Under the opening view of each scrapbook page, <PREVIOUS PAGE ~ index ~ NEXT PAGE> will appear. Page numbers, as well as other terms can be entered into the "Search This Blog" box to your right. You are encouraged to use the ~ index ~, which as of March 2016 is nearing completion. Page by page listings appear in the Table of Contents. In addition, the posts by month (in order) appear as part of the "Blog Archive" to your right.
As originally compiled, this Collection presents a glimpse of the late 19th century through the lens of an early 21st century observer. At its core is the original trade card scrapbook as prepared by a 19th century Civil War widow to occupy her children. The pages and cards are presented in the order they were originally prepared by Emma Jane (Bailey) Arnold.
Visit the ~ index ~ for further details about the Collection, including the original index as prepared by Earl J. Arnold in the late 1950's.
Although following a book-like format and providing typical book navigational aids, the blog author anticipates that you will enter and leave as your interests dictate rather than reading from the "beginning" all the way through to page 194. Each post tells a unique story on its own. The complete work, however, should be of interest to those who are attempting to understand American society in the late 19th century as well as those sturdy souls who are trying to make some sense of contemporary America.
Scholars in American history, marketing, women's studies, fashion, sociology and many other fields will find materials of interest in these pages. The trade cards lead to stories of fortunes made and lost, then made again. Racial and ethnic prejudice is portrayed. Poisons are presented as cure-alls for all sorts of ailments--some even as universal remedies. Corporate mergers and the consequences of corporate relocation are revealed. Overall the Arnold Collection demonstrates the power of advertising to create demand, alter styles and transmit culture.
The Arnold Collection is yours to enjoy on many levels. Go ahead! Daydream a little! Add your comments. Wander afield and forget why it was you originally discovered the Collection in the first place. After all, getting lost is a good way of finding things. (The author is an expert on getting lost.)
The scrapbook images are in the public domain. You may copy them, reproduce them and generally use them in any manner you choose. Please acknowledge the Arnold Collection as your source.
Speaking of detective work, please comment below if you can find anything about Brown's Grocery House. One of Hartford's transformations apparently wiped it out. Thanks!
-Jeffrey Arnold Diver
7 March 2016
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