in July of 1966, her daughter, Nancy Ann,who is now a grown young woman, finishes the diary after her parents deaths. She writes how she felt compelled to do so, and that she hoped by finishing it, it would show them how much she loved them. She writesof regrets for not telling & showing her parents how much she loved them when they were alive .... It's heart-breaking to read her entries, as her sadness & pain are so evident. She tells of her parents illnessesand of their last days ... her father dying unexpectantly just 39 days after her mother! Her entries are heart-wrenching and serve as a reminder to tell those we love just how much they mean to us before it is too late .... Some of the locations she mentions in her entries are: Palestine ~ Ft Worth ~ Arlington ~ Houston ~ Greenville ~ Jacksonville ~ Tyler~ and there are many others! This is a VERY RARE One-Of-A-Kind Window Into Texas& American History !!! This isSUCH an INCREDIBLE diary! It is large, measuring 7 1/2 " x 12 1/4" and her mother filled the first 156 pages with entries ... and Nancy Ann wrote an additional 13 pages. (Keep in mind the diary is large, so there is a lot to read!) The diary comes with a 8" x 10 3/4" framed photograph of Erma & Nancy Ann. The woman I purchased the diaryand photo from said she bought them at Nancy Ann's estate salein Dallas Texas. I do question if the photo goes with the diary as it seems to date to the 1920's, but when questioned, the woman I purchased them from, insisted that they belong together. It is an AMAZING Slice of Historical Americana !!! This truly is a magnificent treasure!
HERE ARE A FEW EXCERPTS I'VE TAKEN FROM THE DIARY ENTRIES, Please Note That These Are A Very Small Portion Of The Diary, There Is So Much More To Read! I'll begin with a few quotes written by Erma Martin: " ..... Her 8th birthday and she was so thrilled. Daddy was home and when she waked up, we were standing by her bed singing Happy Birthday to her - We had 14 children at her party and 8 grown folks. She got lots of nice things, and she was so thrilled she couldn't be still. Daddy gave her a ring with her birthstone in it, and I gave her a little sterling silver dog for her charm bracelet and Alma gave her a tiny bird house for it .... She (Nancy Ann) got up early and went to Sun School. After dinner we went to see Mama and all went to Aunt Nita's. She had a big time playing with Julia and was riding Jodies wheel and fell and cut her chin. Daddy carried her to the drug store and had it fixed up .... Got ready to go see Mama and she went with us to the air show at Ft Worth. We had a nice ride and went by the narcotic farm and back to Aunt Nita's, and on home ..... We got up early and began to pack. She went all around to see all the kids and tell them we were going to move. The men came to pack and when they left, we went out to Mama's to sleep ..... She was sleeping in the front bedroom and got up to go to the bathroom, and went back thru the dining room and living room. Knocked the vase off the coffee table and when it crashed, she screamed and fainted. I ran to her and called Daddy, we were scared to death. I called Max and he called the Dr. and they came rushing over here. The Dr. said it was just fright ..... She rode her bycycle for the first time but called when she got there to tell me she was all right, and we went to Dallas and Mary the Negro woman stayed with her till we got home ....." The following entries were written by her daughter, Nancy Ann, in 1966: " .... Four weeks ago on Wednesday the 22nd of June, I lost my little Mother. As I sit here today writing, I think of all the things she would be doing if she were with me - In all things, she knew just what to do or say. As I write this, I think of the last time she touched me. I was sitting beside her bed and I guess crying, she opened her eyes and I thought to myself, I don't want her to know I am crying. I said, you know Mother, I think I am taking cold. She pated my right cheek with her hand and looked up at my eyes, and then she went back to sleep. I know now that she knew how sick she was, but she just showed me her love by patting me. Mother Dear, you will never know how much I loved you and how I miss you for I never did show it, if only I could tell you now and know that you know it ..... This diary was written by the most wonderful mother any girl could have. She gave me more than just love, she gave me all. From the time I can remember, mother was the only person in the world who loved me most. These papers she has written were the most wonderful thing in the world. I wish I could only say how much I loved her, but I can't put it into words. I am finishing this book for Mother, for she started it for me many many years ago. She really kept a wonderful set of books, for I know now how much she loved me, Dad, and life ...... In the course of this diary, she showed the greatest love for Dadand I. Mother was to me, not only my mother, but the greatest friend I ever had - I hope that in finishing her diary that she will know I loved her so very much, more than she will ever know. In the last days of her life, I tryed to tell her how much I cared for her and hope that she could hear me, but I just don't know. On the next page, I am (going) to put the last card I gave her on Mothers Day, for in just a little way it may show how much I cared ..... Mother Dear, I never knew when I started to finish this Diary with or about you, that I would be completing the story of our family. To you both, I want to let you know that you are and were, the dearest people in my heart. That there could not and would not ever be two parents who loved me so much and give so much there whole life thru. In reading this diary Mother, I know now what you mean when you would say that you loved me more than anything in the world, and that you were always my best friend. Mother Dear, there are so many things you said coming home to me now ..... Daddy Dear, I love you so. I never knew what all you went thru with Mother and her sickness till now, just to keep me from worrying. There are so many times that I know now why you did things like you did. You could never know how much I love you, God Bless your sweet heart ...... At 6:10 pm that evening, August 1, 1966, I lost my Daddy, for they could do no more. Just 39 days after losing Mother, Dad was with her again. He had been so saddened by Mothers death, that I know he wanted to be with her .... I never would have believed that I would be finishing this book for I never would have thought that it would be so soon. Daddy Dear, as I sit here in your little home and write, I want you to know that I will do as you wish for yours & Mothers home mean so much to me. I love you. I just wish day in and day out that I could have shown you more often. Thank you dad for all you and mother did for me ..... God Bless your sweet hearts both of you, not one person could have ever have such wonderful parents like I did. I love you both where ever you are ..... My Dear little Mother, on the 14th of Oct, I called Reba Abell, telling her about you and Dad. Later on, I called her again, and why I don't know, thru you and because I knew how much you thought of her, I wanted her to be with me when I went to your graves. On that day Mother Dear, was the first time I had seen Reba in 11 years, and from that day forward, my life has changed. How you knew, thru Reba, that we would find some of the things out of life we both wanted. Thru you Mother Dear, I understand more of what you meant about living not just to work, sleep & eat, but to enjoy life ......"
-----It may seem like I've quoted a lot, but I've actually only a small amount from the diary, There is an incredible amount of entries to read for yourself. It is remarkable to read and it may just make you think twice about the loved ones in your own life ....
I will be shipping this diary and photograph by insured priority mail. Upon request by the winning buyer, I am willing to remove the photo from the frame, andthen ship it for less than the amount that is quoted.
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** PLEASE NOTE ** - Unlike many other sellers, I do not sell my diaries outside of the USA. It greatly saddens me, as I know it does many of you, when I see these one-of-a-kind American treasures being sent away to other countries.I try to do my part in keeping them and the invaluable historical information that they hold right here in America where they belong! I believe that those who have written these incredible diaries would have wanted it this way! I'm so thankful for those of you who are Patriotic and feel the same way as I do, and I'm very grateful to everyone who offers on my diaries and supports my cause.The advantage to those of you who offer on my sales is that you are offerding only against USA buyers, rather than buyers from all over the world, so there is less competition to win great diaries!I appreciate those of you who show your support and offer on the diaries that I sell, Thank you so very much!
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