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Alphabet Letter Collection

"Exploring the World of Alphabet Letters

Background imageAlphabet Letter Collection: ABC OF BABAR O, 1939 (illustration)

ABC OF BABAR O, 1939 (illustration)
7206800 ABC OF BABAR O, 1939 (illustration) by Brunhoff, Jean de (1899-1937); 22x16, 5 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: O: 7 words to find: oranges, orange trees, olive trees, umbrellas, bears)

Background imageAlphabet Letter Collection: ABC OF BABAR S, 1939 (illustration)

ABC OF BABAR S, 1939 (illustration)
7206805 ABC OF BABAR S, 1939 (illustration) by Brunhoff, Jean de (1899-1937); 22x16, 5 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: S: 19 words to find: skis, skiers, jump, saltire, jumpers, bag, plaster)

Background imageAlphabet Letter Collection: H : Angelot with a green veil - the upper-case surrounded by forget-me-not flowers - Alphabet of

H : Angelot with a green veil - the upper-case surrounded by forget-me-not flowers - Alphabet of cherubs
DUV4224832 H : Angelot with a green veil - the upper-case surrounded by forget-me-not flowers - Alphabet of cherubs, 1905 (postcard) by French School

Background imageAlphabet Letter Collection: ALPHABET OF BIRDS for... S: Serin, circa 1925 (illustration)

ALPHABET OF BIRDS for... S: Serin, circa 1925 (illustration)
7206958 ALPHABET OF BIRDS for... S: Serin, circa 1925 (illustration) by French School, (20th century); 25, 5x17, 10 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: S: Serin, ALPHABET OF BIRDS for)

Background imageAlphabet Letter Collection: ABC OF BABAR M, 1939 (illustration)

ABC OF BABAR M, 1939 (illustration)
7206798 ABC OF BABAR M, 1939 (illustration) by Brunhoff, Jean de (1899-1937); 22x16, 5 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: M: 20 words to find: marriage, married, mountaineer, musician, monocle)

Background imageAlphabet Letter Collection: ABC OF BABAR H, 1939 (illustration)

ABC OF BABAR H, 1939 (illustration)
7206794 ABC OF BABAR H, 1939 (illustration) by Brunhoff, Jean de (1899-1937); 22x16, 5 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: H: 11 words to find: hippos, grass, swallows, rattle, cockchafers, hood)

Background imageAlphabet Letter Collection: ABC OF BABAR C, 1939 (illustration)

ABC OF BABAR C, 1939 (illustration)
7206788 ABC OF BABAR C, 1939 (illustration) by Brunhoff, Jean de (1899-1937); 22x16, 5 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: C: 78 words to find: cook, knife, kitchen, braces, compotier, cream, pans)

Background imageAlphabet Letter Collection: Letter J: Jocrisse. Engraving in 'Alphabet masquerade'. New Epinal imaging

Letter J: Jocrisse. Engraving in "Alphabet masquerade". New Epinal imaging
DUV4208228 Letter J: Jocrisse. Engraving in " Alphabet masquerade". New Epinal imaging. Printing-lithography Pinot et Sagaire, editors, Epinal, second half of the 19th century

Background imageAlphabet Letter Collection: Facsimile of Initial letter A with story of Abraham and Isaac

Facsimile of Initial letter A with story of Abraham and Isaac, engraved by Ahasuerus van Londerseel after Peter van der
3555531 Facsimile of Initial letter A with story of Abraham and Isaac, engraved by Ahasuerus van Londerseel after Peter van der Borcht Brussels

Background imageAlphabet Letter Collection: Lesson D: dada, dodo, 1908 (photo)

Lesson D: dada, dodo, 1908 (photo)
8713191 Lesson D: dada, dodo, 1908 (photo); 31, 5 x 25 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: in "To learn to read by Henri Manuel, published by the Librairie Felix Juven, Paris, 1908)

Background imageAlphabet Letter Collection: D for Dinette, 1908 (photo)

D for Dinette, 1908 (photo)
8713189 D for Dinette, 1908 (photo); 31, 5 x 25 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: in "To learn to read by Henri Manuel, published by the Librairie Felix Juven, Paris, 1908)

Background imageAlphabet Letter Collection: Lesson Revision, 1908 (photo)

Lesson Revision, 1908 (photo)
8713222 Lesson Revision, 1908 (photo); 31, 5 x 25 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: in "To learn to read by Henri Manuel, published by the Librairie Felix Juven, Paris, 1908)

