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Scrapbooks

People have collected paper mementos for many years, including newspaper clippings, poems, and notes. The first book about how to put together a scrapbook was published in 1825. Scrapbooking became widely popular during this time, and other books were published on the subject.

In the mid-1800s, publishers of scrapbooks and albums began embellishing their scrapbook pages with themes and pictures of birds or flowers. When photography was invented, scrapbooks were manufactured with pockets to hold photographs. Photos gained popularity in scrapbooks after the invention of the Kodak camera and roll film in 1888.

The popularity of scrapbooking faded after World War I, when recession forced scrapbook publishers to close. The hobby did not gain popularity again until the '90s, when magazines began publishing scrapbook ideas. Scrapbooking is once again a popular hobby today, and this has put vintage scrapbooks on the radar of many collectors.


Quick Facts

  • One of the first famous American scrapbookers was Thomas Jefferson. He created albums filled with newspaper clippings from his presidency, as well as favorite poems
  • In 1872, author Mark Twain invented a scrapbook with pre-pasted pages. "Mark Twain's Adhesive Scrapbook" became one of his most popular books and netted the author $50,000 in profits
  • Vintage scrapbooks were usually created around a theme, such as recipes, home remedies, or sewing patterns. Young girls often created scrapbooks filled with cards and correspondence that they received

Recommended Items at Auction

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Vintage Charlotte Becker Baby Scrapbook with Tons of Lithograph Pictures
Oct 10, 11:00 AM EDT
Vintage Charlotte Becker Baby Scrapbook with Tons of Lithograph Pictures
by Denise Ryan Auction Co.
Est: $25- $500
$607 Bids
SCRAP BOOKS WITH VINTAGE PHOTOS
Jan 03, 1:00 PM CST
SCRAP BOOKS WITH VINTAGE PHOTOS
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
Vintage Scrap Book
Oct 09, 9:00 AM CDT
Vintage Scrap Book
by Matthew Bullock Auctioneers
Est: $30- $300
$151 Bid
Antique Scrapbook [Charles G.G. Dickens] Collection of Prints and Illustrations
Oct 08, 10:00 AM MST
Antique Scrapbook [Charles G.G. Dickens] Collection of Prints and Illustrations
by Regency Antique Books
Est: $150- $200
$1001 Bid
Armand Hammer Photo Memorabilia Scrapbook Photographs Event at LACMA 1986
Oct 30, 10:00 AM PDT
Armand Hammer Photo Memorabilia Scrapbook Photographs Event at LACMA 1986
by Global Auctions Company
Est: $90- $120
$700 Bids
Gathorne-Hardy (Alfred Erskine, 1845-1918). pair of personal scrap albums, c. 1898/1916
Oct 12, 10:00 AM BST
Gathorne-Hardy (Alfred Erskine, 1845-1918). pair of personal scrap albums, c. 1898/1916
by Dominic Winter Auctions
Est: £300- £500
£3000 Bids
Scrapbook with Bicycle Ephemera
Oct 15, 9:00 AM EDT
Scrapbook with Bicycle Ephemera
by Copake Auction Inc.
Est: $50- $75
$200 Bids
Scrap albums. An assorted collection of 13 scrap albums, mostly late Victorian & early 20th century
Oct 12, 10:00 AM BST
Scrap albums. An assorted collection of 13 scrap albums, mostly late Victorian & early 20th century
by Dominic Winter Auctions
Est: £150- £200
£1500 Bids
SCRAPBOOK -- "PLAKBOEK". Scrapbook. The Netherlands, c. 1850. Containing 44 lvs. with num
Nov 15, 1:30 PM CET
SCRAPBOOK -- "PLAKBOEK". Scrapbook. The Netherlands, c. 1850. Containing 44 lvs. with num
by Burgersdijk & Niermans
Est: €90- €120
€900 Bids
Scrapbook of Newspaper Clippings, Boston Massacre
Oct 18, 5:30 PM EDT
Scrapbook of Newspaper Clippings, Boston Massacre
by Schwenke Auctioneers
Est: $200- $400
$500 Bids
U.S.S. North Carolina 1940s Scrapbook
Dec 02, 10:00 AM EST
U.S.S. North Carolina 1940s Scrapbook
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$500 Bids
"The American Scrap Book" & "The European Scrap Book"
Oct 09, 6:00 PM EDT
"The American Scrap Book" & "The European Scrap Book"
by Lettieri Auction & Appraisal
Est: $40- $80
$200 Bids
Vorphilatelie.
Oct 14, 10:00 AM CEST
Vorphilatelie.
by Kiefer Buch- und Kunstauktionen
Est: €300- €450
€3000 Bids
Old Scrap book of birthday cards and more
Oct 23, 12:00 PM EDT
Old Scrap book of birthday cards and more
by South Jersey Auction by Babington Auction Inc.
Est: $20- $100
$100 Bids
Old Scrap book of Christmas cards and more
Oct 23, 12:00 PM EDT
Old Scrap book of Christmas cards and more
by South Jersey Auction by Babington Auction Inc.
Est: $20- $100
$100 Bids
Scrap book of photos
Oct 23, 12:00 PM EDT
Scrap book of photos
by South Jersey Auction by Babington Auction Inc.
Est: $20- $100
$100 Bids
Vintage Bob White's Scrap Book Poems Softcover, EC
Oct 12, 6:00 PM EDT
Vintage Bob White's Scrap Book Poems Softcover, EC
by Homestead Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$50 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Scrapbooks


South Jersey Auction by Babington Auction Inc.

South Jersey Auction by Babington Auction Inc.

Dominic Winter Auctions

Dominic Winter Auctions

Copake Auction Inc.

Copake Auction Inc.

Homestead Auctions

Homestead Auctions