An original 1908 album, Commonplace Book, Beccles, Suffolk.
This small album comprises 37 pages, 10 of which have content. The inscriptions include quotations from Shakespeare and the Bible. The album is inscribed "Beccles Centre" and there are also contributions from "Langley Grange, Loddon" and "Harleston" in Norfolk. There is one graphite drawing of a poppy dated 1909.
The covers and spine are somewhat worn and some pages have minor foxing.
10.8cm x 18.7cm.
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.