Got Anything to Read?

Forget computer screens and cell phones...what would a kid in 19th-century New Jersey find to read around the house? You'll find the answer in these period publications and household objects. No batteries required.

Holy Bible, American Bible Society, 1860

Monroe's Practical Speller pages, 1875

Harpers Weekly Magazine page 1, 1861

Alphabet sampler, circa 19th century

Leather-bound diary of Jennie May Fagan, 1889

Harpers Weekly Magazine page 2, 1861

Religious tracts, American Tract Society, circa 1842

Leather-bound diary of Jennie May Fagan pages, 1889

Harpers Weekly Magazine page 3, 1861

Monroe's Practical Speller, 1875

Harpers Weekly Magazine front page, 1861

Harpers Weekly Magazine page 4, 1861