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Ladies' Year Book: 1921 [with diary entries]

Ladies' Year Book: 1921 [with diary entries] by MARGATE, Adele; Charles Letts (1921)

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Author: MARGATE, Adele; Charles Letts
Title: Ladies' Year Book: 1921 [with diary entries
Year: 1921
Publisher: Charles Letts
Place: London
Dust Jacket: No
Signed: Yes
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pp 64; page/week. A young London mother's diary for 1921. Adele Margate's ownership signature appears on the first endpaper above the adverts: she has made around 150 short diary entries in the printed grid which allows one page per week. She reveals herself as a married woman living in the vicinity of Richmond in south west London. At least two of her children have died and are remembered on their birthdays: 'Took up some flowers to dear little Baby. She has been dead four years tomorrow.' This causes Adele still further anxiety when she records that 'Peter [is] better but baby much worse. The doctor says he has bronchial pneumonia. Temp v high.' There are trips into London apparently to meet her husband: 'Went up to Town met Lew and we had dinner at Hatchets [Piccadilly] with Mrs Cooper and Margery and went on to see 'Sunday' by Barclays Bank Amateurs.' There are occasional political comments as on May 17th: 'The coal strike settlement as far off as ever. No coal except 1cwt as week to be 80f' with monthly housekeeping accounts and frequent evidence of social activity and tennis matches. An intimate picture of post-war life among the London professional classes.
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