4.11.2013

Diary of Martha Crockett, 1939

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A few weeks ago I found this diary at an estate sale. It's written in a 1922 fur dresser and dyer booklet, though the owner kept the diary in 1939. Her name was Martha Frances Crockett, and I can't seem to find any information on her other than a her gravestone in town.

From what I can read, she was a mother to a baby, and constantly unwell. There are some days pages are blank which could be days she couldn't leave bed. Other days she mentions being able to get up, and the rest of the time she's keeping up house and tending to farmwork. She seemed to be always making pies and jams, and I image her house was immaculate, she talks of bleaching the stove and painting the ceiling. 

It looks like there are quite a few pages ripped out, how badly do you want to see those pages?! 

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14 comments:

Bea W. said...

What a gem. I'm sure this was a very exciting find. It's interesting reading books based on diaries from a bygone era but actually finding the real thing?? So precious.

Mich said...

I cannot express how much I want to read this!! What a find!!

Frocks and Frivolities said...

How fun, to imagine her life and fill in the blanks!

Anne Franklin said...

What a treasure! I hope you transcribe it.

Danielle Valenzuela said...

I'm not sure why but this post really affected me! Even though I can't read the pictures for some reason its humbling to know that through out time, life really wasn't much different.. I'm a mom to two babies who cooks and cleans, and makes pies and jams (but lucky enough to be in good health). I wish I could read this diary, and to be able to read the life of another young housewife 80 years ago.

VintageDanielle said...

Ohhh, what a find! I'm so glad you bought it and hopefully you'll be able to find out more about her.

Helen Le Caplain said...

What a wonderful piece of social history (nice handwriting too!)

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Cedar said...

What an amazing treasure! Things like this are exactly what got me interested in vintage in the first place. It is so wonderful to have such an intimate look at the past.

art deco dame said...

I really am dying to know what's in the ripped out pages!I love vintage for the history each piece has.When you're able to come across something like this with such a personal piece of someone's past it's a true treasure.

Malina said...

How interesting!

Lizzy said...

very interesting! I wonder why she or who ripped out the pages.

Tabitha Thompson said...

That looks fantastic. I love that connection to the past. And reminds of us the beauty of telling our own stories. Of our journals and our blogs. The written word is the link between past and future, reminding us that across time, race, and language, we all share so much.

JellyBones said...

SO RAD! What a little treasure.
Trish

www.jellybonesblog.blogspot.com

Jessica Cangiano said...

Intriguing, beautiful slice of history and look at one woman's challenging sounding life. I too wonder what was written in cursive on those pages that have long been lost to the hands of time...

♥ Jessica