An Illustrated history & description Of Schools in the 18th & 19th Centurys.

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26 Old-time Schools and School-books
the warm season. Besides the neighbors' children she had four of her own to look after, yet her en­ergies were by no
means exhausted, and the semi-lei­sure of the school­room allowed her to work quite steadily making shirts for the Indians at eight pence each.
The beginner's chief aid in starting on the road to learning was a hornbook — not really a book at all, but simply a bit of printed paper about three by four inches fastened on a thin piece of board. The name "hornbook" origi­nated in the fact that the printed slip was covered
A Typical Hornbook.
with a translucent
sheet of horn, " To save from fingers wet the letters fair." A light strip of metal, usually brass, was fastened with several short nails or tacks around the edges of the
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