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Horn Book

18th Century American
New York Public Library
From Antiques of
American Childhood
By Katharine
Morrison McClinton

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.
From Antiques of American Childhood by Katharine Morrison McClinton
















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