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Robert [Name Withheld]
Six Volume Diary of a Closeted Philadelphia Student from 1941-1946
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1946. Hardcover. Very Good. A collection of yearly diaries kept by a young Philadelphia-area man named Robert, between 1941 and 1946, recording his daily life and including a coded record of his homosexual encounters during this period. All are commercially produced octavo diaries. Two with string-tied with wood boards and four with flexible leatherette wrappers. The volumes are consecutively dated on the front covers. Overall very good with some toned pages, rubbing to the boards and wear at the extremities. Robert lived with his family in Philadelphia, first in the Brewerytown neighborhood just behind Girard College, and later in the West Oak Lane section where he attended Germantown High School. The diaries record his daily activities in high school with his friends and at home with his family, including difficulties he had with his father who ran a "shop" of some kind and fell ill, requiring Robert to step in and help during his recovery. The most striking entries are the references to his budding sexuality and attraction to other young men. The earliest diary includes a number of entries that use a basic cipher substituting numbers for letters with "key" written on a slip of paper laid in. Each of the seven entries describe a private moment or encounter with a classmate that usually involves some level of mutual touching at school or home. On 2/14 he writes:"Perry & me went to a room in the school and he came over my house and we 21-10-3, 18-4-5-23=11-25-3 [got undressed and jurked]." Another message on 3/17 reads: "I have made a map of … [Klicken Sie unten für eine ausführliche Beschreibung]
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