1598—Early mention of a gathering of “words and approved phrases to make use as it were a common place booke (sic).”
1706—Philosopher John Locke publishes his New Method of Making Common-place Books.
1769—William Granger introduces a book that includes extra blank pages for collecting scrap.
1800s—Young women keep friendship albums of scrap and memorabilia.
1825—A magazine, The Scrapbook, begins publication with articles on the hobby.
1837—Godefroy Engelmann invents chromolithography, a process of lithographic printing in color from a series of plates.
1860s—Mass-production of advertising cards for companies and products.
1867—John Jerrard of London sets up shop as a dealer in photographs and scrap prints of every description for albums and scrapbooks.
1872—Mark Twain markets his self-pasting scrapbook.
1880—E.W. Gurley publishes Scrapbooks and How to Make Them, setting off the Victorian scrapbooking boom.
1888—George Eastman sells cameras for amateurs with the slogan “You push the button, we do the rest.”
1900—Major publishers begin marketing themed scrapbooks for children and adults.
1945—Books Across the Sea sponsors a contest for children’s scrapbooks with cash prizes.
1980—The Christensens display their scrapbooks at the World Conference on Genealogy in Salt Lake City.
1996—Memory Makers magazine www.memorymakersmagazine.com begins publication.