No date [c. 1890-1910]. Leather bound. [EPHEMERA] [SCRAPBOOK] [TRAVEL]. 12mo; 63 leaves; red padded leather journal with brass lock, flap missing; all edges gilt; white moire satin doublures; 54 leaves with stationery scrap mounted, recto only; a dozen or more small scrap clippings laid in; handling wear to cover, else fine. Near fine. Item #1244
An interesting and eclectic collection of over 500 logos, letterheads, private addresses, emblems, and insignias representing hotels, private clubs, universities, train and steamship travel, stores, private residences, as well as monograms, clipped from stationery. Most are embossed and represent luxury properties and travel from around the world. A clue to date is the inclusion of a printed 42 star flag, one that was never official because of the manner in which the states, Washington and Idaho, entered the Union in 1890.
A few examples of hotel logos include, in Boston: The Hotel Vendome, The Brunswick in Copley Square, The Charlesgate; in New York: Murray Hill Hotel, Hotel Netherland, Hotel Savoy, Grosvenor Hotel in Chester; The Ocean House, Watch Hill, R.I.; Princess Anne in Virginia Beach; Brown Palace Hotel in Denver; The Ritz in Paris; and Royal Victoria Hotel in Nassau, Bahamas. Club stationery logos include: Lake Hoptacong Club in Mt. Arlington, N.J., Abenaquis Club in Ellsworth, Maine; the University Club in Boston; Atlantic Yacht Club, and the Noonday Club, Barnet House, Cincinnati. The Noonday Club was founded in 1900 as a woman’s writing club for literary purposes and to take tea as a group. Universities represented include Harvard, Dartmouth, Stanford, and Yale, Bowdoin, Cornell and others. Two small pressed clovers are glued in.
During the Victorian era collecting was a highly regarded pastime. No clue is given from the scrapbook as to who was collecting and if the world travel represented was personal, a collection from family and friends, or traded.