TRAVEL DIARIES / JOURNALS. S.S. "Doric". S.S. "Albertic". 1929.
1929. Album: 6"x 7-3/4". Album a commercial aligator leatherette style. Album's leather spine perished, with covers detached. Poor binding. Text & ephemera - Very Good. "Albertic" stationery - signs of use. Holes from prior attachment. Overall, Very Good. Item #41973
This lot includes two diaries or journals that were kept during a "Grand Tour" trip to Europe from Canada aboard the R.M.S. "Doric" and the S.S. "Albertic". The journals were written by Miss Anita Cronk [from Chicago?]. The first journal, begun July 12th 1929, was kept in a leather "Album", containing ~ 140 pages of mss entries. Interspersed among each days entries are photographs, postcards, telegrams, tickets, maps, menus, programs & other interesting ephemeral items that document the trip. At the rear are collected autographs & inscriptions from fellow passengers, as well as a list of hotels frequented during the trip. The second 'journal', of 40 pages written on loose S.S. "Albertic" stationery, documents the trip back home, again with associated ephemera from the trip, again, such as programs, telegrams, tickets, photographs & menus.
The first journal starts on July 12th 1929 when Miss Cronk and her friends arrive in Montreal. The ship sailed on 7 a.m. on July 13th and the next 20 pages of the journal document the eight day trip to Ireland. On Monday July 22nd the ship docked in Galway, Ireland. After spending four days in Ireland the ship left for Liverpool, England. After almost seven days in England the ship sails for Brussels. After spending a few days in France Miss Cronk and her friends take a train to Germany were they spend several days and then on to Austria, Italy and back to France. In this interesting journal Anita Cronk records the modes of travel, the hotels, the restaurants, the scenery and the people that she meets and also documents the travels with photographs and postcards and other numerous types of ephemera that are pasted into the album.
The second journal starts on August 19th, 1929 is written on White Star Line S.S. "Albertic" stationary and documents the trip home. Interspersed among the pages are several "programs" documenting the activities aboard the ship. There are also some photographs, tickets and menus. Also included with the two journals is the R.M.S. "Doric" passenger list that also includes a map of the journey.
An interesting accounting from this young lady's shipboard activities & continental travel, just before the advent of the crippling 1929 Depression which would severely curtail the number of such journeys.