Background imageAlphabet Letter Collection: M for Malade, 1908 (photo)

M for Malade, 1908 (photo)
8713216 M for Malade, 1908 (photo); 31, 5 x 25 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: in "To learn to read by Henri Manuel, published by the Librairie Felix Juven, Paris, 1908)

Background imageAlphabet Letter Collection: Lesson Z: zebu, sable, 1908 (photo)

Lesson Z: zebu, sable, 1908 (photo)
8713214 Lesson Z: zebu, sable, 1908 (photo); 31, 5 x 25 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: in "To learn to read by Henri Manuel, published by the Librairie Felix Juven, Paris, 1908)

Background imageAlphabet Letter Collection: Lesson V: rave, viper, 1908 (photo)

Lesson V: rave, viper, 1908 (photo)
8713212 Lesson V: rave, viper, 1908 (photo); 31, 5 x 25 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: in "To learn to read by Henri Manuel, published by the Librairie Felix Juven, Paris, 1908)

Background imageAlphabet Letter Collection: Lesson F: carafe, flour, 1908 (photo)

Lesson F: carafe, flour, 1908 (photo)
8713211 Lesson F: carafe, flour, 1908 (photo); 31, 5 x 25 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: in "To learn to read by Henri Manuel, published by the Librairie Felix Juven, Paris, 1908)

Background imageAlphabet Letter Collection: Lesson Recapitulation, 1908 (photo)

Lesson Recapitulation, 1908 (photo)
8713204 Lesson Recapitulation, 1908 (photo); 31, 5 x 25 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: in "To learn to read by Henri Manuel, published by the Librairie Felix Juven, Paris, 1908)

Background imageAlphabet Letter Collection: Lesson L: mule, tulip, 1908 (photo)

Lesson L: mule, tulip, 1908 (photo)
8713201 Lesson L: mule, tulip, 1908 (photo); 31, 5 x 25 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: in "To learn to read by Henri Manuel, published by the Librairie Felix Juven, Paris, 1908)

Background imageAlphabet Letter Collection: Teaching reading, 1932 (print)

Teaching reading, 1932 (print)
8713836 Teaching reading, 1932 (print); 19, 5 x 14 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: in "Teaching reading by a faculty meeting. Librairie Generale, Paris; A. Mame, Tours; J. de Gigord, Paris)

Background imageAlphabet Letter Collection: Laughing - Reading without tears. Jolly method, 1930 (print)

Laughing - Reading without tears. Jolly method, 1930 (print)
8713824 Laughing - Reading without tears. Jolly method, 1930 (print); 23x15, 5 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: in "Laughing - Reading without tears by R. Jolly)

Background imageAlphabet Letter Collection: Laughing - Reading without tears. Jolly method, 1930 (print)

Laughing - Reading without tears. Jolly method, 1930 (print)
8713821 Laughing - Reading without tears. Jolly method, 1930 (print); 23x15, 5 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: in "Laughing - Reading without tears by R. Jolly)

Background imageAlphabet Letter Collection: A B C: Ostrich, Bittern, Stork, c1880 (illustration)

A B C: Ostrich, Bittern, Stork, c1880 (illustration)
8713510 A B C: Ostrich, Bittern, Stork, c1880 (illustration); 21 x 15, 5 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: in "Alphabet of birds")

Background imageAlphabet Letter Collection: Q for Bowling, c1880 (illustration)

Q for Bowling, c1880 (illustration)
8713501 Q for Bowling, c1880 (illustration); 27, 5 x 17, 5 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: in "Toy alphabet. Picture book for small children. Theodore Lefevre, publisher, Paris, s.d)

Background imageAlphabet Letter Collection: L for Magic Lantern - Lion - Rabbit, c1880 (illustration)

L for Magic Lantern - Lion - Rabbit, c1880 (illustration)
8713492 L for Magic Lantern - Lion - Rabbit, c1880 (illustration); 27, 5 x 17, 5 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: in "Toy alphabet. Picture book for small children)

Background imageAlphabet Letter Collection: J for Games - Garden/K for Kepi - Kaleidoscope - Kalmouck/L for Magic Lantern - Lion - Rabbit

J for Games - Garden/K for Kepi - Kaleidoscope - Kalmouck/L for Magic Lantern - Lion - Rabbit, c1880 (illustration)
8713490 J for Games - Garden/K for Kepi - Kaleidoscope - Kalmouck/L for Magic Lantern - Lion - Rabbit, c1880 (illustration); 27, 5 x 17, 5 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: in "Toy alphabet)

