Happy National Young Reader’s Day! This celebration of the joys and value of reading partially originated as a marketing strategy to sell pizza to children (which, frankly, doesn’t sound that hard). So we’re marking the occasion with these pages from a children’s primer that originated as a marketing strategy to sell them ointment (now, that’s a challenge!).
The Noah’s Ark Primer was created in 1913 by the G.C. Hanford Manufacturing Company to promote Hanford’s Balsam of Myrrh, an antiseptic dressing and topical analgesic. It is part of the Hagley Library’s pamphlet collection, and can be found online in its entirety at our Digital Archive by clicking here.