Lulu's Vintage

Scrapbooks, An American History & Lulu's Honeymoon Scrapbook


I just finished reading Scrapbooks, An American History by Jessica Helfand. This book is very thorough in it's history of the scrapbook. It features photos and excerpts from various different scrapbooks through the ages. Jessica Helfand writes of how scrapbooking was a hugely popular pastime in the Victorian era, to how scrapbooks evolved into places where people commemorated wars, school days, babies, vacations, idolized movie stars and recorded aspects of their daily lives.

Today I discovered that the author has a website called The Daily Scrapbook where she does daily posts from scrapbooks in her collection. This promises to be an enjoyable treat that I look forward to perusing. *Jessica Helfand left a comment on this post and invited all of you to submit your own family scrapbook click here to be taken to her website where you can learn how to submit*

Speaking of scrapbooks, you may know of my love for ephemera- so scrapbooks are items that are close to my heart. Back in 1999, when I was on vacation in Prague I bought a lovely Alphonse Mucha scrapbook. When I bought the scrapbook I knew that one day I would fill it with special memories- but, at the time I didn't know exactly what. In 2006 my husband and I traveled to Europe for our honeymoon. When we returned home that's when I decided I had the perfect use for it...

I filled the scrapbook with postcards, ticket stubs, brochures and photos that we had acquired on our honeymoon, as well as text from the journal that I kept on our European adventure.
Here are some sample pages from our honeymoon trip...

This post was originally published on June 18, 2009.