This is a unique opportunity to own a complete album from the early 1900s. This charming and at times humorous album is a snap shot of the life of a young girl in war time England. Very often the illustrations are cut from the album and sold individually. This album is completely original and wholly intact. The album belonged to young girl called Mary Smith who lived in Bridge House, Widnes. Widnes is a small town in Cheshire, England. Mary Smith was born in Widnes in 1898 making her 13 when she wrote her inscription in her album. In the 1911 Census Mary Smith’s address is listed as 180 Albert Road, Bridge House, Widnes. Her Father was named William Smith and her mother was named Annie Smith.
The leather album contains an extensive collection of signed and dated poems: including approximately 42 watercolor paintings, pencil and ink drawings by Mary Smith’s close friends and family. This is a fabulous collection and is one of the best examples we have seen, every contribution has been produced by hand. We particularly like the watercolor titled ‘The Seaside Bill’ after Louis Wain. In the collection we also find artwork dedicated to members of the family serving in the First World War such as Mary’s older 19 year old brother Remer Smith who served in the 6th Liverpool Rifles Battalion from 1915.
This is the perfect item for anyone looking for a conversation piece. We can’t help wonder what happened to all of the people who contributed to this album.
Measuring: Width 6.5 inch (16.5 cm) by height 5.5 inch (14 cm). Depth 0.75 inch (2 cm).
Condition: The leather spine is a little damaged but stable. One page has been removed and one page has had the corner cut away by its original owner, otherwise a completely original item.
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