(Franklin Grove School)
Title The Story of Records; compiled and published by The Boys and Girls of the Franklin Grove School, Warren County, N.J. [New Jersey]
Book Condition Near Fine
Edition First Edition
Publisher Warren County, NJ (Franklin Grove School) 1940
Seller ID 18749
(no dust jacket, likely as issued) [faint diagonal scrape across front cover (more distinctive in scanned image than it appears to the naked eye), otherwise no significant wear]. (line drawings, glued-in original calligraphy pg.) A history of printing, with special focus on the process of producing newspapers, compiled as a school project by a group of New Jersey students -- junior high-schoolers, to judge by the general tone and quality of the prose. The history itself is basic term-paper stuff (illustrated with crude drawings and maps), but the most interesting reading is the 7-page preface, entitled "How We Came To Write This Book," in which it's discussed how the students' interest in newspapers led them to a broader range of inquiry into the development of printing, which involved visits to the local newspaper office, the county library, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC. They even went so far as to experiment with making their own paper. There is no printer or binder specified, although the preface does allude to how this got done: "Miss Weber [the teacher] typed the book. We spent two days binding it. This was the dummy that we sent to Mr. Earl, Miss Weber's friend, who offered to reproduce it for us." And a nice job Mr. Earl did, too, with black pebbled boards, a gold-embrossed title, and patterned endpapers. There can't have been many of these produced; OCLC locates copies in just two libraries worldwide.
Printing History School Projects The Odd and Unusual