As I am organizing things around here, I've been coming across some very interesting things. This old Arithmetic book was published in 1855 and used by my Great Aunt Anna in 1898. Actual size of this book is 4 1/2 inches by 6 1/2 inches.
Ok, call me a nerd for getting excited over this. 😆
On the inside cover of this book is written: Anna Reynolds, Harrodsburg, Kentucky, Oct. 30, 1898.
I never knew my great aunt, only heard tid bits of different stories over the years. What I remember is that she spent many years in and out of the Indiana State Hospital in the 20s, 30s and 40s. When not in the hospital, her brother, my great uncle Everett (I think) would keep her locked up in a room because she was prone to fits and rages. At one time, she DID live in a house and I remember reading in one of my grandmother's letters (this was her sister) that someone needed to get Anna out of the house so they could get into it and get rid of junk. Apparently, it was so cluttered you could hardly walk in it.
During some geneology research a few years ago, I attempted to contact the state hospital to find out the nature of Aunt Anna's illness. This brought up nothing because the old hospital is now gone and all records sent elsewhere.
On the back of this book, is an advertisement for the publishing company's Drawing book. I thought it interesting.
A close up of the bottom part shows the prices of books 150 years ago.