Scrapbookers owe a debt to Mark Twain? Who knew?

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My friends over at have just published a comprehensive post on the history of scrapbooking. Heavily researched and beautifully photographed, I wanted to share the link with you today because it’s pretty interesting where all of this stuff originated from. It really goes a lot farther back that I thought.

If anything, it speaks to our collective need to say, “I was here. This is what I experienced.”

Thank,, for a truly wonderful read.

Click here to read the article.

Cathy ZielskeScrapbookers owe a debt to Mark Twain? Who knew?

5 Comments on “Scrapbookers owe a debt to Mark Twain? Who knew?”

  1. #1
    Glenda Thorne

    Thanks for this interesting story from . I watch their lessons and have ordered from them as well. My husband’s family has a very old bible depicting the births and deaths of many generations. My grandmother kept journals and I loved reading about her childhood. Thanks for the memories!

  2. #2

    That was fascinating! Grangerizing is something I’d never heard of. What a strange but interesting idea. And I have some of those cameras! Brownies are my favorite. I was fortunate to have an Uncle who also loved photography who left me his collection when he passed.

    There are times I wonder if our kids will miss the old fashioned, corner held photo scrapbook with a relative’s handwriting detailing the selected few pictures. They were always my favorite to look at as a kid. Of course I’m a total sucker for the 1940’s and 50’s. I’ve done Project Life for 7 years now and my mom does traditional scrap pages for us as well. We probably have close to 20 scrapbooks at this point and my kids are only 7 and 10. The kids do love to look at them (as do I!), but I wonder what will become of them down the road – will they really want or care about the repetitive minutiae of our daily lives? Will their children (if they decide to have them) pull the albums out and be as fascinated as I was with my “Greats” photo albums? Or will they just be overwhelmed. And what about the external hard drives stuffed FULL of photos? (I guess this is a sign that I should sit down and weed through them more fully.)

    Nothing like a bit of legacy pondering on a Wednesday morning! πŸ™‚

  3. #3

    My first camera was a Brownie. At about age 12, I took the best photo ever taken of my maternal grandparents. I think it’s because they loved me so much….Thank you, Cathy, for sharing this article.

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      Cathy Zielske

      I snagged a few Brownies from Dan’s grandmother’s place, after she’d passed away. Then my daughter decided that she would like to keep them. πŸ™‚

  4. #4

    Thanks so much for sharing!
    I love that I have my mama’s scrapbook from the late 1940s – early 50s.
    It’s a treasure –
    and probably the reason I also have scrapbooks from school days in the 70s –

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