Teaching and Learning - 1
Early devices used to teach geography were truly remarkable. The hand-held card wheel splits the globe into two hemispheres, one on each side of the card. It is a scientific instrument that instructs the user how, for example, "To find the Azimuth of ye Sun at any given hour of the Day,” and “To find the Space of Time during which there is no Dark Night.” Another scientific instrument in this case is Holbrook’s globe, which renders the world in the form of a sphere, and when opened, illustrates the same on a flat surface.
Of the remaining pieces, the jigsaw puzzle and the playing cards are perhaps the most unusual. Darton’s puzzle of North America slices the United States into many parts.The twelve playing cards also divide the world into countries and continents, complete with a costume emblematic of the area covered by the card. Lastly, Harriet Baker’s manuscript map of New Jersey highlights the art of hand-drawn cartography and the role of young women who made maps to learn geography.