Report Cards, 1859 Style

Academic Report Cards, which tend to inspire an odd mixture of dread and excitement in a student, have been around a long time. Below is a report card from 1858/59 for a chap named John Cranston who attended the T.C. Taylor Select School, located in Wilmington, Delaware.  Cranston was a better than average student, assuming high grades were not merely rubber stamped at the Taylor School. He was ranked 25th/26th of 80 students in the school. Numerous courses of study are identified, as are signatures of James Cranston, presumably the boys father, as well as John A. Cranston. A ‘note to parents’ is also displayed.


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