Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Mark Twain Scraps

Mark TwainI'm thoroughly uninspired these days. In one of my little slumps..which is OK. It happens to everyone, especially when work starts to get frustrating and all i want to do when I get home is lounge. I splurged on a few scrapbooking magazines today to get me back in the swing of things, however, I don't know how much work I'm going to get done this week.

In trying to find inspiration, I found an interesting fact...Mark Twain was an avid scrapbooker.  Now, even though I barely remember the book Huckleberry Finn, I do feel somewhat close to Mark Twain because my great grandma and grandpa were two of Mark Twain's servants.  Unfortunately my grandma thought that the original copies of all Mark Twain's books were completely useless and there went my future millions.  Sigh.

Anyway, Mark Twain was so into scrapbooking that he devoted every Sunday to updating his scraps. He also invented a "self pasting" scrapbook because he got frustrated with constantly having to glue everything down.  The scrapbook featured pages with thin strips of glue already there to make scrapbooking quick and easy. I learned a lot of this information from PBS, another thing I feel particularly close to but only because I have absolutely love The Antiques Roadshow. If I had those Mark Twain books I could've totally been on the show. Double sigh.

Mark Twain's Patent Self-Pasting Scrap Book (patented 1873)
(images courtesy of the Bancroft Library)

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