Thursday, 31 May 2012

The Bookshelf: The Edwardian Scrapbook compiled by Robert Opie

Today I am sharing another fantastic Birthday present I received from my thoughtful Mum that she spotted in a charity shop. The Edwardian Scrapbook contains over 1,300 images selected from Robert Opie's collection and creates a remarkable insight into the life of a Edwardian and is an excellent visual resource. "This was the era that first saw Peter Rabbit, Meccano, Plasticine, Marmite, the Daily Mirror and the Daily Sketch."

This fascinating book is set out like an old collaged scrapbook with posters, souvenirs, newspapers, magazines, perfume bottles, postcards and toys that are layered and spilling out from the 62 full colour, A3 pages. Throughout the book there are hand written annotations dotted about, giving additional information to support the photographs. 

I love to imagine what it would have been like to live in other eras and how different life would be and this book perfectly illustrates this, it's like a museum in an book. 

I love vintage ephemera and intriguing collections, I have a particular obsession with metal tins so page 13, filled with row upon row of the well known Cadbury's chocolate and Rountree's sweet tins particularly grabbed my attention. 

'The Edwardian Scrapbook' compiled by Robert Opie is available to add to your collection by clicking below or on the Amazon link to the left!

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