C. Blunt, Commonplace Book - Original 1918 album

An original 1918 album, C. Blunt Commonplace Book.

This charming album was owned by a C. Blunt in 1918. The book comprises 37 pages, 25 of which have content. There are small inscriptions and quotations, as well as an ink drawing "The Combat" from 1919 and a graphite cartoon drawing. 

In fine condition, except one page has come loose from the binding.
16.5cm x 20.5cm.

This book is one of a collection of commonplace books owned by young women at the beginning of the 20th century. They are an eclectic delight of intriguing inscriptions and drawings – often witty poems, proverbs and quotations, and humorous, sweet cartoons.

All signed and dated by the contributors – the owner’s friends, family and acquaintances – they tell a personal story and give insight into the life of a young women in Britain around the time of the First World War. Furthermore, their often moralising content reveals a wider context of a very different world from today – of an old-fashioned innocence and belief in values such as modesty, hard work and ever-lasting friendship. 


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