ERIC SLOANE'S ABCs of Early Americana is a sketchbook of early American inventions, curiosities and lore. This beautifully illustrated book is arranged in an A to Z format. Each page is decorated with hand lettering and brief captions on the origin and use of each object from early America. The paperback book includes illustrations of American firsts — from the saltbox house to basketball, hex signs to ear trumpets, popcorn to rocking chairs.

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