All the Comforts of Home: Clippings Scrapbook

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The logic of this scrapbook contrasts sharply with the principles of organization described in Victorian handicraft manuals and those most often employed by scrapbook compilers of the era. Of unknown provenance, this scrapbook defies any guiding principle other than fetishism. Filled with salacious newspaper clippings from sensational late-19th-century periodicals such as Day’s Doings and the New York Police Gazette, as well as viciously comic valentines, patent medicine almanac advertisements, and scraps, this volume speaks to the problem of understanding the personal and larger social context of such a work when disassociated from its compiler.

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