Archaeological Objects

ca. 1770 - 1920

Abiel Smith School Digital Catalog

ABS.0044.061

Northeast Museum Services Center, National Park Service

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Students used paper and ink less frequently than writing slates and slate pencils. These glass inserts held ink and were placed within inkwell casings.*

*Information from “Abiel Smith School Digital Catalog” Northeast Museum Services Center, NPS

 

Questions to Consider

  1. Why would students use paper and ink less frequently than writing slates and slate pencils?
  2. As a student of the Smith School, how difficult do you think it would have been to use dip ink to write?

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