Minnie E. Holt, Commonplace Book - Original 1902 album

An original 1902 album, Minnie E. Holt Commonplace Book.

This charming album was owned by Minnie E. Holt in 1902. The book comprises 64 pages, 36 of which have content. A number of contributions are inscribed "Kelsall", including ones from Lilly and Agnes Wright of Kelsall Hall. Eight of the inscriptions are accompanied by attractive illustrations.

There is some damage to the spine, and some pages have age toning. Four of the illustrations are in an oil-based paint, which has seeped through to later pages.
22cm x 17.5cm.

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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