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(Slate Book).  [Silica book slate]. [U.S.A. ?]: [no publisher identified], [1910s?]. 8vo (20.6 cm; 8.125"). [2] ff.
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While "slate" books were commonly used for educational purposes such as handwriting practice in the 18th and 19th centuries, not all were solely so used. In this offering, someone has decorated a six-page slate book in the expectable grey/white, framing four of its pages with a simple single "rule," inscribing a square (onetime contents rubbed away), roughly sketching and labelling a very long-eared donkey, more fully depicting a dove reaching for an olive branch(?) above a floating log, and exhorting a friend to have "A merry Xmas and A happy New Year."
        A past user has helpfully labeled this book, "School/Slate."
        Provenance: A note dated 1912, "Harry Wheeler from George Shrann"; another 1912 note, "Rememberance [sic] from George Shrann"; Harry's undated signature at front of volume.

Gently rubbed rust paper over boards with loop for slate pencil (not present) attached to back board. One page fully blank (except for "frame"), some "entries" rubbed away beyond deciphering, other markings as above. => Interesting example of potential uses for a slate beyond schoolwork.  (37192)   Please RESHELVE This.


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