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Collectible Letters, Diaries, Documents, Manuscripts


Collectible Letters, Diaries, Documents, Manuscripts

Vintage correspondence, War letters, Victorian Love letters, documents, manuscripts, diaries, handwritten paper.

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Latest Activity: Oct 23, 2018

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Discussion Forum

Tips for Collecting Diaries, Journals, and Correspondence

Started by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk Dec 18, 2016.

Vintage Letters and Docments. 2 Replies

Started by mary long. Last reply by mary long Feb 4, 2014.

Preserving and determining an insurance value for old letters 1 Reply

Started by Gary L. Cisney. Last reply by Deb Koons Feb 11, 2012.

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Comment by glenn michaels on April 16, 2016 at 12:11am

I have a sort of journal written, it seems, by one Captain George Douglas Douglas (1836 - 1903) of the English Merchant Marine. He is the actual author of the occasionally cited book, Coolie Traffic and Kidnapping, published under the pen name, Don Aldus. I have been able to piece together a significant amount of information about both the Captain and his two books. The other is Don Aldus, The Rover. However, I would love to know more about the man and his life. His daughter, Lily, married into the Pearsall clan which today includes a large number of genealogically interested members.

I welcome any leads or suggestions regarding this man.  My essay can be found here: CRYPTIC 19th C JOURNAL EXPOSES LITERARY PUZZLE WITH HUMAN TRAFFICKI...

Comment by glenn michaels on April 15, 2016 at 11:55pm

I recently exchanged emails with Ken Kronenberg, who specializes in 19th Century German translations but has a special interest in letters written by German speaking Jews. His information follows:

Kenneth Kronenberg
German translator / writer / editor


51 Maple Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02139

253-390-5908 (e-fax)

Comment by cathy,waterbury on April 11, 2016 at 3:30pm
Sorry 1800's. Not 100s
Comment by cathy,waterbury on April 11, 2016 at 3:29pm
Hi, iam new to this group, I came into precession of letters from the mid 100's for what looked like German Jewish, looking for more infomation, I will post photos of the letters ,they are in very fragile state.
Comment by Blair Howell on October 19, 2015 at 9:50pm


I'm new to the form and interested if there are any other who collect antique hotel guest registers. My oldest is from the Franklin House in Rutland, Vermont and dates from Sept, 1854 - April 1855.

Comment by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk on January 11, 2014 at 10:07am

Anyone have any vintage School Girl Diaries or scrapbooks with original drawings?


Comment by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk on September 1, 2013 at 9:57pm
Looking for moderator for this group .
Comment by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk on February 22, 2012 at 6:28pm


Go to http://collectibles.about.com/od/ReadersChoiceAwards/l/blreaders-ch...  and VOTE

Comment by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk on January 9, 2011 at 10:36pm
I am working on an article about Early (1800's) (early1900) autograph albums/sketchbooks/diaries (perhaps from England) with  original watercolors, drawings, calligraphy. Looking for background information on this subject, collectors. Have been told that they are sometimes referred to as "school girl art" or friendship albums. Want info on customs, history, collectibles, values, background. Please email me at Dianne@cdiannezweig.com  Thank You Dianne
Comment by Nancy Stonehouse on October 17, 2010 at 1:00am
sorry correction to my last post.. not 200 letters. 475 letters.. i sat and counted them after the post and was shocked so many..

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