The Second Chapter
The next saga of Gladys Schnars’ (Collins) life takes place 1939 through 1940. Her second diary is another 5 year diary. The small journal is the same size as her original one but has more adornment. It is bound in a faux leather material in a deep chocolate brown shade. There is a clasp and lock holding the book closed that can be opened by pushing the small brass button upward. Inside the front cover reads: “Mr and Mrs. Oscar D. Schnars. 109 Swope Ave. Colorado Springs, Colo.” Gladys’ handwriting is in curly cursive with embellishments and flourishes indicative of someone newly married and enjoying the beginning years of coupledom.
The inside front page of the diary has a printed message from the publishing company describing what the book should be used for. It reads:
“Memory Is Elusive-Capture It. Five Year Diary. The Mind is a wonderful machine. It need but be just refreshed and incidents can again be revived in their former clarity. A line each day, whether it be of the weather or of more important substances, will in time to come bring back those vague memories, worth remembering, to almost actual reality.”