Sarah Tuttle’s Scrapbook (1834-1860s)

In 1834, Sarah Tuttle started a scrapbook which she seems to have kept until the 1860s; the date “February 12, 1834” is handwritten on the fly leaf and at least one other place in the book, and a pasted-in obituary is dated 1863. In her book, Sarah pasted poems, humorous stories, and pictures from various sources; she also recorded information on medicines. I’m not sure who Sarah was; I bought her scrapbook at a family auction in Missouri.

Unfortunately, I can’t provide many scans from the scrapbook, but I’d like to record here some of what she collected.

Images from Sarah’s scrapbook are featured in a wallpaper for your desktop.

[Two lovely ladies] [Medical remedies] [An editors’ joke] [“Old Hickory & Mother Bank”] [Political conundrums, 1836]
[“Going to Congress”] [Frances Trollope] [Rules for Young Ladies] [“Miss Ann Barger & Miss Abigal Seholey”]
[Two yellow birds] [Still life from two angles]

A little gallery of original paintings
Two yellow birds
a yellow hammer
a yellow robin

These bird pictures in the spirit of John James Audubon appear to have been inspired by the color yellow: the perky “yelow hammer” may be named for the yellowhammer (Colaptes auratus), which it doesn’t resemble; the “yellow Robbin” appears to be wholly imaginary.

Still life from two angles
still life with fruit

Detailed and subtly shaded, this watercolor of fruit resembles the genteel paintings schoolgirls were expected to produce. It is, however, pasted upside down in the scrapbook. It looks just as good right side up:

still life, right side up
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