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Inspired by History

Chapbook Alphabet Prints

We created these alphabet prints with images and letters from a large, antique scrapbook we bought a few years ago. Inside it were hundreds of images from the early 1800s, all from British children’s chapbooks. Our scrapbook was made in England in the 1830s, probably by someone in the well-to-do Russell family for a boy given the unlikely name Blois de Blois Russell. B. de B. Russell later attended St. John's College, Oxford, and rowed crew. He died early, at 22, too young to leave much of a legacy besides the album, and, now, our collection of prints.