When young Elizabeth was crowned queen in 1953, the world was able to follow it with the more advanced technology of radio and some television. Along with the ceremony came lots of memorabilia to commemorate the occasion. One such piece was this 15 ¼” x 10 ½” paper scrap book with the queen’s official photo on the front. This book was manufactured by Lithotone by Walker Press in Paris, Ontario, Canada. It is made up of the large manila paper pages and the cover and back are a medium weight card stock. Inside some of the pages are 1950s cards that were sent to the 7-year-old owner of the scrap book while she was hospitalized for an extended amount of time because of a riding accident. She lived in Canada at the time; so the coronation of the queen was an appropriate book to use to glue her card in.
In all there are 53 cards – most are get well greeting cards, but six are cards that would have been included with flowers that were delivered to her room. One card was from her second-grade classmates, another was from an official at her school – Balmoral, and several appear to be from her teacher, Mrs. Brown. There are a couple of duplicate cards, but sent from different people. Most of the pages of the book are in good condition, with appropriate yellowing; one was slightly torn; a couple frayed. The cover has a slight tear at the bottom. About half of the pages are still blank with no cards pasted in. This piece has charm on several levels – from the memorabilia of the longest sitting, oldest monarch in British history, to the compassion you feel reading the cards and knowing this little girl was away from her family and friends for such a long time. 1950s greeting cards had so much character to them; I’m sure they helped to cheer her.
This would be a darling addition to your collection. Please contact us if you have any questions.
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