Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Cool illustrations: The New Human Interest Library (Part 25)

"The Kiddies of Polygon Land"

Shown below are pages 216 and 217 from 1929's The New Human Interest Library. This is part of the section that was penned by Winifred Sackville Stoner (aka Mother Stoner), who was discussed extensively, along with her daughter, in the previous post. Here is how Mother Stoner introduces the educational tool known as Geomies:
"By showing the children various geometrical designs on the wall and in carpets and tapestries they become interested and love to hunt for Friend Geomies thus gaining practical knowledge of design and of forms which they will meet in later life and concerning which they must have some knowledge. Winifred, Jr., has told children about Geomies in interesting little rhymes. ... On the following pages we see a lot of the Kiddies of Polygon Land and we can make their acquaintance."
Winifred Jr.'s Geomie rhymes are to the tunes of songs like "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" and "Auld Lang Syne." And so we get lines such as "But DUODECAGON can boast, With twelves lines it has the most" and "GEOMIES that have seven sides the HEPTAGONS are named."

Early Minecraft inspiration?

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