Breaching Flowery Borders

Early Twentieth Century Girls Scrapbooking Their Lives

in Girlhood Studies
Leslie Midkiff DeBauche
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The American high school seniors I discuss in this article graduated between 1915 and 1922, tumultuous years that included World War I, the influenza pandemic of 1918 to 1919, and the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment. During such extraordinary times, these girls did a most ordinary thing; they made scrapbooks to commemorate their high school years.

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  • Helfand, Jessica. 2009. Scrapbooks: An American History. New Haven: Yale University Press.

  • Studlar, Gaylyn. 2011. “Theda Bara, Orientalism, Sexual Anarchy, and the Jewish Star.” In Flickers of Desire, Movie Stars of the 1910s, ed. Jennifer M. Bean, 113136. New Jersey: Rutgers University Press.

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  • Tucker, Susan. 2003. “Reading and Re-reading: The Scrapbooks of Girls Growing into Women.” In Defining Print Culture for Youth, the Cultural Work of Children's Literature, ed. Anne Lundin and Wayne A. Wiegand, 125. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited.

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