Although it may seem that scrapbooking has taken off as a fast growing hobby, this fad is anything but new. The idea of preserving pictures, poems, article clippings, and other mementos has been around since the eighteen hundreds, even before cameras were invented! In 1826, a book called “Manuscript Gleanings and Literary Scrap Book” was published and created by, not a female, but by a male John Poole! It's a book filled with printed poems and engravings. Of course, the invention of photography shaped the new way people scrapbooked, immensely. In 1837, Louis-Jacques Daguerre invented the daguerreotype, the first photography processing machine. In 1857, "carte-de-viste" albums which contained pockets for photograph insertions gained popularity in the United States. Besides pages for displaying photographs, these early scrapbook albums also contained pages for doing watercolor paintings and pencil drawings.
The manners of scrapbooking were changing rapidly along with the technology advancements. The paper used was colorful, some with patterns mainly birds or flowers and the covers were being made of leather. Advances like an adhesive scrapbook that contained pre-pasted pages were invented by an American scrapbooker and author famously known as Mark Twain. In addition, George Eastman's invention of the Kodak camera and roll film in 1888 revolutionized the whole photography industry!. In mid-1990s, with the explosion of scrapbook idea publications, scrapbooking picked up speed in becoming one of the fastest growing hobbies in America. . Acid free paper and archival materials made scrapbooking more creative than ever. With the added technology of the internet, ideas and materials are at a person’s fingertips.
This is a picture of the first daguerreotype: