Holbrook Tellurian

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Description
Josiah Holbrook (1788-1854) was an educational reformer, an advocate of the method known as “object teaching,” and an entrepreneur who began selling simple and inexpensive educational apparatus in the 1830s. Holbrook’s sons, Alfred and Dwight, established a “Lyceum Village” at Berea, Ohio, in the 1840s, and manufactured school apparatus.
Holbrook’s tellurian with pulley adjustment was intended “to illustrate all the phenomena resulting from the relations of the Earth, Moon and Sun to each other.” In this example the Sun is a 5-inch wooden sphere painted yellow. The Earth is a 3-inch wooden sphere covered with an engraved paper map. The horizon is marked “HOLBROOK & CO BEREA, OHIO” and “J. Brainerd Sc. Cleveland, O.” The plane of the ecliptic is marked “Holbrook & Co. Berea, Ohio.”
Ref: Text-Book to Accompany Holbrook’s Scientific Apparatus (Hartford, 1853), pp. 40-54.
D. J. Warner, “The Geography of Heaven and Earth,” Rittenhouse 2 (1988): 94-95.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1840s
associated person
Holbrook, Josiah
Holbrook, Alfred
Holbrook, Dwight
maker
Holbrook & Co.
place made
United States: Ohio, Berea
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 30.5 cm x 19.7 cm x 52.7 cm; 12 in x 7 3/4 in x 20 3/4 in
overall: 12 1/2 in x 20 3/4 in x 7 3/4 in; 31.75 cm x 52.705 cm x 19.685 cm
ID Number
1988.0141.01
accession number
1988.0141
catalog number
1988.0141.01
subject
Astronomy
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Measuring & Mapping
Globes
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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