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(Part 4) 1935 Trip to New York Scrapbook

Today, we continue with Mrs. J. E. O'Brien's scrapbook from her trip to New York in 1935.  Through some continued research (because I finally had time), I can confirm that she is Mrs. J. E. O'Brien.  There was some confusion initially and I didn't want to put something in concrete until I was sure.  Later in the scrapbook, we will run across a man from Pittsburgh that had the same exact name as our author but was of no relation.  And we will see that Mrs. J. O. O'Brien's brother-in-law and wife will visit her while on her trip in New York City. 

So here we go with today's "Part 4" post of Mrs. O'Brien's scrapbook feature.  (Too bad we don't have any information on her first name).

Monday:

Arrived at Pennsylvania Station in New York at 11:00 a.m. Monday.

Went to the Astor Hotel.  Have two lovely rooms.  403 and 405.  They are adjoining & single beds, two closets, lavatory and bath.  Went to the convention Monday night.  The program was "The Roth Quartet" and Dr. Louis Robert, Organist.  Neither were any good.  Nita and I wore our long black  dresses and carried our coats on our arms.

So, as we've talked about before, our Mrs. O'Brien is quite the scrapbooker.  And either has a great memory or made notes about things as she went along.  Maybe she had a journal that she wrote in each day.  I think it's amusing that she clipped up the hotel stationery to put in the scrapbook. 

Tomorrow, there's a special item that she has in her scrapbook that I will feature along with some more pages from the scrapbook.  Tune in!  Same PaperSponge Time.  Same PaperSponge Channel!

 

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Reader Comments (4)

That's an Air Mail envelope portion (properly called a corner card), perhaps a regular envelope corner card, and possibly the letter(head). It would be interesting if she included anywhere in the scrapbook an actual page of Astor stationery, or an online look for a piece would confirm that's what it is. Seems awfully small for a stationery clipping, but that's just me.

October 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDave Dubé

I used "stationery" as a blanket statement for the things you would find at a small desk in the room or the check-in counter.

October 21, 2010 | Registered CommenterBrian Carlisle

I find this all fascinating and I wonder if contemporary organists wouldn't find it even more amazing. Let's call 'em up!

October 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChristine

Women with no first names -- egads! 'the good old days':) I'll stop there before I go into a full-fledge rant!ha! But at least Mrs. O'Brien seemed to have her freedom, enjoying such an awesome trip. What an ephmera treasure trove!

October 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTrishia Jacobs

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