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The Story of the Isle of Shoals, A Scrap Book by Carleton P. Small, circa 1941-1946
Boston, MA: Beacon Press, Inc.,
1936. The scrapbook is actually a copy of “The Story of the Isles of Shoals : an address first delivered on Star Island, July 15, 1916, upon the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of the Unitarian summer meetings and repeated on the thirtieth anniversary in 1926 ; rewritten and delivered on the fortieth anniversary, July 26, 1936”, that Carleton P. Small has filled with all of his mementos relating to Star Island, NH. Star Island is a part of the group of islands known as the Isles of Shoals located along the coast between Maine and New Hampshire. The book “The Story of the Isle of Shoals” provides a history of the island dating back to its settling in the early 17th century by fisherman. Small uses this book as scrapbook by taping in a variety of pieces of ephemera, photographs, newspaper clippings, and postcards. All of these items were taped into the book so that they could be flipped upwards and one could still read the text beneath. It is unclear if Small himself ever actually traveled to Star Island or was just researching the history of it. However, his mother, Grace, appears to have spent time there in July 1946, and sent him some postcards, as such she could have provided him with some of the photographs and other ephemera. What is clear is that Small was extremely interested in history, and the island’s history in particular. There are numerous hand written notes regarding the history of the island, particularly individual settlers. These notes are sometimes written directly on the page, however more often are taped in on separate pages. Some of his notes appear to be copies from historical primary sources are seem to be quotes either from financial transactions or letters/diaries. All total the scrap book includes: thirteen (13) photographs (3 are printed photographs), six (6) postcards of which three (3) are used and sent to Small by his mother, nine (9) handwritten historical notes, and nine (9) pieces of ephemera relating to Star Island. Some examples of the ephemera are: a hand drawn map of the Isle of Shoals, the brochure for the General Alliance Week July 19 – 29, 1941 at Star Island, a 1946 Consolidated Scheduled Boston to Gosport Ferry, the brochure & application for The All Stare Conference for All the Family June 29 to July 6, 1946, the brochure & application for the Fiftieth Anniversary Conference Isles of Shoals Unitarian Association July 20-27, and a 1944 newspaper clipping entitled “Death Stalks the Isle of Shoals” about several ax murders that occurred in 1872 there. 47 pgs. Green printed wrappers. OCLC 9 (Jan. 2020). Scrapbook - unique. Approximately thirty-seven (37) pieces added with additionally annotations throughout. Measures 9” x 6”
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https://photos.app.goo.gl/UZpQU4r9PTBckMpq5. General wear. Tape used has yellowed. One item is detached, though it appears to have never been attached. A few interior pages are loose but still attached.