[Jakarta Indonesia]: 1886. A wonderful folio Victorian scrap album profusely illustrated with hundreds of embossed and die cut chromolithographic scraps, a memento made by two daughters "in loving memory of dear Mama". These vividly colorful scrap are the products of some of the top lithographers of the day, including Raphael Tuck & Sons; Siegmund Hildesheimer & Co., Helga von Cramm; Wirths Brothers; Marcus Ward & Co.; H. M. Burnside; M. H. Nathan; L. Prang & Co; R.F. Mcintyre; and Bernhardt Ollendorff. The manufacturers are from England, the U.S. and Germany, amongst others.
The manuscript dedication page, titled "Eila & Laura Foster", explains, "this scrap book was designed and made by Papa & Aunt Edith with the object of preserving the pictures furnished into a paper book by dearest Mamma, the leaves of which are pasted into this book in their entirety". It is signed "Waringin Villa, Batavia, Christmas day 1886". The name of the villa likely derives from the ancient enormous Waringin (Indian fig) trees which were of great cultural and religious significance to the local Javanese.
The focus of most of the artistically arranged images is Christmas: the album opens with a magnificent large Father Christmas in a deep red robe, surrounded by die cut flowers (there are many more Father Christmas figures throughout). But there are also many scrap of children and babies (including black children portrayed in a stereotypically racist way), plants, flowers and garlands, dancing sailors, fish and fowl, cats and dogs, birds (including an enormous peacock highlighted in gilt) and butterflies, fruit and insects, horse and carriages (including colonial images of a white couple in a jitney being pulled by 2 Indian men in turbans), lions & tigers, religious scenes, and kings and queens of England.
World sites and current events cards include: a large die cut card showing the "New York Elevated RY" (a wonderful scene with a locomotive and 3 carriages on elevated track above a street car marked "Harlem" and "4th Avenue RR Co"); "The Niagara Falls Passed in Safety by Captain Webb" (Webb was an English swimmer, the first to swim the Channel); and "His Majesty the German Emperor, King of Prussia, Frederick III. As He Appeared in London on the Jubilee Celebrations of Her Majesty the Queen, June 21, 1887." (Large die cut scrap of the Emperor on horse back).
Illustrated children's tales include: 'Little Red Riding Hood' in 6 separate cards (wonderfully frightening grandmother/wolf); 'Simple Simon', also in 6 separate cards; 'Old Mother Hubbard' illustrated in 14 cards; and 'Robinson Crusoing, A Tail of Adventure' (cartoon strip signed "Mars").
Advertising trade cards in the album include: Pear's soap ad showing anthropomorphized mother chimp washing her son/chimp over a barrel with a label "you dirty boy"; and Carr's Blacks (shoe polish).
Greeting cards include: Christmas (Raphael Tuck & Sons; Siegmund Hildesheimer & Co., Helga von Cramm; Wirths Brothers; Marcus Ward & Co.; H. M. Burnside; M. H. Nathan; L. Prang & Co; R.F.Mcintyre; Bernhardt Ollendorff), New Year's , and Happy Birthday.
The scrap are laid down on white canvas cloth leaves stamped "James Burton & Sons, Superior Quality", and with a logo stamp illustrated with a leaping cat. James Burton & Sons were the largest cotton mill owners in the mid 1800s in Lancashire England, owning Atherton Mill, Lodge Mill, Field Mill, and Westfield Mill in Hindsford.
Album in half leather and Chinese cloth covered boards, 13 1/2 x 18", 70 leaves. Cloth laid down on paper covered boards, with advertisment for "Powell & Co., Auctioneers, Singapore", with illustrations of box springs and mattresses. Powell & Co. were the oldest and largest firm of auctioneers in the Straits Settlements, located at 20and 22 Raffles Place. Powell made important land sales for the Colonial Government.
The color cloth covering the boards is a vintage Chinese patterned fabric decorated with Mahjong tiles and Chinese domino tiles. Boards detached but present; leather spine detached, worn; binding tight. Scraps mostly in very good condition, otherwise in good condition needing attention if kept as an album.
A poignant Victorian scrap album loaded with images carefully laid out by two young British girls living as ex patriates, memorializing their mother and reminding them of home. Item #23935