19th c. Paper Reward of Merit - H & E Phinney Printers, Cooperstown, NY
Paper reward of merit printed by H & E Phinney Printers, Cooperstown, NY. Features sheep in a field with thatched roof stall in progress. "Token of Esteem" awarded to Mary Gregory by John Herris (sp?)
Notes from the American Antiquarian:
"Rewards of merit, small tokens of congratulation given to students for good behavior and scholastic accomplishments, have been utilized by teachers for generations. The practice was most popular during the nineteenth century when printing techniques evolved to make this form of ephemera more readily available. A majority of the surviving rewards of merit are printed, as opposed to hand drawn and painted examples that involved significant artistic effort."
"Rewards of merit, in addition to being examples of a nineteenth century classroom tool, reveal the progress of printing in America as well as the priorities of educators and disciplinarians of the time."
Spotting to paper ground.