Lester R. Baker, the only child of Eloise and Latimer R. Baker, owned the scrapbook and evidently assembled it as a young boy in the 1880s. He died at age five in 1884 and is buried in the Siloam Cemetery, Vineland, New Jersey. Celia K. Erskine, a much younger cousin, donated the scrapbook in 1983. Lester's father, Latimer, was the brother of Philip B. Baker, New Jersey state senator, and J. Thompson Baker, U.S. Congressman; according to Mrs. Erskine, the brothers founded Wildwood and Wildwood Crest, New Jersey, ca. 1905.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Collection donated by Celia K. Erskine, 1983, June 13.
Celia K. Erskine Scrapbook of Valentines, Advertising Cards, and Postcards, ca. 1882-1884, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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