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September 2001


"Weights and Measures" Teaching Chart, 1897

From Evans' Arithmetical Study - Applying the Object Method to the Entire Subject of Arithmetic, Embracing Object Lessons, Illustrated Mathematics & Tables, Mensuration, Surveying, Business Methods, Laws & Correspondence, Legal Forms and Book Keeping. Chicago: R.O. Evans, 1897

The extremely well preserved and colorfully visual teaching aid from the late 19th century, if examined carefully, opens up several interesting windows into the everyday life of Americans at the turn of the last century. What more can we learn about the object and how it was used? How was something this intricate and colorful produced? What can we learn from the individual illustrations and the information they contain?

Click on each illustration to learn something new.

--William S. Pretzer, Curator

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