*A lost silent film.
V and I went down to see "The Gateway of the Moon"* at the (?). A show whose only attraction was a large display of uncovered lady (?). Somebody, a senior at Lehigh, tried to get a date with her for tonight but faithful V. told him we were going to a dance. Do you really want to go to a lot of dances dear? Love will find a way if you want it dear.
*A lost silent film.
Stay I at home tonight. Have a rather uncomfortable cold. Or rather I can't seem to comfort it. They are (?) at 9:30 as you promised dear. I am. (?). I can't have you in my arms. I can have you in my thoughts - forever ever and ever and ever and ever.
Took V. home from school. Stopped in to see Alice's pictures. They were very good. Alice is a very pretty girl and takes a rather interesting picture. Alice seemed very much upset about Fred's seeming inability to use pen and paper. Gosh V. I am glad I don't have to know you only by letter (?) - Love and kisses.
V. and I went to see "(?) Flaming Youth." It was very funny. Bill was (?) to see Alice. I wonder if I shall see [him] every time I go over there now. Bill had his usual (?) of wit and humor. I took "Les Miserable" over to show V. Hugo's ideas of ideal love. Her comment was "How smoothly his language flows." Damn. I also showed her the chapter on the virgin's bedchamber -
*I don't know what word he put before "Flaming Youth." There was a silent movie called the "Flaming Youth," which came out in 1923. It is considered the defining film for the image of the flappers and the Roaring Twenties.
Only fragments survive. Watch here.
Did not see V. tonight. Eddie Sloan(?) called up and invited me over to play cards at Carl's home (Northern Central Trust Co. fellows). No one showed up except Eddie, Carl, and myself. I won $7.00, (?). Each time I started to lose, dear, I would just touch that lock of your hair and it seemed to bring me in touch with you and give me new life - the reward of love.
Went to see Jesse James. Well acted but was just one (?) escape after another in (?). No trace of Hughie's $250.00. (?) came in today and a number of suspicious errors turned up (?) him - Did he take the 250.00? Lord only knows. He will be fired Wed. Took V. home from school after the movie - Thank God for her - when one needs comfort there is no place like a woman's arms.
Went over to V.s tonight. Bill was there and told us all about the spree he went on down at Atlantic City. He is a damn fool - or maybe I am. Time will tell. Mrs. Scott went up to the farm today. When she came home she said something about Lester - right away I walked out of the room. She is odd. She hates Lester as much as I but yet uses the compact he gave her - and until lately wore his bracelet whenever Mrs. and Mr. Devoe came over. Could I do that - no - women are funny - no - unreadable.
This is the journal of Virginia Lee Scott, my grandmother, written when she was seventeen and first dating my grandfather, John Arnold Wilson. It's a dairy published by Media Drug Stores and includes space for two entries per day, with facts about the era printed at the bottom, which I have included in italics. Following, 1928, is the journal of John Arnold Wilson, my grandfather, at age nineteen and in love with my grandmother, followed by my grandmother's journal in 1931.