MANY WEEKS IN ISOLATION MEANT THAT THE DIARY HAD REALLY BECOME USELESS, NOTHING TO RECORD. NO APPOINTMENTS, NO MEETINGS, NO GET-TOGETHERS. But as we are allowed to engage with the world outside our homes, we think again about the diary and calendar.
Some time ago, we showed some of the collection of ESA member Richard F., whose preference is for diaries that have not been used. We remind you of some of the diaries on offer in the 20th century. If the collector is not identified the diary is from Richard F’s collection.
Clearly you could carry a diary given to you through a business relationship – like Hamersley or the Meat Board. Or you could chose to be entertained.
Unsurprisingly, the diary based a women’s magazine was heavy on hints and light on space to record appointments.
Any time calendars come up, we go back to a remarkable calendar owned by Kaerest H.: it belonged to her mother and is a calendar that features a war crime on each month.
What do diaries always include? The extra information pages, the AMP diary included phases of the moon.
The Hamersley diary includes weather information pertinent to northern Western Australia, the Beef Eaters‘ cooking hints and The Modern Girl information to keep the clothes’ shopper on track.