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Victorian Scraps

Also known as Lithos, Scraps were sold in sheets, part sheets or singly and pasted into special albums. These albums might also contain other items – cards received for birthday, Christmas and Valentine, cuttings from papers and magazines, personal letters and drawings done by the owner or given to them. The scraps might also be used to embellish cards to be sent. They were highly popular by 1880 and remained so until the opening of the 1st World War but because Germany was where the main printers were to be found availability was lost. Although not printed in chromolithography scraps have continued to be produced by old familiar names like Raphael Tuck. They remain in sheet form but will also be seen on decorating the front of Christmas crackers. Subject matter covered every possible topic: royalty, military uniforms, birds, farm animals, wild animals and pets, flowers, seascapes and landscapes, children. You name it, it’s there.




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