by Sean Yeh
The Indestructible One Syllable Primer: For Home and School Use, One Hundred Illustrations (New York: McLoughlin Brothers, 1878).
It’s back-to-school day here at USF, and in honor of the new school year, we found this primer from 1878. Unlike its Puritan ancestors, which were strictly morally didactic, this primer juxtaposes moral lessons (do not lie!) with more entertaining illustrations of animals. This primer is “indestructibly” printed on linen rather than the more easily ripped paper.
"When the uncertain future becomes the past, the past in turn becomes uncertain".