Manuscript diary of an eleven year old boy, about half of which concerns life in Pittsburgh, Pa. Diary, Oscar Knight.
Manuscript diary of an eleven year old boy, about half of which concerns life in Pittsburgh, Pa

Manuscript diary of an eleven year old boy, about half of which concerns life in Pittsburgh, Pa.

v.p., Pittsburgh, et al: November 17, 1898 - October 22, 1900.

Approx 300 pages, pen-and-ink on ruled paper in two blank diaries. Inscribed on front pastedown, “Oscar Knight. 117 Ferme Park Rd, Hornsey, 9/1/99” and with “O.L.M. Knight” ink stamp throughout. 2 vols. 4to. First volume bound in quarter cloth and marbled boards, second volume bound in quarter morocco and marbled boards, with spine perished. Provenance: G. & N. Ingleton (bookplate). Item #234115

Oscar travels with his family from Fremantle, Australia to England, where they remain for some months, before departing from Southampton for America. The diary begins abroard the German mail ship P.R. Lutpold, bound for England, with stops at Aden, Port Said, Naples, Genoa, and London. It is unclear why the family leaves Australia, where they had lived in Sydney and Perth, but it is likely in connection to Oscar’s father’s business. Upon arriving in America the Knights spend some time in Hoboken, before eventually settling in Pittsburgh. Young Oscar seems a polite, well-behaved boy, foud of doing his sums and attending Sunday school and he often worries about his mother’s health. He does indulge in the occasional boyish pursuit, attending films and circuses, playing baseball, and shooting his home-made slingshot with his brother Eric.

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