New Math Multiplication Flash Cards

From the 1950s, particularly after the launch of the Sputnik satellite in 1958, American mathematicians and mathematics educators introduced a variety of reforms in mathematics teaching dubbed “The New Math.” This set of flash cards reflects the way of presenting arithmetic problems that emerged.
The set consists of 50 flash cards showing products of one-digit numbers. A product is written out horizontally on each side of each card. The sides are numbered from 1 to 50 on one side and from 50 to 100 on the other. A "sliding number cover" fits over a card to cover one term in the "number sentence." The child is to figure out the answer. A window in the back of the cover reveals the correct answer written on the back of the card. In addition to these cards, there is a card listing "Basic Multiplication Facts" (written vertically, with answers) and "Basic Multiplication Combinations" (written vertically, without answers). Four cards give tips and instructions for teachers and parents.
A mark on the cardboard box holding the flash cards reads: NEW MATH (/) MULTIPLICATION (/) FLASH CARDS. Another mark reads: [copyright]1966 ED-U-CARDS MFG. CORP., L.I.C., N.Y. A third mark reads: No. 263.
Compare 2005.0055.06, 2005.0055.07, 2005.0055.08, and 2005.0055.09.
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Object Name
flash cards
date made
ca 1966
Ed-U-Cards Manufacturing Corporation
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
overall: 2.8 cm x 18.7 cm x 15.6 cm; 1 3/32 in x 7 3/8 in x 6 5/32 in
place made
United States: New York, Queens, Long Island City
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Medicine and Science: Mathematics
Arithmetic Teaching
Science & Mathematics
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center


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