The Polkadot Scrapbook, part 5

My grandmother, Gladys Corinne Walker, was born in 1897.   She grew up on a farm in Argyle, Michigan and moved to Seattle at age 18, and she created this scrapbook during the 1920s and perhaps beyond.  The previous two scrapbooks were assembled in large repurposed catalogs on heavy paper.  For this one, she bought a ready made paper book.

  Let’s leaf through page by page together, taking a closer look at especially interesting pictures.

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I am not enraptured with baby pictures as my grandma was, but just as I have featured photos of fancy hats here for my hat-loving friends, I’m doing close ups of some of the babies who friends who will like that.  I am lucky she was enraptured with babies as she was my primary caregiver when I was one!

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by Maud Tousey Fangel

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by ? Wolcott
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by Maud Tousey Fangel
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by Maud Tousey Fangel
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Despite the idyllic family nature of these scrapbooks, my grandmother was divorced twice and did not have primary custody of her daughter (my mother) and son.  I hope to tell her story, illustrated with her photos, in future posts when I’m done with the scrapbook project.

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The begonia show ribbon came much later.  It was inserted in the album so I placed it on the page.

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Her parents and sisters and she ran a farm stand at the county fair (and possibly on a regular basis).

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Flapper Fanny
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