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Alphabe Thursday … A is for Ampersand

November 22, 2012

A is for Ampersand which stands for ‘and per se and’ and is the name of the character ‘&’ as it appears at the end of the alphabet in a primer or horn book.

A horn book peculiar to England North America; but was later produced in Europe.  A pointer was made with a horn book; the teacher pointed to the letters and child would recite them.

Some horn books showed only the alphabet; others had another image such as the Lord’s Prayer.

A horn book was made of a thin piece of oak with handle at one end sometimes they were covered in leather; the printed sheet was glued to one side. Horn was fastened over it with strips of brass and rose head tacks.
The children might have worn the books dangling from a string tied at their waist or round their neck

True horn books with horn faces were used as early as 1450 and were common by 1600 and continued to be used until the end of 18th century.

Further reading :-  History of the Horn-Book by Andrew Tuer 1897

20 Comments leave one →
  1. November 22, 2012 11:10 am

    Wow..that’s fascinating information and one that I’ve not heard of yet..Thanks for sharing this.

    Happy Thanksgiving, if you’re celebrating..

    • November 22, 2012 11:34 am

      I will now … since stating this blogging malarkey I find myself in a community of celebration and no stone is un-turned have great day xx

  2. November 22, 2012 11:23 am

    That is pretty cool information. I knew about the ampersand but had completely forgotten until you reminded me.

  3. November 22, 2012 3:48 pm

    Wonderful post ~ very informative and great photos ~ (A Creative Harbor) ^_^

  4. November 22, 2012 4:12 pm

    That is very good information. Thank you for visiting.

  5. November 22, 2012 10:57 pm

    Great article. I do feel you should of entitled it ‘E and T’ stands for ampersand, as it is a Latin ligature.

    • November 23, 2012 5:30 am

      Oh dear Stephen this is exactly the thing I feared discovery that I am a fraud 🙂 Yes of course you are right. Thanks for the kindly reminder and positive feedback.

  6. November 23, 2012 12:35 am

    wow. different and interesting!

  7. November 24, 2012 1:21 pm

    very interesting! i knew neither the name nor the story of the hornbook.

    • November 24, 2012 6:23 pm

      Nor I … I have learned so much about ‘books’ it is a delight. Thanks for dropping by xx

  8. November 27, 2012 4:39 pm

    Wow. I didn’t know ANY of this!

    I just know I’ve always had a ‘thing’ for ampersands!

    Quite a fascinating read!

    I’m going to impress someone randomly today with my new knowledge.

    I hope I don’t frigthen them with how smart I’m becoming!


    Thank you for linking! This was amazing!


  9. francesca kay permalink
    April 12, 2013 5:37 pm

    Ampersands are the best! I really like your much enlarged image of the wooden ampersand with all its history written upon its surface. And how lovely to know there are other ampersand enthusiasts out there too!
    best wishes,

  10. March 14, 2014 2:47 pm

    Very nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wished to
    say that I’ve really enjoyed browsing your blog posts.

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    • March 14, 2014 2:49 pm

      I post daily … so I will look forward to your visit again. Thank You for your kind comments.

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