This is a wonderful scrapbook compiled by a young girl in Streator, Illinois, in the late 1800's and early 1900's. The body of the scrapbook is a heavy duty Star Tailoring Company, Chicago, sample book from the fall, 1900 and winter, 1901, although some of the included material pre-dates that time. The book could have been the property of Jane Beaman of Streator since I have another,earlier, scrapbook of hers and her calling card features prominently in this book as well. The nearby towns of Pontiac, Cornell, and Quincy, Illinois, are mentioned in some of the advertising material in the book as well as various Streator ads.. Calendars date from 1887 to 1907. Christmas cards, Valentine cards, promotional advertising cards, religious cards, and full-page pictures, probably from magazines, fill most of the pages.
By far, the most important aspect of these contents is the collection of ten 12 5/8" by 10" paper photo pages of very popular child models for Fairy Soap advertisements of the early 1900's. A collection of this size is rare. The inclusion of two young boys as child models for the soap is also not common. Three of the young girls in this collection feature prominently in various ads from 1904. The children in these photos were seen as real stars by the children, and perhaps the adults, also, of the early 1900's. The pictures could be obtained by collecting 10 front box labels from Fairy Soap and sending them in to get the collection. The slogan for Fairy Soap, "Have you a little 'Fairy" in your home?" would have been familiar to nearly all in the Victorian or Edwardian era. A later child model for Fairy Soap was the later actress Madge Evans who became a girlfriend of Clark Gable.
This scrapbook contains 45 pages including the inside of the back cover. It measures 17 1/4" by 15 1/4". The book weighs nearly 10 pounds. Most of the individual items are in very good condition with only a very few issues. There is some separation of a small section of the binding, but all pages are firmly secured. There is discolored damage on the back cover, but it does penetrate the cover--see photos.