When my Great Grandpa died, we found this really neat book in his house – The Farmer’s New Guide, published in 1895. It is really cool – almost 800 pages of “how-to farm” information.
One of my favorite parts is the flipbook style illustrations of a cow and horse. Each “page” shows a different body system.
I knew I wanted to do something cool with the images, so I scanned them and then printed them as 5x7’s on heavy duty cardstock.
Then, I dug some barn wood out of a shed. (Remember? When Great Grandpa’s barn was taken down, my dad salvaged some of the wood for me! I used it to make barn wood shelves in the kitchen, too.)
I cut it down to size, washed it off, and attached my pictures.
I found these tacks in the shop, and thought they looked like perfect old fashioned nails.
I stuck them in with my thumb, made sure the placement was right, and then hammered them in.
I like to think that maybe a farmer or farm kid hung these images in their barn 100 years ago, to use as a reference, when caring for their animals.
Now, a “modern” child can use these to study, too! The art will be for sale at our Fall for Junk barn sale coming up at the end of September!
To see the scanned images up close, check out my facebook page – I’ll be posting them there!
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