Scrapbook Album[Scrapbook Album] High school girl’s scrapbook album with autographs, photos, and 107 pieces of ephemera including tickets, table cards, invitations, and letters from c. 1929-1930. The Girl Graduate Her Own Book. Designed and illustrated by Louise Perrett and Sarah K. Smith. Chicago: The Reilly and Lee Co., [n.d.]. 190 pages. Original textured brown cloth boards. 9.25 x 6 in. Title and oval portrait of a young lady embossed on front cover. The book belongs to Germaine Smith, Graduated from St. Anthony High School in Detroit. Table of contents include space for handwritten entries on: Class Yell or Motto, Photographs, Autographs, Class Officers, Teachers, Class Prophecy, Invitations, Programmes, Social Events, Press Notices, Gowns, Presents, Jokes and Frolics, and the Baccalaureate Sermon. 36 handwritten inscriptions from classmates with poems and memories of time spent together. “In your chain of friendship, Consider me a link.” “When twilight pulls the curtain and joins it with a start, Remember you have a friend though she wanders far.” “According to Shakespeare, May your life be ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ with everything ‘As You Like It.’” Others look forward to the young ladies’ futures beyond high school. “When you are old and sipping tea, Remember your classmate of 1930.” “Little sporty roadsters, Little hugs and kisses, Often make a little miss, Change her name to Mrs.” Also kind notes from the Sisters who led the school, largely wishing their student’s future happiness. “The happiest heart that ever beat was in some ‘quiet’ breast, That sound the common daylight sweet and left to heaven the rest.” “Although these words may simple be, they bear you more than eye can see: ‘God hold you ever in His care!’”
Many lovely pieces of ephemera documenting a teenage girl’s social life included as well. Dried flower pressed on page 11. Very vibrant, colorful table markers from dances with motifs such as ballet dancers, harlequin clowns, and bright birds and butterflies. Photographs and other items show the vibrant personality of the original owner. 13 photos of a girls posting in front of school and walking with nuns. Several items reference girls activity in sports, such as news clippings on a women’s speed skating competition and a program for a regional high school Gymnastics demonstration. Cutting that list Honor Roll, and local events at the high school. Several programs and tickets for shows at local theaters in Detroit. Unique pair of “Shadowgraph Glasses” create a 3-D optical illusion with a blue lens for Left Eye and a red lens for Right Eye. Includes 1929 cutting from a Japanese-language newspaper. Light toning at page edges. Very good condition.