Digital Bodleian: Writing Blanks and Board Games

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About the John Johnson Collection Writing Blanks and Board Games project

Board game: The Game of Life

All 18th and 19th century board games in the John Johnson Collection (mostly single sheets) and all Educational writing blanks from the Johnson, Opie and Harding Collections have been digitised, together with other games of the same period, selected for their educational content.

Writing blanks (also known as school pieces) were usually given to children at Christmas. They would fill the space within the printed, and often hand-coloured, borders with a sample of their handwriting. The completed school piece would then be given to parents, relations or friends.

Subjects represented in the games and writing blanks include: Arithmetic, Art, Astronomy, Geography, History, Literature, Spelling, and Religion.

Digital Bodleian also contains images of 18th century Entertainment from the John Johnson Collection.

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