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

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Fly-leaf Scribblings
ians and log houses. The later books have houses
of a more modern sort, and you find rude draw-
ings of steamboats, houses, birds,
flowers, faces, and the like. Often
a penny or other coin was slipped
under the fly-leaf and the surface
of the paper covering the coin was
rubbed with a piece of lead from
the schoolboy's pocket, or with the
blunt end of a pencil. Usually
the boy was not satisfied till he got
a print of both sides of the coin. Five characteristic school-book
decorations are shown on pages
162 and 163. The first is a scroll
that could be lengthened out clear
across a fly-leaf or all down a
text-page border. The second
A Soldier.
Drawn in Webb's The Com­mon School Songster, 1843.
is a flourish that frequently ap­peared beneath a signature. The third was made by
drawing equidistant from one another sixteen dots
and then pencilling a consecu­tive line that would gradually enclose them all with its loops. The fourth is a scheme of the same sort which was sometimes called "a basket of eggs." The last design was known as " a Spanish S." All these things were drawn on slates and
blackboards as well as in the books.
A Fly-leaf Rubbing from an Old Medal.
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