I haven’t been a full time student for more than 30 years. I haven’t been a full time teacher for 20. But September still feels like the beginning of a new year. It’s time for a fresh start; it’s time to go back to school.
Here are some images for your edification, whether or not September brings you back to a school building.
This alphabet come from ABZ, edited by Julian Rothenstein.
But where did B,C and F (and many other letters) go?
Maybe they are dancing.
This Czech Modernist alphabet was designed by Karel Teige in 1935.
Saul Steinberg took the alphabet for a walk in 1965:
What to do with the alphabet? Make words.
These illustrations are from The Infant’s Alphabet of 1822:
Or perhaps you would like to learn French. These pages are from an 1814 primer painted for Alfred Bourdier de Beauregard by his uncle Arnaud.
No education is complete without math and science. Number Friends was published in 1927.
This Edible Frog is from The Art of Instruction, published by Chronicle Books. It is not a scratch and sniff poster and does not include the smell of formaldehyde.
All learning needs to be synthesized. Here are two helpful pictures painted by Saul Steinberg in 1959.
And how to end this post? With proper punctuation, of course. This is from the Good Child’s Book of Stops, published in 1825.