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. She must have been in her late teens when assembling this album, based on a 1914 seed packet and the WWI images that begin to appear. She moved to Seattle at age 18 and continued assembling the scrapbook there..
I have managed to preserve five of the scrapbooks, even though two 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 them page by page together, taking a closer look at especially interesting pictures.
There are many striking black and white drawings in this scrapbook. I’ll be sorting the photos by that and other themes after they are all posted.
This picture, by artist R.M. Brett, was painted in 1918 and therefore puts a date on when Gladys was assembling this scrapbook.
Even though fashion is not “my thing”, I’m trying to focus in on some of the clothing photos for those of my friends who love that. I’ll be gathering the fashion photos into a separate post eventually.