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ERIC Number: ED507389
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 39
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-1971-1093
The Pigna Paper Mill and the Exercise Books of the "New Italy" (1870-1960)
Ascenzi, Anna
Online Submission, History of Education & Children's Literature v3 n1 p217-255 2008
For the very first time this in-depth paper studies the archives of the historic Paolo Pigna Paper Mill in Alzano Lombardo (Bergamo, Italy), which played a leading role in Italian history and culture: so much so that it ended up with fusing its own image to the very market where it operated, that is, the Italian schools. After being taken over by Paolo Pigna in 1867, the great paper mill immediately became known not only for its high-quality production but also for keeping abreast of technology and emerging in a sector of the economy, which in the mid-1800s was fragmented into a multitude of small and poorly mechanized artisan workshops. The Author retraces one hundred years of the history of the company and its production for schools, and in particular the production of exercise books--a simple but effective and all-pervading medium of iconic-verbal messages (moral, educational, propagandistic, religious, etc.). (Contains 5 figures and 94 footnotes.) [This paper was first presented at the International "School Exercise Books. A Complex Source for a History of the Approach to Schooling and Education in the 19th and 20th Centuries" (Macerata, September 26-29, 2007), whose proceedings are now in print. This version has been adapted for the the journal, "History of Education & Children's Literature."]
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Italy