My copy of Girl About Town has some interesting, and unusually informative, marginalia.
At one point, it belonged to “College Libraries” (“The Convenient Reader Service”) in Dayton, Ohio:
Fortunately, it doesn’t say anything about not using their property as a notebook. Otherwise, someone would have been in big trouble…and we’d be out a lot of useful information:
July 27, 1917-when the last horse car was used
the country with the oldest unchanged flag (Denmark)
Things go a bit downhill from there:
“answer 1816 with a killing frost in several states”
Penn. & New England State
I’m a bit concerned about this unknown person’s grades. Was geography their weak subject? Were they hung-over that day? Did they even pass this class? What profession did they go into after (their hopeful) graduation? How did they manage to bring a novel about lingerie models to school, but not a notebook? So. many. questions. And I haven’t even started reading the actual book…
Next time: Chapters One-Three of Girl About Town
“A bright, entertaining romance as modern and up-to-date as its title suggests.”
I’ll be the judge of that.
Terrific! I love notes in books from previous owners. It feels a bit voyeuristic.
Not that it matters…but…”Allaska”? Maybe geography wasn’t their only weak subject?
Ha, I noticed the weird spelling of Alaska, too. I almost pointed it out in the post, but decided not to point out every flaw. Glad you noticed it, though!
I love finding things in old books, whether marginalia or random objects found in between the pages.
This is fun.
I hope so!
How fascinating to find these traces of a past reader 🙂
I agree! 🙂
This book has the best marginalia of any in my collection.
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Reading you reflections on these scribbled notes is surely worth the price of admission! Still, eager to see how the book itself goes!
Even I don’t know how the book turns out, as I only read the chapters I am about to review.