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

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142 Old-time Schools and School-books
name, age, and place of abode. There were also decorations — borders, conventional trees, and flower­pots, and sometimes abnormal animals and people — all resplendent in many-colored silks or worsteds. Not only was the sampler intended to be a thing of
A Sampler. Size, 10 x 12.
beauty, but the alphabet portion of it was useful for reference to show the proper formation of the letters when clothing was to be marked. It was in fact this reference feature that made the article a "sampler." The smaller samplers were only about seven by nine inches, but the larger ones were two or three
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