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 and 20s when assembling this album, based on a 1914 seed packet in the first set of photos, and the WWI images that begin to appear in the second set. She moved to Seattle at age 18 and continued the scrapbook there, as it includes a 1919 Ladies Home Journal cover. In this entry, a photo appears dated 1924, so she kept this book well into the 1920s.
I have managed to preserve five of the scrapbooks, even though two of them 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.