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These Things I Remember
Very RARE
"GHOST SIGNED" (AUTO) BIOGRPAHY

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These Things I Remember

AN EXTREMELY RARE
"GHOST SIGNED" (AUTO?) BIOGRPAHY
OF THE KEY FIGURE BEHIND
SALLY DICK AND JANE

1st Edition ~ 1949

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Near Fine Condition

Year Published: 1949 - 1st Edition
Authored By:
Hugh Austin Foresman
Illustrated By: Black & White Photographs
Published By: Scott, Foresman & Co.
Page Count: 80 pages

 

Stories

Some of the People in My Story
1.) Do they wear caps?
2.) Horse-and-buggy bookman
3.) Albert, Scott Becomes Scott, Foresman
4.) Idea sold the early books
5.) People and Progress
6.) All aboard for Topeka!
7.) We need a state depository
8.) Group Picture from Missouri
9.) Out of Order!
10.) They give me a ring
11.) An agency force begins with one salesman
12.) Timing and teaming
13.) Some famous books and how we sold them
13.) The Modern McGuffey
15.) I sing with Bing
16.) A Backward Look
17.) The Forward Look

A beautiful book!
We can only assume... who the Ghost
is that inscribed this book? 

My question is; is this an autobiography, or a biography about a remarkable man?  I suppose if the Ghost could tell us who he is, we would have the answer. 

The archive librarian for Scott, Foresman, Addison Wesley states, this book was not published with inscriptions, and that this book is indeed very rare and very collectible.

An extremely rare opportunity to own a very rare book, with a very rare inscription, to the first blank page, by the Ghost. The autobiography, or biography, of Hugh Foresman, "These Things I Remember" is a book about (or by) Hugh (himself). 

His story and his introduction of the key people who helped make Scott, Foresman & Company successful and explains how Scott, Foresman & Company came to be.

If he only knew how his legacy has lived on.

Shown in the photos below you see where this book is signed by the Ghost, and you see the Forward by the Ghost himself, who never once mentions who he is, but tells of how he authored this book. 

Who is the Ghost?
  Is it Hugh Foresman himself claiming
to be the Ghost?

This book is truly a One and Only!

In this book, Hugh Foresman introduces, Erastus Scott, Dr. William S. Gray, William H. Elson, and describes how they also helped build one of the most respected publishing companies of all time.  . 

Hugh Foresman talks about the Gray period, when William S. Gray came into the authorship picture with Scott, Foresman & Company, with two great changes in the basic books and the primary curriculum.

William H. Elson called the Primary Readers "home-brewn" material and often said, "No book can be better than its content."  

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An amazing historical book!

AN EXTREMELY RARE
"GHOST SIGNED" AUTOBIOGRPAHY - OF THE KEY FIGURE BEHIND
SALLY DICK AND JANE

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Above: The Ghost's inscription, to the first blank page,
in blue ink, not printed!

dick and jane books children's vintage school readers

dick and jane books children's vintage school readers
Above: ONE and ONLY - Hugh Austin Foresman

Scott Foresman and Company was founded in 1896 by Erastus Howard Scott, Editor and President; Hugh A. Foresman, Salesman and Secretary; and his brother, William Coates Foresman, Treasurer.

The company was based on the following beliefs:

That we are partners with the teaching profession…
That the essence of our product is education itself: the learning that results when the materials we create are used…
That our goal is to offer to educators constantly improved programs for teaching and for learning…
That courage to pioneer in education is our obligation and our opportunity for future success…

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dick and jane books children's vintage school readers
Above: Erastus Howard Scott

Mr. Scott persuaded William H. Elson (below), who had been superintendent of schools in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and in Cleveland, Ohio, to plan an upper-grade reader that would contain complete literary selections. The publication in 1909 of the Elson Grammar School Reader, Book 4, for Grade 8, was the beginning of many “firsts.” This was the first reader to contain a group of classics in one book. So successful was the Elson Grammar School Reader that a series of four books for the upper grades quickly followed.

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Above: William H. Elson

William H. Elson called the Primary Readers "home-brewn" material and
often said, "No book can be better than its content."   With the help of a Wisconsin supervisor, Miss Lura E. Runkel, whose name you have seen in the Primers, Mr. Elson made the Primary School Readers for the 1st four grades.

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Above: William S. Gray

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dick and jane books children's vintage school readers
Above: Gilbert W. Kelly, Editor-in-Chief  1910-1948

dick and jane books children's vintage school readers

dick and jane books children's vintage school readers

Young readers first became acquainted with Dick and Jane in the 1930s. The series would become the most widely used reading series for another three decades due in large part to the reduction of the number of words children learned at each grade level and the use of beautiful illustrations that they could relate to. Dick and Jane was the creation of Zerna Sharp, a Scott, Foresman reading consultant.

Other books that made Scott, Foresman famous include: Open Highways, America Reads, D’Nealian Handwriting, Drive Right, Scott Foresman Dictionaries, Mathematics Around Us, History and Life, Psychology and Life, Arbuthnot Anthology of Children’s Literature, Principles and Types of Speech, Handbook of Current English, and Robert’s Rules of Order.

The Company Today

In 1998, Scott Foresman, along with more than 100 other educational brands, merged to become Pearson Education, with Scott, Foresman adopting the new name, Pearson Scott Foresman. Pearson Education was formed to provide the very best educational materials in the world, and Pearson Scott Foresman consistently delivers top-quality, research-based programs to the elementary education market. Its programs can be found in classrooms across the United States and the world.

The above three paragraphs courtesy of:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scott_Foresman

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