I've been increasingly attentive to old primers and school supplies in my old-things hunting of the last year or so. Old handwriting practice-books and learn-to-draw books (hopefully filled with doodlings and scribblings from some little person o' the past) are some of my favorites to look at.
I found these pretty school artifacts from this Etsy shop (which, sadly, is mostly empty right now) for my pal Mandy's Christmas gift last year:
My friend Devlin forwarded that beautiful row of crayons image up top to me yesterday, which is taken from this post from the general grab-bag of the strange and wonderful that is Dull Tool Dim Bulb (please note that some with more delicate sensibilities might be a little unnerved or scandalized by some of the entries). This lovely row of boxes hails from the collection of one Diana Korzenik, who donated a formidable collection of artifacts and objects, excerpts from which can be seen in this little catalogue (that I now wish to own) to The Huntington Library (a place I now dearly wish to visit).
For goodness sakes, they've got a 19th Century Children's Book Ilustration exhibit on through July, so maybe I'll get there by then!