The Twins by Elizabeth Dougherty


This 32 page hand-made book was created by by Elizabeth Dougherty in 1938. The Twins contains a dozen vignettes centered on the idealized life of twins “Mary” and “Bob” who live in a house with their parents and new pet dog. In terms of spirit and introduction of basic vocabulary, this booklet is patterned after the Elson-Gray Reader series that included “Dick and Jane" stories in the 1930's before they became separate primers. Each of the 12 chapters contains a hand drawn, ink and colored pencil illustrations depicting their house, dog, car, etc. The tan cover features a drawing of a tiny dog.

An inscription on the title page indicates that Dougherty was awarded an “A” for creating this original work while attending the Wheelock School. This school assignment was most likely created for a class at Wheelock College of Boston, Massachusetts. The school was founded in 1888 by Lucy Wheelock as Miss Wheelock's Kindergarten Training School. The college offered undergraduate and graduate programs focusing on the liberal arts, education, and social work to fulfill its mission of improving the lives of children and families. The college merged with Boston University’s School of Education in June 2018 and was renamed Boston University Wheelock College of Education & Human Development.

Date Made: 1938

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Credit Line: Gift of Dr. Richard Lodish American School Collection

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2017.3049.42Nonaccession Number: 2017.3049Catalog Number: 2017.3049.42

Object Name: bookObject Type: instructional materials

Physical Description: paper (overall material)ink (overall material)printed (overall production method/technique)Measurements: overall: 8 in x 6 in x 1/4 in; 20.32 cm x 15.24 cm x .635 cm


Record Id: nmah_1924504

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