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John Quincy Hunsicker III scrapbook of European travels

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John Quincy Hunsicker III was born in Pennsylvania on September 30, 1906, to John Quincy Hunsicker, Jr. and Helen Gheen Hunsicker. After graduating from West Chester High School in 1924, he attended Haverford College, where he was involved with the debating team, Cap and Bells Club, Classical Club, and Football Squad. Hunsicker studied law at Haverford and went to law school following his graduation in 1928. He married Natalie Finn in 1935 and had several children. Hunsicker practiced law in New York, New York, with the firm Larkin, Rathbone, and Perry. He later relocated to Fairfield County, Connecticut, where he died on May 1, 1985.

This scrapbook was created by John Quincy Hunsicker III (Haverford College Class of 1928) to document his trip to Europe during the summer of 1928. Hunsicker traveled with and met several other Haverford students and alumni during his journey.

The scrapbook is bound with black cloth over boards. There is a handwritten inscription in white ink on the front cover that reads "J. Quincy Hunsicker, 3rd/1928." The volume contains twenty-seven leaves of black paper, of which fourteen have photographs, text, or other materials. A handwritten title on first page reads "Little Lives and Big Distances/ June-September 1928." There are several drawings in white ink on this page, including a church, a ship, and figures drunk in a bar. The first page also lists the names of eight Haverford College students and alumni: Theo Vanneman (THAC Vanneman, 3rd, member of the Class of 1928), Eric Renwick (member of the Class of 1928), Jack Rex (John Rex, Jr., member of the Class of 1928), Dick Abbott (John Evans Abbott, member of the Class of 1929), Johnnie Hunner (John Stevens Hunner, member of the Class of 1929), Carroll Corson (Carroll Langdon Corson, Member of the Class of 1929), Bob Halberstadt (Robert Leconte Halberstadt, member of the Class of 1930), and Jack Hunsicker (John Quincy Hunsicker III, member of the Class of 1928.

The scrapbook begins with photographs of Hunsicker and others at Haverford, including photographs at graduation. The rest of the scrapbook is dedicated to a European tour taken by Hunsicker and other Haverford students and alumni during the summer of 1928. Hunsicker provides photographs and captions of his trip from New York to England aboard the Nieuw Amsterdam. Following his arrival, he and other traveled throughout England and then on to France, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. The album concludes with photographs and other ephemera related to ocean voyage back to New York aboard the Rotterdam.

Laid into the front of the scrapbook is an article from the New York Times describing drinking, partying, and fighting amongst college and university students aboard the Rotterdam. Presumably, this describes the return voyage taken by Hunsicker and his compatriots. An envelope containing additional photographs is secured to the inside of the back cover of the album. This envelope contains several duplicate photographs, double exposure prints, and postcards.

The John Quincy Hunsicker III scrapbook of European travels was donated to Quaker and Special Collections by Eugenie Hunsicker in January 2020.

Processed by Elizabeth Jones-Minsinger, completed July 2021.

Publisher
Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
Elizabeth Jones-Minsinger
Finding Aid Date
July, 2021
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John Quincy Hunsicker III scrapbook of European travels, 1928.
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