Background imageAlphabet Letter Collection: H for Harp - Hut - Hammock, c1880 (illustration)

H for Harp - Hut - Hammock, c1880 (illustration)
8713486 H for Harp - Hut - Hammock, c1880 (illustration); 27, 5 x 17, 5 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: in "Toy alphabet. Picture book for small children)

Background imageAlphabet Letter Collection: D for Camel - Dada - Domestic/E for Squirrel - Stable - Balancer/F for Folie - Strong - Gun - Whip

D for Camel - Dada - Domestic/E for Squirrel - Stable - Balancer/F for Folie - Strong - Gun - Whip
8713480 D for Camel - Dada - Domestic/E for Squirrel - Stable - Balancer/F for Folie - Strong - Gun - Whip, c1880 (illustration); 27, 5 x 17

Background imageAlphabet Letter Collection: B for Wheelbarrow - Cradle - Boat, c1880 (illustration)

B for Wheelbarrow - Cradle - Boat, c1880 (illustration)
8713476 B for Wheelbarrow - Cradle - Boat, c1880 (illustration); 27, 5 x 17, 5 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: in "Toy alphabet. Picture book for small children)

Background imageAlphabet Letter Collection: Frontispiece: Soap bubbles, c1880 (illustration)

Frontispiece: Soap bubbles, c1880 (illustration)
8713473 Frontispiece: Soap bubbles, c1880 (illustration); 27, 5 x 17, 5 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: in "Toy alphabet. Picture book for small children)

Background imageAlphabet Letter Collection: Cover of 'Toy Alphabet. Picture book for small children', c1880 (illustration)

Cover of "Toy Alphabet. Picture book for small children", c1880 (illustration)
8713472 Cover of "Toy Alphabet. Picture book for small children", c1880 (illustration); 27, 5 x 17, 5 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: in "Toy alphabet)

Background imageAlphabet Letter Collection: Wagonnet, 1918 (illustration)

Wagonnet, 1918 (illustration)
8713468 Wagonnet, 1918 (illustration) by Allard L'Olivier, Fernand (1883-1933); 29, 5 x 23 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: in "War Alphabet. For adults and children)

Background imageAlphabet Letter Collection: Sentinel, 1918 (illustration)

Sentinel, 1918 (illustration)
8713464 Sentinel, 1918 (illustration) by Allard L'Olivier, Fernand (1883-1933); 29, 5 x 23 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: in "War Alphabet. For adults and children)

Background imageAlphabet Letter Collection: Rata, 1918 (illustration)

Rata, 1918 (illustration)
8713463 Rata, 1918 (illustration) by Allard L'Olivier, Fernand (1883-1933); 29, 5 x 23 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: in "War Alphabet. For adults and children)

Background imageAlphabet Letter Collection: Nacelle, 1918 (illustration)

Nacelle, 1918 (illustration)
8713459 Nacelle, 1918 (illustration) by Allard L'Olivier, Fernand (1883-1933); 29, 5 x 23 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: in "War Alphabet. For adults and children)

Background imageAlphabet Letter Collection: Cannon, 1918 (illustration)

Cannon, 1918 (illustration)
8713447 Cannon, 1918 (illustration) by Allard L'Olivier, Fernand (1883-1933); 29, 5 x 23 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: in "War Alphabet. For adults and children)

Background imageAlphabet Letter Collection: Aviation, 1918 (illustration)

Aviation, 1918 (illustration)
8713445 Aviation, 1918 (illustration) by Allard L'Olivier, Fernand (1883-1933); 29, 5 x 23 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: in "War Alphabet. For adults and children)

Background imageAlphabet Letter Collection: Wheatstone's needle (pointer) telegraph, 1890

Wheatstone's needle (pointer) telegraph, 1890
3479996 Wheatstone's needle (pointer) telegraph, 1890; (add.info.: Wheatstone's needle (pointer) telegraph; the sender; left and receiver, 1890.); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageAlphabet Letter Collection: Wheatstone's Signal electromagnetic telegraph, 1890

Wheatstone's Signal electromagnetic telegraph, 1890
3479994 Wheatstone's Signal electromagnetic telegraph, 1890; (add.info.: Wheatstone's Signal ABC electromagnetic telegraph.); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageAlphabet Letter Collection: Teaching reading, 1932 (print)

Teaching reading, 1932 (print)
8713839 Teaching reading, 1932 (print); 19, 5 x 14 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: in "Teaching reading by a faculty meeting. Librairie Generale, Paris; A. Mame, Tours; J. de Gigord, Paris)

