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Regency Newspapers and Magazines
Childhood and Education
 
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My Latest Research Discoveries 2015
Boarding School Ladies from Dibden's Observations on a Tour 1801

Children Drawing a Car from Dibden's Observations on a Tour 1801

Children Going to School from Dibden's Observations on a Tour 1801
All three illustrations from 1819 Six Stories for Early Childhood from the NYPL Digital Gallery
Here are two advertisements for schooling: the left illustration is from 1797, the right circa 1810
 
Here are two examples of the kind of alphabet published in chapbooks--useful little booklets for general use by teachers and parents.
 
Both the toy theatre and doll house illustrations below are from a delightful little book titled "Toys through the Ages Coloring Album". It was written and illustrated by Nanci Swanberg and published in 1980 by Troubador Press, San Francisco.
   

On the matter of Juvenile Theatres, I borrow from the text of 'Toys through the Ages'. The succinct description of this detailed and delightful toy cannot be bettered:
"The Juvenile Theatre consisted of a complete theatre in miniature including the stage, sets, actors and script for the play. A painstaking method of engraving was used to produce the printed sheets, which were sold in two sizes and at two prices: Penny plain and twpence colored. The scripts were condensed versions of famous plays. Artists visited theatres to make sketches of scenery and costumes. The characters in the plays were always depicted in very dramatic poses. Wire slides were used to push the characters on and off the stage.

Juvenile Theatre was created in the early 19th century when the public at large had a pssion for melodramatic theatre. ... By the turn of the century, theatres were producing souvenir prints with several small figures of actors in a given play on each sheet.

J. K. Green claimed to have published the first Juvenile Theatre prints in England in 1808. His great rival publisher, William West, published some twelve plays in 1811. Thereafter, West published a juvenile version of pratically every play running in London..."

   
The Doll House on the right is circa 1790 and is a charming example of a toy that has delighted children from at least 1600 to the present. The doll is also 18th century and the pull-type horse is the sort that little Kit in my book 'Clemmie's Major' treasured.
 
Childhood sports and games-- note that only boys are depicted taking part in these strenuous activities.
 

Now, boys and girls, Come out to play
The moon doth shine as bright as day.

Children's Toys circa 1805
   
An Austrian 'KinderPhaeton' of 1811
designed to be drawn by sheep!
A boy with a cup and ball toy
also known as 'bilboquet'