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SCRAPBOOK. A YOUNG VIRGINIA WOMAN IN THE BIG CITY

SCRAPBOOK. A YOUNG VIRGINIA WOMAN IN THE BIG CITY

NEW YORK] [PETERSBURG] [YOUNG WOMAN] Mary Hall A voluminous scrapbook kept by a young Petersburg woman, Mary Hall (b. 1894) who went to New York City to study at Teacher's College at Columbia University. The contents appear to encompass the period from 1914 - 1917. It's a messy scrapbook, jammed with memorabilia and artifacts. mostly from New York, with some from Virginia. The pale boards are soiled; emblazoned with a pale blue "C, for Columbia Maryresided in Whittier Hall, and there are dozens of photos of her companions there dressing up and having fun. There is a stick fan from Bell Telephone; numerous dance cards; a program from a fashion show at Gimbels; bridge tallies; theater programs; a card with her name followed rather unkindly with "F.F.V.--Fair, Fat & Voluminous"; menu from "Au Chat Noir" with a devil climbing into a champagne glass; postcard booklet from Rector's Restaurant in Manhattan; drawing commemorating Prom at Whittier Hall; numerous crepe paper hats; and much more than we can list. There is a quite an uncommon souvenir pamphlet from Fort Lee, Virginia; a racing from the Cuba-American Jockey Club in Havana; a substantial booklet, The TNT, Eighth Ammunition Train, Pathfinder Division from Fort Lee; a letter from her uncle Cameron Dunlop on his Leaf Tobacco writing paper from Drake's Virginia; Washington Square Comedy Theater; pictures of troops marching into the Columbia Chapel for farewell before heading off to war. A very vivid picture emerges of the life and experiences of a young woman from Petersburg Virginia who goes to New York City to train to be a teacher . and to have quite a good time as well.