Check out this adorable, delicate little walnut book! Made from nothing but a walnut and a ribbon, the book opens to reveal an accordion of tiny photographs of Maine. It appears to be a souvenir or memory book from someone’s trip. A charming and mysterious miniature!
Little mementos like this were actually super common in Victorian America! If anyone cares for sources/examples, I can rustle some up.
UPDATE: We just purchased a second walnut miniature book: 1933 Chicago Century of Progress, World’s Fair In A Nutshell. I will post a twin picture with the two together when it arrives!
Otherwise, Anne Bromer’s Miniature Books: 4,000 years of Tiny Treasures has information about “St. Louis Exposition in a Nutshell” from the 1904 World’s Fair, which is the earliest example I have found (see below). I would love to see older examples, if you can find them!