18th Century American
New York Public Library
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A text book that’s also a toy!?? Could there be anything more unique and yet more unlikely? Well... in Upper Canada, as well as 16th and 17th century England, the traditional hornbook ( which included everything a student needed to know to survive in life) was used, in class, as a “textbook” and then, at recess time, was used to hit a shuttlecock back and forth. Our version, although not covered with horn, is a pretty accurate representation of the type used by students of the time.
The account book of Old South Church, Boston, contains the following item in 1708: "1 Pound 10 Shillings for "Hornes for Catechizing."" Gilt and plain Horn books were advertised in Philadelphia and New york newspapers in the 1750's and 1760's.
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