Scribbles and Scraps: Evelyn’s dictionary

This book called to me, asking to be reborn as a journal cover.  Once opened, I discovered this was the dictionary of one Miss Evelyn Kozara of 8752 Witt Street, Detroit, 1938.


A peek at the 1940 census reveals that Miss Kozara’s parents were naturalized citizens from Poland….and Evelyn was 12 years old when she got the dictionary.


Evelyn enjoyed doodling in her dictionary and seemed especially fond of practicing her name in cursive writing.



Many of the illustrations are colored with a red pencil: Dipper, Checker Board, Wash-board, Trowel, Link, Daffodill.

Evelyn would be 87 years old now, if she is still alive.  I imagine this was her first dictionary, a tool for learning….but also for doodling and imagination.

4 thoughts on “Scribbles and Scraps: Evelyn’s dictionary

  1. How neat that you looked her up on Census records. Vintage books hold so much more than just text! Hope you’ll share pics of the journal you make with this.

  2. I actually found Evelyn’s house on Google satellite and was going to post it…but that was starting to feel a little too invasive. Still wondering how her dictionary made it to a thrift store in the Pacific Northwest…

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