Background imageAlphabet Letter Collection: Teaching reading, 1932 (print)

Teaching reading, 1932 (print)
8713835 Teaching reading, 1932 (print); 19, 5 x 14 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: in "Teaching reading by a faculty meeting. Librairie Generale, Paris; A. Mame, Tours; J. de Gigord, Paris)

Background imageAlphabet Letter Collection: Teaching reading, 1932 (print)

Teaching reading, 1932 (print)
8713834 Teaching reading, 1932 (print); 19, 5 x 14 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: in "Teaching reading by a faculty meeting. Librairie Generale, Paris; A. Mame, Tours; J. de Gigord, Paris)

Background imageAlphabet Letter Collection: Teaching reading, 1932 (print)

Teaching reading, 1932 (print)
8713832 Teaching reading, 1932 (print); 19, 5 x 14 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: in "Teaching reading by a faculty meeting. Librairie Generale, Paris; A. Mame, Tours; J. de Gigord, Paris)

Background imageAlphabet Letter Collection: Laughing - Reading without tears. Jolly method, 1930 (print)

Laughing - Reading without tears. Jolly method, 1930 (print)
8713829 Laughing - Reading without tears. Jolly method, 1930 (print); 23x15, 5 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: in "Laughing - Reading without tears by R. Jolly)

Background imageAlphabet Letter Collection: Laughing - Reading without tears. Jolly method, 1930 (print)

Laughing - Reading without tears. Jolly method, 1930 (print)
8713825 Laughing - Reading without tears. Jolly method, 1930 (print); 23x15, 5 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: in "Laughing - Reading without tears by R. Jolly)

Background imageAlphabet Letter Collection: Illustrated syllabary for reading, 1932 (print)

Illustrated syllabary for reading, 1932 (print)
8713949 Illustrated syllabary for reading, 1932 (print); 21x17 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: in "Illustrated syllabary of the rapid method of Reading and Language)

Background imageAlphabet Letter Collection: Illustrated syllabary for reading, 1932 (print)

Illustrated syllabary for reading, 1932 (print)
8713948 Illustrated syllabary for reading, 1932 (print); 21x17 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: in "Illustrated syllabary of the rapid method of Reading and Language)

Background imageAlphabet Letter Collection: V for Velocipede - Volunteers - Steering Wheel, c1880 (illustration)

V for Velocipede - Volunteers - Steering Wheel, c1880 (illustration)
8713508 V for Velocipede - Volunteers - Steering Wheel, c1880 (illustration); 27, 5 x 17, 5 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: in "Toy alphabet. Picture book for small children)

Background imageAlphabet Letter Collection: S for Service - Soldiers - Bucket - Mouse, c1880 (illustration)

S for Service - Soldiers - Bucket - Mouse, c1880 (illustration)
8713504s for Service - Soldiers - Bucket - Mouse, c1880 (illustration); 27, 5 x 17, 5 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: in "Toy alphabet. Picture book for small children)



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"Exploring the World of Alphabet Letters: From Babar to Jocrisse and Beyond" Step into the enchanting world of alphabet letters through a captivating journey spanning centuries. The ABC of Babar series, illustrated in 1939, introduces us to whimsical characters like O, S, M, H, and C. These charming illustrations bring life to each letter as they dance across the pages. Delving deeper into history, we encounter an intriguing engraving from "Alphabet masquerade, " featuring Jocrisse - a mischievous figure from an unknown publisher's work around 1855. This playful depiction adds a touch of humor to our exploration. Moving forward in time, we stumble upon two little girls engrossed in reading within "The Great baby Alphabet" chromo print circa 1900. Their innocent fascination with the letter A reminds us of the joy that learning can bring. Venturing beyond Western culture, we discover St Bernardino da Siena depicted in a stunning sculpture from the 15th century. His presence among these diverse alphabets highlights how letters transcend borders and languages. Intriguingly different is the Chinese alphabet showcased in Encyclopedie Diderot and d'Alembert. Its intricate characters remind us of the rich cultural tapestry woven by various writing systems worldwide. Returning to France once more, we encounter an engraving from Charles Unsinger's "Alphabet. " Published by Alphonse Lemerre in Paris on November 15th, 1875; this piece showcases Heron, Hallebardier (halberdier), Herbalist, Hirondelle (swallow), Owl, Heraut (herald), Hanneton (cockchafer). It serves as a reminder that even within one language's alphabet lies endless possibilities for creativity and expression.