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Early 20th Century Scrapbook Comes Back to Lewes

An early 20th century scrapbook came to our attention on eBay about a month ago and we were fortunate enough to be the winning bidder. The scrapbook appears to have been created between 1910 and 1912 and the parts dealing with Lewes were added in 1911.  Aside from Lewes, University of Pennsylvania fraternities are documented as is a summer trip to Maine by the unknown creator of the album.  The scrapbook is in our Miscellaneous Archives collection, 2010.2.1. The pictures in the book (those showing Lewes, at least) depict sailing on the Delaware River and Delaware Bay and a cottage referrAn early 20th century scrapbook came to our attention on eBay about a month ago and we were fortunate enough to be the winning bidder.

 

The scrapbook appears to have been created between 1910 and 1912 and the parts dealing with Lewes were added in 1911.  Aside from Lewes, University of Pennsylvania fraternities are documented as is a summer trip to Maine by the unknown creator of the album.  The scrapbook is in our Miscellaneous Archives collection, 2010.2.1.

The pictures in the book (those showing Lewes, at least) depict sailing on the Delaware River and Delaware Bay and a cottage referred to as "The Virginia Cottage" - perhaps also known as the Marshall Cottage; Hazel Brittingham is checking into this for us.  Several beautiful views of the pilot schooner J. Henry Edmunds are included as well.

Perhaps the most interesting picture is labeled "U.S. Submarine at Lewes, Del., 1911."  Not knowing much about the U.S. Naval submarine fleet, we contacted our friends at the U.S. Naval Historical Center in Washington, D.C. to see if they could help identify the sub pictured.  Based on the date and hull shape they determined that the sub in our picture was the G-1, USS 19 1/2 SEAL.  It was launched in 1911 and was likely on one of its initial transits when it was photographed at the U.S. Government Pier at Lewes (interested in the U.S. Government Pier?  Check out collection 2009.42 in our Archives).  It was used for torpedo practice in 1942 and sank in Massachusetts Bay.

Another great find on eBay for the Society.  We'll keep you posted as to the identification of the mysterious "Virginia Cottage!"

The Society actively collects all kinds of materials relating to Lewes and the Cape Henlopen region. Our collections have grown primarily through the generousity of others. If you are considering donating materials or are aware of collections that are suitable to ours, please contact us. The Society is a recognized 501 (c) (3) organization and all donations are deductible to the fullest extent of the law.  Please call 302-645-7670 if you a collection or item you would be willing to donate!

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