Dot Goodwin, Commonplace Book - Original 1909 album


An original 1909 album, Dot Goodwin Commonplace Book.

This small album was owned by Dot Goodwin in 1909. The book comprises 72 pages, 32 of which have content. The inscriptions include quotations from Alfred, Lord Tennyson and Shakespeare. A number are inscribed "Margate". There are two small pen and ink drawings, one graphite drawing, and one inscription of musical notation by Douglas Price, 1910. The album has gilt edging to the paper, attractive endpapers and gold tooling to the inside covers.

The spine and corners of the covers are somewhat worn.
13cm x 16.5cm.

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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