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Covington, Johanna C. [1903 - 1939] - Compiler
KEEPSAKE ALBUM, Documenting Post-World War I Vernacular Culture in America
Danville, VA, 1920. Black half-calf binding over pebbled black cloth, marbled endpapers. Some minor wear & bumping to corners, bit of scuffing, occasional toning, occasional creasing to a few blank leaves at rear. Overal a VG copy of this unique collection.. Unpaginated, though 200+ pp. Album filled with 150+ momentos, including calling cards, dance tickets, ribbons, patches, cigarette wrappers, gum wrappers, botanical samples, &c, &c. 7-1/8" x 4-3/4" This charming keepsake album documents not only the dating behaviors, and social life of a young woman in the World War I era, but also offers an outstanding historical record of the impact of the automobile in changing American courtship on the eve of the Roaring 20s. During the 20 years of the 20th Century, the automobile began providing young people, and courting couples with freedom for interactions and courting beyond the family parlor, and evolved into a system allowing both men and women increased opportunities for social interaction. As a young well-to-do Virginia teenager, Johanna has collected many different souvenirs of her interested suitors, theatre visits, dances, and even samples from wheat stalks collected during a “Wheat Threshing” social in July, 1919. In 1918 while still in school, she began working with her sister Oriana as a clerk with Crowell Auto Co. in Danville, as well as her brother John Covington Jr. who was a mechanic with the company. She details her rides with W. Morris Shaffer and Malcolm Murray, and another in Reidsville, followed by a dance on Main Street; a memorable … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Tavistock Books, ABAA [United States]
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