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This collection consists of a unique mixed used scrapbook, journal, and commonplace book. The base book is a published volume about school systems in Pennsylvania in 1881. The author, Henry Bott, pasted in ten multi-page reminiscences on the following topics: “School in York County [PA] in Country Schools ¾ of a Century Ago [Circa 1825]”, “Turnpikes in Olden Times [before railroads]”, “The Old Homestead”, “Seven Valley: Among the Graves of the Departed”, “Progress in Church Work”, “When the Writer Saw the Meteors Fall [1833]”, “A Wanderer”, “A Short History of the Borough of Seven Valley”, “Before the Days of Postage Stamps”, and “Progress”. The vignettes are dated between 1890-1892 and are stated as being recopied in 1908.

The book also features extensive paste-ins of magazine clippings featuring traditional Gibson Girl illustrations as well as illustrations of women with children taken from books and magazines. Also included are two newspaper clippings, including an obituary for Henry Bott and an account of farming by William Albright of Hanover, PA. The back cover of the book features the following names: Mrs. Elmer E. McLevitt(?) and Mrs. Rachel Wilson.


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Span Date:1825-1908