Scrapbooks

The Lotusland Newsletter, Winter 2016 edition includes an article about Ganna Walska’s scrapbooks written by Rose Thomas, Lotusland Research Associate. The images below allow you to study the pages in more detail.

Scrapbook number nine, on lotus and water lilies, has numerous articles from various published sources, including several newspaper clippings of “Ripley’s Believe it or Not” facts. The earliest dated article is 1949.

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Scrapbook number two is filled with a multitude of information on and hundreds of images of palms. Madam loved palms and was known to have the gardeners move her palms around the garden on occasion. A handwritten note pasted in this scrapbook claims that, as of 1966, Lotusland had 691 palms.

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There are numerous scrapbooks on esoterica, psychic phenomenon, hypnotism, spiritualism and religion. The pages of the horoscope scrapbook show zodiac symbols, related articles on the topic and images of unusual horoscope-type clocks. Note the Cartier clipping.

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