North British Mercantile scrapbook, part 1

My grandmother, Gladys Corinne Walker, was born in 1897.  During her childhood on a farm in Argyle, Michigan,  she created scrapbooks in old repurposed catalogs. This one was was begun in her late teenage years.  She moved to Seattle at age 18 and continued this scrapbook there.

I have managed to preserve five of the scrapbooks, even though they got water damaged around the edges in one of my leaky abodes.  I think of this scrapbook as wabi sabi, damaged but still beautiful. (While the scrapbooks were stored in a wardrobe in an interior room of a huge old oceanside lodge, rain water leaked two floors down the interior wall into the wardrobe.) Let’s leaf through page by page together, taking a closer look at especially interesting pictures.

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Ladies Home Journal 1915

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