Springfield, Mass. Milton Bradley Co., [n.d. ca. 1900-1910]. Undated. The ad printed on the bottom of the box is for the Milton Bradley Bible Panorama, which was published in 1897. Box (5 x 7 x 1”) containing eleven (4 x 5 ) embroidered sewing cards. With five cardboard spools of colorful thread and two wooden awls for perforating cards. Wear and some staining to box. Chip missing from lid at one edge. All but one of the cards has been embroidered (the other is perforated, but not sewn). A very good copy of this rare teaching tool. Paper-covered card box with chromolithographed lid. Item #17455
This box, besides the cards, contains a variety of colored threads for working the designs. These cards are made by a patented process and are ready for working, the holes being already perforated by the proper points. The lines to be sewed are represented by the printed dots. After the design is completed tell the child what it presents, its history, etc.” (from the interior of box lid).
Milton Bradley published the first American book on the kindergarten, Paradise of Childhood, in 1869 and within the next few years was publishing activity kits (like the present item, as well as Froebel Gift kits), plus kindergarten manuals, newsletters, and children’s books. OCLC records no copies.