In Pursuit of a Vision > Case 8 > Welch > Mother's Remarks


The Details:

The Mother’s Remarks on a Set of Cuts for Children. Parts I-II. Philadelphia: T. S. Manning for Jacob Johnson, 1803. [catalog record]

Purchase, 1911; plates: bequest of d’Alté A. Welch, 1970.

The Story:

This set of books, engraved cards, and wooden case constitutes one of the earliest known educational games by an American publisher. It came to AAS in parts: the books and case were purchased at auction by Brigham, and the important d’Alté Welch bequest supplied the missing cards. A pupil selected a card, each bearing six numbered images corresponding to entries in the books. Then the student spelled out the words using the supplied letters.

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