Kolby By: Kolby

Marginalia and the Map

The newest addition to my collection of guidebooks used by bygone travellers: This is the first book in my collection where the previous owner wasn't completely forgotten by time. Before Los Angeleno historian Frank McCleunan Keffer wrote The History of San Fernando (1934), he travelled throughout Post-WW1 Europe in the summer of 1925. He used the margins of a popular guidebook - The Satchel Guide To Europe - to jot down notes on what he saw during his journey.


The map in this photo was detached from the back of the book. It shows a pencil outline of the route Mr. Keffer took through Europe. He also included the names of the ships he took across the Atlantic.

  • Dana McMahan 8y

    how cool!
    Makes me giggle to think of some intrepid traveller in 75 years paging through my paperback Rick Steve's Rome, studying the sections I highlighted and sticky noted, and my scribbles about train numbers and restaurant reservations in the margins :)
  • simoneladybug 8y

    Super interesting
  • paperbackwriter 8y

    One: Cool book.

    Two: Cooler shot.

    Three: Have I mentioned that I'm super jealous of your travels?
  • elrina753 8y

    I love the look of this.

    Makes me want to grab my stuff and go travel right now.
  • signora oriente 8y

    i prefer used books because of this reason! i write in the margins of my books and underline pasages constantly.

    this is a beautiful shot.
  • Ryan Anderson 7y

    this is cool. i had to join the group here. i always like reading all of the things that happen to be written on the margins of books--and i also like collecting the random pieces of paper, etc. that you sometimes find in them.
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