Thirza Pidgeon’s 1937 World Tour – 25 September: Moscow to Chicago, IL – 237 miles

Saturday, 25 September 1937

Left Moscow early this morning in heavy rain.  Had a lovely drive to to Chicago, a beautiful city.  With a most wonderful drive at the Michigan Lakes and Avenues of trees, for about 15 miles, the most beautiful we have seen so far. Cars galore, and huge buildings. Like Chicago very much. Had to drive some distance out of town to get suitable accommodation, all had hot baths.

Jack & Floss went back to see the City lit up. I did not, as we had had a big day.

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Thirza Pidgeon’s 1937 World Tour – 11 September: Montreal to Plattsburgh, then bought a car

Saturday, 11 September 1937

Left Ford Hotel for Plattsburgh. Passing the border, had our luggage all hauled out of the bus to pass the customs. Had to open all mine. Held the bus up for some time. Got to Plattsburgh. Jack [Spriggins] left us to buy a car, and in 2 hours, we were well on our way to New York, packed in a Essex Sedan for £15  – $75. Had a lovely trip, good country, roads fine. Did over 100 miles, so pulled up at an auto camp, stayed the night. 1 dollar each. 35 cents for use of kitchen. 2 bedrooms, nice furnished and very clean. Had a good tea and went to bed early. Car went well.

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Thirza Pidgeon’s 1937 World Tour – 30 August: Everything fixed up for trip to US

Monday, 30 August 1937

Went to Shell house, to see about U.S. visa, after to Australia House. Got 2 letters, posted key of trunk to Bella, also parcel for Bill. Had lunch with Mrs Cantor & Jack S – came home at 1.30 to do some ironing. Mrs C came back about 4 – sat in my room, and did some sewing.  Had my medicine made up again for the trip, everything fixed up now for trip. Had my hat blackened up for 2/6. Mrs C brought me up some brandy & bisc for supper at 10.30.

Thirza Pidgeon’s 1937 World Tour – 25 August: Paris to London

Wednesday, 25 August 1937

Left Paris at 10 – got to Dieppe at 1 – crossed over very calm to Newhaven and reach London at 7 – got back to Hotel, in time for dinner. Found nice bunch of roses in room from Mrs Cantor. Went to Strand Palace at 9.30 to see Mrs Webb – with Mrs Cantor and got back at 11.30. Great crowds of visitors everywhere. Wrote to Jack Sprig to see if Mrs Cantor could come with us but he says it is impossible.

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Thirza Pidgeon’s 1937 World Tour – 12 July: Letters from home and arranging trip to Canada

Monday, 12 July 1937

Went to Australia House for mail. 2 from Bill, I each Bella & Jack, then went to C.P.R. to see about booking my passage to Montreal. Wrote to Jack Spriggins to see about right date. Had my lunch, rain came on, so  went back to the hotel. Wrapped up parcels, had a rest and stayed in the rest of the day. After dinner just sat in the Hall room and yarned. To bed about 11.