St. Louis, Missouri: E. F. Hobart & Company, 1872. Envelope or Cover. This packet of materials, which is enclosed in its original mailing envelope that has been franked with a 1-cent ultramarine Franklin stamp (Scott Type A44) and canceled with a handmade cork starburst handstamp, includes
A handbill advertising “Magic Copying Ink” to produce file copies “without Press or Water”,
A testimonial letter from the Kansas State Superintendent of Public Instructions, and
Four-page brochure promoting the company’s classroom Record Books, Teacher’s Daily Registers, Reward Cards, and Credit Tickets including three sample tickets that are affixed to the first page.. Very good. Item #009774
The contents suggest that Hobart marketed his products primarily to public schools in the Midwest as it is addressed to a “Teacher in Public School” Bethel, Indiana, and most of the testimonials come from educators in Illinois, Missouri, and Kansas. Additionally, in the product list, there are several registers and ledgers specifically designed for Illinois schools, and Hobart notes his “system of tickets has been thoroughly tested for several years in the St. Louis Public Schools . . . and has proved efficient and convenient. . ..”
An unusual collection of mid-to-late 19th century educational advertising that includes sample reward tickets.