Victorian scrapbooks

Victorian scrapbooks

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Title: Victorian scrapbooks
Dates: 1890-1915
Quantity: 2.5 Linear feet (2 boxes)
Coll. Number: ms1394

Biographical/Historical Note

At the turn of the twentieth century, scrapbooks were increasingly popular with Americans, who frequently prized and saved greeting cards, invitations, advertisements, poetry, artwork, and photographs. Individuals occasionally preserved tobacco cards, which were trade cards used to stiffen packaging and advertise cigarettes. These were often in sets with strict themes, such as world leaders, global costumes, and horses. Collecting tobacco sets - as well as keeping greeting cards - in scrapbooks was one way for Americans to treasure interesting, small pieces of art.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of three scrapbooks:

The first belonged to Margaret Adams of Augusta, Georgia. It contains greeting cards, trade cards for the Detroit Heating and Lighting Company and Ayers products, and artwork that includes flowers, children, and animals.

The second scrapbook contains photographs of women, tobacco cards, and three issues of a magazine called "Sunshine for Little Children."

The third scrapbook contains clippings on various subjects, including an image of Jefferson Davis image. The book itself is a repurpoesd ledger from the Agency Union Bank checkbook, from Columbus, GA.

Index Terms

Adams, Margaret
Columbus (Ga.)
Greeting cards--Georgia.
Trading cards.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Victorian scrapbooks, ms 1394. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

OS BoxItem
11Margaret Adams Scrapbook
Includes: an "Imperial Council of the Ancient Arabic Order" certificate; segments of European greeting cards; postcards of flowers, children, women, and animals; trade cards for commercial products from companies like Detroit Heating and Lighting Company, Ayers, Highland Brand Condensed Milk, Perry Davis Pain Killer, and Bierman & Jones.
2Scrapbook (unidentified owner)
Includes: photographic portraits of women, Iroquois derby trade cards, Kinney Bros High Class Cigarettes cards (1889), Duke Cigarettes cards (of world leaders and costumed people), Virginia Brights Cigarettes cards (women portraits), and three renditions of the magazine "Sunshine for Little Children" (1888).
OS BoxItem
21Columbus, GA scrapbook, 1860s-1870s