Travail Manuel: Tissage Cahier-Album No. 1
Softcover, 6 x 6 inches. Saddle-stitched French wraps with 9 patterns printed on each flap, able to be folded over the pages to view during exercises. 26 leaves and 9 completed weavings. The leaves are perforated at the gutter, with about 8 stubs from detached leaves, 1 of which is loosely inserted, plus a few extra paper strips. The booklet is undated but has the name of Jeannine LeMoine, de Brassy school (central France). According to the instructions on the back cover, the album has the benefit of not requiring an instructor's attention beyond a brief "warm up" or introduction to the exercise. Rather, the students can copy the designs from the models, as they would a schematic.
There are no records of any material authored by F. Jardry in OCLC and no biographical information could be located in a general web search. We were able to locate two articles by Jardy on teaching manual work to elementary school students, published in successive issues of Manuel général de l'instruction primaire in 1892. The first article emphasized the relation of manual training to labor occupations, noting the limits of studio training and specialized workshops. His second article clarified that he was not promoting manual training on the basis of its benefits to industry, but rather recognizing manual activity as a means of developing intelligence related to technical knowledge. Such training, he maintained, should remain strictly educational, starting with the basics laid out by Froebel that required no special equipment, citing paper folding and weaving as a popular and easily managed activity. At the close of the second article, he announces the intention to provide examples of manual work exercises that have been successful in rural schools under his supervision as Inspecteur de l’Enseignement primaire. Jardry’s articles can be found here, as well as a piece written in memorium on his educator and mentor René Leblanc in Revue pédagogique in 1918.