Posted by: Ed | March 25, 2015

We Were Three

The title of this week’s ‘old book’ would be interestingly suitable for an autobiography of the Holy Trinity. Although not a revelation of divine mysteries, We Were Three is an edifying ode to the joy of childhood and of having siblings. It was penned by Anne Parrish and printed in Claymont, Delaware in 1945.  Mrs. Parrish’s handwritten inscription mentions her uncle, Delaware Chief Justice Charles B. Lore. Lore Avenue in the hamlet of Edgemoor, Delaware stems from this Lore family. She states only 6 copies were made of her reminiscences.


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We remember Private Albert James Kelley, Private William Dougherty, and Engineering Officer Herbert Alvan Lamphere this week of March 20th. The Sunday Star newspaper  had an ambitious sampling of world events this week in 1915, covering Mexico, Turkey, Austria, Germany, Great Britain and Bluff, Utah among other places.

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Posted by: Ed | March 18, 2015

Improvement of the Mind and Letters of Advice

This week we showcase a tiny (13cm x 7cm) curiosity published in New York in 1826. This book features three authors. The first, Mrs. Chapone, whose first name is mysteriously omitted in the introduction,  penned her letters in 1773. Her writings are full of wisdom, optimism, and stewardship, directed as they are to her niece. They explore morality, religion, scripture, the ‘heart’ and affections, temper, economy, accomplishment, geography, and ‘reading history’. Similarly, Dr. Gregory’s letters cover marriage, religion, amusements, and behaviour. The final writer, Lady Pennington, provides advice to her daughters on themes of motherhood and her vision of the feminine character. All three essays are remarkable testaments of piety and earnestness. They were all written in the late 1700’s, well before the publication of this edition.


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Posted by: Ed | March 15, 2015

Remembering World War I

Excerpts from the Sunday Star newspaper for the Ides of March, 1915 as well as the service records of three Delaware soldiers appear below.


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Posted by: Ed | March 11, 2015

This Old Book… by Harriet Beecher Stowe

Everyone has heard of the famous book Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Perhaps a few readers here have even read some or all of the book. However, i doubt anyone has recently read this classic in Welsh. Our rare book this week is the Historical Society’s rare welsh edition of this famous novel:

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Posted by: Ed | March 6, 2015

Remembering World War I; Early March 1915

One hundred years ago this week, as WWI continued, America pondered invasion, Mexican oil was coveted, Germany bombed a hospital ship and, apparently, Frenchmen enjoyed rejuvenated physiques thanks to the stress of War. We spotlight Private Proud, Private Mustakas and Private Fielding this week, among many other stories and curiosities on the full blog Remembering World War I:

Posted by: Ed | March 4, 2015

Report Cards, 1859 Style

Academic Report Cards, which tend to inspire an odd mixture of dread and excitement in a student, have been around a long time. Below is a report card from 1858/59 for a chap named John Cranston who attended the T.C. Taylor Select School, located in Wilmington, Delaware.  Cranston was a better than average student, assuming high grades were not merely rubber stamped at the Taylor School. He was ranked 25th/26th of 80 students in the school. Numerous courses of study are identified, as are signatures of James Cranston, presumably the boys father, as well as John A. Cranston. A ‘note to parents’ is also displayed.

Posted by: Ed | February 27, 2015

Remembering World War I, Late February, 1915

An intense fight for Constantinople takes center stage in late February, 1915 according to the Wilmington’s Sunday Star newspaper. It is recorded as “the largest bombardment in history”.  A few images from our WWI blog appear below.

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Posted by: Ed | February 26, 2015

‘This Old Book’ about the Underground Railroad

This week’s rare book offers many harrowing real life experiences of those traveling along the Underground Railroad. Below, in the extensive table of contents, we see many examples of the struggles faced by runaway slaves. As first hand accounts, the stories in this book powerfully convey the physical dangers and severe anxieties endured by slaves making their way north to freedom.

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Posted by: Ed | February 23, 2015

Delaware State University Opens in February of 1892

As stated on the front page of the DHS website in the segment This Month in Delaware History, February, being Black History Month, is an excellent time to mention the opening of Delaware State College (now Delaware State University) which began providing higher education to African Americans in 1892.

This Month in Delaware History Blog:

Below are the original Charter and By-Laws of Delaware State University

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