School Reward of Merit Given to Jared Long, 1853

Summary

During the nineteenth-century, teachers recognized students with paper "rewards of merit." These small tokens commended a student's excellent work, perfect attendance, good behavior or other noteworthy accomplishment. Some contained simple handwritten sentiments from the teacher to the pupil. Many were printed and colorful, with space available to write in the student's name as well as their own.

During the nineteenth-century, teachers recognized students with paper "rewards of merit." These small tokens commended a student's excellent work, perfect attendance, good behavior or other noteworthy accomplishment. Some contained simple handwritten sentiments from the teacher to the pupil. Many were printed and colorful, with space available to write in the student's name as well as their own.

Artifact

Reward of merit

Date Made

February 1853

Creators

Beaman, A. C. 

Place of Creation

United States, New York 

United States, Massachusetts 

Creator Notes

Printed by A. C. Beaman in New York or Massachusetts.

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

2014.0.19.25

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)

Technique

Hand coloring

Color

Multicolored

Dimensions

Height: 1.75 in

Width: 3.25 in

Inscriptions

No. [blank] | Feb 1853 | BANK OF INDUSTRY | Will pay TWO Honors | to Jared Long | [blank] Teach. Upper right corner: Entered according to Act of Congress in the Year 1852 by A.C. Beaman in the Clerk's Office in the District Court of the Southern District of New York. | Eng'd by W.I. Hamnby[?]

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