Scrap Book of the War. Being a collection of newscuttings, pictures and literature as examples of our daily newspapers and periodicals, with a few items apportaining [sic] to the war days, as we were constantly reminded of them.
various: 1940-?. 30 x 24 cm + 19.5 x 15 (7-3/4" x 6") b&w photograph on 25 x 30.5 cm mounting board. 28 ff + inside covers. Approximately 150+ pieces of material, including some laid-in photographs and RPPCs. Grey-brown commercial scrapbook bound with a cord, "Scraps" in gilt to front cover. Covers edgeworn, with some bumping and short tears. occasional soiling and tears to interior material. Very Good.
A panoramic, neatly organized scrapbook documenting Iris Josephine "Josie" Smith's experience of WWII, likely compiled by her throughout the war: the title page is dated 1940, but the material dates to at least 1942, and some notes appear to have been added after the fact, in some cases possibly by another family member much later. Smith was a member of the Woman's Land Army, serving as "Assistant Dairy Instructoress" at Sparsholt Farm circa 1939-41.
The scrapbook is divided into well-thought-out sections, such as "Defence" [sic], "Offence" [sic], "Evacuation", "Humour", "Letters - 'On Active Service'", "Food-Control", "Anti-Waste Campaign", "Heroes", "News!", "Agriculture", and "Souvenirs", with some additional material pasted in that appears not to have fit into a ready category. Items included range from newspaper and magazine clippings (the vast majority of the material here), food and clothing labels, matchbooks, letters, photographs, RPPCs, etc. Separately included is a mounted photo of the farm staff.
A unique compilation, worthy of further research.