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Jarvis Scrapbook
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Title: Jarvis Scrapbook
Identifier: 992.2.9
Donor: Mr and Mrs. Jeff Jarvis
Item Date: 1910-1926
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Bradley Museum

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Description: A hardcover scrapbook bound with screw posts and having 60 pre-gummed (glue dots) and numbered pages. The cover is cotton covered cardboard, dark brown in colour. At the top centre of the first sheet in black ink script is: F.W. Jarvis. The first sheet gives the publisher's information for a selection of scrap books. The next three sheets are lined with blue ink, each divided into four sections by red lines, each labelled alphabetically; no entries. Contents include newspaper clippings about world events, city events, family events, church notices, personal notes and letters. (.2). A newspaper illustration is mounted on the inside of the back cover (.3) a clipping about the Demeter home. There are loose pieces: at page 3 (.4) a clipping about Protestantism and (.5) program for a cenotaph unveiling (Nov 11/20) London; at page 7 (.6) program for laying the cornerstone at Havergal College and (.7) program for a window dedication at St. Paul's church in Toronto (May 21/22); at page 9 (.8) a clipping of a death notice for Dr. Griffith Thomas; at page 23 (.10) a full newspaper sheet from Toronto Telegram, November 11, 1918 (pages 5 and 6); at page 25, (.11) a book mark from a book store in Grosse Pointe, Michigan; at page 27 (.12) a card of acknowledgement from Mrs. Henry Watterson; at page 29 (.13) a clipping about the German intellectual community in Nov. 1918; at page 29 (.14) a clipping death notice for Miss Elizabeth Grace Flaws R.N.; at page 29 (.15) a clipping from The Canadian Churchman - death notice for E. Raymond Jarvis; at page 53 (.16) a newspaper clipping about cornerstone at Havergal College (Apr. 24/26); at page 55 (.17) program for consecration of Bishop (June 24/22) at Westminster Abbey; (.18) Christmas Card (1912) from Mr. and Mrs. S. H. Blake; (.19) program from cornerstone laying at York Court House (Apr 24/26); (.20) photograph Christmas card from J. M. Langsmith(?) ; (.21) flyer for trains to Epsom (May 25-28); (.22) clipping about dedication of Royal Military College Service Flag.

What we call Scrapbooks or Memory Books today, originated as far back as 1598 as Common-place Books, which were home made books in which educated people collected quotes, poetry, letters, cards and illustrations. A printing technique known as lithography was invented in 1798 and during the 1800s young women kept friendship albums filled with hair weavings, writings, autographs, scrap, cards, poetry and even early photographs. Homemakers kept the labels and trade cards from new consumer products and college students documented their years at school. Cartes de visite and card photographs became popular in the United States about 1859 and made their way into collectors' albums. The mass production of advertising cards for companies and products began in the 1860s. In 1872 Mark Twain marketed a self-pasting scrapbook. It had gummed pages that you moistened to adhere your various scraps. At least fifty-seven different types of Mark Twain albums were available by 1901. Scrap booking became even more popular in the 1880s especially among women and children. In 1888 George Eastman sold the Kodak camera for amateur photographers under the slogan, 'You push the button, we do the rest.' Photographs then became a major part of scrapbooks and albums. The book 'Roots' by Alex Haley (1970) spurred a resurgence of interest in family history. Scrap booking really emerged as a popular hobby in the 1990s, giving rise to special products, magazines, books and specialty retail outlets. By 2000, scrap booking software was developed that allowed page layouts and albums to be created on home computers and shared with friends and family via the internet. REF: Memory Makers magazine, May/June 2001 see www.somethingtoremembermeby.org.
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