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Fine Books and Manuscripts including Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes / PLATH (SYLVIA) Wallet containing seven membership and ID Cards, including her Boston Public Library card, her Poetry Society of America membership card, and her driving licence, six of them SIGNED BY SYLVIA PLATH, together with a small photograph of Sylvia, her mother and brother seated by a Christmas tree, 1950s

The Property of Frieda Hughes
Lot 330
PLATH (SYLVIA)
Wallet containing seven membership and ID Cards, including her Boston Public Library card, her Poetry Society of America membership card, and her driving licence, six of them SIGNED BY SYLVIA PLATH, together with a small photograph of Sylvia, her mother and brother seated by a Christmas tree, [1950s]
21 March 2018, 15:00 GMT
London, Knightsbridge

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PLATH (SYLVIA)

Wallet containing seven membership and ID Cards, including her Boston Public Library card, her Poetry Society of America membership card, and her driving licence, six of them SIGNED BY SYLVIA PLATH, together with a small photograph of Sylvia, her mother and brother seated by a Christmas tree, all loosely inserted in Plath's grey leather "Lady Buxton Convertible" wallet, signs of wear, one strap missing, the cards approximately 65 x 95mm., [1950s]

Footnotes

SYLVIA PLATH'S POETRY SOCIETY OF AMERICA AND BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY CARDS, together with others from the time when she and Ted lived and worked in America between 1958 and 1959.

Comprises:

The Poetry Society of America membership card for the year 1959-60, blue card, typed name and address ("Sylvia Plath (Mrs. Ted Hughes), 26 Elmwood Road, Wellesley, Mass."), signed "Sylvia Plath Hughes".

Boston Public Library card (Expires 9/4/1960), white card, typed name and address ("Mrs. Sylvia Hughes, 9 Willow Street, Boston 8, Mass."), signed "Sylvia Hughes".

Personal Identification card [for the Buxton wallet], completed in black ink by Sylvia Plath ("Sylvia Plath Hughes, 26 Elmwood Road, Wellesley, Mass., [Tel No.] Cedar 7-0458"), giving her mother's name as emergency contact "in case of accident", and with a note on the reverse reading "54 Savings Passbook 1 346 947".

Mutual of Omaha. Membership Card [effective from 27 October 1958 to 27 October 1960], details completed in black ink by Plath ("Sylvia Plath [beneath name of "Edward J. Hughes"], 26 Elmwood Road, Wellesley, Mass."), with name and address of Plath's mother Aurelia as emergency contact, and Plath's blood type ("O"), and religion ("Unitarian") added in a different hand.

Social Security Account Number card, typed account number and name, signed "Sylvia Plath Hughes".

Massachusetts Motor Vehicle license, name and address completed in black ink by Plath ("Sylvia P. Hughes, Suite 61, 9 Willow St., Boston 8, Mass./26 Elmwood Road, Wellesley, Massachusetts"), and signed again on recto.

Massachusetts Division. American Automobile Membership Card [dues paid to 15 October 1959], typed name and 26 Elmwood Road address.

Photograph of Sylvia Plath, her mother and brother Warren at the home of the Cantor family in Waban, Massachusetts on Christmas Day, 1953.

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