Hill's Spelling Blocks

Hill's Spelling Blocks
Title
Hill's Spelling Blocks
Date 
1869
Medium 
Wood, paper
Dimensions 
box: 2 1/8 x 5 7/8 x 7 1/2 in. ( 5.4 x 14.9 x 19 cm )
Description 
Set of twelve cube blocks painted red or white with numbers, letters and images painted on each side, each letter has a word that begins with that letter below and the images are labeled such as "Sleigh" and "Omnibus"; paper covered wooden box chromolithographed with two children playing with blocks outdoors; cover inscribed, "HILL'S/ SPELLING/ BLOCKS/ No. 54/ S. L. HILL & SON. BROOKLYN N.Y."
Credit Line 
The Liman Collection
Object Number 
2000.726
Marks 
lithographed: on the box cover: "HILL'S/ SPELLING/ BLOCKS/ No. 54/ S. L. HILL & SON. BROOKLYN N.Y."
Gallery Label 
Spelling lessons were also ways to impart religious knowledge and patriotism. The images on blocks shifted from biblical ones to objects and scenes of daily life as the secular creed of patriotism superceded religious messages in the publicly-supported schools.
Bibliography 
Hofer, Margaret K. "The Games We Played: The Golden Age of Board & Table Games." New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2003.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group