A common pastime at my primary school was collecting and swapping scraps – die-cut paper images. The scrapbook was an old paperback, each page containing a single scrap or set – the same design in different sizes. At playtime, collectors exchanged scrap books and thumbed through the pages, poking scraps of interest out of the top of the book before beginning trade negotiations. Simple pleasures.
I always associated these scraps of children with ‘The Famous Five’, a series of children’s adventure novels by Enid Blyton, featuring the adventures of Julian, Dick, Anne and Georgina (George) and their dog Timmy. In each book, the children get caught up in an adventure, often involving criminals or lost treasure, accompanied by picnics, bicycle trips and lashings of lemonade.
Collage – die-cut scraps
Also available as a digital collage.
It wasn’t a bit of good fighting grown-ups. They could do exactly as they liked.
-enid blyton, Five on a Treasure Island