Monday, January 12, 2015

Civil War Transparencies

I was wondering what a Civil War-era transparency was.  I know what they were when I was teaching, a piece of clear plastic on which you could write stuff and show it on a screen large enough for the students to see at their desks.  It was a much better way than writing the information on a chalkboard.

Bit what was one like in the Civil War?

The article was nice enough to include a picture of one and an explanation.  A transparency back then was a cloth-covered box with the likeness of their candidate cut into it.  They would be held aloft on a pole and illuminated by a small lantern.

--Old Secesh

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