"The Elementary Spelling Book; Being an Improvement on the American Spelling Book by Noah Webster," circa 1848

Summary

Noah Webster's speller offered simple guidelines for spelling and pronouncing American English words. Age-appropriate lessons taught schoolchildren to read and write, helping to define and unify American language. Known by its colored cover, Webster's "blue-backed speller" remained popular for more than 100 years. It sold so well that Webster was able to construct his New Haven, Connecticut home using the proceeds.

Noah Webster's speller offered simple guidelines for spelling and pronouncing American English words. Age-appropriate lessons taught schoolchildren to read and write, helping to define and unify American language. Known by its colored cover, Webster's "blue-backed speller" remained popular for more than 100 years. It sold so well that Webster was able to construct his New Haven, Connecticut home using the proceeds.

Artifact

Book

Date Made

circa 1848

Creators

Webster, Noah, 1758-1843 

S. Ide, Agt. C. M. Company 

Savage, Charles C., 1820-1907 

Place of Creation

United States, New Hampshire, Claremont 

United States, New York, New York 

Creator Notes

Revision of a book by Noah Webster. Published by S. Ide, Agt. C.M. Co., Claremont, New Hampshire. Stereotyped by Charles C. Savage, 13 Chambers Street, New York.

Collection Title

Book Collection 

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

00.1587.13

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)

Technique

Printing (Process)

Color

Blue

Dimensions

Height: 6.75 in

Width: 4.25 in

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