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From the Archives: Cecelia Sylvester's scrapbook

Cecelia Davies Sylvester Scrapbook

Creator: Cecelia Davies Sylvester

Creation date(s): 1886-1919

Genre: Traditional scrapbook

Physical description: 130 pages ; 26 x 19 cm

Description: This scrapbook, created in Victoria, BC, belonged to Cecelia Davies Sylvester. Sylvester (1848-1935) was born in Sydney, Australia, grew up in San Francisco, and then moved to Victoria, BC, in 1863. In Victoria, she was a founding member of the local Jewish congregation. Sylvester was a life-long scrapbooker, and this volume contains pasted-in newspaper clippings about events related to Sylvester’s family and friends: birth, death, and marriage announcements. Sylvester also pasted in family photographs, and ephemera such as event programmes. The scrapbook itself is one of Mark Twain’s patented self-pasting scrapbooks.

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