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eighteenth-century trigonometry homework

That’s what we found this morning, among the miscellanous recycled papers — accounts, one page of a letter, and some odd scraps of letterpress printing — all pasted over some of the remaining vertical boards which made up a dividing wall of the original attic room in our new house. There’s a much newer door in the same attic wall, which is covered with a couple of generations of graffiti by 20th-century kids inhabiting the house (I think from the 50s to 70s). Those kids seem to have used the attic room as a clubhouse, but the 18th-century papering is on the other side of the clubhouse wall. I wonder if any of those kids noticed their predecessors’ trig homework? I’ll try to make a set of legible photos of the various pasted-up papers, though we plan to leave them right where they are, after knocking out the 20th-century lath & plaster now backed up against them.

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  1. [...] couple of days ago I posted on the eighteenth-century trigonometry homework on the walls of our attic. Now I have some pictures. The trigonometry, it turns out, was for the [...]

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