Chattanooga, Tennessee: Circa 1930.
Paperback. This vintage scrapbook includes newspaper clippings, business and social cards, advertising ephemera, photographs, and more from Chattanooga, Tennessee in the early 1930s. These "clippings" are the work of Miss Virginia Esther Hewitt, who appears in several of the newspaper clippings for hosting a theatre party at the Tivoli, for being appointed the bookkeeper and stenographer for a county farm, and more. Newspaper clippings include "local briefs" on social events, trips, employment, the comings and goings of judges, revivials, and more. There are several social and business cards, including: 1) the business card of Charles W. Lusk, Judge of the Criminal Court, Sixth Judicial Circuit of Tennessee, above which is a scrap of black fabric, ostensibly from his robe, over which is pasted a headline: "Tell it to the judge"; 2) two business cards for Dr. Otto Buford Wunschow; 3) business card and social card (pencilled "Mom's Boss") for the Vice President of Ocoee Amusement Co. of Chattanooga with a fold-out advertisement dated 1930 for their services in designing, installing, and operating their "Ocoee Midget Golf Course" or mini-golf course; and more. Also included is a pamphlet with itinerary for the Elks Junior Band of Chattanooga Lodge No. 91, photographs including one of a large group of men in suits and women in white dresses, two members of which appear to be in black face, and some travel ephemera, including the business card of Mineral Springs Inn of Tennessee and a photograph or postcard of the Green Lantern Inn in Juarez, Mexico. This scrapbook is not fully filled out, some items are notably missing and others are loose and laid in. With 29 pieces of ephemera in all, this nearly 100-year-old scrapbook offers a unique perspective of Chattanooga society in the early 1930s as well as an abundance of avenues for further research.
9 1/4" X 6 1/4". 36 pages, unpaginated, 14 of which contain ephemera, with 29 pieces of ephemera in all. Decorative paper wraps bound with screw posts, lettered in gilt to upper board above a pair of scissors stamped in kind, within a floral border in blind. Moderate wear to binding, with some soiling to wraps and rubbing and bumping to edges and extremities. Binding is firm, tight, and sound. Pages are age-toned. Some ephemera is obviously missing, others are loose and laid in to their places. Good. Item #11182