Scrapbooking was nearly as popular in the 1880s-1890s as it is today. Unlike today’s creations, these books were heavy on the scrap, including everything from newspaper clippings, programs, and letters to flowers, ribbons, charms and even chewing gum. Though there were dedicated “books” on the market, some even boasted moisten-able strips, these were usually expensive. So what was the stylish but frugal teenager/woman to do? Reuse catalogs of course!
Catalogs were expensive to produce and were often printed on heavy paper and bound like a book. As long as you didn’t mind the ghosts of their former use peeking out between your scraps, they were perfect candidates for reuse.
Below are a couple of examples of these wonderful recycled scrapbooks from the collection.