I often buy old scrapbooks, magazines, and catalogs because I love old the old graphics, postcards, greeting cards and photos they hold. Recently, I found a McCalls catalog from1928 that had been converted into a scrapbook. I've come across several such situations, where folks long ago had pasted over the pages of clothing catalogs with their own memorabilia. This can be a good or bad situation, depending on what type of memorabilia is pasted in the catalog, but usually it's unfortunate because the cool graphics of the catalog are obliterated with old newspaper clippings and birth announcements.
I'm always looking for lovely fashions such as these.....
Here is the well-worn cover of my McCalls treasure from 1928:
What interesting events were going on after the catalog was published? The birth of Charles and Anne Lindburgh's baby was a huge story, and that's where the scrapbook began. Little Charles Augustus Lindburgh Jr. is flanked by two fashionable women (below):
I think most of us know that the story of the Lindburgh baby doesn't have a happy ending.....and as I turned the pages, the scrapbook kept track of the whole tragedy of the baby kidnapping and subsequent discovery of the poor baby's body. If you want a synopsis of the events, check out the story on Wikipedia.
I've heard before that one can separate scrapbook images by soaking in water. I thought I would give it a try with my McCall catalog/Lindburgh baby article scrapbook. I tore out a few pages and put them right in my sink, covering them with warm water:
To my surprise, after about 15 minutes the newspaper clippings easily peeled away from the catalog pages. The water didn't damage the catalog images at all:
I blotted the catalog pages dry with paper towels and laid them on my deck outside to dry further in the warm air:
I just love the old graphics, showing the fashions of the late 1920's:
You can click on these images and save them to your computer:
Charming 1920's fashions for young girls:
I love the image of the little girls hanging lanterns:
Toddlers on dramatic black background. These images were in the back of the catalog and hadn't been covered with newspaper clippings:
So I learned a lot in that one scrapbook: details about the Lindburgh kidnapping, once called "the crime of the century," and how to separate old glued-together pages using water!