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I found a book today entitled “Daily Diary.” Inside are calendars for 1939, 1940, 1941 and 1942. There are a year’s worth of dated, blank pages, like a sort of datebook or daytimer.

Our WWII generation is dying and a lot of possessions from that time are ending up in dumpsters. Going through things from my parent’s generation reveals passion and compassion that I believe we have largely and tragically replaced with apathy or at least lack of empathy today. For example, I came across a book on manners, written in the thirties. I thought it would be good for some laughs, but I came away with the feeling that people had some sense back then.

That said, some of the stuff here is clearly outdated, but I still feel a sense of excitement that people must have felt during those very difficult times.

The owner of the diary only put a name, and on the first page wrote some numbers under the heading “Tobaco striping.”

like this:

1125
425
825
1400
_____
$37.75
13.25
______
$51.00

He hand wrote “January 1966,” added a few more columns of numbers and then wrote no more. The diary announced, “Forty-one pages of convenient records and useful information.”

In the back are headings. Useful information follows. I picked a few interesting tidbits. There is a lot more than I am including.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION FOR EVERY-DAY LIFE

“One-sixth of tensile strength of plate multiplied by thickness of plate and divided by one-half the diameter of boiler gives working pressure for tubular boilers. For marine boilers add 20% for drilled holes.”

SWIFTNESS OF THE EARTH’S REVOLUTION

“We sail, then, in immensity with a velocity seventy-five times swifter than that of a cannon ball.”

FIFTEEN DON’TS IN USE OF THE FLAG

“6. Do not use the flag as a drapery; use bunting.”

WORDS FREQUENTLY MISSPELLED

Aeronaut
blanc-mange
gypsy
nether
incompetent

EMERGENCIES- WHAT TO DO

Drowning: “1. Loosen clothing. 2. Lay body on stomach and lift it by the middle, jerking it a few times. 3. Pull tongue forward using a pin with a string if necessary……….7. Don’t give up! People have been saved after hours of patient, vigorous effort! 8. When breathing begins, get patient into warm bed, give warm drinks, or spirits in teaspoonfuls, fresh air and quiet.”

Poisoned wounds from animal bites- “If possible suck the wound thoroughly two or three minutes; cauterize with nitric acid, chloride or zinc, or nitrate of silver; use whiskey freely internally.”

Mad Dog or Snake Bite- “Tie cord tight above the wound. Suck the wound and cauterize with white-hot iron at once. Give stimulants, as whiskey, brandy, etc.”

Domestic postal rates started at seven cents a pound, and varied with distance.

LEGAL HOLIDAYS IN THE VARIOUS STATES

January 8- The Battle of New Orleans (LA)

May 10- Confederate Memorial Day in KY and NC

March 2- Sam Houston Memorial Day in TX

There are many more holidays. If you have a state in mind, I can look it up.

Every page has two history facts. On October 12, it says: “Oct 12-1892- Photography was first used for discovery of a comet.”

SEVEN WONDERS OF THE WORLD

MODERN

“Wireless, telephony and radio, automobile and locomotive, aeroplane, radium, anaesthetics, antiseptics and anti-toxins, spectrum analysis, and x-rays. Poison gas, used in World War, and coal-tar colors are accounted modern marvels.”

NICKNAMES OF THE STATES

Ala-Cotton, Lizard, Yallerhammers
Ariz- Baby, Sunset, Apache
Ark- Bear, Bowie
Cal- Golden, El Dorado
Col- Centennial, Silver
Conn- Constitution, Nutmeg
Del- Diamond, Blue Hen’s Chickens
Fla- Everglades, Land of Flowers
Ga- Empire State of the South, Cracker, Buzzard
Idaho- Gem
Ill- Sucker, Prarie
Ind- Hoosier
Iowa- Hawkeye
Ky- Blue-Grass, Corn-Cracker, Dark and Bloody Ground
La- Pelican, Creole
Me- Pine Tree, Old Dirigo
Md- Old Line, Cockade
Mass- Bay, Old Colony
Mich- Wolverine, Auto
Minn- Gopher, North Star
Miss- Bayou, Eagle, Magnolia
Mo- Ozark, Iron Mountain, Show-Me
Mont- Stub Toe, Bonanza, Treasure
Neb- Antelope, Black Water, Corn Husker
Nev- Silver, Sage Brush
NH- Granite
NJ- Jersey Blue, Garden, Mosquito
NC- Old North Turpentine, Tar Heel
ND- Flickertail, Sioux
NM- Sunshine, Spanish (hat tip FreedomFromAll because I initially overlooked this)
Ohio- Buckeye
Okla- Sooner
Ore- Beaver, Web-Foot
Pa- Keystone, Steel, Coal
RI- Little Rhody, Plantation
SC- Palmetto
SD- Sunshine, Coyote
Tenn- Volunteer, Hog-and-Hominy
Tex- Lone Star, Beef
Utah- Desert, Beehive, Mormon
VT- Green Mountain
VA- Old Dominion, Mother
Wash- Evergreen, Chinook
WV- Mountain, Panhandle
Wis- Badger, Cooper
Wyo- Equality (suffrage Pioneer)

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