In the eighteenth century, alphabet cards provided an entertaining way for children to learn their letters. Educational cards were used to teach everything from mathematics and grammar to astronomy. These cards are based on an alphabet published in 1782 by Carington Bowles.
The alphabet that Bowles printed in 1782 contained only 24 letters. In the 18th century, it was customary to use the letters I and V in place of J and U. Although some writers were using J and U, these letters were not used with any consistency until the 19th century.
The letters J and U are included in this deck. They are clearly distinguished from the other letters, however, so that young scholars may learn the difference between the 18th-century alphabet and our modern one.
Published by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in 1995, this set is quite hard to find today.
This box is in good shape: only slightly worn.. The deck is still in the original box, but has been opened. All of the cards are intact and in very good condition, with no marks or foxing.