Chefoo, China: Self-help Dept., Women's Bible School, Presbyterian Mission, ca. 1930. Album with lovely ornate cut out plants and trees, animals and people, produced by the Women's' Bible School Self Help Department in Chefoo, China. With amazingly detailed elements, such as flowers, trees, bridges, people and boats. Stories are explanatory or moralistic with cleverness or kindness often rewarded by future success! How the Frogs Got Their Croak; Outwitting of Wang Shen; Story of Si Mah Gwang...
The American Presbyterian Mission Report of the Chefoo Station for the Year ending June 30, 1939 describes this work being undertaken by students at the Ai Dao Bible School: "Travel being so difficult because of cold weather and torn-up roads, the winter vacation was shortened to two weeks. Although the students rested from studies, they worked hard all day making cut-outs to earn money for the coming term".
Each cut-out comes with a glassine page with the title in Chinese and English, and an explanation of the design. Oblong 8vo, with eight leaves including the title page. Lacking laid in explanatory leaf (?). String bound brocade cloth covers with Chinese scene illustrations. 9 1/4 x 7 1/4" Very good condition. Item #23693