Last week I got a nice surprise in the mail from my little sister.
She found an interesting item that appeals to several of my interests. Geography is of course one of my interests, I like maps and love to travel. The cards also have a lot of History information and of course you know that I like History. Plus they are also an interesting item in the history of educational theory.
The box of this set of Improved Geographical Cards is not in the best shape. In fact you can see that the ‘G’ is missing from the title. The cards are copyright 1883 by J.W. Freeman.
Of course, this made me wonder when flash cards were first used in education. A quick search found that Favell Lee Mortimor is credited with the first use of flash cards, which were described in her 1834 book Reading Disentangled about the use of phonics.
Of course today flash cards are an integral part of learning. Flash cards are not only for kids, they are also used in Adult Education.
I thought I would share a few of the cards tonight. You may see some of them used to illustrate future posts.
This one is close to home. It is interesting to see how San Francisco is described in 1883. At that time it was the Largest City on the Pacific Coast in America. It is also interesting that it exported Wheat. I challenge anyone to find a wheat field in San Francisco today.
I found this one interesting. First the spelling of Peking is given as only Pekin. It was also interesting that in 1883 Peking had two million inhabitants. As I scanned through the cards it was interesting to see other name changes of both cities and countries.
I could have used this flash card in my post on Friday of Easter Images. I could also use it when I visit there later this year.
Number three is very important this week as it says that Jerusalem is Where Christ was Crucified. More importantly, it is where Christ was raised from the dead.
Did you notice the population of Jerusalem? Only 25,000 inhabitants in 1883.
I hope you enjoyed this glimpse into a 132 year old educational aid. Look for additional glimpses in the future.
Do you remember using flash cards to learn something?