Long before the invention of printing, hand painted letter boards were widespread as teaching material in schools. ABC tablets made of wood were already mentioned in an English manuscript as early as the 14th century. Later a thin, transparent horn plate was used to protect the paper glued on the board against wear and dirt.
This is why up to this day letter boards are still called “horn books” in English-speaking regions, even though they are not books in the conventional sense of the word. The short film The Alphabet 2 – dubbed a “horn book video experiment” – visualises concepts and objects referring to the letters of the alphabet.
Some graphic design history aside, it’s an interesting video that uses a variety of techniques, including stop motion and cell animation. Also some interesting witticisms and visual puns.
Well worth a watch!
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