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Early twentieth-century British children's scrapbook


Held at: University of Delaware Library Special Collections [Contact Us]181 South College Avenue, Newark, DE 19717-5267

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This scrapbook was created by an unknown individual, possibly a child. The creator of this scrapbook was likely British based on content imagery. An image of an early combustion automobile on the inside cover suggests that this book was compiled circa 1900.

Biographical information derived from collection.

This early twentieth-century British children's scrapbook, compiled by an unknown child, contains colorful die-cut scraps and collected images of children, flowers, animals, clowns, pastoral scenes, uniformed British military, folktale characters, depictions of children's games, depictions of Santa Claus, and other Christmas scenes.

Notable character depictions include "Little Red Riding Hood," "Cinderella," "Dick Whittington," "Robinson Crusoe," and "The Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe." Printed by Raphael Tuck & Sons (London, Paris, New York) are three images of children's games, including "Forfeit," "Blindman's Bluff," and "Oranges and Lemons." Of special note is a coupon for Pears Soap in the form of a change purse with British coins and authorization to pay the bearer 15 shillings for an introduction to the product. One animal scrap depicts a xiphodon emerging from behind a letter X.

The faded blue cloth cover of this thin album is decorated in the Art Nouveau style, with black curvilinear stems flowing from red poinsettia-like flowers to green leaves bordering a small black-lined cottage scene at the base of the cover. The cover also bears the title "Scraps" in gold stylized letters. The green paper pages of this album are brittle.

Item 0038: Shelved in SPEC MSS 0093 folio


Processed by Jennifer M. Nichols and Tim Pouch, November 2012. Encoded by Caitlin Farthing, February 2013.

University of Delaware Library Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
University of Delaware Library, Special Collections
Finding Aid Date
2013 February 28
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

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Collection Inventory

Early twentieth-century British children's scrapbook, circa 1895-1905.
Item 0038
Physical Description

1 volume

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